Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Anchor That Holds

Chuckle: A visiting official made a phone call from a mental institution and had difficulty getting his number. Finally, he shouted at the operator, "do you know who I am?" "No," she replied calmly, "but I know where you are."
 
Quote:  "Our safety lies in God and not in our feeling safe." --Hubert van Zeller
 
ANCHOR FOR OUR SOULS
 
    "This confidence (in God’s promises) is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of heaven into God's inner sanctuary" (Hebrews 6:19 NLT).
 
The word, “anchor,” only appears four times in the entire Bible.  Three times it is used in Luke’s account of fierce storms at sea (Acts 27:29-30,40).  The other is in our passage.  It’s interesting that the anchor cross was one of the signs used by early Christians to signify their hope and faith.
 
There are many situations in the Christian life when using the analogy of a ship's anchor is highly appropriate.  It provides us encouragement and strengthens our confidence that God is our never-failing anchor.  A ship's anchor is designed to hold the ship fast and secure even through pounding waves, strong undercurrents, and ferocious winds. 
 
As we go through each day, and sometimes endure difficult storms, we must decide in whom, or in what, we trust to provide us anchorage and stability.  It is Jesus Christ who provides an anchor for our souls and He is our connection (anchor) to the Father.  
 
Because God embodies all truth, He cannot lie.  Therefore, we can be secure in every promise He makes in His Word.  His promises provide the stability for your life in the same way that a ship's anchor holds firmly to the seabed.  Jesus says He is the way to the Father.  "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6 NIV).  It is through faith in Him that we are saved.  Also, it is through Him that we have access to the Father in our prayers.  It is through Him that we have a reliable anchor even when everything around us is coming apart.
 
Neal A. Maxwell put it this way: Our “Ultimate hope constitutes the anchor of the soul.”   The lyrics of an old hymn go like this: "Be very sure, Be very sure your anchor holds and grips the solid rock."
 

Love, Jerry & Dotse 

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