Fresh Hope – 23rd July 2018

Have you tried the roof yet?


Mark 2:1-12 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralysed man, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, ‘Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, ‘Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralysed man, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up, take your mat and walk”? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.’ So he said to the man, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’


Stop making excuses and start making plans. That’s the order of the day for you today.


For these four men, they saw through the eyes of possibility, and thankfully not through the eyes of impossibility. Just imagine what would have happened to the poor guy if they had given any of the following excuses…


It’s too high.


Never done that before.


What if we fall?


What will people think. Which people?


What if we get into trouble. Who with?


It’s too hard. Who for…you ?


We don’t have a budget for that.


I don’t know how to get up there.


I might put my back out.


We don’t have a ladder.


That’s not my calling – Stop talking calling and start asking what needs to be done.


They said it won’t work.


I’m tired – then do it tired.


Not in my job description.


Maybe next week – maybe too late.


The Church should do something about that – you are the Church!


I don’t want to upset people – sometimes you have to!


The truth is, if it had been left in the hands of excuse-makers, he would have remained exactly the same; but because they made a plan as in accordance with their faith, they saw their friend healed, whole and forgiven.


What is it today that you need to do, but are stopped by your excuse-fuelled mentality? Throw off every excuse right now and start to make faith-fuelled decisions.


You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish if you simply stop making excuses.


Have a faith fuelled day.


‘Don’t put it off, do it now. Don’t rest until you do’ Proverbs 6 v 4.


Pastor Mark


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