Anchored in God’s Wisdom

Hebrews 6:19 Living Bible – This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven,

The best place you can be in during a storm is a place of prayer. The world can’t pray so the saints must pray. Storms can even move buildings. Right now spiritual storms are uprooting people and they are going back into the world. Spiritual storms come to uproot you, to move you to a place of doubt. But, we must get anchored in God’s wisdom.

We must be wise to Satan’s devices, it’s just a matter of time before he tries to uproot us. The Bible says

What kind of house are you building? Do you say, “I’ll read my bible when I have time. I’ll pray when I have time?” If so, you may be building your house with straw or wood. Is your house built on Jesus or is it built on Jesus and something else.

We want to be anchored in godly wisdom and not worldly wisdom. Worldly wisdom is sometimes helpful on earth, but it cannot help you get to heaven. When doubt comes, send FAITH TO THE DOOR. When you have a problem, talk about how God is going to help you and deliver you. Jesus is with you in the storm, even though you may not feel His presence.

The enemy is trying to get you “un-anchored” in Christ. He studies your weaknesses. So we must study Christ and pray for power over the enemy.

  • John 10:10 New King James Version – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

One of the enemy’s most effective tools is ignorance. Sometimes we choose to ignore what God is telling us to do or what the Bible says. We need to put a fence around the thoughts the enemy brings to our minds. You must put something up to block the thoughts the enemy brings.

Wisdom is the ability to discern what is true, right or lasting. But knowledge is information gained through reasoning, experience or acquaintance.

You can have knowledge and not have wisdom. But if you have wisdom, you will also have knowledge.

  • James 1: 5-7 New King James VersionIf any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

For example, knowledge can see a light turn red. But, wisdom says, “Put on the brakes.”

HERE ARE SOME OF SATAN’S DEVICES:

  • Satan wants you to be unstable concerning your salvation. He wants you to believe you are not saved or you’re not fully saved. If you don’t think you’re saved, you’ll start acting like you’re not.
  • You’re washed, sanctified and justified.
  • Although scriptures are for all of us. Not every scripture applies to us or our situation.
  • Satan wants you to be unstable concerning healing. (All sickness is not from the devil. Some sickness is in the world, just because we are in a fallen world.) Healing is for you, Healing is for today. Healing is for now. If we go to the doctor for healing, why can’t we trust Jesus for healing?
  • Exodus 15:26 New King James Version – and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
  • Isaiah 53:5 New King James Version – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
  • Mark 16:17-19 New King James Version17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

God’s ultimate plan for healing is divine health.

Finish Your Course

There will be roadblocks and hindrances once you start to follow Christ We have to endure in Christ and stay in the lane God has placed us. Our goal is to finish–we don’t have to be first but we do have to finish.

The Apostle Paul said, “I kept the faith.” Can we say the same? Once we are in the faith we need to go from faith to faith. We need to keep growing and keep hoping. Don’t give up. Hope is the confident expectation of what you are believing for. WE HAVE TO KEEP HOPE ALIVE. Nobody can hope for you.

We can’t keep hope alive without prayer. “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) God wants to answer our prayers. We can’t listen to discouraging people or even our own discouraging thoughts. Pray the doubt away and keep believing God and interceding. “The prayers of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)

To finish your salvation course, you have to get rooted and grounded in love.

  • Ephesians 3:17-19 New King James Version 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

When we have Jesus in our heart, we should have love in our heart. If we are a child of God, we should look like God and walk like God. As God’s children we should have behavior like our Father God. If someone saw us, could they tell that we are children of God? Can they tell even if you don’t have on a Jesus t-shirt?

Even though we may embarrass God at times with our behavior, God still loves us unconditionally.

  • John 13:35 New King James Version – By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

As created beings we will be connected spiritually to either God or the enemy, the devil. When we love one another, we are connected to God. The word disciple means “a follower”. Children of God follow Jesus’ teachings.

  • 1 John 3:18 New King James Version – My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Love must be backed up with action and not just words and lip service. Love is a deed. If you want to see if love is real, put a test on it. Is it backed up with a action? If it is a true friendship, the truth should not break it up.

