We Have an Anchor

Good morning, Father. I am glad to be with You and I’m looking forward to what You share with me. Thank You for Massey getting safely back to Texas. Thank You for a nice quiet evening with Karen and for a good night’s sleep.

Hebrews 6:16-20 (<<click here)

“…a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”

Lord, all of humanity yearns for security. And we invest great amounts of time and energy in, quite often, futile attempts to obtain it. What’s crazy is that the things we clamor for are in no way sure things. Every worldly thing can be gone in an instant – wealth, fame, power, love, family, knowledge, and on and on.

But You, on the other hand, are “a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” v19 Only what You promise can we build our lives upon and not just for here and now but for all eternity! As it so clearly stated You have given us both Your promise and You oath and those are unchangeable “because it is impossible for God to lie.” v18

One of the greatest mysteries of life is why humanity as a whole refuses to trust You but we fall, hook, line and sinker for all the devil throws out to us. Why can’t we believe what You said? “[The devil] has always hated the truth; because there is no truth in him… he is a liar and the Father of lies.” John 8:44

Our lives prove this over and over again. We put our trust in the things of this world and they are taken from us, they are yanked from our hands – and the devil laughs at us. And he laughs all the more because we don’t just do it once or twice but repeatedly for the entirety of our lives! We are fools!

But, Jesus, some have come to our senses. We have placed our faith, not in the worlds, passing things, but in You! You never fail us! Your promises are “a strong and trustworthy anchor for our soul.”

An old hymn continues to pop into my head

‘Tis true, O yes, tis true,
God’s wonderful promise is true;
For I’ve trusted, and tested, and tried it,
And I know God’s promise is true.

And here’s another!

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock this cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Saviors love.

Lord, I claim Your promises to me this day and for the rest of my life. May I be a purveyor of Your love to all!

Mar 19th, Sat, 6:27 am

One and Only Son

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Father, thank You so much for the blessing of the last several days. Massey has been home from school and I have cherished the time You have given us to be together. Karen and I are grateful to have this fine young man in our lives – to have had the privilege to guide and protect as he grew up. As he heads back to school today, please keep Your hand upon his shoulder. Draw him to You more and more each day. You know not a day goes by that I do not lift him up to You – that You would guide and direct him, that You would bring people after Your own heart into his life. I do so again today.

It is hard for my mind to conceive that You could love him more than I do, but You surely do! I cannot be by his side through all the comings and goings of his life – but You can. I cannot help him stay true to You when temptation comes – but You can. I cannot give him a place of refuge when life comes at him from every side – but You surely can.

Many years ago, I gave my one and only son over to You and he could be in no better hands. I don’t know what the future holds for any of us but we are all in Your care.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9

Mar 18th, Fri, 5:15 am

Wait Patiently

I am sorry, Father, that it has taken me longer to get here today. I have allowed lots of things to distract me and now my mind is distracted as I sit here. I implore You to take the little I bring this morning and abundantly multiply for Your glory.

Hebrews 6:13-15

“…Abraham waited patiently and he received what God had promised.”

Patience may be a virtue but, at least for most of us, it does not come easily. Some things can give us instant gratification – a peppermint candy or a quick kiss from someone we love. But other things seem like they will never come – the end of a school for a teacher or Christmas for a child.

But what about God’s promises? Several years ago when I was a children’s pastor we had a guest speaker and he shared with the kids that God can answer our prayers in three ways – with a “YES”, or “NO’ or a “WAIT.” A WAIT?  – now that’s a struggle! And adults struggle just as much as kids do.

Lord, sitting here I have no profound thoughts. What I do know is that You are faithful. For over 50 years You have taken care of me. You have never let me down. You’ve never forsaken me. You’ve never given up on me either. My faith in You is well founded. If I have to wait on You, I will do so patiently. You know what’s best.

Mar 17th, Thurs, 8:44 am

Thorns and Thistles

Thank You for answered prayers yesterday, Father. I had prayed that You would work through me and I am grateful and humbled that you did. I have the day off from Kohl’s today but ask for Your blessings on my actions and interactions today. Use me as You will. Amen.

Hebrews 6:7-12 (<<click here)

Reading through this passage, Lord, it is obvious that our world is a “field [of] thorns and thistles” and many believe that condemnation and burning is just around the corner. Only You know if our pending judgment is imminent.

But, Lord, it is my heartfelt desire that regardless of what the future may hold, I want to “keep on loving others as long as life lasts” and my goal is “to inherit [Your] promises because of [my] faith and endurance.” v. 11-12

Lord, I’m not telling You anything by saying that our world is replete with evil on every possible level. But… we, Your followers, are in no way hindered from “loving others” and no matter how much it may want to, evil cannot snuff out our “faith” if we will just “endure” by abiding in You.

I would pray that love would be the victor in every circumstance of my life that my faith would come to the forefront. Lord, I know that life will continue to try and whittle away at my resolve, it will try and drain away the reserves of faith and love. But I would ask that You would continue to replenish my inventory, that whatever is drained away will be exceedingly replaced from Your infinite supply! Amen!!

Mar 16th, Wed, 6:59 am

Our Choice

Today is a full day of things to be done, Father. Please guide me every step of the way. Help me to see through Your eyes today, to love with Your heart, to handle life with Your wisdom, to touch others with Your hands and to speak with your tongue. As Your child may I reflect my Father well. Amen.

Hebrews 6:4-6 (<<click here)

Lord, I must admit I am struggling – struggling with this passage – for that matter Hebrews in general is a challenge for me. There are many wonderful passages but for some reason I’m having a hard time. Help me to see and understand what You would have me to.

The two words that jump out at me are “repentance” and “rejection”. To repent means to turn from the way that we think is right – which does not include You – which is based on our own selfish mindset and to turn to You – to take on Your mindset. It is turning from evil to good – from death to life. It is a renouncing of sin and its control over us and turning to You to find forgiveness from sin and subsequently, in Your power, being victorious over sin.

Your word calls us to repentance but You will never force us to do so. We must choose. There is no straddling of the fence. It is either You or sin. We can accept you as Lord and Savior – being under Your control and having our sins forgiven. Or we can choose to reject You – allowing ourselves to be controlled by a multitude of sins, heaping condemnation upon ourselves.

We will never be forced to accept You as Savior – that is our choice. But there will come a day when we will stand before You and we will have no choice but to face the reality of Your Lordship.

“…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and every tongue declares that Jesus Christ is Lord…” Philippians 2:10-11

I proclaim for all to hear, Jesus, You are my Lord and my Savior. Lord, lead me on!

Mar 15th, Tues, 5:30 am

Doing it right for once.