These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him (1 John 5:13-15).
When the Apostle John wrote the book of 1 John, he was inspired by the Spirit of God to write it so that he could encourage those who believe that Jesus was the Son of God. The Church during his time was being confronted with a dangerous false doctrine which was designed by the enemy to come against their faith in God. A group of people called the Gnostics taught a doctrine called Gnosticism which attempted to challenge who Jesus was and rejecting to believe that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God. These false teachers were willing to acknowledge some form of His deity; however, they still denied Jesus humanity could preserve Him from evil. The Gnostics also claimed they had an elevated knowledge or a higher truth that was deeper and greater than the eternal and infallible word of God. They would move throughout the Church among other believers demonstrating a lack of love toward them and reacting negative toward those who rejected their way of thinking (1 John 3:10-18). They separated their deceived followers from the fellowship of those who remained faithful to the Christian faith, leading the Apostle John to reply that such separation outwardly manifested that those who followed false teachers lacked genuine salvation (I John 2:18-19). Those who were drawn away by this deception of Gnosticism any left some believers to question their conviction to remain faithful to the apostolic doctrine of Christ. As a result of these things happening in the Church, the Apostle John wrote to the believers to empower them and to stop the plague of Gnosticism from crippling the young Church.
Now just as the early Church was confronted with this false doctrine called Gnosticism, the Church of today is being faced with several things that the enemy is using to weaken us in carrying out the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20). One thing in particular that the enemy has used is the passing of different laws in our country for the purpose to endorse different lifestyles of sin which are contrary to God’s word. Some of these laws which have been passed are laws such as the killing unborn children through abolition, same-sex marriages and the ongoing push to have medical marijuana legalized in our country. Another tactic that enemy has used is to increase violent killing in our country. In the past there have been violent killings on our inner-city streets, shooting in our children’s elementary school shooting like Newtown, Connecticut and in the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina during a prayer meeting were nine members were killed.
We have God’s Eternal Life on the inside of us
How do we as the Church learn to overcome these issues that the enemy has used to cause us to lose sight of the importance of us reaching out to people who desperately need the Lord? As the Body of Christ we must stand on three important points which are found in 1 John 5:13-15 which will help us to be Anchored in Jesus. However, before I discuss these three points, I believe it is important for us to have a clear understanding of what it means for you and me to be Anchored in Jesus. To be anchored means “to be held fast, to be secured firmly and not to be caused to drift away”. To be Anchored in Jesus then means to be steadfast, to be firmly secure and having a strong conviction “that greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). As the Apostle John encouraged the early Church that they had Eternal life we must also encourage ourselves that we have God’s Eternal life on the inside us. The Eternal life that we have on the inside us is not just for us to live one day in Heaven but His abundant life is for us to live victorious in the face of struggling times. The life of God will also, help us to be a witness to others that there is something different about us and our walk and in turn encourage those that are watching us, to say there is a hole in my life and I need what you have to fill it.
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent (John 17:1-3).
Walking in the Authority of the name of Jesus
Another way we can be Anchored in Jesus is by us walking in the authority that is in the name of Jesus. Why is it important for us to believe and walk in the authority of the name of Jesus? In the name of Jesus there is healing and restoration to the one who is afflicted and struggling with sickness and disease in their body. In the name of Jesus there is deliverance and salvation from the silent frustration which men and women struggle with silently by them self and feeling they are all alone. In the name of Jesus there is wholeness and wellness to the person who is crippled and lame emotionally in their life. As believers in Christ we must take the attitude like the early Apostles Peter and John did when they came to the temple to pray at the hour of prayer. When the lame man asked for money from them, Peter said to him that they did not have any silver or gold, but what they had was the name of Jesus which gave the lame the ability to be able to walk. As the lame began to take his first steps, the word of God declared that he received strength in his ankle and he was walking, leaping and praising God in the temple (Acts 3:1-10).
In these last days, the Father wants us to walk in the authority that is in the name of Jesus. There are people out in the world today that once had the ability to walk and because of circumstances and situations they lost the ability to walk, run or jump. There are also others from the time of their birth they never experience the ability to crawl or to be able to take their first steps to either their mother or father. This is not only true in natural life but this also true regarding people in their spiritual walk with the Lord. However, the Lord is calling for our churches not to be placed where people come to on Sunday morning; however, He is looking for the Church to be a House of prayer where people saved and unsaved can be healed in the name of Jesus. As Peter commanded the lame man to do something he had never done before in the name of Jesus, we took must do the greater works of Jesus commanding the lame to walk, to leap and praise His name for His mighty acts in their lives.
We must have confidence that God answers prayer
A final way that we can be Anchored in Jesus is standing on the truth of God’s word that He is faithful to answer our prayers. According to Webster Dictionary, the word confidence means “to be “out-spoken, frankness, bluntness, assurance, and to have the boldness of speech”. To be Anchored in Jesus means that we have confidence and boldness in God that He will answer our prayers for two reasons. The first reason is that God will answer our prayers because we have prayed to them according to His will. As we spend time in prayer and in His word, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us what God’s will is for us regarding the present situation that we are presently involved in. The second reason why we will be able to have confidence in God that He will answer our prayers is that we are developing a knowing that He hears us when we pray. Our God is no respecter of persons and just like He heard the cries of the Children of Israel who were under Egyptian bondage, He too will hear and bring us out of our bondage (Exodus 2:23-25). Our God was able to hear the cry of a rebellious Prophet name Jonah and bring him out of the belly of a big fish and He too will bring you and me out of our circumstances, bills and pressure which has swallowed us in the deep waters of despair (Jonah 2:1-2).