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OpeningScripture: 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)

 

Hebrews 6:19-20  

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 ofMelchizedek.

 

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)

 

When you got born again, your spirit was anchored, born again, and made new.

Your soul, which consists of your mind, will, and emotions, is very prone to drifting. You must anchor your mind. You must anchor your will. You must anchor your emotions. If we do not anchor ourselves, even a gentle breeze can quickly turn in to an unprecedented storm.

 

Acts27:43-28:10

43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

 

1After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled afire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. WhenPaul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.

 

Our feelings want a reason; God is trying to give a revelation.  

Maltare presents a place; you must get a revelation of it because you’ll never find a reason for it.

           Your Malta:       Place of pain and loss

                                   Stagnant career

                                   Unmet Expectations

                                   A marriage that started off right but has ended wrong.

                                   Unfulfilled and drifting.

                                   

If it is not "More Than a Feeling," you'll live in misery on Malta, not realizing Malta is your new mission.

What is"More than a Feeling?" (Boston 1976) Your journey with Jesus is more than a feeling; it is Faith!

A common phrase that people say in modern Christianity is “I feel that God is saying…”

Be careful about going on “feeling!” The great concern is we have put a vocabulary on a spirituality that Jesus would have never done.

           

If you base your life and hearing from God on a "feeling" of what He is saying and not Faith in what He is doing, you will curse the "new landing" of your life.  

 

When you are in Malta, God can do 2 things:

·       He can change your surroundings

·       He can change your attitude

But what if He changes your surroundings by changing your attitude.

 

 

Could the answer to your prayer be a definition rather than an intervention?

           Malta-  Latin - Refuge

                       Greek - honey

What if our landing is supposed to be a place of sweet refuge? Because we have been jaded from the journey, we are now missing our new mission!

 

When you begin to start putting significance in the small things, you will quickly begin receiving an impact for your efforts.

 

Hebrews12:2

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our Faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne ofGod.

           

Our feelings want a reason; God is trying to give a revelation.

Jesus didn't need a reason to go to the cross. He already had a revelation of you.That is why it says, "for the joy set before him He endured the cross."

When he was on the cross, who was before him. John, Mary & Mary….

But because it is an eternal sacrifice "once for all (Hebrews 9:12)," you were also before him.

You are his joy.  He is your place of sweet refuge, not by a feeling but by FAITH!

 

IICorinthians 4:16-18

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

 

Even if the shipwreck is by your own doing, there is a new land, a fresh start, and anew mission that can become a place of sweet refuge if you'll approach it byFaith.