Fresh Hope – Day 101

My parents are both in their 80’s now and are considerably fit and healthy for their age.

They had both reached 70 when Gillian, myself and our family decided to take them to Scotland for a few days.

Interestingly they had never been, simply because they had been told by their own parents many years earlier that it was ‘too far to go!’

For seventy years, they had restricted their own lives because of the opinions and voices of others.

Scotland was not that far after all… after an early start, we were in Edinburgh by 10.30am.

So often, we can live our lives governed by the opinions and restrictive influences of others, resulting in a limited life at the very least, but more importantly, being limited in what we feel and believe that we can accomplish for God.

In the New Testament, Jesus is informing His disciples that His destiny is to go to the cross and die for the sins of the world, something that His good friend Peter didn’t take too kindly to.

Peter suggested that Jesus should not speak about such things and argued that He should be protected from His cruel death.

Notice the very ‘gentle’ response that Jesus gave to His friend and disciple… ‘Get behind me, Satan!’

Matthew 16:22-23 ‘Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”’

Why such a stern response?

Because anyone that speaks against the very thing that you were created by God to fulfil, should always be told, in no uncertain terms, to get off your case.

Who or what is creating a stumbling block to your future?

Speak to it today, don’t delay.

Pastor Mark

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