Blab it and Grab it!

By Patrick Hawthorne


Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  Did you know that this applies to you speaking the Word to yourself?  It’s true.  For example, sometimes when I am down I will quote the Message version of Psalm 43:5.  “Why are you cast down my soul?  Why are you singing the blues?  Fix my eyes upon God – soon I’ll be praising again.  He always puts a smile on my face.  He’s my God.”  After quoting that a few times, how can I not smile?

But, what about other verses?  What do I do when I need to build up my faith in the promises of God?  That is when I make it personal.  For example, I regularly quote Psalm 91, but not as it is written.  I make it personal.  I make it applicable to me by removing the  “You’s,” and inserting, “Me” or “I.”   Some might accuse me of being a “blab it and grab it,” type person.  I’m fine with that because I know the difference between faith in God’s word and wishful thinking.

Psalms 91 (Notice that I make it personal to me)

I will dwell in the secret place of the Most High
and  abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord“He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely God delivers ME from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
My Father covers ME with His feathers,
And under His wings I shall take refuge;
God’s truth is MY shield and buckler.
I shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at MY side,
And ten thousand at MY right hand;
But it shall not come near ME.
Only with MY eyes shall I look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because I have made the Lordwho is my refuge,
Even the Most High, MY dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall ME,
Nor shall any plague come near MY dwelling;
11 For MY HEAVENLY FATHER shall give His angels charge over ME,
To keep ME in all MY ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear ME up,
Lest I dash MY foot against a stone.
13 I shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent I shall trample underfoot.

Now this next part is God speaking back to us… Again, I make this personal according to His word.


14 “Because Patrick has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set Patrick on high, because he has known My name.
15 Patrick shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy Patrick,
And show him My salvation.”

Let’s carry this a bit further.  “For God so loved the world (that means you and me) that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) that whosoever (we qualify as an whosoever) believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  Now, let’s make it personal. “For God so loved Me that He gave His only begotten Son and because I believe [trust on a rely] in Him, I shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

It is that simple.  I am simply taking the promises meant for us and making them personal to me.  Now, I challenge you to go ahead and try it.  Blab it and grab it.  I’m sure you will like it if you give it a try.  Be blessed…

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8 comments on “Blab it and Grab it!
  1. anitvan says:

    I’m ok with “blab it and grab it” so long as what we are “grabbing” is confined to that which God ACTUALLY promises.

    For example – I’ve recently heard stories of Christians claiming to have the God-given ability to control the weather. The thinking goes, if Jesus was able to command the storm to calm, then Christians – those who claim His Name – have that ability as well. The problem is, nowhere in Scripture do we have a promise to be able to supernaturally command nature to obey us.

    If we actually had such a promise, then we would be an evil people above all others, because nobody seems to be exercising this ability, using it to avert mass destruction and thus saving many lives. If we have that ability and are charged with using it, we are failing miserably!

    Regarding speaking Scripture over oneself – that I can unreservably endorse! Make His promises personal!

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    • I agree…However, I have stood in the midst of a storm and declared Psalms 91. More than once I have seen tornadoes that were headed for my house suddenly shoot back up into the sky or change course. No, I was not controlling the weather, but was standing in faith of the One who could.

      The problem I see is that some start having faith in their faith instead of faith in God. On the other side, we have Christian’s who have the “Whatever will be,” attitude and do not exercise their faith at all. There is a balance.

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  2. Shane says:

    Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
    Joh 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
    Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
    Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.


  3. Amen Patrick! “Blab it and grab it,” I love that. Well said.

    I am not really a “name it and claim it” person and yet far too often I see the precise opposite going on. I call it spiritual anemia, as in there is not enough iron in our blood. There are promises in the bible, claim them, step into His full authority, and speak them over your life. It is written, it is His word and His promises are assured.

    People these days are often afraid of things like healing and speaking to storms, but when you got nothing else, when the Lord is all you have and you are driven to prayer in desperation, you discover who He is and that His promises are good. Another word for faith is “trust.” Trust in the Lord with all you heart.

    We ourselves were spoken into existence. Life and death is in the power of our tongue. Speak life over yourself and others. 🙂


    • Thanks IB…I like to call it, “Throwing down the anchors before the storm ever hits.” Remember when Paul was in the terrible storm. Well, in the middle of the storm, the crew tried to throw down anchors. I don’t want to be that type Christian. I want my anchors set before the storms ever reach me. I don’t like panic praying… 🙂

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  4. Patrick,
    We’ve been on the road since September 5th and today I finally got a chance to read your posts. As you can tell from my comment on today’s post, I’m reading backward.


    • Hey bud…I totally understand. I’ve been so back logged of late that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. Shreveport has been a major hub for not only Hurricane Harvey but for refugees coming from Puerto Rico.


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