We’re sliding in here late at night, but we have something good.
There are times we’ve gone through trials when even if our phone rang, our heart would sink. What gets us through and anchors us during these times? We’re building endurance, and that’s why there’s a joy when you understand God is working something in you. That’s the truth we want to be raising our children in and spreading to others who are seeking the Lord.
Everyone is saying this is the new normal – it’s the language of the world today, but God is saying, No, the new normal is just like the old normal: I come that you might have life.
Sunday evening, Brother John and Sister Rachael sang “The Anchor Holds”, which led to people coming down to the altar. When you look at people praying at the altar, you see a mighty army of God (at least we do). Brother Nobles preached about our anchor. When you are in dire straights or having relentless months in your life where you feel you can’t come up for air, you need something that will kick in. It won’t be your love for God or His for you, or the love of God’s people that holds you.
Share this with a friend who is still up. Enjoy the song, and then find out what it is that holds us when nothing else will. Run, don’t walk.
Our revelation will be what anchors us here.
The only way to get an anchor loose from a rock is to drive the opposite way or pull in the other direction. When you see someone going in the opposite direction, you pray that their anchor is dug in deep, that their revelation is strong.
Nothing else is enough. Our revelation has to be so deep our choice will always be to serve God. When the times come, when it is a hard choice to make, we won’t make the right one unless our anchor (revelation) is deep.
Have You Ever Felt Like Giving Up When Times Get Tough, or When You’re Facing a Major Crisis?
Love won’t hold you. What you think or feel won’t hold you. Your eyes being enlightened by God is what will keep you.
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” -1 John 5:19
When we KNOW—not feel or believe—that is the anchor that holds us through storms. It allows no wiggle room for the carnal mind to edge in.
We hear the ministry say “This is the Body of Christ”, but until God reveals it and opens your eyes, you won’t know it for yourself.
Be careful that you are not following an “image” of Christ. There are plenty of images out there, and they have created a wide door to eternal life that doesn’t exist. People are going into the temple defiled and leaving the temple defiled.
The religious system was so offended by Jesus when He said He was the way, the truth, and the life—because it is a narrow way. Jesus came in not interested in their system, not trying to garner their titles, not doing things their way, and not dressed in their righteous robes. They despised Him because He challenged the system they had created that was an “image” of God. They had created an inclusive system of redemption that did not exist.
That’s the propensity of human nature, as the original sin, “we can be like God and become judges of what’s good and evil.” An image of God can start declaring what He forgives and doesn’t forgive and determine what’s righteous or not. It’s an image—it is not God.
Jesus disrupted the religious system in that day, exposing them as counterfeit.
The Body of Christ Will Stand Unashamed of the Truth, On the Side of Overcoming, and On the Side of Victory.
When He reveals the truth and enlightens your eyes, you will be able to say for yourself, “This is the Body of Christ.” You will KNOW.
You can then say, from within your own heart, “Let society and people despise Him, let them rebel against His words, but this day, like Joshua said, even if it be hard for you to follow the Lord, that’s your choice, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
That comes from a revelation that has been dug deep into the rock.
We’re going to have painful times and struggles in our minds as we fight for our lives, just as Paul fought for his. We have to still grow during these times.
Anything that stops growing starts to die.
It’s how the aging process works.
Do not consider our gatherings just another service. We need the Holy Ghost to be working without restriction as much as possible, so we don’t allow a dam to interrupt the flow of the river of life.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” -Revelation 3:18
This truth has been tried in the fire. We need the Holy Ghost operating in us in it’s fullness. We need the eye salve that we may see. We are going to face to tough times coming, and we need our revelation to be deep, pure, true, and strong—so that no matter what comes, we don’t just love, feel, or think . . . but we KNOW.
The Holy Ghost and our prayer life should be the voice inside us saying, “You KNOW where you are because God has revealed it to you.”
