Fresh Hope – 14th February 2019

What is your default mode when the struggle is real? How do you deal with pressure, stress, and uncertainty? It’s easy to manage ourselves when things are coasting along smoothly, but we can surprise even ourselves by how we deal with life’s uncomfortable moments. When triggered by pain, dark times, or challenging seasons, we might gravitate toward certain people, the wrong people, turn on our avoidance mechanisms, sleep more, eat more, try and micro-manage more, or disappear more. The problem is that these things may cover pain for a moment, but never lead us to greater freedom.

The beauty of walking with God is that it is in fact possible for a tough time to bring out the best in you, not the worst.

Paul was so sure of this that he said, he rejoiced in his weakness! For he knew this was where Christ’s power, and all sufficient grace could be made manifest (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). For when he was weak, God was the strongest!

God therefore does not leave us in the hard times, but is able to be glorified IN you, in those times. A struggle is an invitation for you to shine – not by your own effort, but by the power and the strength of God at work in you.  Rather than capitulating to an automatic feeling or response under pressure, surrender to the grace of God.

Ask the Holy Spirit today to highlight to you that which your automatic response default mode is. Ask him to sensitise you. Consider why you might respond the way you do and adjust your coping mechanism.

‘To dance in the dark demonstrates a lavish display of trust’ (Alicia Britt Cole, 40 Days of Decrease’.

Emma Burchell

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