A Christian’s Anchor

What’s the anchor for your soul? What sustains your sojourn here on Earth? Are they built on the unshaken promises of God or on the fading riches of this world?

These questions are not rhetoric. These are questions needed to be answered to ascertain the worth of foundation on which your faith is built on. As pilgrims here on earth, our goal is never to base our aspirations and desires on the corruptible.

Rather, we are expected to daily follow with diligence, faith and patience to inherit the promise of our Father unto us His Children. (Heb. 6:11-12).
The inheritance of which we have been begotten unto is that which is undefiled, ever shinning, fadeth not, can never perish, incorruptible and reserved. What more can one think of than this?

Why should I still struggle to lie like the people of the world do? Why must I toil day and night to lay treasures upon earth where moth and rust doth corrupt? (Matt. 6:19).

A life without Christ is worthless. No matter how well the person plays church, he has nothing. His perceived enjoyment ends here on earth. What is a creature without faith for the future-HOPE?

“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul” (Job 27:8) “The delusive hopes of the unregenerate are vain and perishing; the hypocrite and his hope expire and die both together.”

It is therefore pertinent to be solidly rooted in Christ. This is only where our hope in Him stems from.

Hear this comment on HOPE:
“The hope of eternal life in a true Christian is a hope that keeps him alive, quickens him, supports him, and conducts him to heaven. Hope invigorates and spirits up the soul to action, to patience, to fortitude, and perseverance to the end.”

A Christian’s hope is the anchor and helmet for his soul. (Heb 6:19, 1 Thes 5:8). Are these your guiding principles? Even in the face of perceived problems, sufferings and persecution, our hope in Christ must be resolute, unshaken and infinite.

Remain Rapturable,

Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH

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A LIVELY HOPE

What is the essence of a pilgrim’s journey without a living hope? In St. Peter’s epistle to the “strangers scattered throughout” five areas as noted in I Pet 1:1.
It notes the ‘lively hope’ of which Christians have an entrance into by virtue of a new life in Christ.
If Christ’s resurrection did not come to pass, our Christian walk will be regarded as false and hoax. Our faith will be vain just as our preaching will be in futility (1 Cor 15:14).

But thank God. This was not to be. The grave could not hold Christ. Christ is RISEN. He is no longer in the grave. Death could not hold him captive. His resurrection gives meaning to a pilgrim’s existence, hope and confidence.
Why not happily ruminate over the lyrics of this song daily as we are kept by the power of God (1 Pet 1:5):
My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

The lively hope which we enjoy results from the following:

• Our God is a merciful v.3

Our God is full of mercy. Our works are nothing in his sight. Our righteousness are nothing but filthy rags before Him (Isa 64:6). Our being accepted to the fold is just by God’s mercies. No wonder Apostle Paul notes: ‘But by the grace of God, I am what I am and his grace’ (I Cor 15:10).
He further notes while writing to the saints at Ephesus: ‘But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. Even when we were dead to sins hath quickened us together and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:4-5)

• Christ is Risen v.3

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave gives life to our hope as Christians. Try to imagine what would have become of the faith you profess today if Christ did rise after three days. Despite every head strong defense put up by haters of the faith about Christ not rising from the grave, it still remains a fact. Christ rose from the grave and gives true meaning to our existence.
‘If ye be risen with Christ, Seek those things which are above’ (Col 3:1). Seeking with all our hearts things of heavenly nature is therefore our goal as Christians.

• Partakers of an Inheritance Incorruptible v.4

Oh Jesus! An incorruptible inheritance. A home which he has gone to prepare for his own (John 14:3) What then is my own with earthly materials which will gather moth.
‘Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through nor steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven , where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.’ (Matt. 6:19-20)
It is undefiled, fadeth not away and it is reserved just for You.

• God’s Security v.5

We are kept by the power of God. His security over our lives is incomprehensible. While others put their trust in sirens, high walled gates and carnal weapons of their warfare (2Cor 10:4). But by the power of God we are secured.

Remain Rapturable
Your Brother,
Kelechi AMAKOH