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Break the Grip of the Rip

July 19, 2010

I knew how to dog paddle when it grabbed me and pulled me away to danger, little match for the water of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Rip currents surprise unwary swimmers and threaten to pull them from shore and to disaster.

Last week I saw a warning sign posted along the Gulf Coast:   Break the Grip of the Rip. If we’re going to swim in the ocean, we need to be aware of potential dangers and how to respond:

  • Know where the dangerous currents are and avoid them.
  • Know how to get out of a rip current if you’re in one. (Swim out and AWAY)
  • Know how to reach out and take a hand of rescue if offered.

Trying to have quiet time with the Lord can be like fighting the rip current of life’s distractions and interruptions. Just when we are enjoying the warm rhythm of God’s truth washing over us, something grabs at us and threatens to pull us away to the dangerous place of drifting without Him. It may look different for each of us, but Satan knows what to use to pull us under and away from our Lord.  The solution for facing these Quiet Time Busters is similar to facing ocean currents:

  • Know what distractions are dangerous and avoid them.
  • Know how to get away from distraction when it comes. (Turn out and AWAY)
  • Know how to take help when offered to you.

We can break the grip of the rip, because we have the Holy Spirit to empower us to face things that would pull us from God’s path. As we feed on His Word, we gain strength and wisdom to recognize and resist dangerous currents. As a child I was no match for the rip current, but God sent rescue in the form of an older, experienced, unselfish hand of rescue.  We hope we might be that hand here at Scripture Dig, and we pray you will be that for those around you.  Look around … someone may need a hand to break the grip of the rip in their lives.

Your distractions probably don’t look very different than mine, so I’ll leave you with my “Alphabet Priorities.”  Print them out and put them next to your towel in the morning, so you’ll be ready to “Break the Grip of the Rip” as you dive in.

No adoration, no agenda

No Bible, no breakfast

No Christ, no computer

No devotions, no duties

No exaltation, no errands

No Father, no fun

No God, no goodies

No heaven, no housework

No Immanuel, no itinerary

No Jesus, no job

No King, no Kindle

No Lord, no laundry

No Master, no memos

No kneeling, no networking

No obedience, no occupation

No prayer, no planner

No quiet time, no quality

No reflection, no rush

No Savior, no schedule

No trust, no tech

No understanding, no undertaking

No value, no vocation

No waiting, no work

No ‘xpectation , no ‘xercise

No Yahweh, no yoke

No Zion*, no zoe**!

*Zion refers to heaven, the hope and ultimate home for believers.

** Zoe = LIFE!

Click here to read more about overcoming the grip of the Quiet Time Busters in your life.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2010 6:21 am

    Julie, I LOVE this!! Thank you so much. The “Alphabet Priorities” is great! And convicting.

  2. July 19, 2010 11:19 am

    this is wonderful. I’ve heard of No Bible, No Breakfast (read it in an Elisabeth Elliot book), but all the rest. . . terrific. thank you

  3. July 19, 2010 11:21 am

    Great Post. Those rips can be scary. Thanks for the great application. Love it!

  4. July 19, 2010 1:00 pm

    Love this! It IS very convicting! I find that when I feel like I’ve “had no time” for my quiet time, what that really means is that I wasted a lot of time earlier in the day to do things like get on my computer or do house chores or sleep. I need to make my quiet time a priority and not allow myself these other things until I’ve spent time in the Word and with the Lord! Great post! Thanks!

  5. July 19, 2010 10:02 pm

    I LOVE the alphabet! Such great application.

  6. stephanieshott permalink
    July 19, 2010 11:35 pm

    Great post Julie! I love practical stuff we can take home, live out and apply on a daily basis. I LOVE it! 🙂

  7. Shelby Titus permalink
    July 22, 2010 9:38 am

    Dear Julie,
    This is so true. I’ve certainly been experiencing this lately in my life and I’m so
    disappointed in myself. I’m no match for the ocean and I need the Holy
    Spirit to help me keep on track! Your list is one of the ways He can do that with me.
    Lv, Mom

  8. Shelby Titus permalink
    July 22, 2010 9:39 am

    Julie, I love this. Mom

  9. July 22, 2010 7:42 pm

    Absolutely going on the bathroom wall!

    No Christ- no computer!

    Dont we make just foolish excuses about our busyness and it is just our priorities- you are completely right- thank you so so so much.

    Excuse me now, I have a power cord to put under my Bible & journal,


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