Fresh Hope – 6th February 2018

Jesus had a popularity problem.

Everyone wanted a piece of Him wherever He went. Crowds would rush to Him in order to have their needs met, and His only way of keeping ahead of them is found here…
Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Most of us don’t have that kind of a popularity problem, but all of us have the need to get alone with God in order to re-charge our spiritual batteries.

Being intentional about solitude was fundamental to His life. His example serves as a pattern for everyone of us, no matter how popular or unpopular you may be.

The truth is this: you can’t help people, unless you get free from people. One needy person can shut you down for weeks.

If you don’t give yourself some space, you will end up being controlled by the very people that you want to serve.

Solitude was the key to his survival. Solitude allowed him to say in the midst of the crowd ‘who touched me?’ Solitude sensitises you to the needs of the people around you and allows you to effectively discern them.

Solitude gives you the ability to understand people and put things into perspective.

Solitude re-tunes your heart to the right frequency.

Most people mistake solitude for loneliness, and yet the two things couldn’t be further apart. Solitude is a choice, loneliness isn’t.

Solitude is a choice to come apart before you fall apart.

Solitude breeds creativity.

Solitude is a way of saying that you can’t handle life on your own. It says loud and clear, I need to get alone with God in order to figure this out.

Most people only listen to people. It’s not good to listen to the folks, folks.

Psalm 46:10 … ‘Be still, and know that I am God’

Every great leader throughout history withdrew; so even if you’re only leading yourself, learn to embrace solitude as a daily part of your life.

Mark 1:35-37 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’

Pastor Mark

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