  • If you want to walk in the love of God, you must learn to deny yourself.
  • We always have room for improvement when it comes to walking in love.
  • Parents and children need to love each other more. (Your love should not be conditional.

Matthew 6:24 New King James Version – No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

To love God you must learn to say NO. You must say…

  • no to the world
  • no to relationships that pull you away from God and
  • no to even yourself.
  • no to compromising situations
  • 1 Corinthians 9:27 New King James Version – But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

A virgin must learn how to say no. The bible calls believers in the Lord, virgins. We must keep ourselves devoted to Christ. A virgin for Christ cannot try out other Gods and other religions.

  • 1 John 4:20 New King James Version If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

Get rid of hate and unforgiveness. You cannot enter the kingdom of heaven with hate in your heart. There are no haters in heaven.

Anchored in Hope

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,” Hebrews 6:19 New King James Version

You don’t want to be on a ship with a captain who doesn’t know how to navigate a ship through a storm. You don’t need expertise if the sea is always smooth sailing. Make sure Jesus is on your ship. Everything cannot be prayed away. But, if you are anchored in the Lord, you will not sink.

  • Psalm 34:19 New King James Version – Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Make sure you have a full-time relationship with the Lord. (Make sure you don’t only call on the Lord when you think you need Him. We always need Jesus.)

  • Isaiah 59:19 New King James Version – So shall they fear The name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

Make sure you have Jesus on the ship on Fridays and Saturdays too. Jesus ought to be comfortable with what we are doing everyday of the week. We cannot let our flesh have everything it wants. We can’t play with the anchor, Jesus Christ, putting Him up and down when we want. We must be anchored in the Lord everyday. Some people try to ease the effects of their storm through alcohol, sex, drugs, etc., but that only makes the storm worse.

MAKE JESUS THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR LIFE. HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH EVERY TRIAL. He won’t eliminate storms, but He will help you go through them to the other side.

  • Jesus spoke to the storm and said peace be still to the storm, and the sea and the waves obeyed.
  • How can the elements obey God and we don’t.
  • If God tells you don’t go to a certain place, don’t go.

When people lose hope, they stop expecting. Or, they begin to expect the wrong thing. Consider Job. He was facing financial, relationship, spiritual and physical storms all at the same time. Job was a perfect man who feared God and stayed away from evil. (We can’t love God and do evil at the same time.)

  • Job 1:1 New King James Version – There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.

Can we say we are running to God and away from evil? Job and his wife were facing the storms of life. Read Job 1:1-7. Storms are coming to this world, and even the United States. Both of them went through the same storm but they had two different reactions.

  • Job was faithful in the storm. Job 1:22 – In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
  • Job’s wife was bitter in the storm. Job 2:9-10 – Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? curse God and die!” Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

Job was anchored in the Lord. There is not way we can be anchored in the Lord and not hold on to hope. HOPE IS OUR ANCHOR. Remember to praise God in the storm. God is going to bring you to the other side. There is always hope when you are in Christ.

If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes.

Job 14:14 New King James Version

Be Anchored in the Lord.

A woman and her son were on a floatie at the beach. They drifted so far out they couldn’t get back. They had to call for a rescue team to get them out. There were raging waters, undercurrents and shark-infested waters. The woman was out on the ocean on a floatie–not a sturdy vessel that was anchored.

  • If she had realized the danger, do you think she would have let herself get distracted?
    –Sometimes we don’t realize how much God is protecting us.
    –God protected us EVEN WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS!
    –God has angels protecting us.
  • God has saved us from sin through JESUS! Jesus took on the sins of the world for us. Jesus is THE PASSOVER LAMB who atoned for the sins of the world.
  • EVERY MORNING YOU WAKE UP–PRAISE THE LORD AND SING TO HIM!

Hebrews 6:17-20 Living Bible 17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those he promised to help would be perfectly sure and never need to wonder whether he might change his plans. 18 He has given us both his promise and his oath, two things we can completely count on, for it is impossible for God to tell a lie. Now all those who flee to him to save them can take new courage when they hear such assurances from God; now they can know without doubt that he will give them the salvation he has promised them. 19 This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven, 20 where Christ has gone ahead to plead for us from his position as our High Priest, with the honor and rank of Melchizedek. God wants us to be rooted and grounded in Him and in love.

