Fresh Hope – Day 36

I trust that you feel totally different today than what you did in 2014… NO? I thought not.


Just because the number on the calendar changed, it doesn’t magically change you, your problems or your surroundings.


Everything is just the same, apart from the calendar and your age.


Everyone has high expectations for a brand new year, but within the first week it’s business as usual.


Over the next few days I want to help you to take your focus off having a new year and to focus on having a new mind.


If God pours another new year into that old mentality that you have, it’s just going to be like the old year.


As someone once pointed out, the definition of insanity is to do what you’ve always done and expect different results.


There was a story on TV about a pair of twins. The one became a successful family man and leader in his community, but his brother spent most of his violent adult life in prison.


When they were interviewed, they were asked what they thought was the major cause of how their lives turned out.


Surprisingly, both men gave the same answer: “How else could I have turned out with father that I had?”


Both men grew up in the same, abusive circumstances at the same time, but the difference between their lives was in their mindset.


You have the opportunity to waste another whole year doing the same old things, with the same old people, with the same old mentality, with the same old results, OR you can embrace it with a new mindset.


Take for instance the old mindset that says “I’ll do things when I feel like it”. That’s exactly why you do so little…


Rarely do we ‘feel’ like doing a lot of things that are important.


The new mindset says we do them because they are important, however we feel.


With a renewed mind, no devil in hell and no set of circumstances can stop you from having a blessed and prosperous year.


Romans 12:1-2 MSG

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.


Romans 12:2 NIV

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.


Pastor Mark


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