Where Do We Put Our Trust?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

There are many things in this world we trust in. We flip a light switch, and trust the light will go on. We put our car in gear, and trust it will go the direction we chose. We sit in a chair, and trust it will not break.

Most of us trust when we board an airplane it will not fall from the sky. We trust if someone gets up and walks to the back of the plane, the plane will continue to fly in a straight line. (Smiling at you, Sissy.)

We trust the pilot flying the Triple 7 knows what she’s doing. (Waving at you, Carmela.)

If it is so easy for us to trust in these things, I wonder why we find it difficult to trust in Jesus alone for our salvation. Far too often we trust in our accomplishments, our busyness, or our goods works to save us; and they can’t.

Each and every one of us is going to be held accountable for everything we’ve ever said and done. Everything.

When we stand before the Righteous Judge and trust in the amount of money we gave to our church, or the number of missions trips we went on, or how often we sat on a church pew those things will not save us. They are outward signs of our inward faith and trust just as stepping onto a boat is an outward sign we trust it will not sink.

 

Our salvation depends on whether or not we put our trust in Jesus. Our forgiveness comes through Christ’s sacrifice alone to pay the penalty for our sins.

Nothing else will matter except what we’ve done with Christ in our lives.

So I ask again. Where do we put our trust?

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Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God is a Consuming Fire

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Through the years I’ve witnessed first hand how absolutely destructive fire can be. And let me say, it isn’t pretty. Because of this, and probably for other unknown reasons, I’ve been reluctant to embrace the thought that God is a consuming fire.

The first time I read the words stating God is a consuming fire in Hebrews, I shuddered.

The first time I watched Third Day’s rather apocalyptic video, Consuming Fire, it frightened me.

Yes. I sang Refiner’s Fire at church along with everyone else. Sure, I wanted to be holy, set apart for God’s use. Didn’t we all?

courtesy pixabayI longed to be a clean vessel God could use, but there was that fire thing again.

Couldn’t I just be scrubbed clean with soap, or something?

Did it HAVE to be fire?

This morning as I listened to Meredith Andrews’ song, “Burn Away” it hit me.

Looking back I see where God took his refining fire to my heart multiple times. I’ve been in the crucible and held over his consuming fire more times than I care to remember. But remember I must.

And you want to know why we must remember the times God’s consuming fire burned courtesy pixbayaway the things in our lives that are not of him; that kept us from being all he designed us to be? Because it is in those times of trial and testing we are purified to become vessels he can use.

So, instead of shrinking from the flames and being fearful, I have a new perspective. If God’s refining fire is what it takes to make me more like Jesus, then burn away.

How about you?

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Since we have a Kingdom nothing can destroy, let us please God by serving him with thankful hearts and with holy fear and awe. For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God’s Word Never Fails

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Summer’s scorching heat is upon our area again. The grass withers. The flowers fade. Leaves on shrubs wilt. Brown grass crunches underfoot. The heat is just too much, and rain is nowhere in the forecast.

This heat will pass, I know. Refreshing rains will return. The grass, flowers, and leaves will perk up. Come winter we’ll barely remember the heat and how wilted everything was. Until it strikes again the next time.

The scorching heat of life beats down on us, too. It withers and fades our souls just as surely as the summer sun’s heat withers and fades grass and flowers under its hot afternoon sun. Oppression beats down on us. Obstacles won’t budge. We long for relief, but it seems out of reach.

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At those times when our souls feel wilted, God’s word stands ready to refresh and nourish. His words above everything else strengthens and renews. God’s words are life. They are full of his promises and his everlasting love.

Maybe we aren’t the ones fading, withering, or wilting at the moment. Maybe we aren’t bothered by the heat of problems today. Instead, maybe God placed us in a position to bring his words of life and renewal to those around us who are feeling the heat of life.

Everything in this world will fade away like grass and flowers baked in the scorching heat. Only God’s word endures forever. No matter what we face, we can hold onto the same truths the ancients penned centuries ago. The LORD truly is our eternal shepherd. We need not want.

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Could it be God wants us to speak his everlasting words of love that will never fade or wither to those around us, more than he wants us to speak words that will fade away?

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Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Heat It Up

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Among the many wonderful things about the YMCA at Estes Park, Colorado where the Colorado Christian Writers Conference is held are the fireplaces in the Assembly Hall between Ruesch Auditorium and Long’s Peak Lodge. I love love love them.

