Monday, February 10, 2020, 13:07 | No Comments »

Do you know the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood person of the Holy Trinity.  As a result, there are many misconceptions about Holy Spirit. Some people think he is a force or energy, and others understand the Holy Spirit as the power of God.

As believers, it’s important to go back to our life manual, the Bible, and ask ourselves –What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?

This article covers three important truths about the Holy Spirit according to the Bible.

 

1. The Holy Spirit is God

The Holy Spirit is God and not simply a powerful force as some may teach.  Along with God the Father, and God the Son (Jesus), the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is integral to all of the things that God does in the Bible.

In Genesis 1: 2, the Holy Spirit is described as a person who has been present with the Father and the Son before the beginning of time.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The case of Ananias and Sapphira in the book of Acts better portrays the truth that the Holy Spirit is God.  

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God (Acts 5:3-4)

 

2. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, Has a Mind, Will and Emotions

The Bible also depicts the Holy Spirit as a person or individual. The following verses show clearly that the Holy Spirit is a person - just as God the Father, and God the Son.

  • In Ephesians 4:30, He can be grieved.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, He has a will.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:10, He searches the deep things of God.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:14, He has fellowship with believers.

 

3. He is Our Helper, Teacher, and Friend

Listen to what John 14:26 says,

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Spirit is our Helper and Comforter. We can do nothing without his help and guidance.

Notice also that the verse says the Holy Spirit “teaches us all things.”

When we need it He reminds us of everything that Jesus has already spoken to us about. If you really study and meditate the word of God consistently, you will see this come alive in you…The Holy Spirit will always remind you of God’s Word in different situations in life.

He is also our friend. This is one of the most humbling characteristics of the Holy Spirit – we can relate to Him as we relate with our friends.

In John 15:15, Jesus says

“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Through the Holy Spirit, God’s friendship is available to us. The Spirit of God desires to do life with each of us as four friend, comforter, and guide – so we can have a fulfilling relationship with God.

 

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. We welcome the opportunity to help you.

Don’t miss our next blog post, ‘How to Make the Holy Spirit Our Closest Friend


Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 18:13 | No Comments »

 

In an increasingly busy world, it’s easy to find ourselves with so much to do. So much so that sometimes it becomes a constant tussle to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. The end result is that we may slowly start drifting away from God.

Not that all these things are “bad”, most aren’t, they only become an issue when we allow them to divert our attention from God. The scary part is that sometimes we may not even realize that some of the things we engage in are a distraction.

However, if we become aware of them, we can then begin to take the necessary actions to deal with them.

Here’s a list of 3 things than can easily distract us from God.

 

1. Media

Media. You must have thought about this one. Media is probably one of the biggest distractions for anyone right now. Think of all the avenues that media has into your life - TV stations, the Internet, movies, music, games, magazines, social platforms, newspapers…

Media is so distracting because at every turn, we come face to face with it at home, at work, in the streets, on our phones, etc. 

To overcome the media distraction, we need to be wise and purposeful in what we read, watch, listen to and how much time we are using doing that. If something needs to be given up, we should be willing and disciplined to let go. Also, we need to be able to exercise self-control and not to over indulge in the things we decide to engage in.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)

 

2. Our Work

In life, work is important.  God himself says we are to work. The problem comes in when we end up so engaged in work that it becomes more important than our focus on Jesus.

 

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her (Luke 10:38-42)

 

So, they key thing is to try and avoid getting caught up on our duties and forgetting God. Our work itself should be done entirely for His glory. We should learn and train ourselves to listen to God and be alert to His daily leading as we work.

 

3. Relationships

Our relationships can be yet another major distraction in our faith walk. Any kind of relationship with parents, friends, children, siblings, spouses, bosses, neighbors, girl/boyfriends…

Anytime we allow any one of them to become more important than God, we are already distracted. It’s true that relationships are very important, but of more importance is our relationship with God and it should be the top priority.