Don’t Ring the Bell
Have you seen the T.V. series about Navy seals? The training they go through during hell week is so intense and strenuous that these seal candidates become so physically fatigued, mentally exhausted, and emotionally depleted in hopes to make them “ring the bell” and give up.
If they do not have what it takes to make it during hell week, then they are never going to make it when they’re on the front lines or “never quit” when needed by their team mates.
They are given negative feedback 24/7, berated, and yelled at to psychologically break them—to make them ring the bell. They drop them from a helicopter at 3 in the morning into freezing water for 8-9 hours, pushing the endurance of the human body to almost death.
How many times have we thought: I just want to ring the bell. I can’t do this, and I’m never going to make it all the way. Maybe you’ve gone through personal betrayal that really knocked you around, disappointment, or deep despair that left you feeling battered and alone. Life happens to everyone. Maybe overcoming seems insurmountable.
That’s where revelation kicks in.
Going through even the hardest things, we have to KNOW intellectually that our soul will not die. We have to know that while our flesh is crying out in pain, our soul can endure what’s coming down the road, and as we overcome, there will be a reprieve on the other side.
Avoid Drifting Away
If your anchor is in approval of people, positions, worldly gains, titles, or taking pride because you pray and go to church and do what’s right . . . you will drift.
When you drift, you start thinking, “This wasn’t real anyway”.
It was always real . . . but your anchor wasn’t moored in the right place.
Nothing will reveal to you where you are anchored until someone disappoints you, you hit a hard struggle, something is unfair, or times get hard. Only then will you truly know where your heart and soul are anchored. If your revelation is strong, you can rest because you are anchored securely in Christ.
In that place of a deep revelation, you will not be looking for other things in the world to change or for people around you to do for you what only Christ can.
When you drift, you stop working and start watching.
Resting in Christ means peace in your mind—not an absence of activity. There is a lot of work to be done this side of overcoming and eternity. God called us to build. Through all the times we will go through, we’ve got to stay about the father’s business.
Self-Help Aisle Thataway
This journey is not about finding our own happiness and joy. The Bible is not a self-actualization course to make you a better person here, or self-help therapy for you to be more in tune with your needs or humanity. The whole point of salvation is because we need the Savior to save us—from ourselves.
We Better Be About the Father’s Business—Lest We Drift Into the Culture Today.
When we stop pressing and we start coasting, we no longer exert a steady force against complacency and carnal thinking. The more familiar we get with anything, the less attention we pay it.
Hebrews was well aware of this trap and tells us to be careful lest we start drifting:
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” -Hebrews 2:1
We sit in church, raise our hands, sing, play in the band, hear the messages, and take notes, but we stopped pressing long ago. We drifted. We let disappointment, discouragement, struggles get to us. We take for granted what God revealed to us. We’re no longer pressing, we’re no longer anchored—we’re drifting, even while sitting in church.
You Can Always Tell How Much Power is in Something by the Degree of Resistance That Comes Against It.
As much as people can love, they can let us down, hence, the reason our anchor can’t be there.
As much as we love God and He loves us, it’s not enough to keep us on course and focused when the tide turns. The power to stay anchored will be in our revelation.
When we stop healing, we start seeping.
A while back, Brother Nobles talked about wounds and healing. When we stop asking Christ to heal us, our wounds get worse. Salvation and healing aren’t just big things from “back then” in our lives. They are ongoing.
If you stop enduring, you’ll start yielding.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” -Hebrews 12:1-3
Let’s run the race with endurance.
It does not matter what you want of this world, how you want to fit in, evolve with its culture, involve yourself fighting for its causes, or be drawn to its cares.
We are not here to be conformed to this world, but transformed. We are not like this world and never will be, so you can try to change what you want, shift whatever philosophies you desire, partake of its causes . . . but at the end of the day—it is all perishing.
We are citizens of heaven and only residents of earth—we don’t fit here.
