Fresh Hope – 21st August 2018

When God puts a dream in your heart, He’ll show you what the end will look like, He’ll give you a promise of what can and will come to pass, but He will not show you the middle.

If God showed you everything that you had to go through in order for it to come to pass, you would more than likely talk your way out of it.

In 1992, God spoke to me so clearly, and told me to buy a piece of land for our church. There was no questioning in my mind that this was a clear instruction from God – a dream if you like. I excitedly started to enquire about who owned the land and went to visit the contact that I’d been given. The meeting went fine and it kick-started the process that I thought would take several months.

Well, weeks turned to months and months turned to years. Finally after six years we purchased the land. I often look back over that time and think about how I probably would never have signed over six years of my life to buy a piece of land. For six years, there were weekly challenges, not least of all the fact that the church didn’t have any money. But God remained faithful and enabled us to purchase the land for cash – a miracle!

Thinking that this was now getting to the end of the dream whereby we would now start to build a church on that very land and I would be able to put this waiting game behind me, little did I realise that another twelve years would pass before the building would be built. Yet again, if I’d have known that the ‘middle bit’ was going to turn into one long and drawn-out battle, then I may never have signed up for it.

What am I saying? God doesn’t give all the details.

What you’re going through on your way to your dream may be difficult and discouraging and you may not like it one bit, but this is where your faith has to kick in. Are you going to give up and talk yourself out of it?

Whatever you’re going through today on the way to your destiny, make a decision not to live in discouragement, give up on your dreams, or quit believing. I’m going to have faith in the middle.

Psalm 119:49-50 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life.

Pastor Mark

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