The nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower has four and a half acres of flight deck, a displacement of 95,000 tons, and can launch sixty aircraft. It has not one but two anchors, each weighing 60,000 pounds, and each with a chain that is 1,082 feet long. Each link of the anchor chain weighs 365 pounds. The Eisenhower is built for stability. It’s designed to give a smooth ride even in rough and stormy seas. A warship that must launch its aircraft at a moment’s notice cannot be tossed about by the elements. It must be a stable platform under any conditions—and the Eisenhower meets that daunting requirement.

Stability! We all want to live stable, predictable lives without having to deal with nasty surprises. Unfortunately, this fallen world does not afford much stability. Circumstances change. Obstacles arise. Opposition invades our lives. When trouble comes, when the seas of life turn rough and stormy, our stability as believers is tested. Will we be tossed about by the storms? Or will we remain stable, firm, and anchored in the Lord Jesus?

In a real sense, the Thessalonian church was like a ship being tossed on a raging ocean. These believers needed an anchor to keep from being tossed about by the turbulence of shifting opinions and the storms of life. They faced pounding waves of persecution. They faced storm billows of false teaching. So Paul told them he was praying for them—especially for their spiritual stability. He was praying that they would stand firm on the teachings he had delivered to them.

Paul’s prayer was not merely for one local congregation in one coastal city in northern Greece. His prayer extends to all believers in all places in all times who face the destabilizing forces of trials, persecutions, and false teachers. Above all, he prayed for those who would have to face the Antichrist, who would experience the end-times upheaval when all hell breaks loose. In that time of lawlessness, anarchy, terror, and unrestrained evil, believers will need supernatural strength and God-given stability in order to stand firm.

Paul reminds all believers of the anchor that holds as strong and secure as the 60,000-pound anchor of a nuclear aircraft carrier. He reminds us of the bedrock of Truth that keeps us firmly in place. He reminds us of the unshakable hope and encouragement we have in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Jesus, You are my rock and my salvation. I will trust in You as my sure anchor in the storm. Thank You for the Gospel on which I can stand firm forever. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19).

*Excerpt adapted from Fearless Living in Troubled Times by Michael Youssef © 2017. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. Used by permission.

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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