Some are on the verge of walking away from relationships, things God has called them to do, or from His people. We’re asking you to first, consider Him.
Consider Him who endured, so that we won’t grow weary or faint.
That is why our anchor must be deep in the rock. That is why we must be careful not to drift.
Don’t ring the bell. If Paul could do it in Philippians 3:14, we can do it. We can keep pressing toward the mark of the high calling. It’s about duration to run our race and finish our course. It’s about enduring, not growing weary, and not fainting.
Whatever you come to the Lord with – maybe you’ve been offended, done wrong, perhaps you’ve been hurt, disappointed, or unjustly treated – it’s still not a reason to ring the bell.
When Jesus’ family didn’t understand what He was doing—He Endured,
When some of his followers left—He Endured.
When Peter denied him—He Endured.
When Judas betrayed him—He Endured.
When Pilate handed him over to the crowd—He Still Endured.
When he went through illegal (bogus) trials—He Endured.
When he pleaded and cried out to His father in the Garden of Gethsemane—He Endured.
When the crowds cried, “Crucify him”—He Endured.
When the soldiers ridiculed him—He Endured.
When they beat him—He Endured.
When they thrust a crown of thorns on his head—He Endured.
As they hammered him to the cross—He Endured.
When you don’t feel like you can stay in the race, fight the fight, or continue on the path, get on your knees and cry out to Jesus.
HE UNDERSTANDS what it means to endure!
Because he endured, that same spirit that raised him from the dead . . . lives inside of us.
As David Once Did, We Will Stand in This Generation Against the Lion and the Bear and Everything That Comes in to Devour the People of GoD.
When the wolf is at the door, we can’t stand against it or withstand the front lines until we overcome. It’s time to fight—to defeat our carnal nature.
What’s coming may not be an easy road. Elder preached a message before he passed away, “An Invitation To Come Back”, because we don’t know what awaits us a few years or days down the road, but storms are coming and a day when the darkness is going to be deeper than anything we’ve ever seen or witnessed in our lifetime.
It’s time to cement our revelation. God is the one who knocked on our door and called us into the Body of Christ. It was He who opened our eyes to truth. It’s time for the redeemed of the Lord to say so!
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” -Psalm 107
If You’re Living in Darkness, Turn From It.
When you’re in darkness, you feel like no one understands how deep the bondage is, how powerful the draw is. Maybe not, but we understand the downward pull of the carnal mind, and that when God calls you, He can open your eyes to see something that overpowers the darkness.
We’ve lived a very comfortable, lazy Christian life in this country, but the days of living in Christian ease will reach an end at some point. Without a solid revelation, so will we. Things will get hard, and we will ring the bell.
The Father revealed to Peter that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. The Father has revealed to us, this is His Body.
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” -Matthew 16:17
He has enlightened our eyes. He has confirmed in us that we found the pearl of great price.
Therefore, no matter what is coming, we need our anchor down deep into the rock . . . not because we feel this way is right, or we heard a minister say it’s the Body of Christ, but because we KNOW it’s the Body of Christ.
How Deep Our Revelation Goes Determines What We do When It’s DarK.
All sorts of things come flourishing in the night: panic, worry, and anxiety. In the night, people can lose their way.
What is so critical is where your anchor is dropped and where your heart is set. If all your heart knows is panic, then in the night, that is the way you will respond. If all it knows is worry, if that is where your heart is set, then when the night comes, you’re going to be so worried you’re not going to sleep for days and weeks on end.
David said, “I have set the Lord always before me.” That is what an anchored soul looks like.
Where is your heart set?
Where do you run to first?
Where is your anchor?
Revelation takes us out of the natural and into the presence behind the veil, where it takes God to open our eyes.
We can do all things, but let us pay careful attention like Hebrews tells us, lest we should neglect what He has revealed to us and start to drift. In the end, we will not have come this far and endured all we are going to go through . . . to just finish the course.
We are going to finish our course anchored down and strong!