The first year we were at the Y after the fireplaces were installed, it snowed about six inches overnight. It continued snowing throughout the week. Beautiful!

The blaze which ignited within those stone structures each day and night was indeed a glorious, welcomed sight.

This year, however, although it did rain and hail there was no snow. To see the unlit fireplaces was disappointing. Especially when I knew what they could do.

Instead of the cheery, welcoming blaze I’d grown used to, the fireplaces were cold and dark.

It may seem a bit bizarre to talk about fires and fireplaces the first week of  June for those of us seeing temperatures in the 90s, but I’m thinking…how many times are we like those unlit fireplaces?

The expectation is we’ll be burning bright for Jesus. Instead we are cold, dreary and disappointing.

That is, until our spark is lit and we roar to life.

Then BOOM.

We’re on fire. Alight and blazing for the LORD. The way we were created to be.

So what keeps us from staying lit, I wonder? Is it a lack of fuel? Lack of courage? Lack of desire or preparation?

After spending time in the Colorado Rockies amid God’s glorious grandeur, I realize I am guilty of letting my flame grow dim far too many times.

Does that ever happen to you?

My desire is to be on fire for Jesus and accomplish the great things he wants me to accomplish, but too many times I allow circumstances to get in the way and dim the flames.

I want God to set my soul on fire.

Blazing.

Restored.

Renewed.

I don’t want to be a disappointing cold fireplace.

What about you? How’s your fire burning?

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 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 1 Corinthians 3:13 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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If you were alive in the 70s, possibly you sang the song, “It Only Takes a Spark“. Great song, although a bit plodding. Brings back lots of memories, but that’s not the song I’ve chosen to leave you with today. I’m featuring a song that’s a bit more upbeat with an equally good message.

One of my articles will appear on Inspire a Fire today. Please stop by and read it.

When We Need a Miracle

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

I received a text from one of my girlfriends. She’d been listening to a preacher and thought of me. The preacher said something about being someone else’s miracle.  Ella felt I fit that category and wanted to tell me I was her miracle.

Although extremely humbled, I don’t see myself the way she sees me. I see myself as a sinner saved by grace. Someone God has used in his timing and in his way to speak to her through the years. Maybe somehow through me, God did work a miracle. I’m not saying one way or the other. Just not taking the credit.

Some folks don’t believe in miracles. Some folks do. Which camp are you in?

For those in the Don’t Camp, they believe miracles are things of the past. You know…God parted the Red Sea so the Israelites could flee Pharoah’s army…Jesus Christ turned water into wine at the wedding feast…He raised Lazarus from the tomb…Jesus was resurrected and ascended into heaven. You know. Bible times miracles. Not miracles today.

They discount what others would call a miracle today as coincidence. Happenstance. Freak of nature. Definitely nothing beyond explanation.

The Do Camp believes God is alive and well. Working in people’s lives today as he worked in people’s lives long ago. They believe there is no other explanation than BUT GOD

Ella and I met at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference.

We happened to sit next to each other during an early bird workshop led by Patricia Raybon.

We coincidentally kept running into each other until we decided we were meant to spend the rest of the conference together. We opened up to each other and discovered we had more in common than wanting to become writers.

We exchanged contact info and each left for our corner of the world. It was over two years before we reestablished contact. I’d lost her info. She’d lost mine…BUT GOD had other plans and his timing was perfect.

While emptying out one of her bags, Ella found my information and got in touch. That was over four years ago.

Ella has prayed for me. I’ve prayed for her. She’s given me sound advice. She says I’ve done the same for her. She’s listened when I poured out my heart. I’ve listened when she’s poured out hers.

A miracle? Maybe. What I know is God’s hand has been in the midst of it all.

I know I’ve learned not to question when I’m nudged to pray for someone. I pray.

Usually, I find out later the person I prayed for had a specific need at that specific time.

The same has happened to me in reverse.

Friends have emailed or called and told me I was on their mind and they’d prayed. They weren’t aware of the struggle I was having at the time, BUT GOD knew, and they were obedient to his nudge to pray.

In need of a miracle? Let God know what’s on your mind and heart. You just might find he shows up through another person who might be your miracle.

So, which camp are you in? Don’t believe? Do believe? Anybody you know who you’d say God has used as a miracle in your life? Have you been a miracle in someone else’s life? Where have you seen a BUT GOD?

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There are many other things Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not be big enough for all the books that would be written. John 21:25 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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