Sunday Morning Podcast April 19, 2020. Bro. Dave Goble.
Posted by Church of God of Carmichael on Sunday, April 19, 2020
TEXT HEBREWS 6:17-20
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath.
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
When we go through times of troubled waters, as today, it is then we will know how steadfast we really are. We are constantly being examined by The Spirit of God. An anchor to the soul is another metaphor for Jesus Christ, who was made a high priest for us. We know some things about the will of God, and about our own frailty. And we sometimes know what it takes to navigate through “difficult waters.” Yet even though we know these things, it is only when we navigate these difficult waters, that we know how steadfast we really are, and what we are really anchored in. That thought is what brought us to this message, that the Lord would examine our hearts. That …where in life do you find your anchor? You might say, “I find my anchor in Christ!” Yet we are constantly reminded how important it is to constantly be examined by the Spirit of God to help us understand, “Do you really have what you profess to have?” For it is in times like these, that our faith needs to solve problems.” If our faith is not solving our problems, what good is it? If our faith is not being put into practice, the scripture says “Faith without works is dead.” James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? We can have a “dormant faith,” that is not helping us to solve problems, or we can have a “living faith” that is alive, so that when problems come, living faith helps us through it! That is the concern of this morning’s message; if we say we are anchored in Christ, the examination of the Spirit of God can reveal “are we truly anchored?” That is where our stability and steadfastness will come! If our faith is centered in Christ, can it be overturned?
This is the question we should ask. “has my faith been easily overturned?” That should help us understand, that we need a more lively connection with God! Not just a mental understanding, but to get down to business with God in prayer! “Lord help me my faith to become more active, more anchored!” “Lord show me what is in the way. What is it that is present within me, that you desire not to be?” Three considerations we need; First; The Promise and the Oath. The Second is of course; “The Anchor,” that comes from that promise and oath. The Third, is The Shelter that the anchor leads us to. The Promise, The Anchor and The Shelter. Hebrews 6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them and end of all strife. So although in this natural world, things are always going to change, with God His promise, His oath, is sure and steadfast ! He could sware by no greater, so He sware by Himself! We must allow Jesus to be our Savior, our anchor!
We Have An Anchor Of The Soul!