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May 2020 - Hope the Anchor for your Soul

 

HOLDING STEADY IN THE STORMS OF LIFE 

Trina and I want to encourage you with this message of hope!   Years ago we visited the USS Midway in San Diego.  We were very impressed with this great battleship.  This aircraft carrier, which is now retired and visited by thousands of tourists each year.  It was used as a defender of freedom during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.  Having served for almost 50 years, it is still inspiring visitors.  We were amazed at its capacity to carry over 4,000 men and the flight deck that could launch or land two fighter jets at the same time.  Its catapult system could launch a jet off its deck so fast that in less than 3 seconds it would be flying at 165 MPH.  It was a fascinating tour.  

I was especially impressed as we entered the anchor room where the massive 40,000-pound anchor was stored. The chain that holds the anchor is wound around giant spools.  Each chain link weighs over 130 pounds.  The tour guide said that when the anchor went down to secure the ship, everyone on the ship could feel the vibration as it reached the depths of the ocean to grip a solid rock.  Likewise, in the storms of life, the Apostle Paul said that we have an anchor for our soul, which is hope that grips the Solid Rock, Christ Jesus. 

So, it is impossible for God to lie for we know that his promise and his vow will never change!  And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness. This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time—an unshakeable hope!  We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold.  - Hebrews 6:18-19 Passion

When my mama prayed, I could always tell when her anchor of hope was taking hold of Jesus, at the mercy seat.  That’s when her praise got loud, and she began to take God’s faithful promises as her expectation!  Everyone in the house knew everything was going to be alright!

God’s hope is different than simply wishing, like someone throwing a coin into a wishing well for good luck. The Bible definition of “hope” is a cheerful, confident expectation of good.  It is an anchor for our soul and gives us a constant, cheerful, confident expectation of His goodness.  We can expect miracles in every situation.  What Satan means for evil, God turns for our good.  This anchor holds us steady while miracles are coming.   

Abraham’s faith became strong after he took his eyes off his body and looked to God who could quicken the dead.  He began to call things that were not as though they were.  He believed in hope. When it looked impossible, he believed it was possible.  Hope is as supernatural as faith and love.  These three abide forever: faith, hope, and love.  Hope is eternal.  This hope reaches beyond the seen into the unseen realm of God.  We lay hold upon this anchor of hope.  This gives us a tremendous inner strength that the world does not understand and we have a positive expectation in every situation in life.  Christ is the source of hope in us - He is the “hope of Glory” that causes us to win in life.

Sometimes you have to look in the mirror and talk to yourself like David did in Psalms 42 and 43 when he said, “Why are you downcast, oh my soul?  Hope thou in God…I will yet praise Him who is the health of my countenance.”  Encourage yourself. The most important conversations you will ever have are with yourself.  Turn your expectation to God.  One translation says, “EXPECT GOD TO ACT.”  Hope holds you steady and changes your countenance.  Faith gives substance to our hope.  Right now begin to praise God and cheer up! 

“We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God,” Romans 5:2. Rejoice in hope!  Begin expecting, experiencing, and enjoying the goodness of God. This hope will not disappoint because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).  This is not a false hope or disillusion but is certain through all time and eternity. Notice FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE working together.  The anchor of hope holds your soul (mind, will, and emotions) steady.  “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost,” Romans 15:13.  The Amplified Bible says it overflows and bubbles over. Let your anchor go down into God’s Word and His presence now! 

HOPE: THE ANCHOR FOR YOUR SOUL

The Gospel is going to new territory! Our offer this month is the messages I ministered, Hope: The Anchor for your Soul and our book, The Bloodline of a Champion which contains a chapter concerning hope.  For your offering of $25 or more, we will send you both of these.  We trust they will be a great blessing and encouragement to your faith.  

This year has been a very unusual year for all of us.  But right in the middle of a pandemic disease and financial downturn we can and must overflow with cheerful, confident expectation.  We must believe that the goodness of God prevails over every other circumstance.  We are going forward into new territory even in this time of challenge.  We believe you are doing the same.  Now, we are broadcasting the Word through television and social media to more people than ever before with the message of faith, hope and love.  We thank you for your partnership with us that makes all this possible.  Trina and I are constantly pressing forward for the plan and purpose of God.  Jesus is Lord and the body of Christ will prevail. 