Remember, we are to ‘seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to us’ (Matthew 6:33)

 

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about living in faith in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


Sunday, January 26, 2020, 19:13 | No Comments »

 

In our last article, we introduced How to Live by Faith series.

We covered three important factors, and as promised, we’ll discuss a few more key points in this article.

If you have not yet read part 1, go here.

A Brief Review

We saw that living by faith is important and is a command by God for believers. The aim of this article is to answer ‘how.’

Let’s get started on the remaining points.

1. Obey God in the Small Things 

 Before God entrusts you with a big assignment, he’ll assign you small things to do. Remember how Abraham was told to shift from his hometown without knowing where he was to go?

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went (Hebrews 11:8)

We have to learn to obey God in small things or we could miss the will of God in a new season.

2. Talk Right

In part 1 of the series, we discussed the fact that it’s important to think right but it doesn’t end there. It’s also crucial to talk right. Why? There is power of life and death in the tongue.

Matthew 12:34 says, … out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Speech that lacks faith comes from a heart that is lacking in faith.

In Gen 1:1-9, we read that God spoke the universe into being. And we are made in His image and likeness.  

In the New Testament, Jesus spoke to the fig tree. This shows us that there is power in the spoken word.

What we think, we say. Living by faith therefore means speaking in faith from a heart of faith – speaking the words of Godtongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

Our words do carry power.  Notice what Jesus said.

Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (Mark 11:22-24)

3. Apply the Word

Applying the word of God can be a challenge. Gratefully, the Word of God itself provides us with an understanding on how to best apply God’s Word to our daily life.

Here’s a summary on how to do it

  • Apply the Word by Abiding in Jesus

We can do nothing without Jesus, and scripture confirms it.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5)

  • Apply the Word through Prayer

We need to be closely connected with Jesus and to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to apply the Word of God effectively in our lives. Prayer is the primary means we have to intimately connect with Jesus. If we lack something, we can directly ask God for it

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed (James 1:5-6)

  • Apply the Word by Reading, Memorizing, and Meditating on the Scriptures

We can’t obey a command that we don’t know or claim a promise that we have not discovered. That said, the obvious thing is to read God’s Word if we are going to obey it. Not only that, we also need to study, memorize and meditate on Scriptures.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8)

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about living in faith in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:27 | No Comments »

One of the key principles that we have discussed in our last two posts to help us claim the promises of God in 2020 is making a resolve to live by faith. But what does it mean to live by faith? And, would you classify yourself as one who lives by faith?

Living by faith is a question that every believer needs to be able to answer because God has instructed us to live by faith. Faith is so important that without it there’s no pleasing God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Also, God says “The just shall live by faith”, four times, in four different books of the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament (Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4, Hebrews 10:38 and Galatians 3:11)

That says something, right?  It is clear that God wants to make sure we get it.

So, if living by faith is so important, how do we do it?  

1. We Should Live by the Word of God

Sometimes we see things about God based on our circumstances and experiences instead of what the Bible really says. But Scripture encourages us to “walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The children of Israel had to walk around Jericho 7 times by faith, not by logic or reasoning. They had to live by the Word from God, not their perception of how unreasonable the command of God might have seemed. So living by faith means living by the Word and obeying it no matter how illogical obedience might seem to us.

2. Count Things as Though they Have Already Happened

God’s word tells us that living by faith is living as if things have already worked out.

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17

We are to believe in the promises of God in the Spirit, believing that God will bring His promises to pass.

This is not a health and wealth, prosperity gospel, but rather a belief in what God has already promised that He would do.

Jesus asked when he returned, would he find any faith? (Luke 18:8)

When the Lord gives us assurance that he is going to do something by faith, it will happen.

We have to listen to the Holy Spirit and His will.

George Mueller was a fantastic example of this as he sat with his children at the orphanage and thanked God for breakfast that wasn’t on the table or in the cupboards. During his prayer, a knock came on the door. The visitor was there with the groceries…and the breakfast…that they had just thanked God for providing.

