Sometimes when you’ve had a series of disappointing things happen, you can get in the habit of expecting more of what you already have.
I used to be like that. My motto was, “If you don’t expect anything good to happen, then you won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t.”
But this isn’t how God wants us to live!
According to Joyce Meyer. You all know her and her history right??? she always using her past and experience as an example during her preachings. When she was sexually abused as a child by her father, she grew up and became an adult who was really negative. Even after she had a strong relationship with God, she still struggled with this for a while.
Then one morning, she was standing in the bathroom and she remember noticing this evil presence around her. It wasn’t new…she realized she had always felt it. It made her think, What bad thing is going to happen next?
She then asked God what this feeling was. He spoke to her heart and said, “Evil forebodings.”
Later, she found Proverbs 15:15, which says, All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances] (AMPC).
Once she read this verse, she realized what it meant. An ‘evil foreboding” is the fear of something bad happening when nothing was going wrong.
Then she looked back and saw how it affected her different times in the past…
For example, the night her husband Dave asked her to marry him, he said he needed to talk to her about something. She actually thought he was going to break up with her because she always expected the negative! True story from Joyce Meyer.
That’s exactly what Satan wants you to do. He wants you to expect something bad and to become fearful of the “what ifs.”
Fear is the opposite of faith, and it takes faith to accept anything good in our lives.
When she was expecting something bad to happen, her expectation was from Satan. If we are not careful, this expectation will open the door to Satan’s evil plans for our lives by waiting for bad things.
But when we expect good things, we open the door to God’s plans (see Lamentations 3:25).
God can’t wait to be good to you…
God is good. Everything He does is good and wonderful. In fact, God wants to do something outrageously wonderful in your life every moment of every day…but you have to be ready and expect it to happen.
Isaiah 30:18 (AMPC) says it perfectly: Therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you…. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him…
God is looking and longing for someone who’s waiting for Him to be good to them. God wants to be good to you, but you have to be expecting Him to move in your life!
Today is your day to start believing something good is going to happen to you! God is working in your life right now, and when you get your breakthrough, it will be the result of what God has been doing for a long time.
I’ve gotten into a habit of saying something almost every day of my life, and I encourage you to do the same. Declare:
“God is good, and something good is going to happen to me today!”
Whether you see it or feel it or not, keep praying and expecting because God is longing to be gracious and good to you!
Listen to the podcast