Hold Fast…those were the two words Beth Moore shared with us last weekend. She took the message from Deu 10:11-21. The basic premise was that to hold fast means to hold tightly…different than just hanging on lightly. Some definitions were to stick to, to cling to, to cleave, to adhere as if with glue, to be stuck together. (kind of like Caleb to my leg at preschool!). Then she used the coolest example…we are to hold fast to God in the same way a leviathan's scales are described in Isaiah...with no room between them for even air.
And she used an example of an alligator’s scales. And she talked about the tv show…Swamp People!!! I have never laughed so hard and felt so close to a complete stranger…lol My children would have been so proud of her! If you have never seen Swamp People…it is quality tv…lol…well maybe not quality but there is no sexual content or immoral behavior…just a few bleeped words and a lot of shooting alligators. Y’all know I don’t watch much tv…but it is just so interesting to me. I mean for one it is an American tv show that has to run the words at the bottom of the screen so you understand what is being said!!! Troy and Lizabeth are my favorite hunting team. I love to hear Mr Troy say “choot em lizaebth choot em”!! Total excitement! It is family friendly entertainment for the Gardner’s! And it is funny because we don’t aim to watch it (don’t even know when it is scheduled to come on) but if we flip through it…you can bet we are glued! =)
Ok I digress…The first thing she said that I LOVED was from Deu 6:23. She pointed out that it says “He brought us out…that He might bring us in”. And there have been many times God has done that same thing to me! =) We also learned a lot of Greek words (she likes that stuff). I won’t give them to you unless you ask me…haha
One quote I found extremely toe stomping was “God holds fast to us for our eternal security but unless we hold back we have NO earthly security.” Amen! And she asked “He is holding tight to you but are you holding tight to Him?”
And then the acronym…we discussed 8 points throughout Deu 10:11-21.
H – His affection is set upon you
O – Only He is your promise!
L – Loving Him awakens your true heart.
D – Doing His will does us good.
F – Fleeing to Him means fleeing with Him!
A – Any tighter embrace will also replace
S – Satan wants what you have!!!
T – The Lord is your life!
And we even had a cheer… H-O-L-D-F-A-S-T God has set his love upon me!!!
Other random quotes that I thought needed to be tattooed on my head included:
“When we withhold serving our local church, we rob the Body because our gifts are not for us.” “What God is working for good in us is meant to be good for the community too”.
“You cannot hold fast with one hand! You must let go of everything to hold fast to God with ALL your might!” “ We get in trouble when we get hung up in holding onto worship styles or religious disciplines…we are hanging onto something about God and not to Jesus HIMSELF!” “The man God gave the most wisdom to (Solomon) became a fool (he took many wives). We can also hold onto people tighter than God”.
“The more we put off our obedience the more we lose our spiritual strength”.
2 Sam 23:9-10 is a passage about David’s Mighty Men. It tells us that one of them stood and fought so long and hard that “his hand froze to the sword”. That is how we are to stand and fight satan.
That’s it…in true random form =)
Hope you have a blessed day!