Fresh Hope – 8th May 2018

I wonder how much of our present is wasted by our worries for the future? It seems that more and more people are struggling with issues of fear and anxiety – both of which God wants to free us from.

The Bible warns that the Devil’s primary purpose is to ‘kill, steal, and destroy’ (John 10:10). The debilitating effects of anxiety achieve exactly that. Fear kills your peace, steals your joy, and can destroy your life.

It can be easy for someone to tell you not to fear, but when very real challenges are staring you in the face, it can seem impossible, sometimes ridiculous, unnatural, not to worry.

The confronting reality is that if we are growing as people, it is inevitable that we will be exposed to new challenges and issues. Anxiety is triggered when we look at the future, with what we know of today, and with what God has given us for this day only. It is like opening up your pantry now and looking at the food on the shelves and wondering how on earth you are going to be able to make a Christmas dinner from that! Naturally you will start to worry, because you are looking at a future need with what you have today! God tells us to look at our problems differently.  

Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself’ (Matthew 6:34 TPT).  This is a promise that when we get to the future, God will have what we need for that moment there. Take one step at a time and use what you have today, rather than being caught up in tomorrow.

Perhaps ask yourself, what were you afraid of in the past that never happened? Recall and remember what good things has God done for you. Speak out what He has for your future.

For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 11:29).

Remember that one of the names of Jesus is ‘Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6). This isn’t just His name, it is who He is – He is peace. Much of walking in peace comes from knowing whose you are and who you are. When you realize who is covering you, and you are rooted in His character instead of your circumstances, peace can reign in your life.

The world says worry. Jesus says, ‘I will give you a peace that is far superior to any fear you have. No matter how big, no matter how scary, this peace will not make sense to the world, because it will seem crazy not to worry! But it is a peace that will guard your heart (your emotions) and your mind (your thinking!)

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Emma Burchell

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