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Soul Anchor

  • Soul Anchor from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about Hope, the anchor of our soul, the protector of our mind. Hope is so important in our daily lives and overcoming the storms that we all face. Everyone that has committed suicide, first lost all hope. Hopelessness is a very dark place to be. The South Carolina motto here is “While I breathe, I hope.” I want to start in Hebrews chapter 6:

    And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:11–20 NASB

    I am going to greatly oversimplify this and say that it means that God does not lie. He is unchanging, and that if we continue on in faith and patience as the others have before us, then we will see His promises come to pass in our life just as they did.

    God made a promise to Abraham that he would have a son one day. Years passed by and Abraham waited patiently. He endured whatever came and when he was ninety-nine years old, his wife Sarah became pregnant. She gave birth to a son named Isaac, which means “Laughter”, because when God told Abraham that he would have a son from his ninety year old, barren wife Sarah, it was such a far out idea that she laughed. That is so beautiful and simple: God promised. Abraham believed. Abraham received.

    Think of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue who came to Jesus and begged him to come heal his daughter. While they were walking to his house, someone brought them word to not bother coming, for his daughter had died. Jesus told Jairus “Don’t be afraid, only believe, and she will be made well” (Luke 8:49). She was.

    Anchors are tied to a boat or a ship and then tossed into the water to hold it steady, especially in a storm. They can keep a boat from drifting too far away, though they can drift around it in a circle. I grew up around the Waccamaw river which was just a few miles from our house, and I spent a lot of time with boats. Sometimes we would anchor the boat and go swimming. If you didn’t anchor it properly, it wouldn’t be there when you came back.

    Hope is the anchor of our soul. It keeps us from drifting too far away and into dark places. This is like putting our soul on a leash and saying that you will only move so far. I will only get so depressed, only so far. This will not sweep me away. You will only cry about something so long, then you are going to reel it back in.

    As humans, we are a three part being. We live eternally as a spirit, we have a soul, and that lives in a body. Our soul is described as our mind, will, and emotions. When your hope is not in God, your soul will be tossed to and fro by the storms of life. However, when you are anchored in God and His Word, your soul, your mind, will, and emotions can find a place of stability even in the worst of situations.

    Hope protects our mind and is a powerful force in our life. It can change your outlook from negative to positive, and when your attitude about something changes, so will your circumstances.

    Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NKJV) “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”

    Like a set of armor, faith and love protect our heart, while it is hope that protects our mind. It is like armor against the attacks of the enemy. The enemy knows that a hopeless person, is a weak person and easy prey. When things get tough, they have nothing left to keep them going. There is no endurance. The enemy will often attack our mind first and once he has a foothold, use us to destroy our own life around us with our negativity. The helmet of hope, the belief that God loves us, that something good will come out of this yet, keeps us from spiraling downward when things get bad. Like plowing a field with a horse, if we can keep the horses head pointed in the right direction, the rest of it will follow. You must learn to guard your thought life.

    Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV) “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 

    Paul was not saying that Faith and Hope are less important than Love. Each one is different and one cannot take the place of another. Love cannot take the place of hope, nor faith. Each one of the three are important to us and we should understand them. For example, we cannot receive the rewards of faith by using hope or love. Hope looks to the future. It is always future tense. Faith is now. Faith says, “I’ll receive the answer right now. I have it now.” In this case, it is not hoping that gets the job done, it is believing in faith.  Our salvation comes to us through faith, not hope. We do not “hope we are saved” (Ephesians 2:8–9).

    We don’t receive things through praying in hope. Jesus told us in Mark 11:24 (NKJV) “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” That is not hoping, though many times we will go from hopelessness, to hope, and then to faith.

    Hope is beautiful and it has its own place in our life. We have hope that the Lord Jesus will soon return, that the righteous dead will be resurrected, that we will see loved ones that have passed on once again, that heaven awaits us. Hope tells us that God still has a plan for us, that there is something good still coming, that this will work out for my good, that God isn’t done with me yet. Hope helps us hang on another day.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me see beyond the circumstances and see what You have for me instead. I don’t understand many things, but I trust You to take care of me. I am Yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen...... Thank you Dion for sharing this devotional! ❤️
May 27
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

May 26
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

May 27
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

May 27
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David & Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,thank you Pastor Dion

May 27
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen❤

May 27
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

May 27
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I have been in despair losing Hope throughthese trials.  I thank God for the helmet of hope that has protected us. I’m counting on you God to meet our needs. Praise God. Amen. 

May 27
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me see beyond the circumstances and see what You have for me instead. I don’t understand many things, but I trust You to take care of me. I am Yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. 

Amen.Thank you Lord for being my Anchor.; I love you. Thank you Pastor Dion. Prayers for those who are morning the loss of a loved one. Blessings to all of you. 

May 27
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Well said Dion!

 

May 27
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 27
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Doug Campbell
Doug Campbell

Thank you! This is beautiful. Such a blessing for me today!

May 27
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for giving me the strength and encourage me to wait on You. I know You still working on me and I follow Your will, teach and lead me through any circumstance. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

Great devotional Pastor, God bless you. 

I pray for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, blessed Memorial day to all.

May 27
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Amen 

May 27
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 27
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: May 27

Amen! Thank you Pastor for this message, which is also a reminder for all of us! To me it is like a deposit at a bank to be redeemed in the future, a glorious future!  My hope is in the Lord most high! I'm so thankful to have a "living" hope because of Him, my Savior, who "lives" within me, and for His Spirit which gives me hope of a much better tomorrow, all in His time! 

May 27
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

Amen

May 27
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you so much for this devotion today. Everyone needs Hope, Faith and Love, they are essential to our existance. Without them we are doomed. This is such a great explanation on how they work together for our good and keep us going so that we never give up. We all go through difficult situations in our lives, losing loved ones, divorce, losing a job and all of these may cause us to question our faith if it is not stong enough, but if our hope and faith are centered on Jesus Christ and what He did for us on Calvary ,  thenn we can stand strong. I just recently learned that God is truely my provider. I had to lose my job to see this. God took care of me when I did not have an income for almost a year, we were in danger of losing our house but I knew in my heart that God would not allow that. Because of my faith, he made a way for us when we could not see a way out of the situation. Through all of this I have learned to have a stronger Faith in God almighty and always have hope no matter how bleak the situation looks. I now understand that someway God will always come through for me and always make a way no matter how impossible the situation looks. With man it may seem impossible but with God all things are possible. There is nothing that God cannot accomplish. Never give up hope, just place our faith in Hope in God almight and wait for him to act.

Jun 1
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen to that!

Jun 2