Fresh Hope – 14th December 2020

‘Putting your foot in it!’

Several years ago we were renovating the upstairs of an old night club that we had rented as extra space for our Church. 
Rewiring the place meant that some of the floorboards had to be taken up and had just been placed back in position after the electrician had finished for the day. 

That night, I went upstairs with a couple of guys to see how the work was progressing, and before we could switch the lights on, I walked onto the end of a floorboard and got the shock of my life…my one foot went straight through the floorboard and subsequently appeared through the ceiling tile in what was a shop beneath. What made it worse was the fact that the shop opened late at night and had several customers. They got the shock of their lives as a leg appeared above the cash till!

If was not only a very painful experience in that I was bruised for weeks afterwards, but also a valuable lesson in taking note of where you’re walking.
Paying attention to where you walk in life is important to the degree that many people fall down holes that they never get out of. Maybe that hole is a something you never saw coming, but now you feel embarrassed and trapped by the compromise and sin that you’ve got yourself into. All sin and failure starts off pretty innocently and spirals downwards much like this:
-Fun
-Exciting 
-Frequent
-Habitual

Don’t ever say that you are beyond falling because you think you are so strong—that’s exactly the time that you become vulnerable. 
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 
If you’ve stopped walking in the light and fallen into the clutches of sin, then remember, there is a way back and you need to take it right now before you leave it too late to be rescued. 
Ask a close Christian friend to help you get out the mess you’re in. 
Face up to the truth about your situation and confess it.
Ask Jesus for His forgiveness and receive it. 
Forgive yourself for making such a hash of things. 
Turn to God and get back on track.
Don’t walk in the dark any longer, but bring everything out into the light.
Walk on firm ground again.
Live a forgiven and blessed life. 
Thank God that His forgiveness is total and complete. 
Start to live again. 

1 John 1:8-10 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 

Pastor Mark

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