This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek
During my years researching tall ships, sailing tactics, and nautical terminology, I discovered an interesting tidbit about how large ships were able to navigate safely into a harbor that was ridden with reefs and shoals. One small mistake in one direction or another would result in a slice through the hull that would sink the ship. This was particularly dangerous during a storm. Hence, the captain would send out a "forerunner" in a smaller boat with the anchor. This forerunner would navigate safely into the harbor during the storm, avoiding all the dangerous reefs and shoals, and drop the anchor firmly into the bedrock. Now the ship could easily follow the anchor chain safely through the reefs and finally into the harbor.
What a beautiful picture of the Gospel! We are the ship, Jesus is the forerunner, and the anchor is our hope in Him and eternity. As long as we are here on earth, we face a constant storm of problems, struggles, persecution, and heartache. But Jesus has gone on before us. By his atoning work on the cross, he rose again and became the firstborn of the resurrected, he tore down the veil that separates man from God, took that anchor and forged a path from earth to heaven for each one of us. Then, he embedded that anchor in Heaven's Rock, which is Himself, and sat down on the right hand of God. Picture that. There is a giant chain extending from each of us, guiding us each day through the shoals and reefs of life straight into heaven. All we have to do is follow it and hang on. The storms may batter us, the rain may pelt our faces, the waves might threaten to swamp us, but our anchor is steady and true, and as long as we cling to that anchor chain and keep following it, we will one day reach our safe harbor, which is our eternal home with the lover of our souls, Jesus.
Yet sometimes when the waves got too high, the storm too violent, the captain began to fear that the ship would be crushed against the reefs and rocks. He could no longer see the forerunner in the safety of the harbor, could no longer hear his voice over the din of the storm. Instead the ship pitched and heaved and tipped this way and that, while thunder bellowed in his ear. Off in the distance beyond the storm, the captain spotted an area of calm waters where the sun was shining, luring him to a safer place. So he cut the anchor chain, releasing the ship into the storm, and headed toward the light. He battled the storm well enough for awhile as he proceeded onward, but he no longer had an anchor with which to hook onto safety. Instead he was tossed this way and that by whichever way the winds were blowing, and the further he got away from his anchor, the worse the storm became. Soon, his ship was overcome, capsized, and sank to the bottom of the sea.
You see, Jesus will NEVER let go of our anchor. He will NEVER disappoint our Hope in Him. But we, in our foolishness, can turn away from Him, lose our hope in Him, and be lured by a false peace, a false light, and a false calm in the distance. So many are deceived by the promises of this world, so many lured away by lies. Scripture tells us in the end even believers will cut their chains and give up on God.
There may be times in your life when the storm is so bad, you wonder if God is there, you wonder if He cares. Don't let go of your anchor chain, don't give up your hope! Those are the times you must believe all the more, hope all the more, and cling to Him all the more. I promise you, He will guide you through the storm, navigate you through the devil's reefs, and bring you to that glorious eternal shore one day. Soon.
I believe there's a storm
coming upon this world in the near future, and we are going to need not
only a reliable anchor to hold onto, but an anchor chain to navigate
our way through all the dangers that surround us. That anchor is our
Hope in Jesus, in His sacrifice on our behalf. It is our hope in God's
promises, His love, His faithfulness. It is our hope in a glorious
eternity, our belief that this is not all there is, that God has prepared a place
for us in a world that is so wonderful, we can't imagine it. That is
the anchor we must cling to in these dark days. It is the ONLY anchor
that will guide us safely home.
I always hesitate to post anything political. In fact, I haven't up to this point, (well except for my rant on socialism) But I feel so strongly about this upcoming election, that if I keep silent, I fear I will be doing you all and my country a disservice. Not that I'm some great political analyst, but I am a patriot who knows a fair amount about this country's history and the intentions of our forefathers.
The thing is, I believe America is at a crossroads and there are two very different paths in front of us. One could potentially lead to a restoration of this great nation, the other certain demise. Sound dramatic? I don't think so. I believe it's that important.
I realize that expressing my personal choice here for president will ostracize some of you. Perhaps you won't buy my books any more. I hope that's not the case and we can agree to disagree. However, I take that risk and leave it in God's hands. I cannot be silent.
We have two candidates, both very flawed individuals. Hillary is part of the establishment, an establishment that has been in power for decades. I don't care whether the president is republican or democrat, if that person has made decisions based on money donated to their campaign or given special favors to lobbyist who support them, secret deals under the table, if that person is influenced in any way by billionaires like George Soros and the rest of the Illuminati, then that person had led this country astray. This election has proven one thing to me, that Washington D.C. is far more corrupt than any of us could have imagined, and those in power are shaking in their boots at the thought Donald Trump might win.
