He Is Worthy

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In the book of Revelation a mighty angel asks, “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll?”

This scroll was in the right hand of the One seated on the throne in heaven. But there was no one—no one in Heaven, no one on earth, no one from the underworld—worthy to break open the scroll and read it.

At this knowledge, John wept.

I believe if I’d been with John at this time, I too would have wept at the seeming hopelessness.

No one anywhere in all creation was worthy.

How very, very sad.

If there was no one worthy to break the seven seals on the scroll, then no one could read what it said.

As John wept in his sadness, one of the twenty-four Elders told him to stop crying. Then he pointed to the Lion of Judah, the Lamb of God, the Root of David, the Conqueror who proved himself worthy to open the scroll and break its seals.

On the Lamb’s body were wounds that once had caused his death. While John watched, The Lamb, Jesus, stepped forward and took the scroll from the hand of the One seated on the throne. His Father. God.

At times we may feel as John did and weep over the darkness and brokenness of the world around us.

We may feel the darkness closing in and forget a day is coming when a new dawn will break.

In God’s perfect timing all the darkness will banish in the Light of our Savior Jesus Christ.

All will be made new. And God will walk among us once again.

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone able to break the seals and open the scroll?

Yes.

The Lamb who was slain on a cross at Calvary and rose to ascend to heaven where he now sits at his Father’s right hand, is the only one worthy to open the scroll.

Jesus is worthy to receive the glory and power and honor and blessing.

He is!

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I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One Seated on the Throne. It was written on both sides, fastened with seven seals. I also saw a powerful Angel, calling out in a voice like thunder, “Is there anyone who can open the scroll, who can break its seals?”

There was no one—no one in Heaven, no one on earth, no one from the underworld—able to break open the scroll and read it.

I wept and wept and wept that no one was found able to open the scroll, able to read it. One of the Elders said, “Don’t weep. Look—the Lion from theTribe Judah, the Root of David’s Tree, has conquered. He can open the scroll, can rip through the seven seals.” Revelation 5:1-5 (MSG)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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When Our Timbers Get Shivered

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

According to the etymology resources I investigated, shiver me timbers means:

to break in or into many small pieces, c. 1200, from the source of shiver (n.). Chiefly in phrase shiver me timbers (1835),

To cause (a material thing) to ‘start’ or break away from its place; to displace by pressure or strain. Of a ship. To suffer the starting or giving way of (a plank, etc.).

The word shiver originally referred to a small piece, fragment, or splinter of something, or to the act of breaking something into many small pieces. Hence, “shiver my/me timbers” refers to the splintering of wooden ships upon rough seas.

Well. The last half of 2017 was a time when my timbers were shivered with one continuous thing after another. For sure.

Details aren’t necessary.

But I will say if you’ve ever been caught in a rip current, pulled under water repeatedly, popped up for a gasp of air only to be pulled under again, you might have an idea of what I’m talking about.

While I believe we are meant to learn from our past, and nothing is wasted, for this discussion I’m going with what Kylo Ren told Rey in the latest Star Wars movie. “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be.”

The last week of December 2017 I felt God reorienting the ship of my life. Although the tides of life pulled me gradually off course, pieces of wood shivered and lay splintered on the deck, my main mast split in two, and my sails tore; God began turning me back to his guiding star.

When our timbers get shivered it requires a deep trust in God to steady the ship.

It requires stepping away from the steering wheel and allowing God to take over the helm.

It requires continuous reorientation to the Guiding Star that is constant and never moves.

Is it easy? Nope. Is it doable? Yep. With God all things are possible. Even putting the shivered pieces of our life in their proper place.

Have your timbers been shivered lately?

If you usually skip over the music videos, please listen to Andrew’s song which explains what I’m trying to say so much better than I can.

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Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne. Hebrews 12:2 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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He Will Crush the Serpent’s Head

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

It isn’t often I go to the book of Genesis to reflect on Jesus’ birth, but that’s what I did recently.

