Fresh Hope – 22nd April 2016

Most mornings, I ask my children if they had any cool dreams in the night; and this morning my daughter said with a frown, ‘I had a scary dream’ then she smiled and said ‘but I still enjoyed it!’

It made me laugh, but also made me think of other things in life that we can be scared of, but enjoy…rollercoasters! They scare you, but in the main we can enjoy them because we know ultimately we will be okay.

Often, our enjoyment of life is cut short by fear and commonly the worst type of fear – anxiety!

I believe anxiety is the worst type of fear, as it’s subtle and often goes undetected, secretly working in our lives robbing us of happiness and taking away hope. We end up unaware that we’re living in fear!

Anxiety is an enemy of what God wants in our life; always whispering financial family and health problems. It can ruin weekends, holidays and life generally.

Jesus said some amazing words in relation to fear.

Matthew 10:28-31 (NIV)
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Think about these words. Jesus goes straight for the jugular of fear!

Don’t fear someone who can kill you! Surely if you do have grounds for fear, it’s when something can potentially take your life! Cancer, accidents, terrorism, violence?

But Jesus says we should only fear God who at the end of the day, dearly loves us and wants the best for us. He looks after the needs of the sparrow; how much more will he look after us?

This morning, do you have anxiety about the day ahead? Do you feel fear might be robbing you of enjoying life? Do you want to be braver, like my daughter who had a scary dream but could still enjoy it?

1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

There is nothing wrong with feeling anxiety or fear, it’s how we deal with it that matters and I encourage you this morning to give it over to the one who cares for you and enjoy your day.

Luke Cartwright

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