Anchor for my Soul

For such a time as this…part 22

Bible Study Nov 18, 2020

Habbakuk 1-3

The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
    so that justice is perverted.

We hear and see the negative. It is the same with us concerning the United States. God is patient and wants everyone to be saved. His will is that all will come to Him.

The Lord’s Answer

“Look at the nations and watch—
    and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
    that you would not believe,
    even if you were told.
I am raising up the Babylonians,[a]
    that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
    to seize dwellings not their own.
They are a feared and dreaded people;
    they are a law to themselves
    and promote their own honor.

Their horses are swifter than leopards,
    fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
    their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;
    they all come intent on violence.
Their hordes
[b] advance like a desert wind
    and gather prisoners like sand.
10 They mock kings
    and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities;
    by building earthen ramps they capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—
    guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?
    My God, my Holy One, you
[c] will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
    you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.
13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
    you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
    Why are you silent while the wicked
    swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
14 You have made people like the fish in the sea,
    like the sea creatures that have no ruler.
15 The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks,
    he catches them in his net,
he gathers them up in his dragnet;
    and so he rejoices and is glad.
16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net
    and burns incense to his dragnet,
for by his net he lives in luxury
    and enjoys the choicest food.
17 Is he to keep on emptying his net,
    destroying nations without mercy?

I will stand at my watch
    and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
    and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
[a]

Then the Lord replied:

“Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald
[b] may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
    it
[c] will certainly come
    and will not delay.

“See, the enemy is puffed up;
    his desires are not upright—
    but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness
[d]
indeed, wine betrays him;
    he is arrogant and never at rest.
Because he is as greedy as the grave
    and like death is never satisfied,
he gathers to himself all the nations
    and takes captive all the peoples.

“Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying,

‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods
    and makes himself wealthy by extortion!
    How long must this go on?’
Will not your creditors suddenly arise?
    Will they not wake up and make you tremble?
    Then you will become their prey.
Because you have plundered many nations,
    the peoples who are left will plunder you.
For you have shed human blood;
    you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.

“Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain,
    setting his nest on high
    to escape the clutches of ruin!
10 You have plotted the ruin of many peoples,
    shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.
11 The stones of the wall will cry out,
    and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.

1“Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed
    and establishes a town by injustice!
13 Has not the Lord Almighty determined
    that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire,
    that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

15 “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors,
    pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk,
    so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!
16 You will be filled with shame instead of glory.
    Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed
[e]!
The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you,
    and disgrace will cover your glory.
17 The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
    and your destruction of animals will terrify you.
For you have shed human blood;
    you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.

1“Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman?
    Or an image that teaches lies?
For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;
    he makes idols that cannot speak.
19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’
    Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’
Can it give guidance?
    It is covered with gold and silver;
    there is no breath in it.”

2The Lord is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth be silent before him.

The answers from God will not wait, but the time before is our faith. God is in control. That is for this nation. We can turn our hearts to God. We can stand up and fight…the spiritual battle

Habbakuk 3:6-9

He stood, and shook the earth;
    he looked, and made the nations tremble.
The ancient mountains crumbled
    and the age-old hills collapsed—
    but he marches on forever.
I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
    the dwellings of Midian in anguish.

Were you angry with the rivers, Lord?
    Was your wrath against the streams?
Did you rage against the sea
    when you rode your horses
    and your chariots to victory?
You uncovered your bow,
    you called for many arrows.
You split the earth with rivers;

We praise the Lord. We trust you and love you, Lord. He will talk to us. We need to talk to Him. Ask questions and expect answers.. Listen, Keep a journal, Wait for Him

Thoughts to consider…Anchors for my soul

  1. Look beyond the wall. Wall keeps us out, or keeps us in. Rise above ground level. Look above the situation. Climb up on our faith. Change the vantage point. We are victorious now when we have faith. Never let there be a doubt. Walk in it and exercise it. The battle continues to be fought for our country, family, ourselves. See the wall for what it is. If something is hindering us, bring it to the Lord. He sees clearly. Is it something that is protecting us, or keeping you back? The difficulty is used by God as a vehicle to mature us and bring clarity. The wall is not necessarily negative. Do not respond by using our imagination. Counsel with the mind of God to identify it. We don’t make the best decisions when we are discouraged. Encourage ourselves in the Lord. It is not a lesson about the problem, it is a lesson about our relationship with the Lord. We need to go to the Word of God and the Spirit of God to examine ourselves Part of the treasure we receive is the journey. God will etch it on our hearts. The cost will be our pride.
  2. The Word f God is not fear based. The flesh wants to convince the soul that it is not good, but The Word is always protecting us. God will give you the power, decernment, and timing. The right decision at the wrong time is like eating fruit before it is ripe. God does not have two standards for different people. He never designed us to fail. Sometimes when we fail shows us we are in the learning process.


Discussion from Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven by David Jeremiah

1 Corinthians 15: 42-44 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

The resurrected body that will be superior. It is perfectly suited for eternity. These words give us a picture of our new body. Our new body is incredible…not subject to accident, aging, or disease.

Rom 6:8-9Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.

  1. raised in glory, they will be identifiable.
  2. raised in power, they will be incredible
  3. raised in spiritual body, they will be infinite