Mark Affleck

My Promise ANCHOR is a Question YOU Should Ask

July 2, 2021
Spiritual Growth

Every part of our faith is anchored to Jesus and what he did for us on the Cross. To what he does for us in this life through his love and grace. To all of his PROMISES that ring loudly throughout the Bible. And since we are drilling down into those PROMISES this month, I want to illuminate what I see as the ANCHOR PROMISE (Romans 8:32) that undergirds all others. Doing that will get us moving toward the goal we’ve set for this series: to go beyond ACKNOWLEDGING that God has many promises for us–to KNOWING what they are–to BELIEVING them so deeply that they will always be available when our life is ensconced in the fog of uncertainty.
THE ANCHOR PROMISE—God’s question for YOU:
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

That God did not spare his only Son creates the hope we have in him and heaven and eternity. It also creates the foundation for the countless promises embedded in God’s Word. Romans 8:32 gives all other promises flight because it sets Jesus as the launch-pad to guarantee those promises for believers living in surrendered obedience to him.
“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
We cannot miss the importance of God’s ANCHOR PROMISE (Romans 8:32). It animates all other promises that can become, IF WE CLAIM THEM, powerful weapons for our life-long fight against the world’s forces: PAIN and its suffering; HOPELESSNESS and its emptiness; ANGER and its frustration; INADEQUACY and its loneliness; FEAR and its uncertainty; CONTROL and its selfishness; and STAGNANT FAITH and its complacency.
It is IMPERATIVE that we know all about GOD’s myriad PROMISES. And understanding this sturdy ANCHOR PROMISE that supports them will serve as a powerful reminder that he has a pretty good track record on making good on them all. Perfect, in fact.
I ask God to remind me that HIS WILL for my life is found in knowing and trusting his promises, not getting a roadmap for life.
Are you obsessing over finding God’s Will as a ROADMAP FOR LIFE? What would happen if, instead, you looked at finding God’s Will as a matter of understanding his promises?

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