Depression renders one unfit or unable to receive His inner peace. Discouragement magnifies the burden and renders it too heavy to bear. Distress is the outcome of a heart that has not anchored itself on the Lord.
STUDY - God, All I Need
Lay hold on the hope set before us: which we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and entering into that within the veil.Heb.6:19-20
God is the anchor of the heart of the soul that is one with Christ.
What a picture of strength and power, when you feel alone in the world. An anchor-less ship is in danger of drifting on a sea of trouble.
Satan seeks to shipwreck the soul who is not securely anchored in Christ – but the Anchor of the soul is indeed sure and steadfast… so we must lay hold on that hope set before us – for our hope is secure in Him.
Storms of life are battering at my door. I’m sinking in a sea of trouble – now. The swirling tides of difficulty are billowing at my feet, now. Swift currents of pain and disappointments are sweeping me into confusion – now? But look deeper…. He not only died to save you and rose to give you newness of life, (a gift that all who believe on Him receive freely and without cost) – but our lives are hid with Christ in God – Who IS that mighty Anchor!
Christ our Anchor
Our sure and steadfast Anchor is He that has ‘entered into the veil…’ He has taken up His place, for you, within the heavenly holy of holies. His very intercession on your behalf is offered to God to keep you. His prayers for you are to keep you from being overwhelmed by this life. “I have prayed for you” (in THIS life) – “I have prayed for you that your faith fails not…” Luke 22:32
Our Eternal Rock
Peace – Be Still – Rest in Him and Hope in Him. God is your anchor… not only for eternity.
He is your strong, secure anchor right now – and He is not only your Anchor, but your Rock.
He is the immovable Rock upon which your anchor is stayed. Oh yes, our justification was secured at the cross and our glorification is similarly secured and anchored on the Rock of our Salvation.
Our eternal salvation is immovably secure and anchored on Christ alone. But in this life we are also being saved.
Our anchor was secured heaven at the point of salvation, but in this life we also have a responsibility.
In this life we are to lay hold of Christ, the anchor of our soul – if we are to be rewarded as a good and faithful servants. If we lay hold on anything else in this life we will find ourselves adrift.
Secure in Christ
Are you anchored on Christ and is your hope in Him or have you fastened your anchor to the things of this life? Will your anchor truly hold in the tumultuous tempest of this life by resting and remaining in Christ, body, soul and spirit? Will you lay fast hold of that hope set before you?
Will you anchor your hope on Christ, or will you allow the pain, problems and disappointments of life to overwhelm you ?
Our Anchor Is Christ
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
When our eyes behold thro’ the gath’ring nightThe city of gold, our harbour bright,We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore,With the storms all past forevermore.
May your anchor hold in the storms of this life and may my anchor hold fast too… on the Rock of our salvation
We have an Anchor that keeps the soulSteadfast and sure while the billows roll,Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.
All We Need
God in very truth is my Friend and my Comforter. He is in my Companion and Courage, my Joy and my Hope, My Defence and Defender – my Provider and Benefactor. He is indeed my Anchor and Assurance, my Prophet, Priest and King. He Who is all in all is everything we need. He is the personification of all that we desire. And we do well to know Him in each of His glorious capacity.
Though He slay me yet shall I trust Him. Yes Beloved – it is to draw you with cords of love into His deepest secrets – where you, “in Christ” live in quiet, humble submission to His Word – where Christ in you becomes an anchor for other hurting souls in your journey into faith.
Looking to JESUS, the Author and Finisher of our faith…”
Hebrews 12: 2
Any mariner knows that a fraction of a degree off-course and he misses his port. He may be 99% correct but that 1° is crucial to his safe arrival at his destination. If he sets his course towards a movable marker his journey will end in disaster. If he anchors his vessel to drifting wood, he will meander across a sea of confusion. If this is physical reality – how much more must this be true in the spiritual realm?
The wise mariner takes every precaution to steer a straight course towards his port. He must be 100% correct in his navigation if he is to arrive safely at his destination. He must not plot his course on a movable marker not anchor his ship to shifting sands, and believers in the spiritual realm must be equally vigilant in our own life journey.
We must know Him as our Light, our Wisdom, our Assurance and Truth. We must trust Him as our Anchor, our Courage, our Provider and Defender. We must love Him as our Saviour, our Comforter, our Father and Friend.
God of Hope
We read: Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews.6:20
We are to be advocates one for the other – little comforters; trustworthy anchors. We are to draw alongside to support and steady, to balance and even to correct. We are exhorted to exhort other Christians when we meet together in fellowship – particularly in these evil days as the return of the Lord gets ever closer.
When we trust in the Lord we may be sure that no matter what bitter circumstances of life rise up against us, the Lord will always be our refuge and strength, our anchor and our deliverer even when we don’t understand – for He has promised.
Indeed their speech; their actions; their attitudes and even their motives were to accord to godliness - and to reflect sound doctrine and wholesome teachings - both of which are firmly anchored to scriptural facts in the Word of God
He is to be the centre and circumference on which forgiven men and women must be securely anchored... for to Him has been given all honour and glory, might, majesty, dominion and power, forever and ever, amen.
