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  • Enemy unseen

    O My gosh! As I sit here and listen to the news I am getting more and more appalled by what man seems to think. Honest to goodness, why would a nation fall into such a snare! Emotions, emotions, emotions. So many agendas. Do you find in your own life that betrayal comes in the form of a friend or a person who seems to pose no threat; from some one you never would have suspected, someone you have placed your trust in? Do you find that the snares that grasp your feet are invisible and can have long-term struggles? Are you aware or is your thinking dull? - Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com Amplified Bible

  • Power of Praise

    Psalm 71:8  "My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day" Have you ever tried the power of Praise? The sacrifice of Praise to God when you have felt the least like it? That is what sacrifice is, doing what you should when you don't want to!  I have been thinking of the Power of Praising God the Father for all His goodness; for the wealth of His love, mercy, and grace when I feel the least like it. I have learned that it doesn't matter what I feel, it is what I do. And I have learned to do what the Word tells me to do - praise Him and move with a thankful heart. It isn't easy because I don't want to, my flesh doesn't want to. My flesh won't respond right away but my spirit will - and Praise, trust, and thanksgiving go hand in hand: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19  "Be joyful always (purpose to be); pray continually (be in constant communication with the Lord); give thanks in all circumstances (a command),  for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (trust Christ knowswhat He is working IN you).  Do not put out the Spirit's fire (do not stop the Holy Spirit's perfection IN you and through you)." Listen..............You must remember, and know, that our God is working for our good in all situations and through all circumstances, constantly and continually. A thankful heart is undefeatable. A mouth filled with praise for Him is incorruptible. A mind filled with His Word is unchangeable. A spirit filled with His praise is unshakable. The Power of Praise is a tremendous weapon of warfare and the devil hates it! And, watch and see what the Lord will do for you,  and for your life....... The Power of Praise moves the hand of God! - Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com

  • Good sweet Fruit

    Psalm 65:11 New International Version   " I have this amazing yellow plum tree in my back yard. While observing it earlier this summer I noticed the potential for an abundance of fruit. A few weeks ago, while observing it again, I noticed the fruit was ripe and ready for harvest. As I examined the branches of my plum tree I became aware that the fruit was beyond abundance, it was overflowing! There was large, huge clusters of sweet, yellow, juicy plums on both sides of the branches. The branches were so heavily laden that they were bowed down to the ground. I quickly realized that I could never eat all this fruit. I contacted my family and friends and had them come over and harvest for themselves, their family and their friends, all that they wanted. Some were even able to come again and harvest more to share with others! How delightful! What a joy! My niece commented that this tree was a symbol of the abundance of God's Fruit (of the Spirit) in my life, both now and to come. I loved that and I received that. How good and how generous is our God! How He desires to have us, His branches, so heavily laden with Fruit (of the Spirit) in our life IN Him that it overflows onto others and into others' lives - bending low to the ground for easy harvest! And all the while this fruit  is just very quietly growing and maturing and flowing over! How is your 'Fruit' doing? Do you have Fruit in abundance? Is your Fruit hard and tiny or large and juicy, mature and ready to harvest? Is your Fruit desirable by others and will it satisfy their hunger? Galatians 5: 22-26tells us the what the fruit of the Spirit is. They are not separate fruit but all in a huge cluster as one unit, all under one Fruit. To have one is to have the others. And they are in order. Love and self control are the bookends for the others. Allow your Fruit to be developed. Allow the pruning of the Holy Spirit in your life so that you bear good sweet Fruit! Fruit must mature for harvest. Trials, tribulations, perseverance = growth and maturity. Hang in there! Trust the Lord with what is going on in your life. He has a plan and a purpose for you, for you to grow up in Him..............For good, sweet, juicy and mature Fruit! -Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com

  • Persevere

    "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised." Hebrews 10:36 In meditating this morning, my mind was taken back on the issues of my life that required perseverance and how unbearable that seemed at the time. Fussing, bargaining, railing, whatever to try to get God's attention. I am thankful that He is so patient with me! I have learned that the process required to persevere is designed to work all the 'bugs' out of me. The more I fuss about it, the longer the process. Persevering is designed to develop the 'God-character' in you and OUT of you so you can see and other's can see. Perseverance requires trust and faith. We, as Believers in Christ, have both of those and need to develop each more and more. Hang on. Don't give up. Stay the course when you think you have no strength left. God is good, He knows exactly how much you can take and how much it will take you to accomplish HIS will - and not your own. Remember the promise is just ahead. God's promises are always yea and amen! Can you, are you willing to, stay the course? Do you really want all of God's promises to fill up your life? Will you purpose to persevere in Him? To do His will above all things? - Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com

  • God's generosity

    In my meditation this morning, I was marveling at the goodness and the generosity of our Lord Jesus to His children - those who know Him and serve Him faithfully. I cannot fathom the depth of His caring for me and my daily needs and desires, I always stand amazed. As I give my day over to Him, amazing things happen. Even in the challenges of my day He is near me. He gives me instruction, encouragement, love, open and closed doors, provisions, and protection. I am grateful for His wisdom and His discernment. I have learned that the more I give unto Him, the more and more He gives back to me! I give out of my need and out of the fatness of my life, in good times and hard times. It took me awhile to learn and accept this, and then to be obedient to do it. I realized I had to give first and then He gives and gives and gives back. So opposite from the world's ways! I am so thankful I have learned this Spiritual discipline and persevered in it, putting down my fear of lack and choosing to stand in faith in God's Word. It never fails me. How do you give? Are you generous? Are you faithful? Where is your Spiritual bank account? Do you give consistently into the Kingdom of God? As you give, so shall you be given. Luke 6:38    Amplified Bible "Give, and [gifts, provisions] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over,will they (man) pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others), it will be measured back to you." - Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com

  • Are you a Doer?

