HOPE FOR THE HURTING
A Special Welcome!
There are many hurting people at the moment, wounded by the effects of the pandemic, the fallout from current political situations, or a host of other problems—including huge numbers deeply hurt by the actions of fellow Christians. Perhaps you are among them?
Can I urge you to run towards the Lord, not away from Him? Run to Him with your questions, your doubts, your distress.
To each of you—no exceptions—Jesus offers healing and restoration, even if your broken heart is the result of your own actions or poor choices.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion –
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour.
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Fear is the enemy of hope (see Hope Health Check post), it immobilises us and robs us of our inheritance and destiny as children of God. In addition, according to Harvard Medical School, 'anxiety (which is a manifestation of fear) has now been implicated in several chronic physical illnesses, including heart disease, respiratory disorders, and gastrointestinal conditions.'*
To walk in faith and hope we have to deal with the issue of fear. (Obviously I’m not talking about the healthy fear which keeps us safe, or the biblical fear of the Lord.) Fear is actually a different sort of faith—faith in negative outcomes, faith in lies presented by the Evil One, faith in an adverse future...
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