When Pilot and I toured the painted churches of Schulenburg, Texas, the cemetery at the Praha church fascinated us. As we wandered through the grave markers, read the names, and noticed the dates of birth and death, Pilot made an amazing discovery.

It was a statue of Mary. If you look close, at the bottom of the statue you see a snake crushed under Mary’s foot. Fulfilling God’s prediction the day he confronted Adam, Eve, and the serpent in the Garden. Mary’s seed did indeed crush the serpent’s head.

Jesus has been, is, and always will be. Before the creation of the world, God knew man would sin and need a Savior. Jesus knew he would be the Sacrificial Lamb slain for the sins of the world.

Jesus’ birth in a manager in Bethlehem brought the Gift to mankind. His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary paid the debt we owed but could never pay. His resurrection conquered sin, hell, the serpent, and death. He fulfilled the promise God made all those many, many years earlier that although the serpent would bruise Christ’s heel, Our Redeemer would crush the serpent’s head. And glory hallelujah, he did exactly that!

Have you ever considered this section of scripture during the Christmas season before?

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Then the Lord God said to the snake, “You will be punished for this; you alone of all the animals must bear this curse: From now on you will crawl on your belly, and you will have to eat dust as long as you live. I will make you and the woman hate each other; her offspring and yours will always be enemies. Her offspring will crush your head, and you will bite her offspring’s heel.” Genesis 3:14-15 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Faith and Hope in Jesus

Years ago when I first heard Andrew Peterson’s song, “No More Faith”, it puzzled me.

Aren’t we supposed to walk by faith, not by sight? Isn’t faith the assurance we have that something we want is going to happen? The certainty what we hope for is waiting for us? Didn’t Jesus comment numerous times about people’s great faith, or lack of?

So what’s the deal with a song called no more faith? Faith is what sustains us and gets us through the difficulties of this world, is it not?

And what about hope? When our hearts are plunged into the depths of despair, don’t we cling to hope like a life preserver?

Job declared that even if God slay him, still he would have hope. David declared we are to put our hope in God, and said our hope comes from God.

Well. It’s taken me awhile, but I think I understand what Andrew meant. Maybe. A little.

There is going to come a time, Revelation tells us, when we will see Jesus face to face. At that time, we won’t need anymore faith. Anymore hope. Why? Because in heaven what we were confident would happen; what we hoped, for has come to pass. Those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior will stand in his presence, bathed in his glorious love.

And the greatest of these is love. A never ending, everlasting, all encompassing love that can only come from the Father and his Son.

All despair will be removed. There will be no need to have faith or hope that things will get better, because in heaven everything will be perfect.

When we reach heaven, Christ’s love will prove he has wiped away every tear, every heartache, and every disease.

Glory hallelujah!

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What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Hebrews 11:1 (TLB)

 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Keeping Our Eyes on the Pillar of Fire

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

During their forty years of wandering through the wilderness after they left Egypt, God provided the Israelites with a pillar of fire at night and a pillar of cloud by day to guide them. When the pillar rested over a place, the Isrealites rested. When the pillar moved, the Israelites moved. These pillars assured the people God remained with them.

God did not take the Israelites the quickest route. He took them the long way home. His timing. His route. His pace.

I was reminded of this truth recently, once again, in regards to my quest to have my books published. While I may not see a physical pillar of fire, or a pillar of cloud, God is still with me on this journey. That fact right there should be enough to comfort me, but sometimes I choose not to see this journey that way, and I need God’s gentle reminder this is his timing. His route. His pace.

My assignment, should I choose to accept it, is to keep my eyes on the pillar of fire and pillar of cloud, and follow where God’s pillars lead.

It doesn’t matter whether I understand or not.

More times than not, I don’t understand. But that’s okay, because God is still the one controlling the pillars.

Any pillars of fire or pillars of clouds God is setting before you?

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During the day the Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud to show them the way, and during the night he went in front of them in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel night and day. The pillar of cloud was always in front of the people during the day, and the pillar of fire at night. Exodus 13:21-22 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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