Anchor for my Soul

“Not my will, but thine be done”

1 Peter 1

Sanctification: Set Apart.

Know your enemy

Know can mean several things…identify or experience him

God’s hand is on us just as strong in the storm as when we are at rest.  We need to treat our time of rest with the same caution as when we are actively ministering.  Do not allow ourselves to be disgraced, diverted, or compromised by the unknown wages of sin and trouble we  find ourselves in.

God’s elect  are strangers in the world

John 17:17-19

2 Thes 2:13 2:17 Bound to give thanks for you

The fore knowledge of God is different than predestination. God would that none would perish…God intended for all mankind to be save,  but he knew who would and who would not…He even knew when.   This doesn’t mean He is taking away any choice…God is making a way.  He sets us aside, but we need to set ourselves aside and walk in His will.  We can’t come into His presence unless we are invited. We cannot make ourself holy.  The rich young ruler tried to do that. Why do we prefer to live on our own? We don’t want to submit to the holy character of God.  He opens the door, but we need to walk through the doorway through the sanctifying ability of the Holy Spirit.  He can identify the rot and the affairs of life that God will deal with.   We are sanctified and set apart. How do we know? We know because the voice of the Holy Spirit is peace.

All 3 members of the trinity are active in our sanctification…the Father called, Jesus cleanses us with His blood, and Holy Spirit does the work of sanctification…He sprinkles the blood.  The Holy Spirit is the hand of God in the heart of the believer.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance…does not mean we have abundance on the outside… we may not be able to tell by our environment or our future…the natural mind fights the unknown because it can’t control it.  We are saved because God is with us.  He removes the spirit of fear and then hope comes in.  Perfect love casts out all fear.  It is in the journey into the unknown that we learn to trust the Lord. Once we anticipate disaster, we can create a disaster and destruction.   We must guard ourselves in times of rest and in times of war. We must take our thoughts captive. We haven’t engaged the angels as we should…the spirit world knows our weaknesses.  The peace of God is in the heart, not necessarily the head.  Where he invites us, he will provide the means.  The scars of our warfare are reminders, the Spirit of God and the Word of God changes things. Our memory reminds us of the victory, not the despair, the power and the peace.  No peace, no joy, no joy, no strength.  In due season, God manifests His faithfulness.  We resent the suffering we go through for our faith, but it is the faithful sufferings of Christians that creates the wick for the Holy Spirit to burn for the world to see. He didn’t die for any reason except to love us.  Lord, let my life be a reflection of your love.

:3 mercy unmerited favor…a living hope ..a living Holy Spirit… it remove all fear of death…by his resurrection, he has made a way and a door. We never have to face anything alone. We have assurance that we will overcome because He has overcome. He doesn’t expect us to do anything but our part…to follow… not to go before.

We have an inheritance incorruptible …never perishes, spoisl, fades, wears out, tarnishes

We are shielded through Gods power until the coming of salvation.

:6. We can greatly rejoice through faith….in this promise, this fact…it is a reality. We suffer grief and trials for only a little while compared to eternity.  In the time of my weakness, I will draw near to you and get to know you.  In the suffering, we are investing in the kingdom…keep on praying, keep on being thankful, thank God in every problem, not for it.  Pray effectively and unencumbered. Be a thermostat, not a thermometer

We need to know the scriptures so we can understand how God has addressed the issues of our lives previously.  When Jesus Christ has been revealed, then we have evidence of why we know, not for what we see.  He doesn’t have to prove anything.  How do we know?  We know Him in our hearts…

The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls, locked by the power of sin, unable to free our soul to be who we really are. Christ has the key that sets us free…we have the choice. We are no longer at the mercy of something outside of ourselves.  God says we need to take ownership of our sins and our faith.  The blood is effective when applied.

Even angels have longed to look at such things.

