Fresh Hope – 8th June 2016

I’d put it off for long enough and the day came last week when I could delay no longer.

The upstairs windows needed cleaning on the outside, and because of the sunshine of the last few days, I was embarrassed at how dirty they actually were.

Out came the ladders and as I got on the top rung, the feelings that I knew only too well started to kick in.

I clung on for dear life as I started to speak out loud to myself the words…”Mark, you can do this.”

Growing up, I had battled majorly with a fear of heights – that was until God really touched me and ever since, I’ve been able to climb a ladder. Simple for some, but not for me.

The old fears still creep back in once staying on the top rung and a few days ago was no exception.

One of the things I’d found helped me combat my fears was only to focus forward and to never look down or look back.

The more I kept my eyes fixed forwards, the more at ease I became until my fear vanished once again, and the windows were sparkling  clean.

We can often gain wisdom through the simple everyday things of life and at the same time learn to appreciate the power of what the Bible has to say at the same time.

When Peter asked Jesus if he could step out of the boat and walk on the water to him, he received a positive YES – however, the moment he started to look down and look around him, he started to sink with fear.

How often do we mistake fear as a sign that God is saying ‘no’, when in reality God has already said ‘yes’, but fear is holding you back?

Today, fix your eyes upwards and forwards and stop allowing fear to paralyse you by looking down and looking back.

I had to make up my mind that those windows had to be cleaned, so I had no choice but to feel the fear and do them anyway.

If you’re scared by what Jesus has said yes to, then do it scared, otherwise you’ll start to drown in your own doubt, fears and inadequacies.

What is holding you back today?

What’s stopping you fulfilling your purpose in life?

Take courage from these words and move on.

John 6:16-21 (MSG) In the evening his disciples went down to the sea, got in the boat, and headed back across the water to Capernaum. It had grown quite dark and Jesus had not yet returned. A huge wind blew up, churning the sea. They were maybe three or four miles out when they saw Jesus walking on the sea, quite near the boat. They were scared senseless, but he reassured them, “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” So they took him on board. In no time they reached land—the exact spot they were headed to.

Pastor Mark

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