God wants to keep us in the ark of safety (Jesus is our Ark). But, the Lord won’t make us stay in the ark of safety. God gives us help to stay in Him through His Holy Spirit.

  • We need to be anchored in who we are in Christ.
  • We are called the sons of God.
  • We are more than conquerors through Christ.
  • We need to be anchored in Christ–even in a storm.
  • Consider bible figures like Job, the Apostle Paul, and the three Hebrew boys (Shedrach, Meschach and Abednego). They all had severe trials and stayed anchored in the Lord during their trial.
  • God didn’t deliver them from the trial. Instead, He brought them through the trial and they came out victorious and stronger.
  • WE DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND GOD, WE JUST NEED TO TRUST HIM.
  • Following God’s will is absolute devotion to Him.
  • JUST OBEY THE LORD.
  • Just obey like Noah. Noah built an ark because God said it would rain until the entire earth flooded. Noah obeyed even though he didn’t even know what rain was. There had never been rain before.
  • There comes a day when the door to the Ark closes.
  • Genesis 7:13-16 – On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark— 14 they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. 15 And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. 16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.

Jesus is soon to come. ARE YOU EXPECTING THE LORD? If you are really expecting the Lord, your behavior and conversation will show it.

  • 2 Peter 3:9 New King James Version – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  • Hebrews 6:19 New King James Version – This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
  • Our hope of heaven stands secure and immoveable in Jesus Christ, our anchor.

Jesus Is Risen

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event to happen in the history of the earth. The Resurrection has nothing to do with Easter. Easter was a pagan fertility celebration that was mixed in with the resurrection of Christ to make Christianity more appealing to the pagan people.

But Jesus’ resurrection is the most important event in the history of humanity. Jesus is unlike any other and He deserves all the praise for what He has done for us.

  • Luke 24:1-7 New King James Version – 24 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”

If we live a life of sin we will be separated from God. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) But Jesus made a way for us to be reconciled to God. Jesus shed His blood as the payment for our sins.

Jesus is God in the flesh. He came to earth and proved that He was God during His three-year earthly ministry. The Last Supper with His disciples was The Passover Meal. Jesus came to fulfill the requirement given in the Old Testament that the only way a life could be redeemed was by another life. Jesus was the Passover Lamb that would be slain to atone for the sins of the people.

The Passover bread represented Jesus’ body that was broken for the sins of the people. The Passover cup represented the blood of Jesus that was shed for the remission (payment) for the sins of the people. The devil had us all bound by sin. Jesus died to set us free. The devil uses enticements (people, money, fame, etc.) to keep us away from God and the truth of the Gospel.

Don’t let anything or any person keep you from God. Don’t wait for friends and family to get to God. Go to the Lord for yourself as soon as you realize you have sinned or backslid. Don’t resist the Lord’s call. Don’t take the call of the Lord for granted. The Lord grants grace for us to repent. We can’t even repent without the Lord’s help.

The hardest thing to do is to be a Christian and go back to the world. The world doesn’t want you, but also you’re not under the protection of the Lord either. The Holy Spirit will convict you of sin to return to God. But if you persist in sinning, the Lord will not override your will. We need to get in Christ and stay in Christ. No man can serve two masters. Serving the Lord will cost you. Sometimes it will cost you friends, family, spouse or even your life. But the reward is eternal life.

  • Romans 6:23 New King James Version – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:25-26 New King James Version

Jesus proved He was God by prophesying His death, His burial and His resurrection.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 New King James Version – For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
  • Luke 24:6-7 New King James Version – He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
  • Isaiah 53:11 New King James Version – He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

There is no sin in Heaven. If Jesus didn’t die to pay the price for our sins, we would not be able to enter Heaven. There would be no eternal life for us. To enter into life with Jesus, repent from your sins and ask Him to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior.

  • 1 John 1:9 New King James Version If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Romans 10:8-10 New King James Version – But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Once we receive Jesus into our lives we must follow Him. We must try to live the way Jesus lived.

  • Romans 8:13-14 New King James Version– Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.