May 16th Message: Points to Ponder

We Have an Anchor

Help managing procrastination:

Philippians 4:10 – 13

Paul chooses:

· Trust

· Accepts love and support from others

· To learn contentment within God

· To pray for and help others

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”

In times of trouble, we have an anchor

Hebrews 6:1 – 19

“Coping and managing the stress of constant disappointments, unmet expectations, feelings of being unfairly targeted, even persecuted. That is what many are dealing with today. One key to coping with stress is to “stay connected with others”. This is very difficult when we are told to stay away, stay home, avoid contacts and our methods of connecting are systematically eroded. Ask God to help us keep doing what is right. The same principles, being targeted and attacked by others, will keep us in challenging times.

Isaiah 41:10-13 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”

Harrington Emerson:

“As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The person who grasps principles can successfully select their own methods. The person who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

Coach Ray Wilkerson:

"Methods are many, principles are few. Methods always change, but principles never do."

GAAP = Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Methods can vary but the fundamentals (the principles) remain a constant, and are the guide of our lives.

God and His Words are anchors in times of trouble

A source of wisdom and truth/strength

Proverbs 3:5, 6

Daniel 6

Daniel embraces and lives by unchanging Biblical principles. These principles provided continual guidance and even caused others to recognize Daniel’s consistency and abilities. Some, motivated by envy, have King Darius make a rule which contravenes Daniel’s principles. They know Daniel won’t change his consistency and this will get him into trouble.

Daniel’s response: Daniel 6:10, 11

The consequences: Daniel 6:12 – 16

The king values Daniel’s consistency: Daniel 6:16; 20

God is consistent: Daniel 6:21 – 23

Anchors are necessities:

Isaiah 28;16

Isaiah 33:6

Jeremiah 29:11

Psalm 25:5

Psalm 12;7

God is our Anchor:

Proverbs 1:24

Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”