Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sure & Steadfast

God gives us hope for a purpose. We see here it’s to anchor our souls, to steady us in a stormy world, to assure us that we are safe right where we are.

Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His
 counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things,
in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation,
who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,
and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 
where the forerunner has entered for us,
even Jesus, having become High Priest forever
according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 6:17-20

God, Master of the universe, Creator and Sustainer of Life, the LOVER of your soul has promised you by an oath that can never be broken that He will give you mighty, valiant relief from emotional distress; comfort at a time of sadness grief, or disappointment.

Amy Carmichael said of Colossians 3:2-3 that to be “hidden in Christ,” meant she could “tuck” herself into the Father - safe and protected from all that rages around, as if you are in the eye of the storm. For me Psalm 18 is a perfect picture of this. I see myself in this bubble, everything around me is violent, merciless, insatiably seeking to devour…yet I am secure in the hand of my Master and Lord.

Be both sure and steadfast:
o   Sure: the definition of this adjective speaks for its self: 1) unquestionably true; 2) inevitably going to happen, 3) definitely going to obtain or achieve something, 4) effective, accurate, and reliable at all time, 5) firm, secure, and steady, 6) demonstrates confidence and competence, 7) able to safely be relied upon
§  We are all sure we are going to heaven but…Are you sure God is working this situation together for your good?
§  This is where the rubber meets the road. Having an intimate relationship with the Lord enables you to be sure no matter what the circumstances may be screaming at you.
§  You can discern the truth from the lie because you are looking through the lens of real hope, the lens of His AGAPE love.
o   Steadfast: firm and unwavering in purpose, loyalty, or resolve. Constant.  Just like Jesus, with one goal, willing to keep the course at any cost, loyal to death….This kind of hope is ours.
§  Do you possess it?
§  How does it show?
§  What are you doing with it!
Your intimate relationship with Jesus produces hope - living hope. Experience His touch, see His face, hear His voice, taste of His unchanging goodness and be anointed with His beautiful fragrance…then you will have unshakeable confidence.

Trust Him completely and life becomes joyful because hope – that absolute expectation of coming good – floods our soul.
Will you join me now as I boldly enter the throne room of grace to ask for more?