VIDEO Anchor for my soul

Jul 5, 2013

Hillsong Live Album Glorious Ruins, 2013, Name of Song: Anchor

I have this hope
As an anchor for my soul
Through every storm
I will hold to You

With endless love
All my fear is swept away
In everything
I will trust in You

There is hope in the promise of the cross
You gave everything to save the world You love
And this hope is an anchor for my soul
Our God will stand

Unchanging One
You who was and is to come
Your promise sure
You will not let go

Your Name is higher
Your Name is greater
All my hope is in You

Your word unfailing
Your promise unshaken
All my hope is in You

Spiritual Dejection

We were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. —Luke 24:21

Every fact that the disciples stated was right, but the conclusions they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that has even a hint of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If I am depressed or burdened, I am to blame, not God or anyone else. Dejection stems from one of two sources— I have either satisfied a lust or I have not had it satisfied. In either case, dejection is the result. Lust means “I must have it at once.” Spiritual lust causes me to demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Himself who gives the answer.

What have I been hoping or trusting God would do? Is today “the third day” and He has still not done what I expected? Am I therefore justified in being dejected and in blaming God? Whenever we insist that God should give us an answer to prayer we are off track. The purpose of prayer is that we get ahold of God, not of the answer. It is impossible to be well physically and to be dejected, because dejection is a sign of sickness. This is also true spiritually. Dejection spiritually is wrong, and we are always to blame for it.

We look for visions from heaven and for earth-shaking events to see God’s power. Even the fact that we are dejected is proof that we do this. Yet we never realize that all the time God is at work in our everyday events and in the people around us. If we will only obey, and do the task that He has placed closest to us, we will see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is in the everyday things of life that we realize the magnificent deity of Jesus Christ.

by Oswald Chambers

The Result of Surrender

Galatians 5:16-25

Ask most believers if they would like to accomplish what the Lord has planned for them to do with their life, and they will say, “Yes!” To be the person He calls each one of us to be, we must surrender our will to His. That means telling God that we are willing for Him to do whatever He must to drive selfishness out of our life. He may send pain and heartache, because that is a sure way to get our attention. But as a result, we’ll be wiser and more mature followers.

Yielding our will to God’s superior plan clears off the throne of our life, enabling the Holy Spirit to take His rightful place there. Then, as He discards any junk that’s been cluttering our perspective, we are transformed from the inside out as our spirit undergoes important changes: We begin to recognize when God’s hand is at work; we experience freedom from selfish pursuits and earthly attachments like money and wrong relationships; and we understand and appreciate what it means to operate under His power and authority. In serving the Lord, we gain a confidence that we never had while serving ourselves. What’s more, others will see the effects of God’s work in us.

A Spirit-filled believer knows how to love and be loved, maintain peace and joy even in hard times, and give others a second chance. He also wisely knows when to submit. Surrender is not an easy step. It requires courage and patience, as learning submission is a life-long process. But God’s compensation—a Spirit-filled life that attracts others to Jesus Christ—is well worth giving up selfish pursuits.

In Jesus’ Conquering Name

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

The first verse of the well-loved hymn “Faith Is the Victory” describes preparation for the battle between the forces of light and darkness. The second verse tells of marching into battle, and the third of the actual attack. For the soldier of faith, empowered by love and obedience to the commandments of God, the victory is assumed. The last verse relates the rewards of victory and a commitment to wise governing once the battle is over.

To him that overcomes the foe, White raiment shall be giv’n;
Before the angels he shall know, His name confessed in heav’n.
Then onward from the hills of light, Our hearts with love aflame;
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night, In Jesus’ conq’ring name.

Jesus, when the apostle John saw Him in His present glorified, victorious state, made this promise to the churches: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5).

Earlier, He had made a companion promise: “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). In this life we will have battles to fight, but the ultimate victory has already been won.

As He left this world following His resurrection, He said: “Go ye therefore . . . and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20). No wonder, then, as we see in our text, we are “more than conquerors” in every situation, as we battle in Jesus’ conquering name. “Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14). JDM

We Need to Repent

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. —1 Corinthians 6:19

It is time for us to repent, for our transgressions against the blessed Third Person have been many and much aggravated. We have bitterly mistreated Him in the house of His friends. We have crucified Him in His own temple as they crucified the Eternal Son on the hill above Jerusalem. And the nails we used were not of iron, but of the finer and more precious stuff of which human life is made. Out of our hearts we took the refined metals of will and feeling and thought, and from them we fashioned the nails of suspicion and rebellion and neglect. By unworthy thoughts about Him and unfriendly attitudes toward Him we grieved and quenched Him days without end.

The truest and most acceptable repentance is to reverse the acts and attitudes of which we repent….

We can best repent our neglect by neglecting Him no more. Let us begin to think of Him as One to be worshipped and obeyed. Let us throw open every door and invite Him in. Let us surrender to Him every room in the temple of our hearts and insist that He enter and occupy as Lord and Master within His own dwelling.

Forgive me. Change me. Indwell me. Control me. Amen.

A Compromise: “The Church Must Change”

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine… and they shall turn away their ears from the truth…. 2 Timothy 4:3, 4

Any evangelism which by appeal to common interests and chatter about current events seeks to establish a common ground where the sinner can feel at home is as false as the altars of Baal ever were.

Every effort to smooth out the road for men and to take away the guilt and the embarrassment is worse than wasted: it is evil and dangerous to the souls of men!

One of the most popular of current errors, and the one out of which springs most of the noisy, blustering religious activity in evangelical circles, is the notion that as times change the church must change with them. Christians must adapt their methods by the demands of the people. If they want ten-minute sermons, give them ten-minute sermons! If they want truth in capsule form, give it to them! If they want pictures, give them plenty of pictures! If they like stories, tell them stories! Any new methods that leave out, water down, or distort the Word of God are not from God.

Meanwhile, the advocates of compromise insist that “The message is the same, only the method changes.”

“Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad,” the old Greeks said, and they were wiser than they knew. That mentality which mistakes Sodom for Jerusalem and Hollywood for the Holy City is too gravely astray to be explained otherwise than as a judicial madness visited upon professed Christians for affronts committed against the Spirit of God!

Christ Is Not Divided

Jesus answered…If a man love me, he will keep my words. JOHN 14:23

Much of our full gospel literature and much of our preaching tend to perpetuate a misunderstanding of what the Bible says about obedience and Christian discipleship.

I think the following is a fair statement of what I was taught in my early Christian experience and before I began to pray and study and anguish over the whole matter:

“We are saved by accepting Christ as our Savior.”
“We are sanctified by accepting Christ as our Lord.”
“We may do the first without doing the second.”

What a tragedy that in our day we often hear the gospel appeal made in this way:

“Come to Jesus! You do not have to obey anyone. You do not have to give up anything. Just come to Him and believe in Him as Savior!”

The fact that we hear this everywhere does not make it right! To urge men and women to believe in a divided Christ is bad teaching—for no one can receive a half or a third or a quarter of the divine Person of Christ!

Heavenly Father, You are a wonderful Savior and Lord deserving my full obedience to all of Your teachings. Forgive me, Lord, for the times that I’ve obeyed only a portion of Your Word. Show me the areas in my life in which I am weak.