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How do we anchor ourselves to the Savior of our souls Article 19

November 14, 2017

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters the veil.

Reverence:  Psalm 28:6-7 Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplication. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.
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Solitude

Being alone with Christ. If one has not spent a lot of solitude time with Christ in your hard times, and more often than not, if a person does not grow close to Christ in prayer, reading, and thinking upon God’s directions to improve your life, when times get good again, one will move away and not continue on the personal journey, and you begin to drift from the close walk with the Lord. Be able to draw on His grace and mercy and be committed to do what you need to do in good times. The relationship you start with Christ at the very beginning, is how you will be with Christ the rest of your life. It is Christ alone, it is He who will spend as much time as we need to learn and be the type of person He wants us to be. Just Jesus and you alone, quietly talking together, working out any problems that you have, for you are in the presence of God, who has all wisdom, grace and mercy. Every answer you will ever need is found in your relationship with Him.
1. But He would slip away to the wilderness and pray.  2. And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.  3. Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your father who is in heaven. When therefore you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honored by men, truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.  4. And after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.  5. And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.  6. And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to the Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

1. Luke 16:16  2. Luke 6:12,  3. Matthew 6:1-4  4. Matthew 14:23  5. Mark 1:35  6. Matthew 6:5-6
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Souls

1. Draw nye unto me and I will draw nye unto you.  2. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.  3. Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.  4. Then Jesus said to His disciples, if anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life, shall lose his life;  5. If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My name sake shall find it. For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For what will a man profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul.  What does my cross look like? Only Jesus knows the answer to that.  6. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.

1. James 4:8  2. Revelation 19:20  3. Matthew  4. 11:28-30  5. Matthew 16:24-26  6. I Corinthians 10:13
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Anchor, as a verb, is an action word, to hold in place, not left to drift.

Hebrews 6:19 is the only place that anchor is used. It has a singular purpose. Christ our anchor, the anchor was the symbol of the early church for a very long time. An anchor does weigh any where from 20 lbs to thousands of pounds to hold a ship. An anchor does not change shape over time, even rusted it looks the same. The purpose has not changed. The anchor has not changed.  1. Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. An anchor saves a ship from moving from its moorage place. Christ grounds us by faith in Him because He will never change his mind or changes the rules that govern the life of a believer. Christ became the anchor because He cannot be moved by excuses, or sin,  2. I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for my name sake; and I will remember their sins no more. Christ is perfect and sinless. Man has the responsibility to conform to Christ and His word, not Christ conforming to what we want Him to do for us, because man changes his mind daily on many subjects.  3. For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. He has called us to faith,  4. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men, be craftiness in deceitful scheming.

1. Hebrews 13:8, 2. Isaiah 43:25, 3. Hebrews 8:12, 4. Ephesians 4:14
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Steadfast

1. If you would direct your heart right, and spread out your hand to Him; if iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tents. Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, and you would be steadfast and not fear. 2. And not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. 3. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a away that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all the things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable Therefore, I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified 4. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 5. Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of the faith, who for joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, for consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. 6. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end. 7. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert, your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith; knowing the the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 8. Because you have kept the word of my perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in order that no one takes your crown.

1. Job 11:13-15 2. Psalms 78:8, 3. I Corinthians 9:24-27 4. 1 Corinthians 15:58 5. Hebrews 12:1 6. Hebrews 3:14 7. I Peter 5:8-9 8. Revelation 3:10,11
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Hope

1.Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?  2. But He who saves from the sword of their mouth, and the poor from the hand of the mighty. So the helpless have hope, and unrighteousness must shut its mouth.  3. So are the paths of all who forget God, and the hope of the godless will perish. So are the paths of all who forget God, and the hope of the godless will perish.  4. Then you would trust, because there is hope, and you look around and rest securely.  5. Then indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, and you would be steadfast and not fear. For you would forget your trouble, as waters that have passed by, you would remember it. And your life would be brighter than noon day; darkness would be like the morning.  6. For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, when God requires his life.  7. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.  8. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His loving kindness, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His name. Let thy loving kindness, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in thee.  9. For I hope in thee, O Lord; thou wilt answer , O Lord my God.  10. Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance, and my God.  11. But as for me, I will hope continually, and I will praise thee yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of thy righteousness, and of thy salvation all the day long; for I do not know the sum of them.  12. Sustain me according to Thy word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.  13. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in the word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.  14. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God; who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever. 15. The hope of the righteous is gladness, but expectations of the wicked perishes.  16. Hope deferred make the heart sick, but the desire fulfilled is a tree of life.  17. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.  18. Having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.  19. Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.  20. For the creation was subjected to futility, of if its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.  21. Rejoicing in Hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.  22. For whatever was written in earlier times, was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  23. For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.  24. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.  25. Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  26. According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ shall even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or death.  27. Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel. If indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I Paul, was made a minister. To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of the mystery among the gentiles, which is, Christ in you , the hope of glory.  28. For who is our hope or joy or crown of exhultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  29. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.  30. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace.  31. Instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.  32. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end. I order that the two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. 33.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy, has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Therefore grid your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 34. But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.  35. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be, We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1. Job 4:6, 2. Job 5:15-16, 3. Job 8:13, 4. Job 11:18, 5. Job 11:15-17, 6. Job 27:8, 7. Psalms 31:24, 8. Psalms 33:18-22 9. 38:15, 10. Psalms 42:11, 11. Psalms 71:14-15, 12. Psalms 119:116, 13. Psalms 130:5-6, 14. Psalms 146:5-6, 15. Proverbs 10:28, 16. Proverbs 3:12 17. Jeremiah 17:7 18. Acts 24:25, 19. Romans 5:1-2, 20. Romans 8:20,21,24,25 21. Romans 12:12, 22. Romans 12:12, 23. Romans 15:4,13 24. Galations 5:5, 25. Ephesians 1:18, 26. Ephesians 2:12, 27. Philippians 1:20, 28. Colossians 2:5,23,27 29. I Thessalonians 30. 2:19, 31. II Thessalonians 2:16, 32. Titus 2:12,13, 33. Hebrews 6:11,18, 34. I Peter 1:3,13,21, 35. I : 8 36. 2Perter 3:15,17, 37. I John 3:2-3
It will come at a time when one understands the truth of His Word and works. Read and it is true. From hope to assurance. immersed in His word. Hope should only be for a little while. Until you know that no one can remove you from Christ to where we will ascend to Christ and meet Him in the air. There is not a definite time when one comes to that understanding. But the more time you spend with Him in the Word, prayer, doing the works that He wants us to do, then you will know that your knowledge and love for Christ, is not hope, but a reality that you really do belong to Him, and He looks at you as a son or daughter in Christ Jesus. “And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it ot as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.” I Thessalonians 2:13
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Sure=Certainty

