Today is the first official day of our 40 Days of Hope campaign! (March 1st – April 9th). My hope is that over the next forty days you will find your hope rising to a God-level! I will be sending you periodic messages of hope to encourage you along the way.
Anchor in the Storm
Life can be hard. Everyone gets hit with a storm from time to time, and some of them can be devastating–whether it’s a divorce, a wayward child, financial ruin, the betrayal of a friend, or the loss of job. And when an unexpected storm hits, you can feel like you are going to drown – unless you have a sure hope.
What do I mean by that?
Whenever we put our hope in people, politics, position, power, possessions, or positions we will always end up disappointed and even in despair.
These are not anchors you can depend on. But there is an anchor you can put your trust in that will never disappoint – God.
The Bible says:
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.” Hebrews 6:19
Here are 5 God-anchors that will help you stay steady in the storm:
The PROMISES of God
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
That Bible says that none of God’s promises have failed (1 Kings 8:56) and that God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19).
Is there any person on earth you know who could claim this ability – to follow through on every single promise ever made? No. That is why you need to put your hope in God’s Promises every day!
PRAYER to God.
Any nation, and any person, who cries out to God in their time of trouble, God will hear and answer.
“For they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him…” 1 Chronicles 5:20
The Bible also says that we are not to be anxious for ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING, pray. (Philippians 4:6, 7).
Could you imagine what your life would be like if you prayed about everything? (Or imagine if our entire nation did that!) It would calm our hearts and remind us that God is in control of who is in control. This passage says that God’s peace would guard your heart and mind! I encourage you to anchor yourself in prayer every day!
The PRESENCE of God.
The presence of God is all around you.
He is communicating with you, providing for you, encouraging you, all the time. You just need to be more aware of it. He will speak to you through people, circumstance, and even in your own heart and mind if you will slow down and pay attention. He is the best friend you have and has promised to be with you everywhere you go!
The PEOPLE of God.
God’s primary way of meeting your needs and supporting you through a trial is through His people.
Did you know when you isolate yourself from God’s people, in large part, you are isolating yourself from Him? The local church is God’s “Plan A” and you are a part of that plan. Not only do you get help, but you get to help others. Get into church. Join a small group. Invest your gifts. Get in the game! You make the church stronger!
The PROCLAMATION of the GOOD NEWS.
This final anchor is the one that you give to others – Christ. Could you imagine living this life without Jesus? That is how most people live every day. They don’t have the hope in them that you have in you.
That’s why Peter says:
“Be ready at any time to give a quiet and reverent answer to any man who wants a reason for the hope that you have within you.” 1 Peter 3:15 Phillip
If you would like to learn how to do this more effectively, sign up for our upcoming Workshop.
God wants you to live with His hope AND give His hope to others. I encourage you to commit to the 5 anchors of hope over the next forty days and see what God will do in your life!
- The Promises of God (Read the Bible every day)
- Prayer to God (Pray to God every day)
- The Presence of God (Be more aware of God every day)
- The People of God (Connect with the people of God every day)
- The Proclamation of the Good News of God (Pray about who you can share the gospel with every day)
P.S. If you can’t make it to GPC catch the sermons online at http://gatheringplacechurch.org/sermon-studio/