God’s Hold On You
Hebrews 10:23 (WE) We must hold on to God’s promise that we have said we believed. And we must never let go. He has promised and he will do it.
We often hear the expression, “Hold on to God.” Especially in seasons of difficulty. But you also need to know, in difficult seasons, that God is holding on to you.
Isaiah 41:12-14 (CEV) I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help.
John 10:29 (CW) The Father who put His sheep under my care is greater than anyone; no one can take you out of His hand.
You are NOT the only one holding on! God is hold on to you.
- Faith is my hold on God.
- Grace is God’s hold on me.
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (CP) I who am the least of the apostles — I who am not even worthy to be called an apostle because I tormented God’s dedicated people. Only by God’s grace I am what I now am! And the favor he showed me was not wasted, for I worked harder than all the rest — not I really, but God’s goodness that had hold of me.
We all have done things in our past that should have killed our calling!
- Paul persecuted the Church!
- Jonah ran away from Nineveh.
- Peter denied Jesus!
- King David committed murder and adultery.
Yet, God’s grip of grace prevailed in each of their lives!
God told Moses that His name is “I AM.” So we know I AM is holding on to me. Jesus, the great I AM is holding on to me. God is saying, “In life’s storms ‘I AM’ holding on to you.”
Footprints in the Sand, by Mary Stevenson, 1936
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?” The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
The Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32
- Rebelled against his father.
- Squandered his wealth.
- Lived sinfully.
- Was not worthy to be called a son.
The Father – The picture of God
- Forgave him. Placing a robe on him to cover his sin and shame.
- Restored him. Placing a ring on His finger symbolizing his sonship—restoring his identity, worth, and value.
- Renewed him. Placing sandals on his feet symbolizing renewed purpose and meaning for life.
- Celebrated him. He killed the fatted calf and threw a party (all which he didn’t deserve).
Faith is knowing God is holding on to you no matter what!
He will never leave me, never forsake me, and never abandon me.
Luke 22:31-32 (VOICE) Simon, Simon, how Satan has pursued you, that he might make you part of his harvest. But I have prayed for you. I have prayed that your faith will hold firm and that you will recover from your failure and become a source of strength for your brothers here.
What’s our responce to grace? Waste it? Or tighten our grip?
Romans 8:34-39 (NIRV) Christ Jesus is at the right hand of God and is also praying for us . . . . Who can separate us from Christ’s love? Can trouble or hard times or harm or hunger? Can nakedness or danger or war? . . . No! In all these things we are more than winners! We owe it all to Christ, who has loved us. I am absolutely sure that not even death or life can separate us from God’s love. Not even angels or demons, the present or the future, or any powers can separate us. Not even the highest places or the lowest, or anything else in all creation can separate us. Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.