The one true anchor of our souls

Principles are otherwise known as immutable laws. That which is immutable is unable to be changed and is absolute, indisputable and undeniable. There are within nature many immutable laws such as gravity and law of motion. Sir Isaac Newton discovered these laws and they have never been disproved. Gravity dictates that what goes up must come down and the law of motion dictates that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Within God's Word are immutable principles and even one occasion when this word is actually used in the book of Hebrews. When looking at Hebrews 6:13-17 we see God do two things to prove He can be totally trusted. He PROMISED Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and then God confirmed it by an OATH. We thus have two different ways that God communicated His intention and Word with us.

When we come to verse 18, we read:

"That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us."

To more fullyl elaborate what this astounding verse is saying, let me quote it from the Amplified Version:

"This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us]."

We can trust God because by two immutable (unchanging, absolute, indisputable and undeniable) things-His promise and His oath-He has assured us that it is impossible for Him to lie or deceive us. He has done this so that we may have a refuge from the storms and have a strong consolation to grasp and hold fast to. That refuge and strong consolation is the hope which has been set before us as it says in verse 19:

"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil."

Again, let me quote the Amplified Version to bring this verse into all its incredible beauty and truth:

"[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it-a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil."

Almighty God, who cannot lie, has promised and made an oath that we will one day be with Him for eternity. This is our hope and it is the anchor of our souls. Without this hope we of all people are most to be pitied. Our hope is that we have been promised eternal life and that God has vowed (made an oath) that we will dwell with Him and He with us for eternity.

This hope is the anchor of our souls. An anchor is that which keeps an object in place. A ship's anchor keeps it from drifting and getting caught up in currents and drug to unsafe or unknown places. A ship anchors off shore so the winds do not cause it crash into the rocks and be destroyed. That which is the anchor of our souls is the promise and oath of God that we have eternal life. This hope is what keeps us where we should be and not drifting about in shark infested waters. This hope is what keeps us from being broken to pieces against the rocky shoreline. This hope is indeed the very anchor of our souls.

The hope God has promised to us and vowed to uphold is certain. It cannot slip and is strong enough to hold the weight of any and all who walk out on it. The promises and oaths of God can be trusted for God cannot lie and He is under obligation to perform that which He has promised or given as an oath He would do. Specifically this pertains to the promise of eternal life with Him.

This hope takes us beyond the veil into God's very presence. This hope allows us to access into God's throne room where we can look into His eyes and see that all He said is true and will come to pass. This hope gives us the strength to endure tribulation and affliction. This hope allows us to endure endless and relentless storms.

As we enter what is sure to be even more severe economic and physical storms, we must drop our anchor and place our complete and absolute trust in the immutable promises of God. If God has said it, that settles it. God will never renege on His Word, especially concerning what is to come throughout eternity.

I leave you with a hymn which was born among the persecuted missionaries and believers in China during the war with Japan, 1931-1939. The name of the hymn is "I will not be afraid" by Ellis Govan. I pray this simple hymn may be as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me for many years.

  1. I will not be afraid;
    I will not be afraid;
    I will look upward,
    And travel onward,
    And not be afraid.

  2. He says He will be with me;
    He says He will be with me;
    He goes before me,
    And is beside me,
    So I'm not afraid.

  3. His arms are underneath me;
    His arms are underneath me;
    His hand upholds me,
    His love enfolds me,
    So I'm not afraid.

  4. His Word will stand for ever;
    His Word will stand for ever;
    His truth it shall be
    My shield and buckler,
    So I'm not afraid.

  5. He will give grace and glory;
    He will give grace and glory;
    His cross before me,
    His banner o'er me,
    So I'm not afraid.

  6. So we go singing onward;
    So we go singing onward;
    We're pressing forward,
    We're marching upward,
    To Him unafraid.

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

He is our hope! :dance:
God is the God of hope (Romans 15:13 (NIV) ) regardless of what storms we pass through! :dance:

The words to one of my favorite hymns went through my mind as I read this.

My hope is built on nothing less,
than Jesus blood and righteousness,
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

[quote] But as for me, I will [b][i]always[/b][/i] have hope; I will praise you more and more! Psalm 71:14 (NIV) [/quote]

Praise God! :dance:

K :princess:

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Linda Young @savedbyegrace ·

And there's a more contemporary song, the details escape me. But the refrain is:

And the Anchor holds.

:heart:

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Kirk M @blessings2you ·

Thank God for all the wonderful hymns that give us strength and bring our minds back to God's Word. There are many such hymns which deal with the anchor and I thank God for them all. Here is perhaps the greatest hymn on the subject ever written. It is called "Will your anchor hold?" written by Priscilla Jane Owens:

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?

Chorus:
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior's love.

It is safely moored, 'twill the storm withstand,
For 'tis well secured by the Savior's hand;
Though the tempest rage and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o'erflow.

Chorus

It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear-
When the breakers tell that the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o'erflow.

Chorus

It will firmly hold in the Floods of Death-
When the waters cold chill our latest breath,
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the Veil.

Chorus

When our eyes behold through the gath'ring night1
The city of gold, our harbor bright,
We shall anchor fast by the heav'nly shore,
With the storms all past forevermore.

Do not include honorifics.
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