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Expect Great Things

In staff meeting one day we watched a video of a lady sharing her testimony of how she was healed years before. I could feel the tears as I listened to this lady share how all of the things had to line up just right for everything to happen. How many times have I looked back in my life and seen how things lined up? It was God's divine interventions that worked it all out. We could not do that.


I think about Peter walking on the water towards Jesus. I think about Jesus changing the water into wine. Jesus raised the widow's son from the dead. Jesus stilled the storm. Jesus made the paralyzed man walk. Jesus raised the ruler's daughter from the dead. Jesus opened the eyes of two blind men. Jesus healed an invalid man. Jesus fed at least 5000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus cured a deaf and mute man. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He filled the disciples net full of fishes. He split the Red Sea. AND HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD! He can surely take care of some things for us!


But I am also reminded of the miracles in our face every day. Pregnancies, births, our bodies, the sunrise, sunsets, stars, oceans, seeing a flower come from a seed, death, and so many other things. Through the years I have learned to expect great things. How could I not? Look at what all He has done. When I see how God has worked in my life I know He always does abundantly exceedingly above what I expect. That is why I tell you I no longer ask for specifics I just ask God to show off. As I have said before, I do not mean that disrespectfully. I mean that I KNOW that He can do things so much better than anything I can imagine so I do not want to put Him in a box. I trust Him to do what is best.


When we expect great things we start seeing God's plans working. Lamentations 3: 25, "The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him." God is good. All the time. Everything He does is good and wonderful. Isaiah 30: 18, "Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!"


We are told over and over in the Bible to ask and we will receive. Jesus wants us to ask Him. Luke 11: 9, “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” John 14: 13, "Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Mark 11: 24, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”


I have some things that I am thanking God for handling. I am thanking Him for doing great things. I am expecting miracles. Notice I do not say I am asking Him because I asked Him once and then I thank Him every time I think of the situation because I believe He is already handling it. And He will handle it in a way better than anything I can imagine. Isaiah 55: 8-9, "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" Expect great things and you will not be disappointed. Matthew 19 26, "Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

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