Fresh Hope – Day 113

In 1838, Charles Dickens wrote the novel ‘Oliver Twist’ that later became a famous film.

The story is of a young boy that was orphaned and ends up doing forced labour in the workhouse in order to survive.

He was fed 3 bowls of porridge each day and on one particular day, he decided to ask for more.

He was refused and severely punished for asking.

For many people, their perception of God is more ‘Charles Dickens’ than Bible. We are afraid to ask for more and feel that if we should dare to do so, we would be punished by God. So instead of taking what you have and believing for even greater things, you simply settle into a life of mediocrity and rarely ever break out of your comfort zone, let alone break out into a sweat.

This thinking is not to make you greedy, but to help you appreciate that what you have, is merely the starting point from which you should expect more to follow.

Just having enough in your bowl for you can sound so humble, but is actually selfish, as you become content in only looking after yourself.

James 4:2-3 ‘You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.’

God is the God of limitless supply and wants you to know that He has everything you could ever dream of… and so much more.

Ephesians 3:20 ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’

Pastor Mark

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