Ask in His will.

Matt 7:11 says, If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

3. Think Right 

Negative thinking will always produce negative outcomes. Now and again we suffer from negative thinking because we mix God’s words with the world's value system.

Thoughts are vital. What we think we do, and then we become.

”For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” (Proverbs 23:7).

What have you been thinking? It’s important to watch your thoughts as they have the power to sway you toward a direction you shouldn’t go (If they are wrong thoughts).

Think on things that lead you to the action or behavior you want to achieve.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8).

Look for Part Two of How to Live by Faith Next Week!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020, 17:51 | No Comments »

Last week we managed to tackle three keys that can help you be able to possess God’s promises for all aspects of your life including purpose, family, business, relations, and more. And as promised, this week we continue with the second part of our article.

While the year is still new, we have a choice to begin it hopeful because of the power of God. No matter what happened the previous year, we can begin expecting something better. We can do that because we can choose to believe God, believe His promises and embark on actions that will see them manifest in our lives.

Let’s jump into the remaining three keys. If you haven’t yet, read the previous article here.

1. Remember that It’s Never Too Late

It will never be too late for us to achieve the promises of God for our lives, our families, our businesses, and life in general. Moses was called when he was about 80 years old. Abraham and Sarah got Isaac when they were past childbearing age. This tells you that nothing is impossible with God. He’s above time, years, and above all things. As you make up your mind to claim the promises of God for your life this year, remember that nothing you face can stand against God.

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27, KJV)

 

2. Refuse to be Intimidated by Obstacles

Remember the Red Sea that stood in front of the Israelites on their way out of slavery? What about the many powerful enemies they had to fight and the Jordan River they had to contend with? 

Granted, you’ll come face to face with situations that will try to easily convince you that the Word of God is not true. There’s a lot to learn and apply from the Exodus story. It doesn’t matter how big the hindrances may seem – with God by your side, you can conquer them all.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth (Psalms 97:5, KJV)

 

3. Obey the Word of God 

Having done that, you need to take action. What has God been telling you to do? What is God telling you to do now? But, don’t just hear, do the word.  Listening to what God has to say is only a partial, you need to complete it by doing what he tells you do.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22, KJV)

Resolve in your heart to obey every word that God gives you. Naaman was told to go bathe in river Jordan but at first turned away in rage.

So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:10-14, KJV)

 

But thank God he went ahead and obeyed the word of God that came through the prophet Elisha or he would have missed his miracle. Obeying God’s word will help us claim and manifest his promises for yet another wonderful season that is year 2020.

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about experiencing true joy in Jesus in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


Monday, February 10, 2020, 13:07 | No Comments »

Do you know the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood person of the Holy Trinity.  As a result, there are many misconceptions about Holy Spirit. Some people think he is a force or energy, and others understand the Holy Spirit as the power of God.

As believers, it’s important to go back to our life manual, the Bible, and ask ourselves –What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?

This article covers three important truths about the Holy Spirit according to the Bible.

 

1. The Holy Spirit is God

The Holy Spirit is God and not simply a powerful force as some may teach.  Along with God the Father, and God the Son (Jesus), the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is integral to all of the things that God does in the Bible.

In Genesis 1: 2, the Holy Spirit is described as a person who has been present with the Father and the Son before the beginning of time.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The case of Ananias and Sapphira in the book of Acts better portrays the truth that the Holy Spirit is God.  

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God (Acts 5:3-4)

 

2. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, Has a Mind, Will and Emotions

The Bible also depicts the Holy Spirit as a person or individual. The following verses show clearly that the Holy Spirit is a person - just as God the Father, and God the Son.

  • In Ephesians 4:30, He can be grieved.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, He has a will.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:10, He searches the deep things of God.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:14, He has fellowship with believers.

 

3. He is Our Helper, Teacher, and Friend

Listen to what John 14:26 says,

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Spirit is our Helper and Comforter. We can do nothing without his help and guidance.

