Anchor for my Soul

Thoughts to consider

February 24, 2021

  1. Shame encourages isolation
  2. Unhealthy natural or spiritual habits cause us to cover up our insecurities.
  3. People tend to put on another identity that people and the world will accept.
  4. We must deal with our insecurities. Why? How?
  5. We cannot change the struggle with law. We struggle with how we see ourselves until we let God give us our identity as He sees us and calls us by name.
  6. The scale in our bathroom tells us the truth. The truth can be somewhat inaccurate if we are clothed by our insecurities but true in our honest confession of our faults. Letting shame fall from us and forgiveness fall on us as we move onward, forgiven and cleaned. transparent and righteous before God.
  7. The second commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, is the true measure of how we feel about yourself.
  8. The love of God, accepting, believing, repentance is the only thing that can wash all the impurities within us…including shame. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
  9. Stop and talk to your creator, then be silent and listen to Him.
  10. Open up to God and drop your guard.
  11. One of the biggest reasons many of us are so angry with the world is that we are angry and disappointed with ourselves. We tend to be ourselves because we are ashamed and feel guilty about those things we do not want others to know lest they pass judgement.
  12. There is not one thing that mankind knows or experiences pertaining to salvation that will not be challenged in our lifetime after some time. Tell me the positive and negative of this truth.
  13. When you think about it, everything God has created is for a purpose without exception. That includes all of mankind, and creation. Write your thoughts on this.

For such a time as this…part 32

Bible Study 02/17/2021

Every weapon the enemy tries to use against us turns back on him. Everything is struggling. creation is suffering because of the sin of man. In Him is the hope of all creation. Let us intercede in hope as we exercise our faith. 

Psalm 42Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me
By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
1Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

Psalm 43 Vindicate me, my God,
    and plead my cause
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
    deceitful and wicked.
You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?
Send me your light and your faithful care,
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

Just because we don’t understand and have questions, we can still be thankful for Him even before the manifestation of the answer. Our self talk is very important to build us up or tear us down. The presence of the Lord is melting hearts. Continual sensitivity to God in our lives is important for fellowship and instruction. 


Assignment: Isaiah 65

For such a time as this…part 33

Bible Study 02/24/2021

Read Psalm Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65:1-6 Judgment and Salvation

 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
    I was found by those who did not seek me.
To a nation that did not call on my name,
    I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
All day long I have held out my hands
    to an obstinate people,
who walk in ways not good,
    pursuing their own imaginations—
a people who continually provoke me
    to my very face,
offering sacrifices in gardens
    and burning incense on altars of brick;
who sit among the graves
    and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;
who eat the flesh of pigs,
    and whose pots hold broth of impure meat;
who say, ‘Keep away; don’t come near me,
    for I am too sacred for you!’
Such people are smoke in my nostrils,
    a fire that keeps burning all day.
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“See, it stands written before me:
    I will not keep silent but will pay back in full;
    I will pay it back into their laps—
both your sins and the sins of your ancestors,”
    says the Lord.
“Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains
    and defied me on the hills,
I will measure into their laps
    the full payment for their former deeds.”

This is what the Lord says:

“As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes
    and people say, ‘Don’t destroy it,
    there is still a blessing in it,’
so will I do in behalf of my servants;
    I will not destroy them all.
I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
    and from Judah those who will possess my mountains;
my
chosen people will inherit them,
    and there will my servants live.
10 Sharon will become a pasture for flocks,
    and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds,
    for my people who seek me.

11 “But as for you who forsake the Lord
    and forget my holy mountain,
who spread a table for Fortune
    and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
12 I will destine you for the sword,
    and all of you will fall in the slaughter;
for I called but you did not answer,
    I spoke but you did not listen.
You did evil in my sight
    and chose what displeases me.”

13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“My servants will eat,
    but you will go hungry;
my servants will drink,
    but you will go thirsty;
my servants will rejoice,
    but you will be put to shame.
14 My servants will sing
    out of the joy of their hearts,
but you will cry out
    from anguish of heart
    and wail in brokenness of spirit.
15 You will leave your name
    for my chosen ones to use in their curses;
the Sovereign Lord will put you to death,
    but to his servants he will give another name.
16 Whoever invokes a blessing in the land
    will do so by the one true God;
whoever takes an oath in the land
    will swear by the one true God.
For the past troubles will be forgotten
    and hidden from my eyes.

17 “See, I will create
    new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
    and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
    will be heard in it no more.