Why? Because he doesn't owe anyone anything. He hasn't taken money from any special groups or interests. He is not part of the establishment. Every decision he will make will be for the country, not to keep certain people rich and in power. Don't believe in the Illuminati or the Bildenburgs? Do your homework. They exist and have existed for hundreds of years. They've started wars to make money and keep their power, and their ultimate agenda is a one-world government. In order to achieve this, they put people in power who will do their bidding by funding them and promising them fame and fortune.
Hillary Clinton has been in power for over 30 years and during that time our country has been on a downward spiral. Our government has grown into a colossal giant of waste. We are currently in 19 Trillion dollars of debt. Most of us can't even fathom that huge of an amount. Our borders are not protected and haven't been for years, there are riots in our streets, our vets are left to die without proper medical care, violence has increased, our jails are full, education is a mess, nearly 68 Million Americas are on some kind of assistance from the government, our military has been cut, we've been attacked on our homeland, and our health insurance is a disaster. I'm not saying this is all Hillary's fault. I'm saying that she was a senator and then Secretary of State, one of the highest offices in our Federal government. Shouldn't she have had some affect on any of that?
What about her email scandal? Keeping classified information on an unsecured server and then not only lying about it but asking her staff to bleach out the emails, crush phones and laptops and lie about it is, in my opinion, criminal behavior that should be prosecuted. And don't think for one minute that they didn't get to FBI director Comey somehow. Add to that Benghazi where Hillary allowed the deaths of Americans in order to cover up her covert actions there. She flat out lied to the mothers of lost sons by telling them the incident was triggered by a silly YouTube video. Remember also that Bill and Hillary are public "servants" who work for government salaries. In fact, Hillary said that when they left the WhiteHouse in 2001, her and Bill were flat broke. Hmm. Wonder how they afforded the $17 million dollar home in Chappaqua they purchased in 1999 and the 7-bedroom home in D.C. they purchased for 2.85 Mill. I could go on and on. In fact, here's a list of the top 22 of her worst scandals
The truth is Hillary is for
Higher taxes (though she denies this, but there's no way she could fulfill all her promises to the people without increasing the budget)
More government programs
More unvetted Syrian refugees
An "improved" ObamaCare
She wants to hack up our 2nd Amendment
She is for late term abortion
She will appoint liberal judges to the Supreme Court who will further erode our liberties
Donald Trump is a rich playboy. He's crass, rude, arrogant, and obnoxious. Let's get that out of the way first. The recording of his lewd conversation about women is disgusting and reprehensible. There's no excuse for it. Personally I don't believe he's a misogynist. I think he's just a rich guy who could frankly get any woman he wanted because of his money. You don't think hundreds of women weren't throwing themselves at him over the years? The recent allegations of him groping women in the past make me highly suspicious. For one thing, all these women suddenly come forward years after the incident, all together, and right before the election? Come now, how stupid do they think we are? Of course this is staged. Did he grope these women? I have no idea. I know some have already been dis-proven. I find it hard to believe that a billionaire like him would even need to grope women. Regardless, this was all in the distant past, a rather sinful past, I'll not deny.
Yet, I believe with all my heart that Trump truly loves this country and wants to fix it. He has no other motive. He's a billionaire and very successful. He has no need to put himself through all of this trouble, spend his own money on his campaign, only to take on the most stressful job in the world. Obviously he has great business sense and he knows how to build things, make things, manage money, and create jobs. He's just who we need to fix our economy. Yes, he lacks experience in government, but he knows how to surround himself with good people who have the experience he needs. Look at the people he surrounds himself with: Ben Carson, Pence, Newt Gingrich, Huckabee.
Trump stands for
Pro-Israel (This is a big one to God)
Repeal the mess that is Obamacare
Create jobs. ( Who better to create jobs than a job creator?)
He's against late term abortion
He promises to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court who value the constitution
He's Pro 2nd amendment
Is he a racist? Maybe. I don't know the man, but nothing he has said has made me think so. But just because he wants to keep Muslim refugees out until we can make sure they aren't terrorists, just because he wants to build a wall on our border with Mexico, doesn't make him a racist. It makes him a man who cares about the security of America.
Yes, he has a past, a sinful past. Guess what? So do I. A really bad one too. But I'd rather have someone fighting for America in the Whitehouse who has a sordid past, than someone who I can't trust as far as I can throw her, someone who has repeatedly lied to the American people and who has made a fortune with dirty backroom deals and power favors to those who support her, and all on our tax-payer dollars.
