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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, January 08, 2011

A Soul's Anchor

Psalms 42:5, "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? ... O my God, my soul is cast down within me, ..."

Discouragement is a result of believing a lie ensconced in hope. Discouragement comes when the lie which we chose to believe results in an outcome which we refuse to accept. Despondency and despair come when this reality fails to comply with the fanciful wishes and dreams based on that false presumption. This ideology of hope which provides for rescue in any and all situations, contorts faith. It is not sustainable.

"Discouragement often follows on the heels of a lie about God that we choose to believe. It can be a lie that says God doesn't care; or God has abandoned me; or God won't meet my needs; or God is mad at me; or God doesn't appreciate all I've done for him. Such lies may seem true when we're overwhelmed by circumstances beyond our control."

Hope is "the virtuous desire for future good". Despondency comes when the reality of the credentials of a person fail to meet the needs of the circumstance. Hope is not faith, faith is not hope, although the two are intrinsically linked or bound together. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for..." Faith is assurance in the trustworthiness of a person. It acknowledges and believes that the credentials and integrity of the person are such that my personal convictions are not misplaced, but are based on truth. Hope finds its strength in the promise, which is only valid when faith is fully exercised. Faith is ownership of a promise we do not possess.

Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of throe who diligently seek Him."

Belief in God's existence is the premise fo faith, His integrity is the premise of our hope. Faith is trust in the unseen, but not unknown, hope is confidence when facing the unknown because we have seen what God 'hath done'.

Hebrews 6:19, "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast ..."

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