Fresh Hope – 4th February 2019

My work started today by trudging through all the countless emails that I had accumulated over the weekend.

I can assure you that the vast majority were nothing to do with necessity, urgency, problems, encouragement or popularity, but to do with just one word – JUNK.

Everyday we all have to sift through all the junk mail that comes to us in a modern world knowing that we can’t afford to miss that one email that we were waiting or hoping for.

I had a friend that was so fed up with the amount of emails that he received on a daily basis, that he would ignore them for as long as possible, and then delete the whole lot! I soon learnt that the only way to communicate with him by email, was to send at least 3 identical messages, all with the title ‘URGENT‘ in bold capitals. Occasionally it would grab his attention and I’d get a reply!

Being continually bombarded by junk mail is no different in many ways to the amount of ‘junk thoughts’ that enter our minds every day.

I wonder how many thoughts you have had to sift through just to start the day off today?

How many of us have found some pretty horrendous things coming into out minds, even before we got out of bed?

The key is, just like with your emails, to quickly deal with the junk and delete it without reading it. Don’t even open it as you know it will only want you to give it your attention.

Be ruthless with your thoughts.

Don’t attach any importance whatsoever to the junk thoughts.

Remember, you’re not the only one getting them as they are being sent out to millions of people all at the same time hoping that they will gain someone’s attention. Decide it’s not going to be you.

-Press delete now.

-Don’t flag them for later.

-Don’t believe what the subject says.

-Bin them before they bin you.

Amongst all of the chit-chat that is going on inside of your head right now, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you clearly above the noise of everything else.

Don’t mistakenly delete His ‘mail’ to you…that’s the one that you need to read today.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 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.

Pastor Mark

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