Fresh Hope – 16th November 2020

Anyone that knows me will know that I don’t like the cold. The circulation in my hands and feet has always been pretty poor which means I have to endure the winter months. I also have an aversion to cold water. My family laugh at me standing at the side of a swimming pool on holiday as I pluck up the courage to get in, even when on such occasions the weather is usually hot.  They shout from the pool ‘it’s okay once you’re in’, to which I reply, ‘I know, but I’m not in.’

I’m frustrating to watch, but I prefer to take my time to acclimatise rather than feel the sudden shock on my body.  I know I’m a chicken, but I have my reasons — two in fact. The first came as a result of being pushed into a freezing cold pool as a child and being unable to do anything about it. The second was much more serious. A school friend of mine died of shock through getting into a freezing cold reservoir while his body had baked all afternoon in the sun.

Both events have affected my life by instilling fear into me.

FEAR robs us of doing simple things that normally wouldn’t have been a problem. Fear is a limit-setter for your life. It’s not something that you were born with but is something that you pick up along the way.  My two grandsons know nothing of my fear, so they are happy to be thrown into water as many times as I have the strength for.

I also feared flying, but have overcome that by ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway.’ Many times my wife would have to hold my hand on a turbulent flight just to reassure me, however, I refused to allow it to limit the opportunities that were coming my way. 

The simple question that I had to ask myself was this: are you going to let fear rule your day or your destiny? My answer had to be NO!

What pool do you have to jump in today? What plane do you have to fly on today? I don’t mean literally, but in the sense of what fear do you have to conquer today?

Whose hand are you holding?

Perfect love drives out all fear.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

The simple meaning of this verse for you today is this: once you know the hand of the one that’s holding you, loving you unconditionally, and refusing to let you go, then you can step on fear and use it as a springboard to move forward.

DON’T allow fear to cripple you, defeat you, or destroy you.

Trust in Jesus. He’s waiting to catch you as you jump into the pool of your greatest fears.

It’s okay once you’re in!

You’ll never look back.  

Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’

Pastor Mark

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