Acts 27:29 NKJV Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come.
In the midst of a deadly storm the crew and captives of this prison ship carrying Paul and heading for Rome all thought they were going to die and had given up hope (Acts 27:20). To stabilize the ship 4 anchors were dropped. Although we are not on a literal ship in a storm there are 4 anchors for our soul (mind, will, & emotions) that will give us stability and protect us from the fear that destroys when storms in life strike.
1) I Belong to God – Acts 27:23. The enemy will try to get you to doubt or question your identity. Be confident in whose you are. You are a child of God (Romans 8:15). God is for you and not against you (Hebrews 11:6, Romans 8:31).
2) God Cannot Lie – Acts 27:25. Paul said two powerful statements. “I believe God.” & “It will be just as it was told me.” When the thunderous threats producing fear come remember, God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18). His promises are true. Trust in Him and He will see you safely through.
3) The Purposes of God will Prevail – Acts 27:24. That doesn’t mean that everything you are supposed to or called to do will get done, your will is involved in the process. However, if the Lord has given you something to do, you can stay steady, faithful, & consistent at it doing what is before you to do and He will make sure you prevail. It is His purpose. If you’ll keep pursuing it, His Word will prevail.
4) There is Always a Way of Escape – Acts 27:43-44. Even in the darkest circumstances God has provided the way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). Get a vision of life on the other side of the storm. Let the Lord open your eyes to His desire for your freedom and victory. Even in the darkest of times, the Lord is there and He is faithful to provide the way of escape. It is there. We just need to listen to His guidance, trust and obey.
These 4 truths will stabilize your mind and emotions in the midst of even the most terrifying of times. Drop these anchors and FEAR NOT!