Anchor of Hope

In the journey of life we go through so many storms.  They sometimes shake our faith, make us doubt the power that God has over our lives and sometimes pushes us to give up before we receive our victory.  God does not want us to be moved by the storms we face.  For God is with us and the storms we face are developing us.  During these storms the trust and faith we have in God is growing deeper in us to get our roots planted in Him.  When God can get to the root of our problems, issues, and weaknesses then He can make the necessary changes in us so that we grow more in Him and less in our flesh.  It says in James 1:2 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters.  Whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and completely not lacking anything.  We need to use our anchor in God which is hope, to keep pushing forward until we get to the end of the storm.  Merriam Webster dictionary says that hope is a desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment. Hebrew 6:18-19 (NLT) So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to Lie. Therefore we who have fled to him for refuge can have hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

Allow hope to be your anchor in the Lord today.  Stand on His word and gain strength from Him because in our weakness, He is made strong.  If you use hope as your anchor in the Lord, it will hold you in place during the storm.  So that you will stand firm, be unmovable, unshakeable and never giving up till you see the storm has passed over you.  Hope is what helps us to see the sun shining during our storms.  Anchor means a person or thing that provides strength and support.  Hope in God is our anchor that provides us with the strength and support to not be overtaken by the storms we face.  Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.  So, if God will hold you up with His victorious right hand, then why do we walk around defeated, discouraged and afraid?  He is fighting for you and all you need to do is stay calm and speak God’s word back to the storm.  He possesses all the power in the world, so His word possesses that same power. If God is for you, then who can be against you?  No one who can defeat you can be against you if God is fighting for you!

In Luke 8:23-24 (NLT) it says As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap.  But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake.  The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.  The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, were going to drown!”  When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.  When the disciples were in the boat with Jesus during this storm, Jesus fell asleep during the storm.  You might ask yourself, how could he fall asleep during a storm?  Well, it’s because he knew he could rest in God’s peace and that he had the power to control the storm.  All Jesus had to do is speak to the storm and the storm suddenly stopped and calmed down.  How Jesus was during this storm is how God wants us to be during our storms, to rest in his peace and know that we have power over our storms.  The same power and authority that Jesus had when he spoke to the storm is the same power and authority that God has placed inside each one of us. Jesus said in Mark 11:23 (NIV)  “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  If He could calm the storm they were in and bring them to safety, couldn’t He do the same thing for you in your storm?  No matter how your storm looks right now, the storm will always end with God getting you to the destination that leads you to safety.  So keep your hope in God that He may abound in you and bring His promises to pass in your life.    If Jesus overcame this world and every issue we would face in it on the cross, then we should know He has the power to overcome the storm we are in.  Jesus says in John 16:33 (NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome this world.

If your hope is lost in your storm right now remember what Romans 12:12 says Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  So pray Romans 15:13 That God, the source of hope will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.  Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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