Notice also that the verse says the Holy Spirit “teaches us all things.”

When we need it He reminds us of everything that Jesus has already spoken to us about. If you really study and meditate the word of God consistently, you will see this come alive in you…The Holy Spirit will always remind you of God’s Word in different situations in life.

He is also our friend. This is one of the most humbling characteristics of the Holy Spirit – we can relate to Him as we relate with our friends.

In John 15:15, Jesus says

“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Through the Holy Spirit, God’s friendship is available to us. The Spirit of God desires to do life with each of us as four friend, comforter, and guide – so we can have a fulfilling relationship with God.

 

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. We welcome the opportunity to help you.

Don’t miss our next blog post, ‘How to Make the Holy Spirit Our Closest Friend


Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 18:13 | No Comments »

 

In an increasingly busy world, it’s easy to find ourselves with so much to do. So much so that sometimes it becomes a constant tussle to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. The end result is that we may slowly start drifting away from God.

Not that all these things are “bad”, most aren’t, they only become an issue when we allow them to divert our attention from God. The scary part is that sometimes we may not even realize that some of the things we engage in are a distraction.

However, if we become aware of them, we can then begin to take the necessary actions to deal with them.

Here’s a list of 3 things than can easily distract us from God.

 

1. Media

Media. You must have thought about this one. Media is probably one of the biggest distractions for anyone right now. Think of all the avenues that media has into your life - TV stations, the Internet, movies, music, games, magazines, social platforms, newspapers…

Media is so distracting because at every turn, we come face to face with it at home, at work, in the streets, on our phones, etc. 

To overcome the media distraction, we need to be wise and purposeful in what we read, watch, listen to and how much time we are using doing that. If something needs to be given up, we should be willing and disciplined to let go. Also, we need to be able to exercise self-control and not to over indulge in the things we decide to engage in.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)

 

2. Our Work

In life, work is important.  God himself says we are to work. The problem comes in when we end up so engaged in work that it becomes more important than our focus on Jesus.

 

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her (Luke 10:38-42)

 

So, they key thing is to try and avoid getting caught up on our duties and forgetting God. Our work itself should be done entirely for His glory. We should learn and train ourselves to listen to God and be alert to His daily leading as we work.

 

3. Relationships

Our relationships can be yet another major distraction in our faith walk. Any kind of relationship with parents, friends, children, siblings, spouses, bosses, neighbors, girl/boyfriends…

Anytime we allow any one of them to become more important than God, we are already distracted. It’s true that relationships are very important, but of more importance is our relationship with God and it should be the top priority.

Remember, we are to ‘seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to us’ (Matthew 6:33)

 

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about living in faith in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


Sunday, January 26, 2020, 19:13 | No Comments »

 

In our last article, we introduced How to Live by Faith series.

We covered three important factors, and as promised, we’ll discuss a few more key points in this article.

If you have not yet read part 1, go here.

A Brief Review

We saw that living by faith is important and is a command by God for believers. The aim of this article is to answer ‘how.’

Let’s get started on the remaining points.

1. Obey God in the Small Things 

 Before God entrusts you with a big assignment, he’ll assign you small things to do. Remember how Abraham was told to shift from his hometown without knowing where he was to go?

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went (Hebrews 11:8)

We have to learn to obey God in small things or we could miss the will of God in a new season.

2. Talk Right

In part 1 of the series, we discussed the fact that it’s important to think right but it doesn’t end there. It’s also crucial to talk right. Why? There is power of life and death in the tongue.

Matthew 12:34 says, … out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Speech that lacks faith comes from a heart that is lacking in faith.

In Gen 1:1-9, we read that God spoke the universe into being. And we are made in His image and likeness.  

In the New Testament, Jesus spoke to the fig tree. This shows us that there is power in the spoken word.

What we think, we say. Living by faith therefore means speaking in faith from a heart of faith – speaking the words of Godtongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

Our words do carry power.  Notice what Jesus said.

Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (Mark 11:22-24)

3. Apply the Word

Applying the word of God can be a challenge. Gratefully, the Word of God itself provides us with an understanding on how to best apply God’s Word to our daily life.

Here’s a summary on how to do it

  • Apply the Word by Abiding in Jesus

We can do nothing without Jesus, and scripture confirms it.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5)

  • Apply the Word through Prayer

We need to be closely connected with Jesus and to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to apply the Word of God effectively in our lives. Prayer is the primary means we have to intimately connect with Jesus. If we lack something, we can directly ask God for it

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed (James 1:5-6)

  • Apply the Word by Reading, Memorizing, and Meditating on the Scriptures

We can’t obey a command that we don’t know or claim a promise that we have not discovered. That said, the obvious thing is to read God’s Word if we are going to obey it. Not only that, we also need to study, memorize and meditate on Scriptures.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8)

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about living in faith in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:27 | No Comments »

One of the key principles that we have discussed in our last two posts to help us claim the promises of God in 2020 is making a resolve to live by faith. But what does it mean to live by faith? And, would you classify yourself as one who lives by faith?

Living by faith is a question that every believer needs to be able to answer because God has instructed us to live by faith. Faith is so important that without it there’s no pleasing God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Also, God says “The just shall live by faith”, four times, in four different books of the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament (Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4, Hebrews 10:38 and Galatians 3:11)

That says something, right?  It is clear that God wants to make sure we get it.

So, if living by faith is so important, how do we do it?  

1. We Should Live by the Word of God

Sometimes we see things about God based on our circumstances and experiences instead of what the Bible really says. But Scripture encourages us to “walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The children of Israel had to walk around Jericho 7 times by faith, not by logic or reasoning. They had to live by the Word from God, not their perception of how unreasonable the command of God might have seemed. So living by faith means living by the Word and obeying it no matter how illogical obedience might seem to us.

2. Count Things as Though they Have Already Happened

God’s word tells us that living by faith is living as if things have already worked out.

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17

We are to believe in the promises of God in the Spirit, believing that God will bring His promises to pass.

This is not a health and wealth, prosperity gospel, but rather a belief in what God has already promised that He would do.

Jesus asked when he returned, would he find any faith? (Luke 18:8)

When the Lord gives us assurance that he is going to do something by faith, it will happen.

We have to listen to the Holy Spirit and His will.

George Mueller was a fantastic example of this as he sat with his children at the orphanage and thanked God for breakfast that wasn’t on the table or in the cupboards. During his prayer, a knock came on the door. The visitor was there with the groceries…and the breakfast…that they had just thanked God for providing.

Ask in His will.

Matt 7:11 says, If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

3. Think Right 

Negative thinking will always produce negative outcomes. Now and again we suffer from negative thinking because we mix God’s words with the world's value system.

Thoughts are vital. What we think we do, and then we become.

”For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” (Proverbs 23:7).

What have you been thinking? It’s important to watch your thoughts as they have the power to sway you toward a direction you shouldn’t go (If they are wrong thoughts).

Think on things that lead you to the action or behavior you want to achieve.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8).

Look for Part Two of How to Live by Faith Next Week!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020, 17:51 | No Comments »

Last week we managed to tackle three keys that can help you be able to possess God’s promises for all aspects of your life including purpose, family, business, relations, and more. And as promised, this week we continue with the second part of our article.

While the year is still new, we have a choice to begin it hopeful because of the power of God. No matter what happened the previous year, we can begin expecting something better. We can do that because we can choose to believe God, believe His promises and embark on actions that will see them manifest in our lives.

Let’s jump into the remaining three keys. If you haven’t yet, read the previous article here.

1. Remember that It’s Never Too Late

It will never be too late for us to achieve the promises of God for our lives, our families, our businesses, and life in general. Moses was called when he was about 80 years old. Abraham and Sarah got Isaac when they were past childbearing age. This tells you that nothing is impossible with God. He’s above time, years, and above all things. As you make up your mind to claim the promises of God for your life this year, remember that nothing you face can stand against God.

