Fresh Hope – 20th October 2020

Famous failures…


Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was almost four years old and his teachers said he would “never amount to much.”


Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, after which he went home, locked himself in his room and cried.


Walt Disney was fired from working on a newspaper for ‘lacking imagination’ and ‘having no original ideas’.


Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she wasn’t fit for TV.


The Beatles were rejected by Decca Recording Studios, who said “we don’t like their sound – they have no future in show business”.


Steve Jobs, at age 30 was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started. 


How many times do we convince ourselves that we are failures based on what others have said about us? Don’t treat other people’s words as a prophecy over your life. 


What God says about you and your future is the most important voice that you’ll ever hear. 

When God called Gideon in the Bible, He referred to him as a ‘mighty warrior’. Gideon was shocked by the title that God had given him, explaining that He must have the wrong fella, as his family was the least in their clan and that he himself was the least in his family; Nevertheless God saw something in him that others could never see.
Always remember that when God calls you, he doesn’t do so in reference to your past but in recognition of your future. 

No matter what has been said over your life up until now, make a decision to listen to God’s verdict today…you’re a winner. 


Judges 6:12-16 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” 

Pastor Mark

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