20 “Never again will there be in it
    an infant who lives but a few days,
    or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred
    will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach
[a] a hundred
    will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
    or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
    so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
    the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain,
    nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
    they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer;
    while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

America needs to be careful about the direction she is moving. True spirituality is being replaced by religion. New attitudes replace what we have held sacred. There is disfavor from God against that which is not true. The seasons of our lives may change, but He will never change, His standards will never change, His promises will never change. He is sovereign as to how and when to fulfill His promises. He is preparing a place for us, a ministry, a purpose, and a hope.

We experience the kingdom of God in our hearts. There will be no more sorrow in heaven. As time goes on and we hear, we receive, and are thirsty for God we are going to find ourselves lapping, ” As the deer panteth for the water” He will feed us from a fresh brook of His Spirit. We are being refreshed from the Bible and the living Word of God. He wants to give us answers to many of the questions we have had in our hearts. Our heart knows there is an eternal place with Him forever.

For such a time as this…part 31

Bible Study 2/3/2021

We come across opportunities in life where we need to pause and get the inner peace from the Holy Spirit. The inner richness of the soul comes when the Holy Spirit is rebuilding a newness in us. This is a land that we were reborn in; we are pilgrims on a spiritual journey. It is not just a destination but a journey. The Holy Spirit wants to teach and personally show us truths that we need. He knows the intricate parts that make us and what we need. We join Him with the renewing of our mind . We are on a destination to eternity. Our path makes a way for others to follow us. We are not going to know the people we influence, but God has access to their spirit even if they are not saved. The character of our walk is the character of our footprint. People need to see us walk out our salvation. Don’t be afraid of opportunities that will come. The Holy Spirit will guide us in all things. Destination is an eternal place.

2 Corinthians 1: 22-24 He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.23 I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.

The Holy Spirit will give us courage, faith, the Word of God. When we are in a tough situation, He will show us what to do.

Assignment:

Psalm 42 Deep cries unto deep

Have a journal and write as we read, His presence will cause hunger. Inspiration to remember:

What if? from Ian Peters

The darkness we are experiencing is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb?

The pain we are going through is not the crushing of death but the pangs of labor

The sound we are hearing is not the rage of a generation but the cry of deep calling to deep

The fire that is burning is not to destroy but to refine.

The burden we are sensing is not the weight of hopelessness for the future but the weight of His glory obliterating the darkness with which we have become so familiar 

The hunger and thirst we are experiencing is not about a famine but a deep desire to taste and see His righteousness and goodness

The emotions we are feeling are not apprehension for the future but anticipation for a brighter tomorrow

The gatherings are not to protest a social or cultural wrong but a desire for unity to come together as one body in Him

Bible Study

The enemy and the natural man wants us to dwell on the negative, but the Holy Spirit wants to teach us to take every thought captive. It may surprise us but it is not a secret to God. We get through because we count on the character and sonship of God. He holds us by our right hand to give us clarity and direction. God had given us an absolute promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. He wants us to have joy in the journey even when we are crying. Every promise from God is good. He has given us a guarantee…the Holy Spirit in us. The situations around us are trying to put doubt in our minds, but the Holy Spirit says to our spirit the promises are real and they are happening . A lot of this journey we are on is a walk where we wrestle with our flesh and press on. We want a jet ride, but there is value in the journey to see ourselves be transformed by obedience and steadfastness. People see how we live, how we struggle, and how we fail and get up and give God the glory. Fast itself doesn’t accomplish anything in and of itself, but a fast directed of God that subdues our flesh and helps us focus on Him is a mighty thing to behold.

For such a time as this…part 30

Bible Study Jan 27, 2021

Message from Ian Peters

What if???

The darkness we are experiencing is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb?

The pain we are going through is not the crushing of death but the pangs of labor

The sound we are hearing is not the rage of a generation but the cry of deep calling to deep

The fire that is burning is not to destroy but to refine.

The burden we are sensing is not the weight of hopelessness for the future but the weight of His glory obliterating the darkness with which we have become so familiar 

The hunger and thirst we are experiencing is not about a famine but a deep desire to taste and see His righteousness and goodness

The emotions we are feeling are not apprehension for the future but anticipation for a brighter tomorrow

The gatherings are not to protest a social or cultural wrong but a desire for unity to come together as one body in Him

Bible Study

The enemy wants us to focus on the negative, natural man wants to hold on to the things that are discouraging. The Spirit of God will give us discernment and help us take every thought captive.