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27, KJV)

 

2. Refuse to be Intimidated by Obstacles

Remember the Red Sea that stood in front of the Israelites on their way out of slavery? What about the many powerful enemies they had to fight and the Jordan River they had to contend with? 

Granted, you’ll come face to face with situations that will try to easily convince you that the Word of God is not true. There’s a lot to learn and apply from the Exodus story. It doesn’t matter how big the hindrances may seem – with God by your side, you can conquer them all.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth (Psalms 97:5, KJV)

 

3. Obey the Word of God 

Having done that, you need to take action. What has God been telling you to do? What is God telling you to do now? But, don’t just hear, do the word.  Listening to what God has to say is only a partial, you need to complete it by doing what he tells you do.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22, KJV)

Resolve in your heart to obey every word that God gives you. Naaman was told to go bathe in river Jordan but at first turned away in rage.

So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:10-14, KJV)

 

But thank God he went ahead and obeyed the word of God that came through the prophet Elisha or he would have missed his miracle. Obeying God’s word will help us claim and manifest his promises for yet another wonderful season that is year 2020.

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about experiencing true joy in Jesus in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


Monday, February 10, 2020, 13:07 | No Comments »

Do you know the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood person of the Holy Trinity.  As a result, there are many misconceptions about Holy Spirit. Some people think he is a force or energy, and others understand the Holy Spirit as the power of God.

As believers, it’s important to go back to our life manual, the Bible, and ask ourselves –What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?

This article covers three important truths about the Holy Spirit according to the Bible.

 

1. The Holy Spirit is God

The Holy Spirit is God and not simply a powerful force as some may teach.  Along with God the Father, and God the Son (Jesus), the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is integral to all of the things that God does in the Bible.

In Genesis 1: 2, the Holy Spirit is described as a person who has been present with the Father and the Son before the beginning of time.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The case of Ananias and Sapphira in the book of Acts better portrays the truth that the Holy Spirit is God.  

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God (Acts 5:3-4)

 

2. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, Has a Mind, Will and Emotions

The Bible also depicts the Holy Spirit as a person or individual. The following verses show clearly that the Holy Spirit is a person - just as God the Father, and God the Son.

  • In Ephesians 4:30, He can be grieved.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, He has a will.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:10, He searches the deep things of God.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:14, He has fellowship with believers.

 

3. He is Our Helper, Teacher, and Friend

Listen to what John 14:26 says,

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Spirit is our Helper and Comforter. We can do nothing without his help and guidance.

Notice also that the verse says the Holy Spirit “teaches us all things.”

When we need it He reminds us of everything that Jesus has already spoken to us about. If you really study and meditate the word of God consistently, you will see this come alive in you…The Holy Spirit will always remind you of God’s Word in different situations in life.

He is also our friend. This is one of the most humbling characteristics of the Holy Spirit – we can relate to Him as we relate with our friends.

In John 15:15, Jesus says

“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Through the Holy Spirit, God’s friendship is available to us. The Spirit of God desires to do life with each of us as four friend, comforter, and guide – so we can have a fulfilling relationship with God.

 

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. We welcome the opportunity to help you.

Don’t miss our next blog post, ‘How to Make the Holy Spirit Our Closest Friend


Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 18:13 | No Comments »

 

In an increasingly busy world, it’s easy to find ourselves with so much to do. So much so that sometimes it becomes a constant tussle to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. The end result is that we may slowly start drifting away from God.

Not that all these things are “bad”, most aren’t, they only become an issue when we allow them to divert our attention from God. The scary part is that sometimes we may not even realize that some of the things we engage in are a distraction.

However, if we become aware of them, we can then begin to take the necessary actions to deal with them.

Here’s a list of 3 things than can easily distract us from God.

