Scripture and a Picture – How Can the Holy Spirit Help Us to Snatch and Catch?

Scripture and a Picture – How Can the Holy Spirit Help Us to Snatch and Catch?

Last weekend as I looked at my Scripture  to memorize for this week, God moved me from one Scripture to another and I ended up picking 1 Peter 1:8-9, HCSB to memorize for this week.

 You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:9

While I listened to God I heard the word, “catch”. My mind instantly went to football, catching the ball and running with it towards the goal.

Because of my fascination with the word “catch” I looked it up on line in Greek. There were 2 meanings that interested me.

agreuó – original word -ἀγρεύω  (Strongs 64) means catch and capture

harpazó  –  original word -ἁρπάζω (Strongs 726) means to snatch

For the first one – capture. I see this as CATCH HIS FIRE, His Holy Spirit. And we can do that as we read His Word.

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us (Luke 24:32, NIV)?”

For the second one – snatch. I see us snatching ourselves and others out of the fire.

Be merciful to those who doubt;  save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh (Jude 1:22-23, NIV).

I found two other instances of the word “snatch” – snatching from the fire. Amos 4:11 and Zechariah 3:2-5.

I believe we are called to be disciples of men (as in human beings). As we grow in God’s Word, we become stronger in our faith and can help others along the way.

As we run the race, clutching onto the Holy Spirit, dodging the world’s traps, we can also reach out to others and help them towards the goal, too.

As we memorize God’s Word, the Holy Spirit works in us to teach and change us. He also brings people into our paths whom we can encourage.


Father, Help us to learn Your Word. Help us not only to memorize but chew on it until it becomes part of who we are. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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  1. Your artwork is beautiful. The football player catching the football, the believer catching the passion for the gospel. I am enjoying observing the early believers and the work of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts.

    1. Carol,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. That encourages me. Yes I love the book of Acts too – and how they trusted in God for everything. Prayed continually.

    1. Karen,
      I think it is amazing how the Holy Spirit can touch our hearts. Come Lord Jesus – help us to see and know You more. Let’s work together to bring His glory.

  2. Thanks for this challenge, especially to memorize scripture. I have a stack of 3X5 cards of scriptures I jotted down over the years because they spoke to me and I thought, I need to remember (memorize) this. Hmmm. Need to get back to them.

    1. Jacqueline,
      I have the same stack of cards – I did practice them but because I didn’t put time and effort into understanding the passage, visualizing it and praying about it, they didn’t stick. I’m praying these passages STICK.

  3. Janis, I am so enjoying this week’s Scripture. I backed up to verse 6 though so I can have the whole thought in my head. I love the connection with last week’s verse in the “unseen.” At Christmas time, we emphasize the truth that Jesus WAS seen on the earth for a period of time, but now we are, as Peter said, believing and relying on faith to love Jesus and to “see” Him. This believing is a cause for rejoicing! It is such a great thing to have this community to motivate me to learn a verse every week.

    1. Michele,
      The Scriptures seem to flow one from another. Not sure where I think or find them. God just seems to bring them to me. Believing and faith – even when we haven’t seen – powerful stuff.

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