Many Christians think of their lives as being quite complete, especially regarding spiritual truths. In some cases, this may be more or less true. Still, perhaps if we are really honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that there are many deficiencies in our spiritual understanding and living. We are sometimes deceived by our own false assumptions. Further, we sometimes measure ourselves by false standards and so the truth eludes us.
The Apostle Paul, in expressing his concern for the Thessalonians, said, “For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? (I Thess. 3:8-19).
Anchors. They hold things in place, like a fishing boat in a blustery wind. They keep the boat from drifting to unproductive places on the lake. If you are fishing, you want to be in the place where the fish are!
I have been thinking, what really is the anchor of our souls? Do we really have a dependable spiritual anchor or are we just assuming so because of certain met conditions in our life? Is it possible that we are satisfied with insecure anchors? Personally, I believe that is true for multitudes of Christians. We are identified with given churches and programs without knowing the reality of what a true anchor is.
With this in mind, I would like to discuss and hopefully distinguish between genuine spiritual anchors for our souls and things that maybe only appear to be so.
Perhaps for most people, thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving Day itself is often filled with good food, fellowship, and family gatherings. I have many happy memories of Thanksgiving Day and I cherish such memories as they are a reminder of God’s goodness.
Thanksgiving for Christians, though, is different from those who have not come to faith in Christ. For the unbeliever, Thanksgiving is often just a day to get off work, have a nice feast, and enjoy the pleasures of the moment. Indeed, such times can be very enjoyable.
The Significance of Faith
Faith is one of the more prominent themes of the Bible. Without faith, there is neither significance nor definition of the Christian life. All through the Bible, great emphasis is laid upon faith. Where there is no faith, there is no Christianity regardless of what men may call “Christianity.”
The purpose of this article is to discuss the great importance of faith in the life of the believer. For any who may not believe, this truth may seem of little significance. It is when one comes to Christ in faith trusting Him for his or her salvation that faith begins to be understood for its real significance.
The significance of faith includes at least the following:
So many things in life disappoint. We often have great expectations, but so many expectations are faulty, empty, and powerless. We are left feeling disappointed, sometimes crushed.
Many have faith in earthly religions, but apart from Biblical revelation, all religions eventually disappoint.
Sometimes, things preached in local churches disappoint as far as true blessing and satisfaction are concerned. For example, it is often stated that if one just gets busy for God, his life will prosper. There may be some truth in that thought, but the fullness of God does not come just because one does “good things” for God.
Good works are a very important part of our Christian life, but they are the result rather than the cause of what we do for God.
Being a stranger in a strange land is often not very comfortable. There can be many language and cultural differences. Moses experienced this. He had fled his own land to go to the land of Midian for safety. In due time, he was given a wife and then we read, “And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land” (Ex. 2:22).
Have you ever been in a desert place, perhaps not a literal desert, but a place where you felt all alone and you didn’t know how you were going to manage? Because of our common human condition, most likely we have all been there in one way or another. The apostles of Jesus knew such a place. When many people had come to Jesus to hear Him and to be ministered to by Him, and the day began to draw to a close, there was a problem - they were hungry! Note the text, “And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto Him, ‘Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals [food]: for we are here in a desert place’” (Luke 9:12).
Death! The very thought of the word brings a chill to one’s being. Perhaps this is the reason men have tried either to avoid the subject or to dress it up so as to remove the fear. Neither approach is satisfactory. The subject of death cannot be avoided. The reminders of it are everywhere present. We are reminded of it by the incidences of disease, accident, murder, suicide, old age and many other things. Neither can death be dressed up to make it something other than it is. Eventually, the reality of it must be acknowledged and dealt with.
A problem all people deal with from time to time is the problem of discontentment. We don’t like the circumstances of our life and we strongly desire something different. This was a problem for the nation of Israel in their journey through the wilderness.
First, we read, “…and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, ‘Wherefore have ye brought us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread’” (Numb. 21:4-5). True, life was not easy nor very pleasant for them in the wilderness. Still, God was angry with them and the result was anything but pleasurable.
When someone is asked to depart a gathering, it usually suggests a difference of opinion or interest. Sometimes it is not so serious, but at other times it is. This article is about some people who asked Jesus to depart from them. When He had cast the demons out of the demon-possessed men we read, “And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region” (Matt. 8:34).