nchor Series: Its In the Boat
Opening Scripture: Hebrews 6:19-20
Bible Challenge: Read Galatians - One Chapter a day - 6 Chapters
Spiritual Growth - The Word, Worship, Prayer, Living Generously
"An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current." (Wikipedia)
19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
What is the writer of Hebrews saying is our anchor of the soul?
1. The unchangeable character of his purpose (vs. 17)
2. It is impossible for God to lie (vs. 18)
Week 1 was the Grace of God is when he sends a word before we need a word.
Week 2 that Grace is more than the forgiveness of sin but allowing the Holy Spirit to stop in.
Week 3 was sanctification occurs after salvation that we do as we begin to walk in holiness.
Week 4 understanding that Jesus didn’t need a reason to go to the cross, He already had a revelation for you.
The beginning of this series, Pastor Joel asked if I had an anchor to use as an illustration for one of his messages. Of course I do, its in the boat. We are required to have an anchor in the boat as a safety item. I went home to look for the anchor and to my surprise, I could find my anchor. Fast forward 3 weeks later my wife was cleaning out our storage unit in town to get rid of it and I came home from work and wouldn’t you know it, there was my anchor. But not just 1 anchor, not just 2 anchors but 3 anchors! All this time, I thought I had an anchor in my boat and didn’t, even on top of that apparently I have bought 2 more anchors over the years. Pastor Joels Easter message a couple weeks ago talked about us looking for a new Word from God but we need to be anchor in what we already know. I have 3 perfectly good anchors and not using none of them for what the are intended for.
We go thru life with hIghs and lows, good situations and bad situations. Our anchors can drift a bit or we can even get to the point of forgetting our anchor in our spiritual walk. I want to remind you this morning of who is in the boat with you.
Luke 8:22–25 ESV
22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Faith to React or Faith to Respond
In this passage, Jesus asked those that were in the boat, “where is your faith?” In Mathews this same account, Jesus asked “Why are you afraid? O you of little faith?” and in Mark, Jesus asked “Why are you so afraid?, Have you still no faith?”
When we reacting to something we do it out of emotions, Responding to something we do it in a state of rational thinking.
Reactions are instinctual and stem from the subconscious mind. There’s no filtering process when you react in a situation – you’re running on auto-pilot. When you react, you do and say things without thinking first and don’t consider the implications of what you do or say – you just act. Reactions are like a puppy who hasn’t been trained. That untrained puppy is going to bark at every dog it sees, jump at every passing neighbor, and then he’ll eat your dinner as soon as he sees it.
Responses are more thoughtful. When you respond, you first explore in your mind the possible outcomes of your reply before saying a word. You may weigh the pros and cons and consider what would be best for yourself and others in the situation. Responses are more like the well-trained and well-behaved dog who comes when you call him, barks only when there’s a reason to bark, and waits patiently for his treat.
I love Jesus response to this in Mark, You still don’t believe? These disciples witnessed Jesus raising a widows son, Jesus healed a Centurions servant. We have faced things that seemed to come out of nowhere in our life, job lost, family member passing all of a sudden, divorce, what ever maybe the case, do we have faith to react or to respond? (Or are we anchored to react or anchored to respond?)
Facing life’s ups and downs, I have heard the saying, I have lost faith in God. Have we lost faith in God because things didn’t go our way or as good as we think it should? Do we gain faith when things go good? Better questions would be, how strong is was our anchor in that situation?
John 16:33 ESV
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
In Him we have......
The disciples didn’t have so much of a faith issue as they didn’t have an understanding of the position they have. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. When a situation arises and our first response is to go cry for help or to respond and speak against that situation. If I taught my sons how to change a tire but the first time they have a flat they call me to tell me they have a flat and never tried? In Jesus we have been giving authority to face life situations. Too many times we crumble under the pressure of things that we faced in this life. The enemy roams around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (Think about a dog with a lot of bark and now bite, if that dog gets you to run then he will enjoy the chase). Too many of us are fighting on our heals, the enemy gets us running and then he continues to chase.
You must never see yourself as a destitute person. You are a person of power and authority because you belong to Jesus who has all power and all authority. Because you live move and have your being in Jesus, the power that raised Jesus from the dead is mightily at work on your behalf.
In Luke 10:19, Jesus gives us the assurance that He has given us the power to overcome all the power of the enemy and nothing shall harm us.
Matthew 18, Jesus says, “Whatever we bind on earth, will be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. And if two of us agree on anything that we ask of Him on this earth, it will be done for us in Heaven for where two or three ore gathered together in His name, there He is with us.
The last thing the enemy wants is for us to know and operate in the power we have as children of God! He does not want us to us the power we have in Christ to demolish his works and walk in victory. It is time to function in the power and authority you have.
Isaiah 52:1–2 ESV
1 Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. 2 Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
When that little dog come barking and chasing us, we can turn around and stand our ground causeWE ARE ANCHORED IN OUR POSITION AS SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE KING! We can say, “THE DEVIL IS A LIAR, I BELIEVE GOD, JESUS IS HERE AND I CAN HAVE JUST WHAT I WANT!”
You are not a victim of your circumstances, but you are victorious in your circumstances.
Not the victim, but Victorious!!!!
Its easy being the victim, however we demote ourselves because we are victorious in Jesus. Because this is a fallen and broken world, we have bad things that happen to us. We can lay in our misery or we can continue to walk in victory. Even when it don’t feel like it, even when we can’t see it. We are victorious in Christ Jesus. Jesus asked His Father to “take this cup away from me, but not my will but your will be done”. He endured the cross for you and for me. Listen, in my own life, I crumbled under the pressure and cried out WHY! Listen, its not why is this happening to me, but how he will use this for his glory. You are CHOSEN!
Luke 6:12–16 ESV
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Out of all the disciples He had following Him, He chose 12 to be apostles. These same 12 were in the boat with Him when the storm came. These same 12, saw all the miracles that He did up until that point, the same 12.
Faith without works is dead. Meaning, believing what is unseen and walking in it to see it come to fruition. We can say all day long that we believe, but if we are constantly running and cowering down in times of trouble, do we really believe we have the authority that He has given us?
Prayer of Authority:
I am a child of God and his Holy Spirit dwells in me to have victory in every situation. Therefore, I command in the name of Jesus Christ that every stronghold of the enemy against me must be destroyed! I rebuke Satan and bind his evil forces; I cast them out of my life. By the authority of Jesus Christ, I remove every root of sickness, poverty, failure, and any other negative activity from my life. I replace all evil with goodness. I convert sickness to good health; poverty change to riches, and failure change to success. My testimony of victory shall remain and abide from now on and forever more! For in the name of Jesus Christ I decree!