August 4th, 1963 An Anchor Late Mr. N. Daniel
Psalm 146:5 "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:"
Psalmist discovered a great truth in his life. Happy is the man who finds God,
the God whom Jacob found. The beginning and end of Jacob's religious life was
perfect. There was no vagueness in his experience. Many people having had some experience, go on asking for newer experiences. They think,
"Oh! I have not spoken in tongues I want it." They see someone doing
a miracle. They feel, "Oh! doing a miracle! I
want to do like that." Thus by experiments, they go into wrong ways. But
Jacob found a true God. Before this experience in Penuel,
he had seen a ladder. Perhaps that gave him some satisfaction. In a way God is
with me, he would have thought. But it did not satisfy him. There came a time
when he could not go on with just such an experience. An experience of seeing a
vision will not take you very far. It will not help you to overcome certain
circumstances by faith. Jacob's father-in-law and brother-in-law came chasing
him as he stealthily moved from his father-in-law's house. His own brother came
against him with 400 men. He had no anchor to hold. Real faith is our anchor.
When we possess this, even if winds blow and the waves beat, our ships will not
overturn. If the beginning of your faith is correct, it will be a proper anchor
for you in your life of faith. Jacob did not seek for an experience or vision
that would pass away this time. But Jacob said, "I will not let Thee
go." It is not enough if I've contacted you, I have held you and touched
you. Yet it is not enough. I want the anchor of faith to hold me in my life.
Jacob was arguing with God and asking for His blessing and asking for His Name.
It was a strange experience. "Give me an anchor on which I can rely."
Even for a small boat this anchor is important. Once there was a flood in the
father Isaac gave you a name. Now I will give you a new name,
146:5 Have you got that God with you? Have you entered into a covenant with
God? Jacob said, "I will not let thee go, except thou bless me."
Jacob was not a bachelor then. He had a big family. Around him were enemies.
But he was now in a new place of covenant with God. God was following Jacob.
Once we find this anchor, He will never leave us. He will lead us into all
truth. But you must obey. Many want to contact God, but they want to live in
their own way. Then this anchor will not work. This anchor will not function
anywhere and everywhere. You must follow God's will. Jesus followed His
father's will. The whole world was against Him. He never went back. Now Jacob
found the anchor. His sons dragged him into danger. Sometimes our children lead
us into danger. Yet this anchor will be with us. You will have Jacob's
experience. Genesis 33:19,20. He bought a piece of
land and built an altar there. That was a habit with Abraham. Wherever we go we
build an altar and lay our anchor also. We call on the Almighty God. Then all
the evil spirits tremble. Evil forces are all over the world. This news of your
having found an anchor spreads through out the world. The devil says,
"Here is a boy who builds an altar." One who understands the Truth
will build an altar. Angels will come to your house. The eyes of your little
children will watch you praying. Genesis 35:1-5 Change your garments. Some of
our clothes are not clean. We must cleanse our ward robe. Some items there have
not been bought with honest money. You have jewelry acquired by wrong
associations. That must be buried. Jacob's family were
now clean. The Holy Spirit was moving among them. Jacob went to