    What a week for news in this nation of America! In the world! One would think that the world has gone mad and was out of control. Thank God I know the Creator, and I know the plan this Creator has for all of the inhabitants of this earth. There is not a day that goes by that I am not aware of all the changes and the attempts by the devil to stir up issues and troubles and lies and dissentions. Divisions, hatred, fears all abound. But then, I come back to Jesus and the issues are still there but I see it all with a new and fresh perception. James 1:22  "Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." The question is, are you a listener only - or a listener and a doer?? - Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com

  • Thankful

    5.20.13 I am reflecting today of the miracles that come with having a thankful heart. 1Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in every thing - not just some things. Humanly speaking, it is easier to give thanks when we are comfortable, provided for, accepted. That's the human, natural element. I believe the Lord is trying to teach us something more than that - something Supernatural! - to be thankful when everything seems be hard, wrong, discouraging, and heavy. Why? What difference does it make? How can we be thankful in the hard times? A thankful heart moves the hand of God in our life. A thankful heart releases miracles and unfathomable possibilities of God's favor, no matter what the circumstance or situation. God waits for a thankful heart. Thankful that He never leaves us, thankful He never forsakes us, thankful He always has a purpose for us in everything, and thankful He always has a plan. Remember, these are but challenges to our faith, not the truth of our life. Rise up in HIM! Take time during the course of your day to just stop and thank HIM. Allow the JOY of the Lord to be your strength when all other strength fails. Do not give a place for the devil to bring fear and unbelief into your heart. Stand against that. Allow Christ to create a miracle just for you today.............!   Psalm 16:7-8 Pastor Sandi

  • God's Word

    6.5.13 After completing our Kingdom Walkers conference this last weekend, I am processing through all the goodness and faithfulness of our God. How amazing is it that the Great God of the universe takes time for each one of us individually? His Word is total and complete, full of all that we need - our manual for life  here on this earth, and a banquet of food for our spirit! This world is full of fear, confusion, compromise and conflict. If we have no compass, no moral bottom line, how are we ever to know Truth? I learned long ago that the Word of God is absolute and solid, no matter what I believed. How often do you set down at this banquet table? Who do you share your banquet with?  Whose banquet table do you sit down at? It makes a difference in the kind of food you are eating.............. What manual are you reading? - Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com

  • Rain

    2.20.13     4:19 pm PST Rain: Rain. Someone made a comment to me once about all the greenery we have here in Washington and wondered why. Rain. Rain and Sunshine are so vital to growth. The Lord tells us in Matt. 5:44 that the Father causes rain to come on the righteous (in Christ) and on the unrighteous (those who are not in Christ). We serve a fair God, do we not? He never invades our will and never twists our arm. Equal opportunity. Rain comes to water the dry earth and to grow beautiful things and to provide food. Rain also comes to water weeds and waste and creates mud and devastations. Sunshine comes on both to increase the growth spurts and to increase the crops. Too much sunshine and it can create burning heat and drought and death.  Interesting. We can't live without either one and we need both - but we need them in balance don't we? It really is all in the perspective we have, isn't it? It's all determined by who's eyes you see it all  through- yours or God's. Natural or Supernatural. Who's eyes are you looking through?  What do you see? - Pastor Sandi www.olivebranchdiscipleshipministries.com

  • Appointed by God

    Romans 13 :1 "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God." In the climate of today, there is much passion about government and those who 'rule'. I suppose the key word is 'rule'. When the people feel powerless and feel as though they are not being heard, it can appear that government 'rules' even though it is suppose to 'serve' the people. As our government seems to repeal or re-evaluate what the people have spoken through the power of our vote, it appears that it doesn't matter what the people want. I observed some pole results this morning on some pertinent issues facing the American people at the moment, and was struck by how the pole results were opposed to what the government 'says' the people want. If these poles are correct, why then is not the voice of the people being heard? How is this scripture relevant, and what does it mean? Does it mean the authority process or concept itself is what is  from God, that the office itself is what is appointed by God? Or, is it the person holding the office, the person himself/herself, that is appointed by God? Is it both? And, what is the Believer's responsibility in all this? It is past time that the Believer wake up and address these questions before it is too late.

  • Rejoice

    2.18.13      1:52 pm As I am sitting here meditating on the goodness of God, I am observing the day through my window. It looks a bit gloomy out there, overcast and cold. I am reminded that  '.......this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice in it and be glad.' Isn't it marvelous that, as we turn our day over to Him, we do not have to remain in the gloom, in being overcast, in the cold of being separated. Who knows what the day may bring? Opportunities, challenges, blessings. Let us look UP today and rejoice in Him, in His plan for us! It just might be a day filled with the possibility of a possibility!

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