What do we know about Gods promised? They will be kept. We get through because we can count on the character and sonship of Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:20 or no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God

We say that it is true. Nothing can nullify the promises of God. The only one who can remove us from entering in is us if we don’t want to walk in obedience. Our Spirit wants to in agreement with the Holy Spirit , but our flesh doesn’t. It is rewarding when we wrestle with our flesh and overcome.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
[c]

20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]

Things are dark in the natural but it is getting bright in the supernatural. We will see Gods divine plan for our nation and the world. Commit to walk in the direction of God. People many times in the Bible are called to do and go to a place they don’t understand but they follow the Lord into their destiny. We are going to sing of His faithfulness and His glory.

Homework


Isaiah 26:3 I will give them perfect peace whose mind is stayed on me. because they trust in you.

John 14:14 Let not your heart be troubled…believe in God, believe in me.

2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but for the pulling down of strongholds.

Eph 4:13 We are called to live in the unity of faith.

We are a nation under God with liberty and justice of all.

There are three flags that will forever wave upon us, flag of our faith, flag over Israel, flag of our nation.

Genesis 50:20 What the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good.

Acts 2:4 Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. I am inviting God.

Romans 8:31 Who can be against you if God is for you.

Proverbs 30:5-6 , John 17:17 The body of Christ worldwide must stand on the Word of God. We never should justify our self unless it lines up with the Word.

Proverbs 30:5-6 His Word is true and I need to adjust any of my attitudes that are contrary to it.

John 1:9, John 16:13-16, Daniel 5:14, John 14:26 We will not be reprogrammed from the Word of God but we will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

Heaven

We can live in victory but the day is going to come when we step into our reality. I will not accept that this world is all we have. This difficulty is temporary, we can do it with a joy and a hope. We need to see from Gods perspective. We want to bring as many with us into heaven. The enemy would like to veil our vision but the Lord will enlighten our spirits to the reality of His plan.

We need to encourage one another, but we really need to hear from the Lord. We need to pray before we go to bed each night that the Holy Spirit will quicken us and guide and refresh us. As we whisper and sing our love and His praise, we will fall asleep in His arms of peace, secure and free from the worries of the day and turn our thoughts to the hope of our future.

For such a time as this…part 29

Bible Study 01/20/2021

Discouragement began to dispel like the fog in the realm of worship. The altitude of our attitude needs to rise above our situation. The thoughts of the contrary cannot be in the same place as the presence of the Lord.

I will give them perfect peace whose mind is stayed on me.

Let not your heart be troubled.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but for the pulling down of strongholds.

We are called to live in the unity of faith.

We are a nation under God with liberty and justice of all.

There are three flags that will forever wave upon us, flag of our faith, flag over Israel, flag of our nation.

What the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good.

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. I am inviting God.

Who can be against you if God is for you.

The body of Christ worldwide must stand on the Word of God. We never should justify our self unless it lines up with the Word.

His Word is true and I need to adjust any of my attitudes that are contrary to it.

We will not be reprogrammed from the Word of God but we will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

Everyday is sweeter than the day before. Song of thanksgiving. We will have God in every situation. We are seeing the results of the battle we live in. The banner over us is love. Elisha (2 Kings 5:6) says look through eyes of faith to see what God is going to do with it. See the Angelic host of angels in that situation. We find ourselves being adjusted. We are privileged to see the power of God and the hand of God. We are called a vessel of God. Each one of us are a minister of the gospel.

We are offered opportunities that we might have made a difference in someones life, but we sometimes miss it and we simply need to humble ourselves and go to the Lord

For such a time as this…part 27

Bible Study 01/06/2021

Pray for our Country

Deuteronomy 29:29
2The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

Psalm 85

You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
    and covered all their sins.
[b]
You set aside all your wrath
    and turned from your fierce anger.

Restore us again, God our Savior,
    and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
    that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
    he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
    but let them not turn to folly.
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land

10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,
    and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
    and prepares the way for his steps.