They are rooted in the eternal faithfulness of His everlasting Word, and His Word is securely anchored on the rock of our salvation which is Jesus... Whose name is 'Faithful and True' - for Faithful is He who hath promised, Who also will do it.
Those who are grounded in the truth will have anchored their teaching on the whole counsel of God's Word and will be equipped to discern false teachings as they test the spirits to see if they are from the Lord..
Our hope in Christ is securely anchored to the Word of God, which contains His will and His purposes… so that we are not tossed about by every wind of uncertainty, nor destabilised by the stormy trials of life.
Abraham is the supreme example of a man of faith whose life bears witness of the never-failing faithfulness of our good and gracious God... and whose life experience encourages us to maintain the hope we have in Christ - our sure and steadfast anchor, on Whom to secure our soul.
The hope we have is a sure and steadfast anchor to our soul – and it is a hope that is eternally secure for all who are in-Christ – our Kinsman-Redeemer and heavenly Advocate.
evertheless we have our Lord's assurance that the sufferings of this present life cannot be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us, for we have a blessed hope that is anchored in Christ and an inheritance that is secured for us in heaven.
Although God knows that trust may be triggered by our senses, emotions, and daily living, He also knows those things can as easily be shattered into a thousand tiny fragments and sifted like wheat by Satan, if faith is not securely anchored to Christ as fact.
He is the Anchor of our soul, the Bread of Life and Living Water - and He is the One who gives the water of eternal life to whosoever thirsts, for He is the One Who has provided salvation, by grace through faith in Him - for no other person is King of kings and Lord of lords.
Just as a rock provides shelter from the storm, a firm foothold and an immovable anchor, so too David discovered the Lord to be his sturdy fortress - a safe place of secure shelter and a sure protection.
May we be those whose faith is established and anchored to the facts of Scripture... for when faith is founded on God's unchangeable Word, we know ALL that He has promised WILL be completed - through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This truth is grounded in the unchanging Word of God, where Christ's death, burial and resurrection is the anchor of our soul and the immovable foundation upon which our faith must stand.
As the floodgates of apostasy and paganism continue to pour into the lives of believers today and pollute their faith, it is important to remain securely anchored to this important message of clarification from the apostle Paul: the gospel message of salvation, which we have received, accepted, welcomed and appropriated in our hearts.
It is easy to look away from the Lord towards the blackening storm-clouds of life and the tumultuous waves of discontent, that are designed to shipwreck our testimony, and set us adrift from the Anchor of our soul, but James encourages us to keep our eyes on Jesus, and reminds us in this verse that the one who looks intently at the perfect law of liberty, which is already ours in Christ, and abides by it… will be blessed in what he does.
How important to stand on the many precious promises of God, and remember that He is the Rock on which to build, the Anchor that holds us steady, the Fortress in Whom we find protection and the Saviour of our soul.
Peter wants us to base our understanding our salvation on the never-changing truth of God's Word - for when we have absolute assurance in our heart and mind that our calling and election is secure in Christ and anchored to the precious promises in the Word of God - then we will not stumble in our Christian walk; we will not start to doubt God's Word regarding our salvation - we will not be tossed about by every changing wind of doctrine that seeks to place believers under condemnation - when the Word of God clearly tells us that there is no condemnation, to those that are in Christ Jesus.
We are further urged to be self-disciplined; self-controlled; sober and stable in our walk with God, which comes from a heart that is trusting the Lord, eyes that are looking to Jesus and a life that is submitted to the Spirit and anchored on Christ - the Rock of our salvation.
We have an eternal inheritance that is kept for us in heaven, and we have an assurance from God Himself that Christ will one day return for His church - and we are to anchor our hope on this glorious truth.
Let us treasure the things of the Lord, and unrelentingly pursue after righteousness and godliness, faith and love, perseverance and gentleness, humility of heart and joy in the Lord - for when our treasure is rooted and grounded in Jesus, then our heart will be anchored to the Rock of our eternal Salvation.
After his comforting reassurance, that the terrible day of the Lord, which was spoken about in the prophets of old, would not happen until the Church has been: gathered together unto Christ, Paul seeks to establish them in an unshakable faith, that is anchored in the Word of God.
Despite his extensive warnings of the wrath to come and Israel's impending exile from the land, Jeremiah predicts a wonderful future for the people of God, which became to them an anchor of hope for the soul, and a rock of salvation on which to stand.
Although a believer can often see Old Testament types, metaphors, promises, and prophecies being fulfilled in the Bible and opened to their understanding, as we grow in the Christian faith, the mysteries of which Paul spoke so often, and upon which the New Testament is anchored, are nowhere to be found in the pages of Old Testament Scripture.
But Christ Jesus is the anchor for our soul, for He is the living Word of God and He is the focus of the written Word of God and He has promised that His grace is sufficient and that He is with us and in us, even unto death - and greater is He that is in us than the enemy of our soul, who is in the world.
and Christ is our Chief Cornerstone upon Whom all the fundamentals of our faith are laid and the teaching of the New Testament apostles and prophets is the non-negotiable, foundation upon which our Christian faith must be anchored.