OpeningScripture: Hebrews 6:19
Bible Challenge: Read Galatians - One Chapter a day - 6 Chapters
Spiritual Growth - The Word, Worship, Prayer, Living Generously
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.
"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)
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 feelings. If we do not anchor ourselves, even a gentle breeze can quickly turn into an unprecedented storm.
The title of this message, “Wrecked,” came because over the past few months listening to my kids play Madden, one of their common phrases when they crush another player is"Boom, Get Wrecked."
I thought that it would fit the title of the message this week because rather than hearing God we hear the enemy say, “Boom, Get Wrecked!”
39 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore.40 So they cast offthe anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. 42 The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. 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.
39 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore.
Have you ever drifted so far and gone through such a storm that you don’t even recognize the land?
I don’t recognize this marriage!
Whose kids are you?
How did we get here financially?
What started out as a temptation now is a tempest. The tempest is no longer a test but the fight of your life. (20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned. Acts 27:20)
They missed the Anchor; now they are at the mercy of the storm.
The same devil that minimized the sin to get you into the storm is the same devil that compounds the shame.
40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach.
41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf.
What anchors have we left at sea that would keep us from getting broken by the surf.
The worst thing is not the storm; it is the surf. Because you're wrecked on the reef, waves keep crashing against you until you break.
These are the relentless waves of guilt, followed by remorse, then by regret.
“The Greek word metamelomai portrays a person who is completely overwhelmed with the emotions of guilt, remorse, and regret.
This word is used five times in the New Testament, and in each instance, it expresses sorrow, mourning, or grief.
The word rarely gives the picture of someone desiring to change, but instead depicts a person who is seized with remorse, guilt, or regret."
What is the difference between guilt, remorse, regret, and repentance?
Guilt is a prison that will keep you perpetually bound and unchanged.
I feel so guilty.
Remorse enslaves you in sorrow that engulfs you emotionally and leaves you feeling sad, depressed, hopeless, and unchanged.
I feel so bad.
Regret is self-pity that is focused more on your own personal loss than on the pain or loss you caused to others or to the heart of God, and it leaves you unchanged.
I feel bad I got caught.
Stop the Beating
Repent ismetanoeo — referring to a complete turn in the way one thinks, lives, or acts.For a person to repent, he must simply make up his mind to change. Repentance is the Anchor of Effective Prayer.
You can be sure the Holy Spirit will release His power to effect change in that person’s life and lead him to freedom! (5 Person Illustration)
What is small to you becomes the standard for the next generation, good or evil.
It is time to stop the beating and receive grace. Grace is more than the forgiveness of your sin but allowing the Holy Spirit to step in.