How's Your Anchor Holding?
  
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.  Hebrews 6:19 
 
   It is with Jesus joy that I send Apostolic greetings to all my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those of the resilient O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly. 

   My fervent hope and prayer is that you and your family are all well during this COVID-19 pandemic that currently grips our world. Yet it is even during this most unusual and trying of times that our God demonstrates himself faithful to all that trust in His wonderful name.
 
   I would like to take a few minutes today to hopefully further encourage you as you continue to trust in the Lord’s power to keep His people. Consider if you will the scripture from the book of Hebrews, chapter six and verses seventeen and eighteen. The writer discusses the faithfulness of God’s promises. He reminds us of the promises that God established with Abraham, which had the enduring properties of being passed down to all the heirs of Abraham’s faith, whether they be Jew or Gentile. Hebrews 6:17, “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: (confirmed: Greek ‘interposed himself by’) 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.” It is as though God was reaching, stretching Himself in language to express the unchangeable nature of His promise. Look: “That by two immutable (unchangeable) things,” ‘his counsel” and that then sealed by His “oath” (vow). In either of these powerful elements, it is already conceded that it is impossible for God to lie. Psalms thirty-three and nine says, “For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” What He declares or decrees, must come to pass. All of creation recognizes and indeed depends on the steadfastness of His word. Yet here, He confirms it to His people by combining these two elements of sharing His word.
 
   Now comes the human response. We are to resort to Him as one in a storm, for refuge. In doing so, we place our hope in Him personally and in His power to keep us and protect us from the raging storm of life. It is this “Hope” that is to secure us, in fact, tie us to Him, as an anchor securely holds a ship in harbor. No matter the strength of the hurricane of life, our anchor is to hold sure and steadfast within the veil, that is, the very presence of God Himself. 
 
   I call to your attention the fact that as great as our God is, there is still a part that people play in our relationship with Him. So, how’s your anchor holding? Are you maintaining your hope in His deliverance? Are you maintaining your faith in Him as your keeper during this COVID-19 pandemic? Do you continue to trust that He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory? Does your anchor hold and grip that solid rock, which is Christ Jesus our Lord? Take time now and check your anchor. Make sure it’s still holding you steadfastly in the harbor of your Master’s care.
 
Maranatha,
Bishop Wells, D.D.
Founding Pastor, O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly