Drop It

Author Tosca Lee’s puppy, Timber, devouring her book, FIRSTBORN.

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

One of the first commands many dog owners teach their pet is, Drop it!

Much like babies, puppies have a strong tendency to snatch whatever they find and chew on it. Doesn’t matter what it is.

Sometimes what they pick up could harm them. Sometimes what they pick up could harm another creature. Sometimes what they pick up they have no business carrying around and it flat-out needs to be dropped.

I was reminded of that last sentence as not-so-pleasant thoughts about a person I know flooded into my brain recently.

I fussed, fumed, and pretty much allowed Satan to take over and make me miserable.

Then it was as if I heard myself telling one of our dogs, Drop it! Did you hear me? I. Said. Drop. It!

I’d picked up something that was not beneficial, could do harm not only to me, but the person I thought of, and I had absolutely no business whatsoever carrying around the attitude and thoughts that slammed through my brain.

I paused. Took a breath. Quit ranting and giving reasons why I had every right in the world to feel the way I felt about the person. Confessed I shouldn’t have snarled like a dog who refused to give up the bone they gnawed on, and waited for Satan to slink off.

Like me, have there been times in your life when the great deceiver dredged up your hurt, pain, abuse, mistreatment, loneliness …

Things we believed we let go of and moved past, only to be pulled back into those places all over again?

Those are the times when we need to remember who we belong to, the price paid for our adoption into God’s family, and tell ourselves to Drop it!

Satan is defeated. He’s been crushed. He has no power except what he is given. Christ alone is our strength. He is our victory.

So when the father of lies comes around next time, let’s agree to tell him Drop it. Drop the accusations, and move on.

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Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Hebrews 2:14 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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This is the Way

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Have you ever been lost? Perhaps you’ve thought, this is the way, only it wasn’t?

I seem to have more trouble with getting lost driving downtown than I do any other place. Hiking on trails, I usually do okay. Probably because they’re marked.

Of course, there is the problem of my getting lost when I’m in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Israelites of the Old Testament had a problem with going off their own way and getting lost. The first verse of Isaiah chapter 30 says, “Woe to my rebellious children, says the Lord; you ask advice from everyone but me, and decided to do what I don’t want you to do.” They went down to Egypt and sought Pharaoh’s help instead of depending on God.

The Israelites ignored God’s prophets. They ignored God’s word. They did what they wanted, and went their own direction. In reply to their disobedience, God said, “Because you despise what I tell you and trust instead in frauds and lies and won’t repent, calamity will come upon you.”

Only in listening to God’s truth and repenting would they be saved.

Sometimes we get lost, too. Maybe not because we took the wrong exit ramp off the freeway or followed the wrong hiking trail. We get lost because we ignore God’s word, thinking we know better than he does and head off in a direction of our own choosing.

We don’t listen to God’s voice when he tells us, “This is the way. Walk here.”

Instead of following others, shouldn’t we follow God?

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And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, “No, this is the way; walk here.”  Isaiah 30:21 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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