Anchored in Purpose
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Perhaps you have read and no doubt heard this statement from Romans 8:28: KJV This is very encouraging for the journey of life in relationship with God, because sometimes life’s experiences just do not make sense. For this reason it is so important to have an anchor such that we are not tossed about with the changing winds of this world, driven off course, and lose our way. Our soul (mind/intellect, emotions, imagination, will to strive in anticipation of greater good) must have an anchor.
The anchor is the eternal purpose of God coupled with His salvation and assignment to each of us for the span of time called “life” in this world as we know it. This anchor of the soul will guide us with this guiding wisdom from the Teacher, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” Applying this question and emphatic answer to all of life will cause us to rest above and upon the winds and waves of life and in fact ride upon them as the Captain masterfully works in us to navigate these to our appointed destiny. The reason we can rest and ride above what should sink us in life is the following transcendent eternal truth. The One who assigned each of us purpose and calling, did so before the world began.
2 Timothy 1:9 AMP for He delivered us and saved us and called us with a holy calling [a calling that leads to a consecrated life—a life set apart—a life of purpose], not because of our works [or because of any personal merit—we could do nothing to earn this], but because of His own purpose and grace [His amazing, undeserved favor] which was granted to us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago],...
Note that God ‘s eternal salvation and call with Holy assignment to each of us has this foundation: 1. God’s choice 2. Not according to our works/self performance 3. According to God’s own purpose and grace (unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor) 4. Granted to us in Christ Jesus, before the world that we live and interact within began
The purpose of God for our lives is greater than the moment; whether seemingly good or bad. Purpose is unaltered by the size of challenges of problems or opportunities in life. God’s purpose precedes and remains superseding all things. So we need not be blown away with the winds and waves that inevitably come just as our Lord was not. (Mark 4:35-41) This confidence and assurance for all of us is found in anchoring and building upon Jesus Christ Himself, His way of life, and His teachings. (Matthew 7:24-25) May we purposefully build with words, thoughts and actions with souls anchored in the unchangeable character and words of God by which every promise is made and kept.
We are taught in Hebrews chapter 6:17 that God in desiring that we have confidence and certainty of His promise to bless, after promising, swore by Himself and reveals why He did so in the follow verse.
Hebrews 6:18 AMPC 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].
The two immutable things are God’s promise and His oath. It is impossible for God to break His promise, impossible also for him to falsify His oath. Both of these were given that we as spiritual beings living a natural life in this world might have strong encouragement. This courage within the soul that acknowledges (acts with the knowledge of) and rests in God’s eternal purpose and promises is its anchor through faith and patience.
Hebrews 6:19 AMP 19 This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],
Since God called each of us to a set apart life-a life of purpose before the world began living connected to Him beyond distractions and deceptions of pressures in our thoughts, imaginations, emotions and experience is vital.
Psalms 62 KJV 1 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. 5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. Each day may we purposely keep our minds quiet and emotions still to know that God is working all things after the counsel of His own will in His love for us and our response of a life of love for Him. Let’s use our personal power granted by God in thoughts, words, and actions that acknowledge Him always. He promises to direct our paths in purpose and to purpose on a journey of purpose.
God’s purpose for us is filled with power, provision and protection. So utilize the key to empowerment, supply and safety through a life anchored in God and therefore purpose.
~ Pastor Mark Connected Church Comment Share