Grab Hold of God’s Promises

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

I’m finding in order to grab hold of God’s promises for us, first we must trust him enough to release what we grasp in our hands, or mouth, as is the case for Baxter.

As I mentioned earlier, Pilot and I have a new puppy. At twelve weeks Baxter is quite interested in gnawing on stuffed animals, sticks, and rocks; when he isn’t gnawing on Pilot or me. The trick is to re-direct Baby B’s attention from what he shouldn’t be chewing to something he should be.

In order to do that, Baxter must release what he is holding and grab what we offer him. Sometimes he tries to hold onto a stone and grab a stick at the same time. That, however, rarely works.

While contemplating this, I thought of how sometimes we hold onto things that aren’t good for us, like Baxter chewing on rocks, and try to grab hold of God’s promises at the same time.

We aren’t so sure we want to exchange what we have for what God promises. We want it both ways.

Jesus paid the price for an abundant life to those who belong to him and claim him as Lord, yet we often settle for less. We shortchange ourselves and chew on rocks, refusing the good things God offers.

Baxter may understand he can trust us. He may understand what we offer is good. He may. I don’t know.

But until he trusts us to the point he willingly drops the harmful things he picked up, and grabs hold of what we offer, he won’t enjoy the rich, full life we have planned for him.

We may understand we can trust God. We may understand what God offers us is good. We may. I don’t know.

But until we trust God to the point we willingly drop the harmful things we’ve picked up, and grab hold of what God offers us, we won’t enjoy the rich, full life God has planned for us.

Chief says Baxter is one lucky pup for having us as his owners because of how spoiled he will be with everything we want to give him. Like Baxter, those who belong to God are indeed blessed above all others because of how much God wants to give us.

Anything you need to let go of in order to grab hold of God’s promises?

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That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)

 I wish you well.

Sandy

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We Can Trust God’s Wisdom

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At some point in our lives I imagine most of us have had someone tell us, “Trust me. I know what I’m doing.” We may have said it ourselves.

While the results of that trust could vary from totally trusting the person does, indeed, know what they are doing, to thinking, “Are you kidding? I wouldn’t trust you if my life depended on it.”

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Sometimes those who ask us to trust them have evil intent. They prey on the innocent and take from their victims.

Sometimes they make claims their ability  can’t back up.

Sometimes we are asked to trust without proof what we’re being asked to believe is fact.

There have been times someone asked for my trust, and I trusted. Sometimes with good results. Sometimes with not so good results. There have also been times I was asked to trust someone and replied, “I wouldn’t trust you if my life depended on it.” And for good reason.

While there are many, many people in this world clamoring for our trust, there is one we need never question whether he’ll come through on his promises or not.

God is trustworthy and true.

The Bible is trustworthy and true.

Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins courtesy pixabayis trustworthy and true.

We can trust in God’s perfect will for our lives whether that brings sunshine or rain because we know his wisdom is matchless.

And most importantly, we can trust God because our lives really do depend on it.

How do you decide who to trust and who not to trust?

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Lord All-Powerful, you are God. You have promised me some very good things, and you can be trusted to do what you promise. 2 Samuel 7:28 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God Dared Abraham to Dream

bing imagesBy Sandy Kirby Quandt

When God pulled Abram, who he later re-named Abraham, aside, God told him to look up at the stars. God said Abram would have descendants like the stars … too numerous to count.

Of course if you remember the story, there was one little problem … Abram had no children and at his age it was looking like he never would. But God had a dream he dared Abram to dream. bing photo

When Abraham was 100 years old and his wife, Sarah, was 90 they had a son. Isaac. (side note: Some time after Sarah died at 127 years of age, Abraham remarried … he and his new wife, Keturah, had at least six more children. Genesis 25:1-2)

God was faithful to keep his promise.

Before Abraham was ever born God knew his plan would be fulfilled through this man. Same thing with you and me. Before we were ever born God had a dream, a plan for our lives.

Sometimes the plan is bing photoclear to us. Sometimes it’s rather foggy. Doesn’t matter. It’s God’s plan and it will be accomplished. Even when to us it may seem to take an awfully long time to fulfill.

Abraham wasn’t perfect. Neither are we. Still God chooses to use us to accomplish his will on this earth. He asks us to believe him.

God wants us to dream with him. To step out in faith. To trust. To act on that trust.

Easier said than done sometimes. Can I get an amen?

Like me, are you struggling with the dream you believe God has dared you to dream?

Maybe it’s something others are getting in the way of or trying to snuff out. Maybe fear to actually grab hold of that dream and run with it is keeping you from moving forward. Maybe doubt has moved in and made itself waaay too comfortable. bing photo

Whatever your situation, if you feel God’s asked you to believe what you can’t see, remember good ole Abe. Hopefully, it won’t take 100 years for our dream to be fulfilled.

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Then God brought Abram outside beneath the nighttime sky and told him, “Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that—too many to count!” And Abram believed God; then God considered him righteous on account of his faith. Genesis 15:5-6

I wish you well.

Sandy

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