Sandy Warner ~ ~ ~ ~


Wayne was listening to Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj on the webcast today and shared a story.  Sadhu is a prophet from India and walks closely with Jesus and has seen Jesus many times.  Sadhu walks in miracles.  Sadhu has a friend who is also a prophet in India and that friend prays 7 hours a day and sees Jesus every day.  Ministry leaders asked his friend why he got to see Jesus every day when they loved Him too and wanted to see Him.  The man told them it was because he prayed 7 hours a day and suggested they pray too. 


They were very sad because they had to work, minister and also take care of their families.  So when the people left, the prophet went to prayer as usual.  He saw Jesus immediately walk up to him and Jesus said, “I heard what you told them.”  Jesus proceeded to tell him that it was only because of Jesus’ grace that he saw Him and there was nothing he could ever do to earn it.  So the prophet deeply repented before the Lord and went back and told the leaders what Jesus had said. 


This caused me to think about our callings and the cost.  It costs us everything to follow Jesus, it costs us our entire lives.  He rewards us for our pursuit, but still His gifts are free and not payment for our deeds.  He promotes us when we are faithful with what we are given, but even our faithfulness is not our payment.  When it comes to actually walking out what He has called, it is only by His grace. Everything we have to walk it, comes from His supply and not our own. 


It costs us our life to love and follow Him, but the equipping to follow it is all from His grace, which is His unmerited, undeserved favor.  He does not waste one moment of our lives.  Everything in our life is divine preparation and equipping to fulfill our callings in Him. 


I have shed many tears and groanings for many years over one thing.  As a prophetic person, He has given me foresight and passion for what is coming.  But try as I might, I cant jump to heaven.  After so many years of striving and jumping and reading of others who have had these awesome experiences, I finally died and yielded the timing to Him. Yes we pursue Him; there is a divine tension between His drawing upon our hearts and our pursuing Him.  However, no amount of effort is going to win us a trip to where we want to go.  The ticket is either bought or it isnt. 


There are certain ministries that I truly love to sit at their feet and hear Jesus through them... but many times I am overwhelmed with the feeling that I have lost it, am not cutting it and not measuring up because they are pressing in and I am still back at point A.  It happens at every level of maturity.  We see what is available and then we become discontent until we obtain it.  It is part of growing up in Him and part of His drawing us into passion.  But in the process, all the wrong motives take a crash and burn while our spirit man races forward another notch. 


God knows exactly what it takes to keep our candles lit.  He knows what it takes to keep us from falling.  He knows what it takes to keep us growing.  We can’t walk in another man’s shoes.  We all know that, but none of us seem to accept that because we still feel we have failed.  The only lesson to learn is that to follow Jesus costs us everything, it costs us our lives.  It is a divine exchange of our lives for His. 


There is an eternal mystery called the seed, in which God brings forth Himself in all that He daily creates.  Within that mystery is the death of a seed required to bring a harvest.  When we die to self and exchange what we want for what He wants, it brings a multiplied harvest of even more grace.  Our death did cost us something and usually something very valuable, else it would not be death.  He grants us the grace to yield the seed and plant it and then His grace multiplies it far beyond what we even thought of asking. 


I went through a season of death where I became despairing of life and living.  There were years of culminating factors that came to a head at one time.  One of them was the completion of several assignments and the realization that I thought I had walked out all of my promises.  Without a vision the people perish and I began to seek Him for the next horizon; not for people, but for my own life.  I came to a complete halt until I heard one quickened sentence spoken from a podium: “What you do today affects all your tomorrows.  What you do today, affects 3-4 generations beyond you.” 


I knew that to be true, and the truth is that it actually affects all of humanity beyond you, and for all eternity.  No kidding.  They (the cloud of witnesses) can not be made perfect without us.  (Heb 11:40)  The Lord took me away from that  sermon and like a light piercing the darkness, came the following: “When you die, you plant your last and final seed for harvest.  Every day you live, is your chance to plant seed.  Do you really want to die when you already know My power to give you seed and My grace to pour it out so liberally?  Do you really want to give that up?” 


I made my decision that I am now on a grace extension plan.  Every day I live, I am being given another chance to plant more seed.  What’s it going to cost me?  I dont know, I am on His extended GRACE plan.  His grace is made perfect in my weakness.  What an amazing exchange.  Maybe I did die, because all I see is grace, Amazing Grace!


John 3:30-31 NKJV

He must increase, but I must decrease.


John 12:24-26 NKJV

Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain .  25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me;


Col 1:27 NKJV

Christ in you, the hope of glory.


2 Cor 12:9 NKJV

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."


Rom 12:6 NKJV

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.


Eph 2:8-10 NKJV


For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


Eph 4:7 NKJV

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift .


1 Peter 4:10 NKJV

As each one has received a gift , minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.



Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.”  Website:    Email:  







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