There is so much gaining on around us and in us. We will need to deal with those who have opposing views to the heart of God. The voice of God will speak to our hearts with lightness and hope despite what is going on. There is nothing the enemy can do to take that from us. We are not isolated. He wants to speak peace to us. Believers around the world are praying for the same things. May we rise up in new strength. Something is happening in the spiritual world. We feel quickened from words heard many years ago. Our spirit would not let go of our hope. We are witnessing the transformation in our country, our families, and our personal life. We need to respond. Our spirits are sensitive even when our minds are not. We need to let God walk over another threshold in our life. We are a people who cares. We know that God is faithful. The enemy wants us to use his weapons of anger, bitterness, and resentments. But God has new weapons to walk in victory. God is catching every tear as a treasure. Be sure our desires and needs are in agreement with the word of God. We will see things of the future being revealed. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. We need to recognize the stages of the birth of the promise. We are living it and we will see it. Live the victory we have. Best thing for us is to listen and pray and go on with our calling. The word of God is accompanied by the Holy Spirit. He is the revealer and the enabler. The enemy wants us to go to bed with the problem but the Lord wants us to go to bed with the hope. There is a hope we don’t understand. Hope is rising up globally. We all have a song in our heart. Carry people through the fire and the trials of life. Pray for each other. 

For such a time as this…part 28

Bible Study 01/13/2021

Prayer is of utmost importance. We enter our day with thanksgiving. We remind ourselves of the treasure we have in the midst of zoom. God is making something productive during this time of isolation. There are so many uncertainties in our life. We are people of like heart. We are more than friends…we are family. The Holy Spirit makes the difference. It connects us spirit to spirit and heart to heart.

Heavenly City

Hebrews 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

We cannot escape the reality of our world. But we can’t look at this world as destiny. We are pilgrims. Some fear because they don’t know God. We can have joy, excitement, and anticipation. We have a right to have victory on our knees. It is hard in the natural to experience hope, but we will have hope if we take our eyes and put them on Jesus. He is more real. There is a reality that is prepared. There is an eternal destiny. The city of God has a foundation of victory, of healing, of light. The enemy wants us to believe we are in a cave but we are in a tunnel with the light at the end. There is a place already prepared. While we travel to our eternal home, we light a flame in our spirit.

For such a time as this…part 26

Bible study 12/16/2020

We are all together, not in the same room but the same heart.

Finding our balance.

James 1:8 Double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Things want to distract our focus…even good things. We need to stay constant in the source of our help. We are challenged by many things. We can’t cope with things coming at us all at once. Sometimes we have all kinds of feelings…fear, anxiety. We need to be single minded without excluding anything. Too much excess will be counterproductive in our testimony. Ask God to quicken to us the right priority. We may be ineffective when we try to handle too many things. We need to come before the Lord and give Him our situation…giving us peace body, soul and spirit in balance when we submit it to the Lord. We can’t anticipate things sometime but the Lord prepares the path before us. If we are attacked in a way of temptation, the Lord will reveal it to us and hold our hand as He helps us walk through it. He will use the situation to teach us and we demonstrate to others our willingness to surrender to the Lord. We are more than conquerors. Let the Holy Spirit quicken our mind, guide us and correct us. Let’s try to not waste a moment of speaking love, being an act of kindness. The footsteps we leave on the sands of time will show the direction we are going and where we came from.

For such a time as this…Part 25

Bible Study 12/9/2020P

We can’t define what is happening from a dictionary. It is a spiritual matter. The effects, whether it is health or politics, are known by the spirit. The seeds of prayer are planted in hopeless situations. We need to find balance in the time of confusion. Balance is necessary to walk with strength and determination. Imbalance affects our attitude and usefulness. The definition of our times is that it doesn’t seem to have any balance…even in the church. We left out subjects of holiness and righteousness, not because we are evil, but because we have other things that are distracting us. We need to examine our own life and be guarded to hold on to the whole entirety of our faith, not compromised or redefined.

James1:1-6 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

The inner man bears witness with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God will give us assurance. Thank God for the answers before they manifest. He works things out. He didn’t jerk the tares and the wheat out at the same time. He has a season and a timing.

The testing of our faith produces patience. It establishes the word in our life. Trial will never give us more than we can handle. Exercised faith brings us into something more… patience will bring the perfect work. We pray according to God’s will. We exercise the realm of personal surrender. Entering into joy is entering in perfect peace. We are developing our faith, by finding our balance. We need to engage spiritually in every area of our life. We need to not neglect fellowship. We need to guard and control what we speak. We need to develop listening not just speaking. We need to fill our minds with understanding , not just knowledge. If we saturate ourselves with what’s on TV, we may become unbalanced. We need to be wise in our time with the Lord. We need to build ourselves up. Ask God to search our hearts, He will keep us balanced or help us make the adjustments.