Fresh Hope – New Years Eve

Every Christmas we put out a novelty mat in our porch that reads… ‘SANTA, PLEASE STOP HERE’.


When our Grandson’s came to stay overnight just before Christmas, they wanted to know what the mat said.


Gillian read it to them and after a few seconds, Noah turned to us and said, ‘Why would you keep Santa standing outside the front door?’ He’d misinterpreted the message…


As we approach the New Year, it’s not Santa that we need to concern ourselves with. His job ended on the 25th.


We all know the story of Mary and Joseph being unable to find accommodation for the birth of Jesus. The Innkeeper gave them an abrupt ‘There’s no room!’


As the door of the New Year swings wide open tomorrow, its potential to become a great year in your own life will be hinged on the answer to just one question; where will you put Jesus?


Will it be like our Grandson’s misinterpretation of the doormat? ‘JESUS, PLEASE STOP HERE’… meaning, come no further, or maybe it’s just a simple, invisible sign hanging on the outside of your life saying ‘NO ROOM!’


Does your heart long for something else? Something new? Something that’s life changing?


That something else is not easy, but it is simple…


Luke 18:35-43 “As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see,’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.”


The simplicity of this story is the same simple message conveyed on the doormat; ‘JESUS… PLEASE STOP HERE.’


Instead of living another year with Him on the door step, call out to Him and invite Him to step across the threshold of your heart and say sincerely… ‘STAY HERE.’ He promises to do just that if you will invite Him in.


Here’s a simple, yet profound prayer that you may like to pray as 2014 draws to a close.


Lord Jesus Christ,


I have sinned against you in so many ways.


Please forgive me and accept me into your family.


With your help, I turn from all that is wrong in my life.


THANK YOU for giving your life for me on the cross so that I can be completely forgiven.


I gladly give my life back to you.


Be my Lord and my leader from this day forward.


In JESUS’ name I pray,




I would love to hear from you if you just prayed that prayer.


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Pastor Mark

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