Fresh Hope – Day 108

I was in my early 30’s when the phone rang at home one night.

The call was from a person that was giving me a lot of grief.

For me, this was the last straw, as once again he had a further list of complaints to address me on.

I put the phone down and the next thing I knew, I was having chest pains and couldn’t stop shaking.

Gillian quickly fetched me a glass of water as I lay back on the sofa, and promptly called the Emergency Doctor, after I suggested that I may be having a heart attack.

The diagnosis came back later that evening and said it was ‘chronic stress’, brought on by the earlier conversation and a culmination of many other, similar situations at that time.

That night saw me nose-dive into a 6 month period of fear, coupled with Doctor’s appointments, more than I would like to admit.

One Saturday morning became the turning point to end this horrible season of my life, as yet again, I was driven to the Emergency Doctor’s by a friend after experiencing chest pains.

As I waited to be seen by the Doctor on duty, I heard a voice from within me say, ‘What are you doing here, man of God?’

I knew instantly that it was the voice of the Holy Spirit. I literally stood up, and without a word to anyone, I walked out and started to say out loud, ‘I am never going back there again!’

That day, as I walked back up the road on my own, I addressed my irrational fears, pains and the voices in my mind that kept stating over and over that I was going to die.

I went back into the house a different man and never returned to the doctors again.

Amazingly, all of my symptoms disappeared and I walked in complete health, as if nothing had happened.

How many of you reading this today, can identify with that season of my life, as you deal with the battlefield of your mind?

Often, our biggest enemy is our inner-me.

Take courage as you inwardly digest today’s Bible verses…

Romans 12:2 ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…’

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ‘The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’

Pastor Mark

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