Fresh Hope – 21st September 2018

I was in my early 30s when the phone rang at home one night.

The call was from a person that was giving me a lot of grief.

For me, this was the last straw, as once again he had a further list of complaints to address me on.

I put the phone down and the next thing I knew was that I was having chest pains and couldn’t stop shaking.

Gillian quickly fetched me a glass of water as I lay back on the sofa. She promptly called the emergency Doctor after I suggested that I may be having a heart attack.

The diagnosis, later that evening came back that it was ‘chronic stress’, brought on by the earlier conversation and a culmination of many other similar situations at that time.

That night saw me nose dive into a six month period of fear coupled with Doctors appointments – more than I would like to admit.

One Saturday morning became the turning point to end this horrible season of my life, as yet again I was driven to the emergency Doctors by a friend after experiencing chest pains.

As I waited to be seen by the Doctor on duty, I heard a voice from within me say ‘what are you doing here man of God?’

I instantly recognised that it was the voice of the Holy Spirit. I literally stood up, and without a word to anyone, I walked out and started to say out loud ‘I am never going back there again!’

That day, I addressed my irrational fears, pains and the voices in my mind that kept stating over and over that I was going to die.

I went back into the house a different man! Amazingly, all of my symptoms disappeared and I walked in complete health as if nothing had happened.

How many of you reading this today can identify with that season of my life as you deal with the battlefield of your mind?

Often our biggest enemy is our inner-me.

Take courage as you inwardly digest today’s Bible verses…

Romans 12:2 ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…’

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Isaiah 26:3 He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Pastor Mark

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