Fresh Hope – 14th January 2020

There are over 7 billion people that occupy this world today, and yet you are totally unique. 
You have a unique purpose and destiny that is distinct from anyone else who has ever lived. 

You can have a dream, a plan, a role and a vision that will make a contribution to humanity. 
Have the courage to be uniquely you! 

Don’t just settle for an easy life, that requires no effort on your part; I know it’s much easier and far less stressful to be mediocre and to blend in. 
Everything within you at times says don’t make waves, just swim with the tide and go with the flow. 


No courage is required just to be normal, but all that does is neutralise what God has planned for your life. 


Being courageous doesn’t mean you will never doubt or afraid, quite the opposite; the one who has courage pushes through the fear and keeps moving forward toward the goal that you were created for. 


Destiny is not only a destination, but a process taking place within you.


You need to see yourself doing what you were born for, before you actually do it.


Long before you get married you need to see yourself at the altar. 


You need to get educated, if you are dreaming of that degree. 


You need to see yourself as the supervisor before you get the title; but if you don’t behave like a supervisor you will never become one, even if you do get the badge. 


If you believe you are called to be a communicator then start to prepare a short message that you can try out on the dog or even a tree before being let lose with a bunch of human beings.

 
If you are to become the musician that you believe you are called to be, then don’t wait for the stage. Become skilful with your headphones on, shut away in your bedroom, while all of your friends are out partying or watching TV. 


A surgeon is only able to pick up and use the instruments that are already clean and at hand in the operating theatre. In the same way today, God is looking to use those that are prepared, clean and ready to be used.


In 1982, I waved goodbye to my career in order to go to Bible college for two years. I did so in the belief that God was calling me to pastor the church, and therefore needed to train for the future. I didn’t want to get the point whereby God was ready for me to step into that role, but I was not ready myself. 


Do I recommend that everyone does the same? Of course not, but I do recommend that you do everything you possibly can to become the best in the field that you are called to be in. 

Did you know that if you read and study a particular subject for just one hour a day for seven years you will become an international expert in that field?

Instead of just praying the prayer…’Lord use me today’, why not change it to…’Lord make me usable today’.


My prayer for you is that you will have the courage and determination to make a difference by being prepared for who God intended you to be. 

Pastor Mark

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