Donald Trump is not only fighting the establishment, but the mainstream media, and most of his own party. Do you ever stop to wonder why? Why is everyone against him? I would venture a guess that it's because he threatens the Establishment's hold on power and money. And it scares them to death
Do I wish we had a better candidate? Sure. I'd love to see a Godly man or woman rise up and run. But the truth is, I think Trump is the perfect person for this exact time in our country. We are in dire straits, people. It's time to wake up. Do your homework, don't just listen to the mainstream news stations, most of which are in Hillary's pocket. Then pray and seek God's will.
I believe with all my heart that if Hillary gets elected, the United States, as we have known it and loved it, is finished.
“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand....Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
1 Samuel 17:45-47
I welcome you all to choose your own Scriptures to go along with this picture. I'd love to read them all! It was fun to do that last week. :-)
So often we read about all the great heros and heroines in the Bible and we wish we could be like them. Why can't we have the faith of Noah or Abraham? Gideon, Joshua, Elijah? Paul? Why do we always fall so short? I was reading Hebrews 11 the other day, the famous chapter that lists all the great faith warriors in the Bible. I've read it a thousand times, but this time, something really stuck out to me that I think will help us all with our faith.
In the beginning of the chapter, it says the following By faith we understand
that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which
are seen were not made of things which are visible
Normally, we'd just browse over that.. yes, yes, we believe God spoke the world into existence. But pay attending to how He made things we see from things that are not visible.
As we read further, we learn of Able, who by faith offered an acceptable sacrifice, Enoch whose faith was so exemplary, God took him home without death, Noah, who though he'd never seen rain, built an ark.
The Scripture goes on to talk of Abraham who left his home and family and went to a new land and lived in tents like a nomad. Why? ... for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. His hope was in an eternal city.
Joseph died in Egypt without ever seeing the promised land By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward
What reward was Moses looking for? It then lists what these great men and women of God did through their faith (vs 33-38)
stopped the mouths of lions
quenched the violence of fire
escaped the edge of the sword
out of weakness were made strong
became vigilant in battle
turned to flight the armies of aliens
women received their dead raised to life again
Others were tortured not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
Sawn in two
Slain with the sword
Wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him But what is that reward? What would possess these people to give up everything in this world to submit to a difficult life and receive nothing in return by the world's standards. NONE of these great patriarchs of faith ever saw the fulfillment of what God had promised them on earth, at least not in its totality.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth
Do you see what I'm seeing? What made these peoples' faith so strong? Their hope in eternity! Their reward was not of this world and they knew that. They knew there was something far greater awaiting them after death, an eternal paradise with God. They saw it in visions, dreams, heard God whispering about it in their ears, felt it written on their very souls. It was the hope of eternal glory that gave them the power to go on, to do great feats in the name of God. Yet, I can't help that feel that somewhere along the way, we've lost that hope, that faith in eternity., that dream of heaven. Christianity has become nothing more than a social club of moral people who are more focused on their comforts in this life than on the next. Why?
Honestly, I think it's because many Christians aren't really sure there's a heaven. They hope there is, but they really don't give it much thought. So, why not live it up on earth?
Many Christians also have the wrong idea about heaven. They may picture it a totally boring place where we float around and sing songs all the time. SO NOT TRUE
The church rarely teaches anything on Heaven. In fact, I've never heard a sermon in a church on heaven. I've heard teachings on it from Bible teachers, and of course there's Randy Alcorn's great book on Heaven, but it's never taught in church. So most Christians don't even think about it.
Yet, from what I'm reading in the above Scriptures, it was the hope of HEAVEN which empowered each of these great mighty men and women of God to do the faithful acts they did.
But if you're too heavenly minded, you won't be any earthly good. If there ever was FALSE DOCTRINE that Satan incorporated into the church, it as the above statement. Yet, I've heard countless Christians say it as if it were Gospel. Nothing could be further from the truth.
If any of us had a clue, even the slightest hint of the rewards waiting for us, of what God has planned for those who love Him... we, too, would step out in faith and do the same mighty works, if not greater ones, than these people. Why? Because this temporary world would no longer hold any pleasure for us. It pales in comparison to eternity.
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of manThe things which God has prepared for those who love Him 1 Cor. 2:9
while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal 2 Cor 4:18
So, it's my encouragement to you today to be extremely heavenly minded, and then go out and do much earthly good! .