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An Anchor For Our Souls

An Anchor For Our Souls

09 July 2009

Scripture:

18 So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence. 19 This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of heaven into God’s inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT)

God’s promise and his oath. I don’t know the full implications of God giving both a promise and an oath. It seems like his promise is good enough. If he swears an oath by himself – an oath in his own name – that must really nail it down.

The point is, God really means it. He has irrevocably committed himself and all the resources of heaven to the keeping of his promise. His promise? His promise of eternal salvation through faith alone – faith in the completed redemptive work of our high priest Jesus Christ. His promise of an eternal rest – resting from the impossible task of laboring to save ourselves, resting from the constant uncertainty of whether we are good enough to please God, resting for eternity with him at home in heaven. His promise of provision, power, protection, purpose, and his presence.

We who have fled to him for refuge can hold on to his promise with confidence. It’s a strong and trustworthy anchor to our souls. Just hold on to his promise. Tie your soul to his promise like a ship is tied to its anchor. Hold on to his promise.

Prayer:

Father, I hold on to your promise by placing my faith and hope in your son Jesus Christ and in him alone. I believe and trust in the redemption you provided for me. I receive your Holy Spirit to lead and guide and empower me. I trust in nothing else. I hold on. This is the anchor of my soul. Amen.

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