Fresh Hope – 30th April 2019

Today we continue with the five decisions that will affect the quality and outcome of your life.

If you’ve missed the first 3 then you can catch up by looking on the previous FH devotions over the last couple of weeks.


At first glance, the word obsession will be thought of only as a negative. If you’re obsessed with something, then generally you have a problem. However, in a similar way, doing something habitually can also carry the same connotations. Yet, brushing your teeth and taking a shower is necessary habit that is beneficial to your wellbeing. Without either, you will not have too many close friends.

To have an obsession can be a massive positive if used to drive you forward towards the very reason for you being on this planet.

Take the late Billy Graham for example. He was one of the most influential men that ever lived. He spoke face to face with more people than anyone else in history. High among his numerous honors: The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Billy and his beloved wife, Ruth, in 1996, the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to him in 1983 and the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion in 1982. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After his conversion to Jesus Christ, he made his call to reach the world with the Gospel, his obsession. That obsession kept him going and on track for over eighty years.

A less familiar name would be Bill Wilson. He runs the largest Sunday school in the world! Bill Wilson still drives one of the hundreds of buses utilized by his ministry each week, when he is in town. ‘Metro World Child’ in Brooklyn reaches an average of more than 220 0000 children aged 12 and under each week.

I have met Bill personally on a number of occasions and he has very little time for small talk. He is constantly thinking about reaching children and raising money to do so. He is a man with an obsession.

By taking just these two men and learning from them, we soon realise that having an obsession brings about incredible results on such a large scale that is almost unimaginable.

We are not called to do what either men have done or are doing in exactly the same way, but we are certainly all designed for a special assignment.

You are designed for a problem – fix it.

You are called for an opportunity – fill it.

You are called with a purpose – find it.

Humble yourself today and start to seek God as to what your assignment is; when you find out, make it your obsession.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Pastor Mark

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