(SERMON BY LIZ HONEYFORD)
Liz titled her sermon, The Anchor Of My Soul.
In 2008, God began a deeper work in Liz’s life.
Isaiah 49.23 says, “Those who hope in me will not be disappointed” and while Liz had often felt great disappointment in her life, the concept of “hope” was a foreign idea.
The main topic of Hebrews is the magnitude of all God’s purposes being fulfilled in Christ.
In verse 13, the writer of Hebrews reminds us that God made a promise to Abraham – “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” At that time, Abraham was 75 years old and had no children. Yet, God gave an impossible promise that was humanly not possible and He swore on Himself that He would fulfill that promise.
When Abraham was 99 years old, Sarah conceived.
God has no rival or equal so He swore on Himself. His life was His guarantee and “because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. (vs. 17) God wanted His purpose clear. Why? FOR OUR ENCOURAGEMENT. (vs.18) He swore on His own continual, constant Godness and steadfastness so that we could be sure.
God’s promises are “Yes” in Christ. We can know security.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1.20
It is impossible for God to lie. (18)
So, when we are going through tough times, it’s important to remember that either God is an impotent liar or the event that we are experiencing is important to our life. Whatever disappointments we carry, we need to look at them through a different lens. We need an infusion of truth.
…we who have fled to take hold of the hope…(vs 18)
We get to turn and flee back to the Refuge of God.
There’s a difference between waiting for God to do something and waiting with God, Who keeps us in His embrace. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. (vs.19). There is nothing flimsy about God. He is the Promise Fulfiller – never drained of His power or lowered in status.
There is nothing offered in this world as a secure refuge but there is a Person in whom we can anchor securely.
He is Immovable.
Hope is in the felt experience/ in the presence and Person of Christ. All Promises of God are fulfilled in Him.
God swore on His own life as the guarantee of every promise. He laid down His own life in Christ…
…and He’s enough.
A friend sent me this awesome song after we listened to Liz preach yesterday. Thanks, Rosanna!