We know that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), so it cannot be that God is choosing to bless one group and not the other.
Have you ever noticed how in a church service, some people seem to be receiving from God, whilst others seem almost disconnected from what is going on? Why is this? What is going on with these two different groups of people? Well, we know that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), so it cannot be that God is choosing to bless one group and not the other. The difference must be in the people themselves – one group came to church ready to hear from God, keen to see what He was going to do. This group was expecting God to move. The other group however, came with no real expectations. If they even gave it a passing thought, their attitude would have been: “Well if God decides to do something, great. If not, it’s no big deal“. For some the attitude is, “We should lower our expectations, then we won’t be disappointed“.
Don’t go [to church] wishing that God would do something, go there fully expecting to receive.
If you need a breakthrough in your life, go to the meetings – whether its regular Sunday meetings or special services – expecting to receive your breakthrough. Don’t go wishing that God would do something, go there fully expecting to receive. If God has been saying that people are going to receive breakthroughs, don’t merely hope that it will be you, claim it for yourself and thank God as though you’ve already received it. Be expectant. When a woman becomes pregnant, she doesn’t just hope that there might be a baby eventually. She fully expects that baby, there is no doubt in her mind that a baby is on the way. She may become a bit despondent if the baby is overdue, but in her heart she knows that that baby will there very soon. That is exactly the sort of attitude we need to have. Rather than thinking or saying, “Well it will be nice if happens“, we should be declaring in faith, “It is going to happen and it’s going to happen soon. Maybe even today“. God loves us, He is not holding out on us. We just need to be expectant.
Don’t give up, keep expecting – it won’t be long now.
It may be that God has given you a promise, but it seems to be a long time coming to pass. Don’t give up, keep expecting, be on the lookout – it won’t be long now. Numbers 23:19 in the Easy to Read Version says, “God is not a man; he will not lie. God is not a human being; his decisions will not change. If he says he will do something, then he will do it. If he makes a promise, then he will do what he promised“. The key to whether or not you receive is whether you keep expecting, or whether you doubt and give up. Have absolutely no doubt in your mind, that if God said He will do it, then He will do it.
That needs to be our attitude – expecting to receive.
This attitude of expectancy applies equally when you are praying for something. When Jesus was instructing His disciples, He didn’t say, “When you pray, ask God what you’d like Him to do. But don’t get your hopes up – God is a mystery and you never know what He’s going to do. After all His ways are higher than your ways“. No, that might be the way that many Christians pray, but that way of praying comes from religious tradition, not from Jesus. Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (Mark 11:24, New American Standard Bible). Acts 3:5 says of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate, “He fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive” (Lexham English Bible). That needs to be our attitude – expecting to receive. Of course the man in question here was expecting to receive a small financial donation, but God did exceeding abundantly above what he was expecting, and often if we will just maintain that attitude of expectancy, God will do far more for us than what we were actually expecting.
Never settle for what you have now, always be expecting more.
Look at Jeremiah 29:11 in the Good News Translation, “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for“. A similar sentiment is found in John 10:10 in the Jubilee Bible 2000, “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it in abundance“. Those verses should fill you with eager expectation of what God is going to do next. Live in the moment, enjoy what’s happening now, but always be eagerly expecting what’s coming next. Never settle for what you have now, always be expecting more and you will get it – yes be content, but don’t settle. Sometimes we can have a kind of nervousness about what God is going to do, but that attitude is based in fear and is completely unnecessary. God only has good things planned for us, so replace that fear with faith in His goodness – expect his abundance.
Remember what happened to Solomon when He asked for wisdom?
If you’re not sure what to do in a particular situation, the answer is simple and once again it involves being expectant. James 1:5 in the Common English Bible says, “But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask“. When you pray for advice about something, don’t wonder whether God will answer your prayer. Expect to receive the wisdom you need because God has already said He will give it to you and remember what happened to Solomon when He asked for wisdom? “You have the right attitude. You did not ask for long life and riches for yourself. You did not ask for the death of your enemies. You asked for the wisdom and knowledge so that you can make the right decisions. So I will give you wisdom and knowledge, but I will also give you wealth, riches, and honor” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12, Easy to Read Version). Don’t ever allow the devil to wear you down. Rebuke him and put him under your feet where he belongs. Whatever you do, keep on expecting.
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