Our expectations often determine our realities! Expectations have the potential to limit or increase your blessing! We usually get what we expect! In Matthew 9:29, Jesus says: “According to your faith will it be done to you.” In other words if you expect things to be bad, then they will most likely be bad, but if you expect things to be good, then they will most likely turn out for good!
If you see the glass half empty, then you will always be focusing on what you don’t have and you will probably never have anything of substance. If you see the glass half full, then you have learned to focus on the blessings in hand and you will probably see your life travel in the direction of more and greater blessing.
This does not mean that you don’t ever have any problems or challenges. It just means that you have learned to look at them differently than the majority of the world. God loves you and He has an amazing plan for your life and He has promised that He will use even the bad for good in the lives of those who love Him and who live according to His calling to fulfill His purpose!
If your expectations are messed up and in the wrong place, then change them up. Start by taking some time to pray and ask for God’s help. Next, spend some time letting the positive message of God’s Word to move in positive way through your life. And finally challenge yourself every time you find the negative and low expectations creeping in!
You can do this – grow your expectations and Give God Glory!
The past is good and tradition is good, as long as we do not get stuck in it! The good thing about the past and tradition is that they can instruct us into a better and more productive future, if we are paying attention and learning for what they are teaching.
It is very easy to get “set in your ways”. We restrict ourselves from the forward progress that God has for us because we get stuck in our personal perspectives. If we are not careful, we will find yourself in a rut of our own making, because we have gotten stuck in our own thinking!
Remember This! It is very important to remember that our God is a Creator! As a creator, God is always doing something new. But God can’t and won’t accomplish something new in and through our lives, if we are not willing to change. We must be ready to enlarge our vision and expand our thinking – if we are to experience the new creation of our Amazing Creator God!
Don’t Miss It! In Isaiah 43:19 God says: “Behold I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it and know it?” God wants to grow you! God wants to promote you! God wants to give you increase! God wants to do something new, magnificent and unexplainable in and through your life. God wants to do a new thing in and through you! Did you notice the question in Isaiah? It says: “Can you not perceive it?” If you can’t from your perspective, see the new thing that God wants to do in and through you, then you need to change your perspective!
Learn And Grow! Learn from the past and appreciate tradition, but don’t get stuck there, because if you do, you will miss the new thing that God is doing!
A Pray To Pray!Thank you God for our past and for helping us to learn from our mistakes and failures! Thank you for tradition and for how it reminds me of Your faithfulness, goodness and grace! Help us Lord to appreciate, but not get stuck in these places. We don’t want to miss the new thing that you are doing. Please let us be right in the middle of Your perfect will!
Emotions are powerful things! I am going to tell you something you know, but seldom really think about: You can control your emotions or your emotions will control you. Some of the emotions that we experience in life are negative and they seek to dominate and control us. Fear, anger, frustration, lust and discouragement will turn you into a slave, if you are not careful. These negative emotions eat at us, steal our joy and rob us of our peace. Negative emotions are like a cancer, they seek to destroy everything they can.
God wants you to have positive emotions such as love, joy and peace! Jesus Christ came and died on the cross, so that you could have love, joy and peace! The Holy Spirit is active and alive right now, so that you can have love, joy and peace! Don’t let the devil and the negative emotions of this life keep you from having, experiencing and living in all of the amazing power that God has for you.
You will have challenges and you will face hard and difficult times, but stay positive, trust God and you will discover that your courage and confidence in Him, will empower you to think, feel, act and experience victory – no matter what the circumstances! Emotions do not have to be a bad thing. We just have to learn how to use our emotions, rather than have them use us.
Here are a few things that you can do today to deal with your emotions: 1.) Take some time to pray! Just talk to God and tell Him what is going on in your life and how you feel. He will not be surprised or caught off guard. 2.) Make some time to listen! Open your heart and mind and listen for what the Spirit of God is saying to you. (The Bible is always a good resource in listening!)3.) Refocus your life! Take what you have said to God and what God has said to you and get your life into alignment with Him!
God is who He says He is and you can trust in Him!