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Maintaining Expectation in the midst of Circumstances

Proverbs 23: 18 (NIV)

  17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
    but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

If I had to look back over my life and even examine myself currently I would say like shakspeare that expectation was the root of all my heartaches”…but how do we live a life without expectation?

Wouldn’t that be a life full of uncertainty and hopelessness? Just like the widow of Zerapheth a lot of us are just waiting to eat the last fruits of our labour and then die…….. but how can we just believe that this is all that God has for us? There must be more to life than this…. If this was all there was to life why bother to even go on

  The hardest thing for a Christian to do is to stand on their faith in God when life is not meeting their expectation. A popular myth of Christianity says once we come to Jesus we’ll never have a problem. But Jesus Himself reminds us that God causes the Sun to shine on the unjust and the rain to fall on the faithful.(Matthew 5:45) And while we can accept that intellectually, it’s hard to live with that reality when the one in the rain is you…or me

A philosopher said this “there are two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.” a lot of us take the easier route of either lowering our expectations or worst yet getting rid of it all together.

I MEAN LETS BE HONEST ITS HARD to sing songs of praise when all our bills are not paid, when our spouses disappoint us, or when our bodies are racked with ailments Often, when life doesn’t meet expectations, it disrupts our relationship with God.

The bible is full of examples of people who broke at the point where life wasn’t meeting their expectation. Elijah ran and hid himself in a cave, and asked God to take away his life , Jeremiah got mad with God and said that he wasn’t going to preach anymore and even when David told us to wait on the Lord and be of Good courage. He was speaking from a place of frustration and impatience but he knew the formula for success alongside faith was his expectation!

The word WAIT in the Old Testament means “to maintain an earnest expectation.” Psalms 125;1 says that Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”   We worship a consistent God one who does not change despite our disobedient and wicked ways . God himself said that ” I am the lord thy God and I change not so you sons of Jacob are not consumed”(Malachi 3;6 ) So we must then decide that we are not going to allow lifes circumstances to change our attitude towards God.

Regardless of where the trouble came from, there’s only one person who can fix your problems. Tell Jesus, and watch Him make a way out of no way. When we maintain our expectation we allow Gods powers to manifest. Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Something is about to happen…….you must become a slave to hope and expectation!!!!!!!

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Stability in the Storm

 

ImageMy storms brought stability in my life…

Storms are not bad ,they are created to build character and integrity,they remove the unstable and bring stability.

Without storms we would become too complacent, too comfortable with our daily living .

Jesus was the cause of the storm after all, not the enemy….

God stirred up alot of things in my life because stormy weather causes change and changes can be rough.

He moved me from one job to another, one environment to an other , he got rid of people in my life that I should have removed a long time ago, he took me out of my comfort zone, but in the end it was all for my good.

Stormy weather can cause fear…

In Matthew 14:22-33 is the story of Peter walking on the water, to set the scene, a storm came up while the disciples were in a ship and they were afraid when they saw Jesus walking on the water toward them.

Jesus told them who he was.- Take courage ! It is I -(Matthew 14:27)

  Peter ,one of the disciples walked on the water towards him at first but when his eyes  averted from Jesus  he looked around and saw the storm. He was afraid.

Maybe your experiencing a storm in your life and its  natural to be afraid  but  Jesus has not left us alone, he sent his Holy Spirit to be with us and help us to trust him through the storms of life.

In this Ive learned to trust in Jesus, Im growing in my relationship with him ,trusting him a little more and more each day.

When the big storms arrive ,I will not be afraid because I know hes paving the way and he will be the  peace in the storm for me.

Matthew 8:23-27

Jesus Calms the Storm

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Jesus is the weather man, he predicts the forecast and he creates different climates for specific seasons in our lives.

He knows whats best for us and in the end everything that can be shaken…will be shaken for our good