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Recently I had a dream in which I heard the following, "We have had Purpose Driven Lives and now we have Presence Motivated People. But what we need for the days that are ahead are Values Anchored Believers." I can always tell when it is truly the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking. The content is way beyond what I could ever conceive or articulate on my own. God's word carries weight, grabs your attention and requires steps of action.
I was alerted to the fact that the Holy Spirit was not putting down of any of the previous stages or emphases mentioned in the dream, as they were each birthed from Him. Thank God that people have been discovering their God-given purpose and callings, resulting in Purpose Driven Lives. Today, across the global body of Christ, people are discovering the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit. It is saturating our worship, changing our goals and empowering us for service, resulting in Presence Motivated People.
But to navigate the days that are ahead, we need to be Values Anchored Believers. I have pondered much on each word in this one phrase. Values… Anchored… Believers… The Holy Spirit is a brilliant "wordsmith." He said, "Values Anchored Believers." Wow! Let's look deeper into the meaning of this.
Every House is Built on Something!
Allow the Bible to Challenge you Listen to the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 7:24–27 and the companion set of scriptures in Luke 7:46-49.
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Jesus made it clear that we must be hearers AND doers of the Word of God. To withstand the winds and the waves that hit every house, family and society, we must be anchored in our values as believers. (For more on this, see an article I released in February 2016 titled The Original W.W.W. – The Pathway to His Glory.)
Hebrews 6:19 gives us additional insight stating, "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil." I love the Word of God and how it teaches us so much when we compare one passage with another. Hope is the positive expectation of good and the anchor to our soul (mind, will and emotions). When we drop the anchor of hope from the ship of our lives through the tumultuous waves of uncertain circumstances, we become immoveable because we are connected to the rock of ages below.
My Personal Core Values
Many years ago I established a set of "core values" on which my life has been anchored. Perhaps that is one of the reasons my house still stands to this day though every kind of wind and wave has come crashing in upon my shores. (I do not mean this as prideful boasting, but simply a testimony that this really works!)
So here are four key foundational values upon which my life is built (and I invite you to take them for your life!):
God Is Good – Period.
Therefore, something good is just about to happen.
Nothing is impossible with God.
Yesterday's risks become today's lifestyle.
Everything was accomplished at Calvary.
Jesus declared on the cross, "It is finished!"
I Am (and You Are) significant and cherished by God!
If His eye is on the sparrow, I know He is watching over me.
Here are some additional godly beliefs I have grafted into my soul:
Worship God with your questions.
Do not doubt in darkness what God has spoken in the light.
Build a safe house where there are secure boundaries of holiness.
Feed yourself on a healthy diet of God's Word.
Family is God's idea. Love, serve and value your family.
Be committed to a community of believers cultivating a culture of honor.
Forgive, Forget and Forge Ahead!
Declare with me "The Best is Yet to Come!"
God has a Plan for Your Life "We have had Purpose Driven Lives and now we have Presence Motivated People. But what we need for the days that are ahead are Values Anchored Believers."
I believe that Values Anchored Believers will provide in Jesus the cures for societal ills, profitable businesses, healthy families, growing churches and will be a shining light to a lost world in the days that are ahead in Jesus' name! Something good is just about to happen!
Anchored to the Rock of All Ages!
James W. Goll