Sandy Warner ~ ~ ~ ~



HEARD:  Where do we go from here?  Which way is up? 


PIX:  I saw a cardboard box on the sidewalk.  And then the walls fell flat.  It was a flattened out piece of cardboard.


HEARD:  Breakthrough out of the box. 


COMMENTS:  This rhema reminds me of the story of the Box Turtle who was kept in a box as a pet.  The Lord gave that story to me recently through quickened eye glance on the list of Most Recent Posts. 


It reminds me of Jacobís grasp and the trait that some have in using flesh like tactics to force people to stay within a confined place in order to make them be available and at their beck and call.  This can happen in certain codependent type relationships, to be kept as a ďpetĒ to perform their gifts.  This also includes people who are codependent with their churches and even jobs. 


Once a person recognizes the pressures that the arm of flesh puts on them to stay within a confined place to perform, the Lord will reveal that we are to be God pleasers and not men pleasers.  Our gifts are for loving service, but when the relationship of our gifts becomes only horizontal and not vertical, where God is the Source, it leaves God out of the picture and the person loses their freedom and becomes confined within peopleís expectations. 


PRAYER:  Lord, please help Your people to come out of their places of confinement, where they are performing for wrong motives.  Help those who are hanging on and using the arm of flesh to control others to perform, to see this and let go.  Release Your people Lord, and bring them into freedom to become God pleasers.   We want our gifts and talents to be freely used for Your glory and from Your goodness.  We dont want them corrupted by the arm of flesh, but set free by Your Spirit in right alignment with Your heart and purposes for our lives.  In Jesus Name.


1 Thess 2:4-5 NKJV

But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.


Gal 1:10 NLT

Obviously, I'm not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ's servant.




The Story of the Box Turtle

Did you know the box turtle is the only species of turtle that can completely close its shell?

My friend had one as a pet and I would visit her just to behold its loveliness. It was the most beautiful and magnificent creature I had ever seen. The turtleís home was a cardboard box in the basement. The basement also contained a side door leading to the outside; the box sat directly in front of that door, just five or six feet from creation.

For weeks, our routine was always the same. I would knock on the door, come inside, and visit with our turtle. But one day all of that changed. My friend met me at the door with sadness in her voice and tears in her eyes. Our beloved turtle had escaped! I came inside to observe only an empty box.


As an adult, I learned the worst thing a person could do when encountering a box turtle is to try to keep it as a pet. The most humane action is to let them roam freely in the earth. Their domain is the size of a football field and if not disturbed or displaced, they will remain in this space throughout their existence.

I suppose that from the moment we met, our turtle was planning his escape; his spirit desired only to be free, and the box he found himself in was too small to become a permanent home. Iím sure he observed us come and go, and when he got ready, he told himself itís time to return to creation. He had work to do that didnít involve being trapped in a cage; his life was outside that side door.

As a child, I missed him greatly, but as a woman, I understand his plight. Iíve encountered circumstances, people, jobs, and situations that attempted to hold me hostage, separate me from the work Iíve been created to do, and prevent me from occupying the territory Iím supposed to occupy. And like the turtle, I stared those things in the face and secretly planned a way of escape. I looked to the door of hope and sensing the light, moved forward towards my prepared place. And having found green pasture, I rest peacefully in an open space created just for me..Ē


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Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandyís book, ď101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.Ē  Website:    Email:  







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