Earlier this year, my husband Joe ministered a powerful message at the 2013 All Access ARC Conference about the five anchors every church must possess when enduring seasons of adversity. Although it has been several months, I still cannot get the image of a ship anchor out of my head.
Anchors (as you already know) are extremely important to the overall purpose and longevity of a ship. When lowered, the anchor provides a ship with the ability to withstand the toughest of storms, enabling it to stay in place. However, many miss the fact that in order for a ship to move along properly, that same anchor must eventually be lifted.
Every day I have become more amazed at how we as believers have learned to trust God in where He has instructed us to lower our anchors, however (more often than not), refuse to hear from Him when He has instructed us to lift them back up.
Let¹s face it: Living a life with a lowered anchor is safe.
But living a life with a lifted anchor is not. Our natural tendency as believers is to anchor down in times of uncertainty. However, it takes extraordinary faith to become solely reliant on how our God decides to blow the wind. With only a few battered sails, and an old rudder of faith, there are times when we have to lean hard into the peace that can sometimes only be found in the middle of chaos.
It¹s no wonder why so many of us have the number of barnacles we have attached to our lives. Many of us have become resistant to movement.
As we move further into the second half of this year, dare to move your ship away from the shore. Where you are today, you have been way too long.