Great Expectations from God

Great Expectations from GodAll scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets.

In a recent issue of Time magazine (February 23-March 2, 2015), there is an adorable picture of a baby with the following headline: “This Baby Could Live to be 142 Years Old.” Due to advances in science and medicine, there is a reasonable expectation that babies born today could live to be 142 years old! Expectations. We all have different expectations in life.

I am reminded of a phrase that I learned in my education classes a number of years ago called the self fulfilling prophecy. This term was developed by Robert K. Merton, a twentieth century sociologist. The term refers to a belief or expectation which may influence the outcome of a situation or an individual’s behavior. In some cases, a teacher may have low expectations if the student comes from a disadvantaged minority background. Hopefully, the brilliant career of Dr. Ben Carson (Gifted Hands, America the Beautiful, One Nation, You Have a Brain) puts all of that nonsense to rest. Dr. Carson’s life proves that low socioeconomic status and race does not condemn one to a dead-end life of poverty or incarceration.

God’s Expectations

What about God’s expectations for His people? Do you know that there are over 900 promises in God’s Word that He wants to bless His children with? However, if you don’t know what those promises are, how will you be able to claim at least one of them? Let’s look at health, prosperity, and peace. Do you know of anyone who wants to be sick, poor, or agitated? People spend millions of dollars just to have health and peace in their lives. Not to mention the purchase of lottery tickets for people seeking to find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it
more abundantly.

3 John 2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be
in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Isaiah 26:3-4

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed of
thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting
strength.

It is important to note that we have an enemy, the Devil, who steals, kills, and destroys. He is the thief that is described in John 10:10a. His purpose is that of mass destruction to those who worship the one true God and to anyone or anything that stands in his way. When I refer to the one true God, I am referring to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  The Bible refers to other false gods whom the one true God condemns (Genesis 35:2, Exodus 20:3-5).

Mathew 6:33 states, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” When we seek God’s will through His written Word, God is going to make sure that all of our needs are met. His blessings of health, prosperity, and peace will be added to our lives.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct
thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear [respect] the Lord, and
depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Rising Up to God’s Expectations

God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He only asks that we be faithful to His Word. “A faithful man shall abound with blessings” Proverbs 28:20 declares. When a man or a woman accepts Jesus as Lord and believes that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10), the individual becomes born again of God’s gift of holy spirit. The individual is now comprised of body, soul, and spirit. Learning to walk by the spirit of God takes time, faithfulness, and commitment. Ephesians 4:15 says, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God had to grow in wisdom and stature. Jesus wasn’t born with an enlightened mind. He had to study the Scriptures and learned to obey his heavenly Father and always did his Father’s will. “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

Just as a newborn baby is incapable of immediately eating solid food, we need to grow in God’s Word to become spiritual men and women of God.

Hebrews 5:13-14

For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness:
for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who
by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

We need to be weaned from milk and desire the strong meat of the Word of God so that we can become mature in Christ Jesus. As mature men and women of God, we are called to do the works of Jesus Christ.

John 14:12

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that
I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because
I go unto my Father.

Let us rise up to God’s expectations of what He has called us to do. God has called us to a high and noble calling. As spiritual men and women, we are called to grow in God’s Word, to manifest His power and glory, to speak His Word, to reconcile men and women back to God, and to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he
might destroy the works of the devil.

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