Fresh Hope – 13th February 2018

Turbulence can be scary, however it’s not the time to get off the plane and abandon the flight. Just fasten your seat belt, sit back and listen to the pilot; he’s in control and though it may feel uncomfortable, it’s not the end and to the pilot it’s not even considered dangerous. Turbulence is just part of the journey. It’s what comes with flying high.

If you’re going somewhere significant with your life, you should expect times of turbulence. If you don’t want turbulence, then the only thing you can do is sit at home.

Knowing that there will be turbulence, the pilot doesn’t sit on the runway and go nowhere, instead he flies in the direction of his destination and takes it as it comes.

Too many people, fearing the strong winds of adversity and criticism, stay on the ground opting for an easy life. The truth is you are actually robbing yourself of a fulfilling life that God has prepared for you.

If you are thinking that you never go through anything like this, then ask yourself a simple question: ‘am I really fulfilling God’s plan for my life?’ Turbulence is a sure sign that you are climbing higher and going in the right direction.

Always remember in life…

– the higher you climb the colder it becomes

– the higher you climb the riskier it becomes

– the higher you climb the more doubts will bombard you.

– the higher you climb the more you have to lose.

Facing a bumpy ride right now? Hold on, the pilot has everything under control and you’ll soon arrive at your destination.

1 Peter 4:12-16 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in as much  as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

Pastor Mark

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