Anchor for my Soul

Healing the Defiled Land

Healing the Defiled Land

2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:17-22
As for you, if you follow me as your father David, did and obey all my commands, laws, and regulations, then I will not let anyone take away your throne.  This is the same promise I gave your father, David, when I said, “You will never fail to have a successor who rules over Israel.”

But if you abandon Me and disobey the laws and commands I have given you, and if you go and worship other gods, then I will uproot the people of Israel from this land of mine that I have given them.  I will reject this Temple that I have set apart to honor my name.  I will make it a spectacle of contempt among the nations.  And though this Temple is impressive now, it will become an appalling sight to all who pass by.  They will ask, Why has The Lord done such terrible things to his land and His Temple?!!!  And the answer will be, Because his people abandoned The Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and they worshipped other gods instead.  That is why He brought these disasters upon them.

2 Chronicles 6:19-42
(26) When the heavens are shut up, and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, when they pray toward this place and confess your name, and turn sin because You afflict them.
(27) then hear from heaven and forgive the sins of your servants, your people Israel.  Teach them what is right, and send rain on your land, that you have given to your people as their special possession.
(30) then hear from heaven where you live, and forgive.  Give your people whatever they deserve, for you alone know the human heart.
(42) O Lord God, do not reject your anointed one.  Remember your unfailing love for your servant David.

Ezekiel 22:30
So I looked for a man among men that would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.

Psalm 60:1-4
(1) You have rejected us, O God, and broken our defenses.  You have been angry with us, now restore us to your favor.
(2) You have shaken our land and split it open.  Seal the cracks before it completely collapses.
(3) You have been very hard on us, making us drink wine that that sent us reeling.
(4) But You have raised a banner for those who honor You—- a rallying point in the face of attack.

Isaiah 19:21-22
In that day The Lord will make Himself known to the Egyptians.  Yes they will know The Lord and give their sacrifices and offerings to Him.  They will  make promises to The Lord and keep them.
(22) The Lord will strike Egypt in a way that will bring healing.  For the Egyptians will turn to The Lord, and He will listen to their pleas and heal them.

When a nation or a people defile a land which God has given them, (for gifts of God are expressions of His Love ) His blessings become defiled.

Deuteronomy 11:16-25
Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other god’s and worship them.  (17) lest The Lord’s anger be aroused. Against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which The Lord is giving you.  (18) therefore you shall lay up these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul, bind them on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  (19) you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, when you rise up.  (20) And you shall wrote them on the door-post of your house and ers your gates.  (21) that your days and the days of your may be multiplied in the land of which The Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.  (22) For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do-to loveThe Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to hold fast to Him—(23) then The Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and, and you will dis-possess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.  (24) Every Place on which the soul of your foot treads shall be yours; from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory.  (25) No man shall be able to stand against you; The Lord your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to too.

1Kings 8:35
When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place, and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because you afflict them.  (36) Then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, that you may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.

1 kings 17:1
And Elijah the Tishite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, and to Ahab.  As The Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.

Luke 4:25. “But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens was shut up three years and six months, and there was great famine throughout all the land.

2 Chronicles 7:13 “If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Rev. 11:6 “These have power to shut to shut up heaven, so that no rain falls in the day’s of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth all plagues, as often as they desire.(Rev. 11:3) Two Witnesses.

God can, and desires to do so, and will heal the land if we meet His conditions, and Pray.

Exodus 15:26. “And said  if you diligently heed the voice of The Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians, for I am The Lord who heals you.

Malachi 4:2. “But to you who fear My Name, The Son of Righteousness shall arise.  With healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like well stalled calves.

GOD’S original eternal plan for creating this amazing planet, Earth.
Genesis 1:10  “And God called the dry land Earth, and gathered together all the waters He called Seas, and God saw that it was good.”

Genesis 2:15 “Then The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.  God says the land is Mine.

Exodus 9:29. “So Moses said to him “as soon as I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands to The Lord; the thunder will stop, and there will be no more hail, that you may know the earth is the Lord’s.

Exodus 19:5 “Now therefore if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special people; for the earth is Mine.

Deut:10:14. “Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to The Lord your God, also the Earth and all that is in it.

Joshua 1:2 “Moses My servant is dead, now therefore, arise and go over this Jordan, and you and all this people, to the land which I a giving you–Israel.  (1:3) Every place that the sole of your feet will tread upon I have given you as I said to Moses.