 

1. Media

Media. You must have thought about this one. Media is probably one of the biggest distractions for anyone right now. Think of all the avenues that media has into your life - TV stations, the Internet, movies, music, games, magazines, social platforms, newspapers…

Media is so distracting because at every turn, we come face to face with it at home, at work, in the streets, on our phones, etc. 

To overcome the media distraction, we need to be wise and purposeful in what we read, watch, listen to and how much time we are using doing that. If something needs to be given up, we should be willing and disciplined to let go. Also, we need to be able to exercise self-control and not to over indulge in the things we decide to engage in.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)

 

2. Our Work

In life, work is important.  God himself says we are to work. The problem comes in when we end up so engaged in work that it becomes more important than our focus on Jesus.

 

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her (Luke 10:38-42)

 

So, they key thing is to try and avoid getting caught up on our duties and forgetting God. Our work itself should be done entirely for His glory. We should learn and train ourselves to listen to God and be alert to His daily leading as we work.

 

3. Relationships

Our relationships can be yet another major distraction in our faith walk. Any kind of relationship with parents, friends, children, siblings, spouses, bosses, neighbors, girl/boyfriends…

Anytime we allow any one of them to become more important than God, we are already distracted. It’s true that relationships are very important, but of more importance is our relationship with God and it should be the top priority.

Remember, we are to ‘seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to us’ (Matthew 6:33)

 

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about living in faith in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


Sunday, January 26, 2020, 19:13 | No Comments »

 

In our last article, we introduced How to Live by Faith series.

We covered three important factors, and as promised, we’ll discuss a few more key points in this article.

If you have not yet read part 1, go here.

A Brief Review

We saw that living by faith is important and is a command by God for believers. The aim of this article is to answer ‘how.’

Let’s get started on the remaining points.

1. Obey God in the Small Things 

 Before God entrusts you with a big assignment, he’ll assign you small things to do. Remember how Abraham was told to shift from his hometown without knowing where he was to go?

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went (Hebrews 11:8)

We have to learn to obey God in small things or we could miss the will of God in a new season.

2. Talk Right

In part 1 of the series, we discussed the fact that it’s important to think right but it doesn’t end there. It’s also crucial to talk right. Why? There is power of life and death in the tongue.

Matthew 12:34 says, … out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Speech that lacks faith comes from a heart that is lacking in faith.

In Gen 1:1-9, we read that God spoke the universe into being. And we are made in His image and likeness.  

In the New Testament, Jesus spoke to the fig tree. This shows us that there is power in the spoken word.

What we think, we say. Living by faith therefore means speaking in faith from a heart of faith – speaking the words of Godtongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

Our words do carry power.  Notice what Jesus said.

Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (Mark 11:22-24)

3. Apply the Word

Applying the word of God can be a challenge. Gratefully, the Word of God itself provides us with an understanding on how to best apply God’s Word to our daily life.

Here’s a summary on how to do it

  • Apply the Word by Abiding in Jesus

We can do nothing without Jesus, and scripture confirms it.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5)

  • Apply the Word through Prayer

We need to be closely connected with Jesus and to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to apply the Word of God effectively in our lives. Prayer is the primary means we have to intimately connect with Jesus. If we lack something, we can directly ask God for it

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed (James 1:5-6)

  • Apply the Word by Reading, Memorizing, and Meditating on the Scriptures

We can’t obey a command that we don’t know or claim a promise that we have not discovered. That said, the obvious thing is to read God’s Word if we are going to obey it. Not only that, we also need to study, memorize and meditate on Scriptures.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8)

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about living in faith in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:27 | No Comments »

One of the key principles that we have discussed in our last two posts to help us claim the promises of God in 2020 is making a resolve to live by faith. But what does it mean to live by faith? And, would you classify yourself as one who lives by faith?

Living by faith is a question that every believer needs to be able to answer because God has instructed us to live by faith. Faith is so important that without it there’s no pleasing God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Also, God says “The just shall live by faith”, four times, in four different books of the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament (Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4, Hebrews 10:38 and Galatians 3:11)

That says something, right?  It is clear that God wants to make sure we get it.

So, if living by faith is so important, how do we do it?  

1. We Should Live by the Word of God

Sometimes we see things about God based on our circumstances and experiences instead of what the Bible really says. But Scripture encourages us to “walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The children of Israel had to walk around Jericho 7 times by faith, not by logic or reasoning. They had to live by the Word from God, not their perception of how unreasonable the command of God might have seemed. So living by faith means living by the Word and obeying it no matter how illogical obedience might seem to us.

2. Count Things as Though they Have Already Happened

God’s word tells us that living by faith is living as if things have already worked out.

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17

We are to believe in the promises of God in the Spirit, believing that God will bring His promises to pass.

This is not a health and wealth, prosperity gospel, but rather a belief in what God has already promised that He would do.

Jesus asked when he returned, would he find any faith? (Luke 18:8)

When the Lord gives us assurance that he is going to do something by faith, it will happen.

We have to listen to the Holy Spirit and His will.

George Mueller was a fantastic example of this as he sat with his children at the orphanage and thanked God for breakfast that wasn’t on the table or in the cupboards. During his prayer, a knock came on the door. The visitor was there with the groceries…and the breakfast…that they had just thanked God for providing.

Ask in His will.

Matt 7:11 says, If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

3. Think Right 

Negative thinking will always produce negative outcomes. Now and again we suffer from negative thinking because we mix God’s words with the world's value system.

Thoughts are vital. What we think we do, and then we become.

”For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” (Proverbs 23:7).

What have you been thinking? It’s important to watch your thoughts as they have the power to sway you toward a direction you shouldn’t go (If they are wrong thoughts).

Think on things that lead you to the action or behavior you want to achieve.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8).

Look for Part Two of How to Live by Faith Next Week!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020, 17:51 | No Comments »

Last week we managed to tackle three keys that can help you be able to possess God’s promises for all aspects of your life including purpose, family, business, relations, and more. And as promised, this week we continue with the second part of our article.

While the year is still new, we have a choice to begin it hopeful because of the power of God. No matter what happened the previous year, we can begin expecting something better. We can do that because we can choose to believe God, believe His promises and embark on actions that will see them manifest in our lives.

Let’s jump into the remaining three keys. If you haven’t yet, read the previous article here.

1. Remember that It’s Never Too Late

It will never be too late for us to achieve the promises of God for our lives, our families, our businesses, and life in general. Moses was called when he was about 80 years old. Abraham and Sarah got Isaac when they were past childbearing age. This tells you that nothing is impossible with God. He’s above time, years, and above all things. As you make up your mind to claim the promises of God for your life this year, remember that nothing you face can stand against God.

And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27, KJV)

 

2. Refuse to be Intimidated by Obstacles

Remember the Red Sea that stood in front of the Israelites on their way out of slavery? What about the many powerful enemies they had to fight and the Jordan River they had to contend with? 

Granted, you’ll come face to face with situations that will try to easily convince you that the Word of God is not true. There’s a lot to learn and apply from the Exodus story. It doesn’t matter how big the hindrances may seem – with God by your side, you can conquer them all.

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth (Psalms 97:5, KJV)

 

3. Obey the Word of God 

Having done that, you need to take action. What has God been telling you to do? What is God telling you to do now? But, don’t just hear, do the word.  Listening to what God has to say is only a partial, you need to complete it by doing what he tells you do.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22, KJV)

Resolve in your heart to obey every word that God gives you. Naaman was told to go bathe in river Jordan but at first turned away in rage.

So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:10-14, KJV)

 

But thank God he went ahead and obeyed the word of God that came through the prophet Elisha or he would have missed his miracle. Obeying God’s word will help us claim and manifest his promises for yet another wonderful season that is year 2020.

Contact Anchor of Hope at (306) 940-9554 to learn more about experiencing true joy in Jesus in a new year. We welcome the opportunity to help you.


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