THE ANCHOR HOLDS
The Anchor Holds is a devotional prepared by Jack Witte,
a long time member of Grace Church.
(This devotional's title is inspired by the song
"The Anchor Holds" written and performed by Donnie Sumner.)
September 21, 2020
Today is the 30,681 day of my life. If I deduct the days before I said I wanted Jesus Christ as my Savior, then God has forgiven me about 25,000 times. That is a whole lot of forgiveness. My side of the covenant has been broken often … but God's side has never been broken … His promise is always there … every day.
This is an email I received from my friend Tom a few years ago, and as I read it, I realized just how often God has extended His hand of forgiveness to each of us.
I wonder sometimes if we don't take His forgiveness for granted. God's forgiveness is His free gift to those who love and trust Him, and as undeserving as we are, we can always be assured that we are never beyond His forgiveness. We are creatures of habit and many of our habits cause us to make the same sinful mistake repeatedly. Rest assured, you and I are not alone in the struggle for the apostle Paul writes about his struggle with a mindset that wants to serve God, and a sinful nature that keeps on sinning.
Romans 7:21-23 (NCV) reads … “When I want to do good, evil is there with me. In my mind, I am happy with God's law. But I see another law working in my body, which makes war against the law that my mind accepts. That other law, working in my body, is the law of sin, and it makes me its prisoner.”
And then in Romans 7:24-25, using the NCV translation, Paul says this … “What a miserable man I am! Who will save me from this body that brings me death? I thank God for saving me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Our only recourse is to turn our sinful habits over to God. To pray to Him for His grace to help us overcome them, and help us to find practical steps to avoid that sin in the future. If we fall back into sin, we need to again turn to God and seek His forgiveness and pray that He will help us to take the steps to avoid that sin in the future. God is always ready to forgive us when we do wrong, but we should never become complacent about our sin and think that it doesn't matter, but instead, always doing what we can to avoid the temptation of sinning in the future.
Remember this … “Therefore, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty.” This promise from God's word ... Satan and sin can never take away from us.
The Anchor Holds … in spite of the storm.
(Please enjoy this music video, "Raise A Hallelujah" by Bethel Music)