1 Samuel 2:8 “He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the bigger from the ash heap, to sit them among princes.  And make them inherit the Throne of Glory.  For the pullers of the earth are The Lords

God Knows Our Shipwrecks

Acts 27 (NIV)

1Tim 1:18,19 (NIV)

By following the words previously given to you, you may fight the good fight.  You will never arrive at your destination, if you never leave in the first place.  You can talk about it, but if you never launch out from the dock you won’t get to where you are going.  On most voyages a storm will be encountered.

They decided to plot their own course and devise their own methods. Some start out with faith in Jesus Christ and when they got a word from the Lord, they thought they would automatically get there, but God had the journey totally  planned out ahead of time, from beginning to the end.  Some blame the situation on the enemy, not taking the time to ask god the source and purpose of this apparent difficulty, and they shipwreck their faith.  Somewhere along the line, they get off track.  A shipwreck is when a life has been ruined, and all the cargo lost.  Some people live in a shipwrecked life, but God restores that which “the cankerworm has eaten”.

The one hope they had is gone, everything is all terrible;  they made a mess of their life. But God knows how to salvage.  Salvagers will bring up a sunken ship, and bring it into dry dock.  We need a dry dock experience…. We need to be pulled out of the water.  The things that drag and cause friction, the barnacles of life, need to be scraped away.  Ships are refitted, restocked and repainted in dry dock.  We need to take ownership of our shipwreck.  We must take instructions.  The Word is about the purpose of God and how He wants to use us…it is not about us and how we want to use God.

Acts 27:1

It was a long journey…Paul had a destination in mind.  He knew it was a bad time of the year and he was a prisoner. He had  already gained favor with his captors. Nevertheless, Paul did not have a prisoner mentality.  They may have been his captors, but that did not make them his enemy.   Mentally, the one who is in charge over you is the enemy.  But Paul  was a prisoner of his calling.  They opposed his message, but Paul really had the whole ship of captors captive.  All focus was on him.  He was never caught up with wealth or things.  Paul’s focus was on his journey. In the natural, he was physically their captive, but in reality, they were all captives who were to personally experience God.  God may, in His mercy, save some one’s life, but that doesn’t guarantee that they will become saved.

Paul was not in control of the situation, but he was in control of his response to his call regardless of the situation.(Romans 8:28).   God puts the candle in a place to demonstrate God’s will…to expose that place to the presence of God.  Paul says that he is going to minister the word of God to those around him…he warned his captors. Why would God show Paul about the storm, when he knew they wouldn’t listen? His message, later, had much more validity…enabling Paul to speak life. The Word. supernaturally, steps in…They are at the total mercy of the storm…They tossed out a sea anchor; (some anchors are made to drag, and others are made to catch hold).

No sun or stars appeared for many days and they were a long time without food… A time when many of us get so discouraged we give up all hope of being rescued.

Keep up your courage so you don’t give up because safety is at hand…

“Neverthelesswe must run aground on some island”

God knew about the foolish decisions men would make.  Even though Paul wasn’t in a decision making position, the delay had a purpose, God had a purpose in that delay.

Those affected would never have encountered God.  We can be so focused on our destination that we miss moments of opportunity. We must realize that God is going to use us in the lives and eternal destination of others.

The place ministers to the individual.  Paul experiences something that he hadn’t experienced before.  God wanted this account written…this is for our profit.  The things in our lives will be points of reflections, or things we tell our children.  The delays of calling become the opportunities of maturing.  Crewmen are taking things a lot more seriously…even though they may not have been converted.  Paul operated out of courage and faith, not fear.  His courage and faith were his strength.  God said it so, that settled it. He was able to say (:25) keep up your courage because I have heard from God. Paul is secure in the Lord.

Unless these men stay with the ship, you will not be saved…God will control the elements…you control the rest.

Someone took charge of the element of fear…arrested fear and gave sound instruction. (:36) they were encouraged.  Paul took control of the situation.

The bow stuck fast and would not be moved…prophecy fulfilled.

The ship had to break up for the men to have planks to float in on…wreckage has life saving possibilities.   Stock market may totally wipe a person out, or they may  work through it…The 2nd time around we will learn lessons.

anchor for the soul

Hebrews 6:13-20 NIV

13When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

16Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek