Fresh Hope – 18th January 2021

I can still vividly remember the cold winter nights, huddled up in front of the coal fire when I was just a young boy.

My Dad would be out at the little church prayer meeting and my Mom would be at home unravelling an old jumper of mine that she had knitted a few years earlier. You didn’t just throw stuff away in those days, as times were hard raising three children, so instead she would unpick the stitching on the old one and use it all over again!

As the wool started to unravel from the old jumper, she would wind it around the back of a chair, or even my hands held wide apart, to keep it in an orderly fashion. It wasn’t an option to go and shop for a new jumper, so instead we would spend an evening looking at colour pictures of new sweaters in a pattern book. When I had chosen the new style, my Mom would frantically knit for hours on end. The night would eventually come when she would do the final sewing of the seams together and there it was, hey presto, my old jumper now in a brand new style. The wool was the just the same, but everyone thought that I had a brand new sweater.

As we contemplate and navigate 2021 with all its unprecedented challenges, I want you to think about having a new mind-set each day.

Let’s take a look at this important verse from the New Testament…

Romans 12:2 ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…’

Here we see the word ‘pattern’ and then we see the word ‘renew’. The actual meaning of ‘renew’ is to ‘re-do’. Just like my mom unravelled the old and re-did according to a new pattern…that’s exactly the picture.

You renew your old mind set by re-doing your mind.

Instead of keep wearing that old sweater with all its snags, pulls and holes…undo it and choose a new pattern.

The new pattern for living is found in the Bible. As you read it, a brand new way of thinking will start to form. If you would make a fresh commitment to read a few verses from it each day, you’ll be amazed at the new look.

Today, I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to help transform your mind —He will.

Pastor Mark

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