What anchors your soul friends? There are so many different religions, so much writing against God, be it philosophical or scientific. How do you know what you believe is true? The Bible exhorts us to have an answer for why we believe what we believe.
Had some talented debater, or gifted orator, come to me before getting saved and told me all their reasonings on why there is no God I would have had that seed of doubt planted within me. I had no clear evidence in my own heart, I was following after religion, not Christ. Judging by the heresy I had already been convinced of, I’m not sure just what I could have believed had God not stepped in.
This is my anchor, Christ and Christ crucified. Is this your anchor? If you find yourself, like I was, chasing religion, I urge you to work through your faith with fear and trembling as Paul said. How is it that now, unlike the decade I spent in church, I am now anchored so firmly?
It’s almost been two years since salvation came to our house. Repentance, conversion, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit does not produce emotional fervor like I had been taught. It produced in me peace, contentment, joy, deep desire for fellowship, the reading of God’s Word, and prayer. Rather than emotional highs enhanced by drums and repetitive lyrics, I was set free from the sin that had bound me. Free! Nothing had ever freed me from the sin hiding in my heart. Wretched, filthy sin that could only give birth to death. I had struggled for years with that sin, minute to minute, hour to hour, day by day. I wanted my sin, I loved my sin, but I knew it was wrong so I tried by my own merit not to do what I wanted to do. This, friends, is not freedom. Had someone ventured in to whisper the lie that my sin wasn’t really a sin, and no one would get hurt, I might have believed them.
Praise God, the one true God, the King of kings and Lord of lords, He set me free! He took out my old heart of stone and gave me one of flesh in its place. This new heart had new desires. I no longer loved my sin, I hated it. It disgusted me. I’m still disgusted by it, every time the enemy reminds me of the person I use to be. I no longer want to sin, I no longer have to try not to do the things I want to do. He who the Son sets free is free indeed!
This anchors my soul when the enemy comes to tell me God is not real, I can point to the freedom I have. When someone comes with a false doctrine, I can point to the freedom I have. When false religions come, offering a different god, I can point to the freedom I have. This anchors my soul. Nothing can change the fact that what I once loved I now hate.
If you have yet to find such an anchor for your soul, if you’ve been in church for years and still love your sin, let me encourage you not to delay. Recognize your sin for what it is, the very thing that separates you from God, the very thing that damns your soul to eternal judgment. Repent! Flee from the wrath to come. Cry out to God, repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you. Do not think that you can save yourself, not by works, or by some sinners prayer. We can be saved only by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone!