I was on a prayer assignment with a team this week and before we went out we were hearing the verse from Hebrews 6:19-20,
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20
What promise are we hoping for? It is found in the verse prior,
“…saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’” Hebrews 6:14
As we went out on our prayer assignment, every place we went we saw anchors. God was declaring hope over His people and over our nation.
The thief (Satan) is the one who plots and plans how to break through the stronghold of hope to devour the believer. Yet, we know that though he comes to kill, steal, and destroy that we have the hope and assurance of abundant life in Jesus (John 10:10).
This “hope” is not wishful thinking or a foolish desire; it is an anchor that secures you to His promise. It is so sure and weighty that as long as you have hope you are unmovable. The waves will not cause you to drift into the enemy’s fury. Our hope is absolute assurance!
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1
The large anchor that holds a ship in place cannot be seen when it is firmly planted in the deep foundations of the sea floor, and yet it is what holds the ship in place; it secures it. If hope is our anchor then it is also embedded in the unseen, and yet it is what holds us securely in place.
In the book, “Anne of Green Gables,” there is a moment where Anne is in despair and declares that she has no hope, to which her adoptive mother Miranda sternly rebukes her,
“To lose hope is to turn your back on God.”
It sounds harsh and yet how true it is! Every time I’ve ever been tempted to lose hope I remember that quote. Why would I sever my life from the anchor that holds me to His love and His promise to bless and multiply me?
God made this promise to Abraham as well. Abraham was counted as righteous because he had faith in the One who promised to bless him and multiply him.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Hebrews 11:8-10
Jesus, our Anchor, is the builder and maker—the great architect—of all of the plans and promises over our lives, families, and lands. We can put our hope in the “Author and Finisher” of our hope and faith.
Abraham faced many trials along the journey to his promise and yet, even as he wavered at times, he never lost hope or severed himself from the anchor. God blessed and multiplied him and we are the offspring of Abraham…his promise is an “inheritance promise” to all who have put their hope in God.
You may be facing trials and feel a bit tossed by the waves, but do not lose hope. Do not turn your back on God! You are secured in His love and the promise that He gave to Abraham now belongs to you,
“I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.”
Your anchor of hope is sure!
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