How do people keep going on with the same hope, from old testament until now? “Not my will, but thine be done.” Losing ourselves in order to find it.  Whatever part is redirecting us from His will….we ask Him to destroy it…We say, God…You are more important.  God sees the anchor of the soul and the cry of the spirit. God bring it to the place where we say it and mean it. “Not my will, but thine be done.”

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.

GOD is in Control

When everything seems to be out of control in your life, and the world around you.  Even when you find yourself in a place of great difficulty and testing because decisions of those who are in authority, and there isn’t any  way to escape.  Be not discouraged, for “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  No weapon formed against you shall prosper”

Sometimes God forewarns us of impending disasters if we do not heed His counsel, as was the case Paul’s journey to Rome in Acts 27.  and He does not, for reasons He only knows, remove us. 

Nothing surprises God, He will make a way for you to prosper for His Kingdom while everyone, and everything around us is facing utter destruction. “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit.  Who  leads you by the way you should go. (Isaiah 48:17) 

God is concerned about us arriving at our destination, He also is very concerned about the lives we encounter during that journey, no matter how inconvenient it may be to you.  God did not  necessarily plan the cause of that delay, but that delay was the opportunity to receive Christ that they otherwise may not known.  We must redeem every opportunity.

Always remember walking hand in hand with the Lord as Paul did, will always enable you to complete your initial mission.

JOHN  14:27

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.

We often are finding ourselves asking something from God such as Peace, when Jesus said that He has already left His peace with and in us.”  This is the kind of peace Paul had in Acts 27.  This peace is immune from all circumstances,providing you are faithful to the Word and the Spirit.  Isaiah 48:17(b) “I am the Lord your God, who teaches {to instruct, train,prod, goad, teach; to cause someone to learn.”

One of the reasons Paul was so effective in influence on the soon to be shipwrecked vessel was the manner in which he conducted himself both in attitude and then attitude.  Pr. 3:6″In all your ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct your path.  He also did not view his captors or anyone else on the ship as enemies, but people God also cared and died for.  His focus was never totally on the storm.  He was fully aware of it and all the dangers it offered, but his undetering resolve was the destiny God had commission him to do, not the comfort of the flesh.

Paul like many of us know and expect trials and struggles in our walk with God, but we are often blindsided, ambushed,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace I Leave, My Peace I Give

Jn 14:27  Peace I leave with you.  My Peace I give to you, not as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. NIV
  

What a wonderful promise but, if you are like me and sometimes have doubts in the secret place of your thoughts, you find yourself asking God if perhaps I were the exception. Without sounding disrespectful I was reasonably sure that  He fully understood my situation personally.  How could this promise apply to me now in light of all the fearful and seemingly uncontrollable things continually going on?  I know the Word tells me that Jesus was tempted in all the temptations Satan can tempt us with, yet there is that thought that comes, that I’m not proud of ,that says “but Jesus is the Son of God.”

Yet if we consider that through out the ages the horrible results of sin  world wide, politically, economically and environmentally have been continually occurring.

I’ve told the Lord I’ve tried everything I could possibly think of and nothing seems to work.   How can this promise apply to me?

Our lives need one single not several anchors that has proven itself through the test of time and all levels of difficulty, never having failed nor been untrue.

I will just touch on some of these concerns and in following articles talk in a little more detail on each of them.

First of all we must understand that the Peace that Jesus is speaking of has little to do with events that are happening around us.  This is a reality peace imparted by the Holy Spirit, that remains constant and unmoving within your heart. 

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:6  “By the Spirit is Life and Peace.”

Jn 16:33  “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have Peace.  In the world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.”

I will close for now and continue the next time we meet here.  Know that it is not I that needs to teach you, it is the  Holy Spirit who will guide you into all truth.  We’re not meeting on this web page to gather information, but rather for each of us to hear from God personally.  I’m only sorry I cannot speak to each of you and hear what God has spoken to you. 

Until next time we meet here, May God continually keep  you in the safe harbor of His heart. Selah.

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