1. But I will raise up for myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in my soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and He will walk before My anointed always.  2. Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the Lord will certainly make for my lord an enduring house because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil shall not be found in you all your days.  3. The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  4. Thy testimonies are fully confirmed; Holiness benefits thy house, O LORD, forevermore.  5. The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His precepts are sure. 6. Therefore thus says the Lord God, behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation firmly placed, he who believes in it will not be disturbed.  7. Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you, yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.  8. And we have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.  9. Now we know that you know all things, and have no need for anyone to question you; by this we believe that you came from God.  10. Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, the Lord knows those who are His, and let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared for every good work.

1. I Samuel 2:35 2. I Samuel 25:28 3. Psalms 19:7 4. Psalms 93:5 5. Psalms 111:7 6. Isaiah 25:16 7. Luke 10:11, 8. John 6:69 9. John 16:30 10. 2 Timothy 19-21 11.
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Steadfast

1. If you would direct your heart right, and spread out your hand to Him; if iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tents, then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, and you would be steadfast and not fear.  2. He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and He made the waters stand up like a heap,then He led them with the cloud by day,and all the night with a light of fire, He split the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them abundant drink like the ocean depths. He brought forth streams also from the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.  3. But they deceived Him with their mouth, and lied to Him with their tongue, for their heart was not steadfast toward Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; and often restrained His anger, and did not arouse all His wrath.  4. The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.  5. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end. 6. Be sober of spirit, be on the alert, your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1. Job 11:13-15 2. Psalms 78:13-15 3. Psalms 78:36-37 4. I Corinthians15:56-58 5. Hebrews 3:14 6. I Peter 5:8-9
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Steadfastness

1. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.  2. Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.  3. You therefore, beloved, knowing this before hand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from steadfastness.

1. Colossians 2:5 2. I Thessalonians 1:3 3. 2 Peter 3:17
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Veil

To separate the Holy from the unholy. The original Tabernacle and the temple had the veil between the tent of meeting (common place for the people) and the Holy of Holies (where God dwelt). The veil was the separation of God and sinful man. When Christ was crucified, it was at His death, that the veil was torn from top to bottom, to signify that because of the sinless Christ was the sacrifice for all sinners, once for all time. Christ became to be the go between the Holy God and sinful man. Christ took the the veil away, Christ did what the sacrifice of bulls, lambs and rams could not do, the sacrifice of the animal was the covering for sin, Christ was the sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin when the sin is asked for forgiveness, it is granted, unconditionally. Because Jesus paid the price, the veil was no longer needed, a person no longer has to go to a priest or prophet to find out what God wants you to do. God put everything into Jesus’s hands for the salvation and forgiveness of sin. Of all peoples and nations. Jesus is the final and only judge that has been given to man to given the opportunity for eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ.
1. And behold , the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook; and the rocks were split.  2. And behind the second veil , there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant. And above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.  3. Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh and spilt blood, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water, let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.

1. Matthew 27:51  2. Hebrews 9:3  3. Hebrews 10:19-23
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What is your life like? Are you going from day to day with no meaning in life? Do You get up and go through the day with only some interaction from other people in your life? Is your day full of mundane duties. Everything about the day is about what you need to get done? I, I, I, or me, me, me. This is where faith in Jesus Christ could change your life. Christ wants to fill you with His Spirit through faith in Him. He wants to give your life purpose. When your life has purpose, others will benefit from that purpose. He wants you to move beyond self, but you have to start looking how you can help others during the course of your day. It may be as little as giving somebody a smile, it will be always welcoming, a word of encouragement, open the door for another person who may have have their hands full. The other thing you can do is go visit some elderly person in a retirement center. There are many people there that have no family, or they never come to see them. You could not only be a friend to them, but they could become of friend to you as well. these are only suggestions, make a small list of what might interest you. What you will find is, it takes little time to help another person. Let Christ come alive in your life, and lead you in His way, you will be happy, and others around you will be happy too.

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