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Thoughts From Hannah… March 22, 2012

Filed under: Chapter 8 — 1thousandgifts @ 2:52 pm

How will He not also?

Sometimes fears can overwhelm us and we forget to trust and obey, obey and do not worry. This chapter was a good reminder to keep my fretful spirit in check because it can easily turn into sin when I do not bring my worries to God in faith. How do you get to that point though when cares are surrounding you and your fears, however irrational, are overwhelming you. How do you open your hands and trust when the future looks bleak? This book has been like opening up a treasure chest of Ann’s thoughts. Her thoughts on thanksgiving have been so refreshing and helpful to me. She says that “Thanks is what builds trust”. God, the bridge builder, how many times has he proven himself trustworthy. We can trust God with the future by recounting the past in thankfulness. Our past as believers is all the same. We were dead in our sins and our transgressions BUT GOD in his unfathomable love towards us interceded and gave us life in himself. God has given us everything to be thankful for in Jesus. And he will redeem if he hasn’t already the broken areas of our lives. What a faithful redeemer we have in Jesus. We can remember what he has done for us in the past and know that “how will he not also” be faithful now and in the days to come.

“He who did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also graciously give us all thing?” Romans 8:32

There were some very convicting points in this chapter; one of them was when she was talking about how the opposite of faith is not doubt but fear. “Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism.” This statement was very convicting for me. What are your thoughts?


One Response to “Thoughts From Hannah…”

  1. Janet F.L. Says:

    It seems to me that in Chapter 8 Ann takes at look at fear from both sides—the torment and the trust. “There are moments,” she says, “that as sure as I bruise don’t feel like good things have been given. What of all the memories where Chist seems absent? When the bridge shakes and heaves, when ‘how will he not also?’ reads more like ‘he will not.’

    Trauma’s storm can mask the Christ and feelings can lie.”
    (page 155-156)

    We could post that last sentence in bold letters on our heart’s wall, along with this antidote: ” ‘Perfect love casts out all fear.’ ” How beautiful and powerful are these Words from God! (Quote from 1 JOHN 4, also quoted in 1 THOUSAND GIFTS, page 162).

    In a very difficult time I was reading a book by Neil T. Anderson which pointed out a section of verses in connection with fear. They have meant the world to me. They speak to both the torment and the trust in fear and put a compass of direction in our hearts:

    “do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread, and he will be a sanctuary:” ISAIAH 8:12b-14a (NIV)

    Sanctuary— away from fear’s torment, trust in the name above all names, and finding God’s arms our place of rest above lesser fears! “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might, forever and ever!” (REV. 5:13b,ESV)

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