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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April 2020 - The Praise Cure

THE PRAISE CURE

Currently, much of the world is paralyzed with the fear of the Coronavirus.  The government, our economy, churches, schools, and businesses have all been shaken by this severe outbreak.  The Coronavirus actually got its name because it looks like a crown.  However, the Coronavirus has been de-throned through Jesus’ Name, which is above every name.  Jesus has been crowned Lord of all!  As believers, we share in His victory and reign in life through Jesus’ Name.  We must be delivered from fear and doubt.  Jesus said in Mark 9:23 that if you can believe, all things are possible.  The cure for unbelief is feeding on the Word of God and giving praise to God.   If unbelief is curable, nothing is incurable!  

In Dr. Lilian B. Yeomans’ message, The Praise Cure, she tells about a missionary to China years ago who ministered fearlessly to a sister missionary with smallpox.  While ministering, a very bad case of confluent smallpox (that’s what it looked like to the doctors) came on the missionary and she did not know what to do.  She asked the Lord and He told her to sing and praise Him for His faithfulness to His Word. 

The doctor isolated her and told her to lie quiet, but she said if she didn't praise God the very stones would cry out.  So, she sang and sang and praised and praised.  The doctor said he feared for her life and her case was serious and awful complications threatened.  But she praised and praised and sang and sang.  The doctor said she was evidently delirious, but he had so little help that he couldn't restrain her - and she sang and sang and praised and praised.  He told her that if by any chance she recovered, she would be disfigured for life - and she sang and praised louder than ever.  The doctor asked, "Why do you praise so much?"  She answered, "Because I have so many pox on me.  God shows me I must praise Him for each one separately."  And she kept right at it.

The Lord had shown her a vision of two baskets, one containing her praising, which was half full and the other was her testing, which was fullHe told her that the praise basket must be filled so that it would out weigh the other, so she kept at it.  Her songs and shouts were so Spirit-filled that they were contagious, and the Christian nurses couldn't resist joining in, so they kept the place ringing.  At last the Lord showed her that the praise basket was full and overflowing.  She saw it sink and the testing basket rise in the air.  In a moment, as it seemed, the eruption and all the symptoms vanished, leaving no trace – not even a scar. 

Yes, the praise cure works every time.  It is not unpleasant; rather it is delightful. The cost of it has been paid for by Jesus, and it is available at any moment to each of us.  Are you ready to begin it?  The last part of 1 Peter 1:8 tells us exactly how to begin, "Believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."  Just believe what God says Jesus has done for you, Spirit, soul and body.  Think about it, talk about it, sing about it, shout about it, and the praise cure has begun.  You are not to take it once a year but all the time. 

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  Hebrews 13:15

PRAISE MOVES HEAVEN

In 2 Chronicles 20, when God's people began to sing and to say, “Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever,” the Lord set ambushments against the enemies and they spent three days gathering the spoil! God has ordained strength to come out of the mouth to still the enemy (Psalm 8:2). Jesus used the word praise for strength. Be like Abraham: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20, 21).  Your praise will cause you to be fully persuaded!

You just need to keep your praise basket full!  “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). Praise is vocal. It can be seen and heard by others.  In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were bound, their hands and feet in stocks, but the authorities forgot to tape their mouths shut!  When they began to pray and sing praises, God shook the entire prison, and everyone was set free.  As long as you have a voice, there's no prison that can hold you!  Your voice is your address in the spirit.

This month we want to offer you Trina’s book, God’s Healing Word, and the brand-new set of 3 cd’s called The Praise Cure.  We want to offer these products at 50% off to you right now.  The praise cure story is in both the book and the cd set.  These are great messages of faith and hope to share with those around you who may be struggling with fear.  We bind the spirit of fear and release the power of Jesus’ Name to heal and continually make you well.

We are very thankful for your monthly partnership with us in World Missions.  We are also excited to announce that we now have Unlimited Digital Download on our website www.markhankins.org.  You can go online anytime and download the MP3’s of all our messages for free.  God bless you and keep the praise cure going! 

In Christ,

Mark and Trina

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