What do you expect?
Seriously, think about that.
What do you expect to happen to you today?
When you got out of bed this morning, did you start off expecting good stuff, or bad stuff?
Well, here’s a shocker for you…
You are going to get what you EXPECT!
Psalm 23 (King James Version)
6 Surely goodness and mercy (lovingkindness) shall follow (pursue) me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Every single day of my life and your life is an opportunity to see God’s tremendous love and goodness towards us.
However, too many times, we don’t give God an opportunity to show it because the only thing we expect is bad stuff!
How many times have you started off your day a bit grumpy and negative and it just went downhill from there?
I know I’ve experienced that many more times than I would like. But, I really didn’t have to.
You see, God has given us free will choice every single day. He never usurps that free will choice or forces anything on us. God works with the choices we make and our believing.
Deuteronomy 30 (King James Version)
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore (hint hint) choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
We have to be very aware of what’s going on in our lives each day and realize that there is more to it than we see with our physical eyes.
We do have an adversary that is out to steal, kill, and destroy (remember John 10:10?). But God’s will for you and me is abundance in EVERY area of life.
God is actually chasing us down with goodness and lovingkindness every day!
But a lot of times, we are dodging the goodness and lovingkindness that He is chasing us with because we’re expecting bad stuff for whatever reason.
That’s how the adversary is able to trick us out of experiencing God’s goodness.
The key to success in all areas of life is understanding the true character of our loving heavenly father, and his desire to help us, take care of us, protect us, prosper us, provide for us, heal us, and much more (so much more).
Psalm 34 (King James Version)
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed (happy) is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want (lack) to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want (lack) any good thing.
Our heavenly Father is so loving and kind.
He is not some grumpy old fuddy dudd who’s waiting around for us to screw up so he can slap us around or throw bad things at us to teach us a lesson.
He’s not trying to keep us from having any fun or enjoying life.
According to the verse above, He wants us to be HAPPY.
He knows that we are going to screw up. He knows we are going to miss the mark (that’s the literal meaning of the word “sin”).
If we were perfect, we wouldn’t need a saviour to pay the price for all the mistakes we’ve made or will ever make in the future.
The price has already been paid in full for every mistake we will ever make.
That is amazing love and goodness.
Today, when the adversary tempts you to get fearful and start expecting something bad to happen, stand against that and resist it forcefully.
Realize the adversary is trying to trick you so he can steal from you.
When that temptation comes (and it will come) be ready to respond to it with these words:
Psalm 34 (King James Version)
1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify (make bigger) the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered (rescued) me from all my fears.
Be confident that God is pursuing you with good things for every area of your life TODAY.
Stand firm on those promises even when things “appear” to be going wrong.
Remember how much God loves you and wants to help you today.
He doesn’t want bad stuff happening to you. He wants you to experience His GOODNESS today.
Believe it, speak it, and act on it, and you will experience things in a way that is bigger and better than you expect!
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.