Expect Something Good To Happen

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!

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When Do We Offer Thanksgiving? At All Times

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In every situation, in all things and by so doing we enter into the victorious life where the devil cannot control us.

How can he control us if we are going to be joyful and thankful no matter what the circumstances are? Admittedly, this kind of lifestyle sometimes requires a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, but i would rather sacrifice my thanksgiving to God than sacrifice my joy to satan.

Be grateful at all times, one filled with gratitude not only toward God, but also toward people. When someone does something nice to you, let him/her know that you appreciate it.

Show appreciation in your family among the various members. So often, we take for granted the things that God has blessed us with. A sure way to lose something is not to appreciate it.

Have you told your wife/girlfriend how you appreciate her each day?

Meditate daily on all the things you have to be thankful for. Rehearse them to the Lord in prayer, and as you do you will find your heart filling up with life and light.

“Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name”.


Hebrews 13:15

Take One Day At A Time

I like to describe worry or anxiety as spending today to figure out tomorrow. Let’s learn to use the time God has given to us for what He intended. It sounds easy right??? But in this case easy is far from it. It takes the spirit and grace of God to be at peace with ourselves knowing the challenges we face or what is making us worry. We humans and vulnerable. Don’t beat yourself to it.

“Life is to be lived- here and now”

Sadly, as I mentioned in the first paragraph only the Grace and Spirit of God can turn our minds out of worry and anxiety to peaceful and worry less. Very few people know how to live each day to the fullest. But you can be one of them. Jesus said that satan, the dark one, comes to steal your life. (John 10:10). Don’t allow him to do it any longer!

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Don’t spend today worrying about tomorrow. You have enough things going on today; it needs all of your attention. God’s grace is on you to handle whatever you need for today, but tomorrow’s grace will not come until tomorrow comes- so don’t waste today!

We Have A Calling On Our Lives To Live

We live in a quit society. I’m guilty of it. You’re guilty of it. We all are. The moment something becomes boring and mundane, we often check out and move on. Let’s face it, life is amazing. There is so much going on in the world at any given moment. They literally invented an iPhone 8, skipped the 9 and made the 10, same as Samsung within 15 minutes of each other. It’s overwhelming. It’s also stimulating. This makes it so much easier to move on when the stimulation stops.

There’s a saying I’ve heard and love, this faith walk ain’t no cake walk.

When we first come to Jesus, I believe all of us are fired up initially. We have this peace that surpasses anything we’ve known. We feel grace in ways we didn’t even know possible. It’s electric. (Boogie woogie woogie).

We become emboldened and begin to share our new-found faith. We are then often discouraged by those tenured in the faith who will say the fire will fade and we won’t always have the same passion and vigor. I specifically was told by a friend shortly after I had a fresh encounter with Jesus who told me to enjoy it because it wouldn’t last. For those who keep the faith and keep the fire, they are eventually labeled as ‘radical’ or not your average Christian. They believe God still interacts with us daily and still seeks to dwell among his people. Others who may have become jaded and tired, believe God doesn’t work as he once did. They may not say it, but the way they live it says it all.

Here’s the crazy thing though, if you asked either one if they were willing to die for their faith or God they would both answer yes.

  • Many, if not all of us would say we are willing to die for our faith. I’m not so sure though.
  • I think the more honest question would be, if you could quit being a follower of Jesus today with no blowback or questions from others, no accountability, and no conviction, would you do it?
  • To many of us, when we say die for our faith, this is the heart behind it.
  • The reality is dying for your faith allows you to not deal with the Earthly blow-back of that professed faith. Don’t get me wrong, It’s an incredibly bold move to die for a friend or die for Jesus.
  • But it takes as much if not more to live for your faith, to continually stand strong in the face of opposition & persecution. When Jesus speaks of laying his life down for a friend. It’s not a call to die…
    But a call to live.

Who are you living for?

The initial command from Jesus to all of us is “Come, follow me.” Many of us immediately drop everything to follow him, but once the road becomes narrower, or harder to climb, we may take a break or find a detour. We convince ourselves as long as we get to our destination it doesn’t matter if we followed Jesus exactly as he led. If we were really honest with ourselves, most of our personal goals would be to make it to Heaven. The goal of Jesus though was to bring heaven to Earth.

God asks you to pick up your cross and follow him. This isn’t the cross you will be crucified to for your own sins. Jesus would never ask you to climb on the cross. There is only one perfect offering and sorry, it’s not you. We are called to bear the burdens of each other. To lighten the load. When we carry the cross, we’re carrying it for friends and family who aren’t yet able to carry their own. It may have become too heavy or they may have not known it was there. He then wants us to carry it to the top of the mountain, stick it in the ground and allow him to climb on it.

We are the Hitch of the kingdom.

God wants us to be the match maker. He’s not asking you to save the world for him. He’s not asking you to heal anyone. All he’s asking you to do is make an introduction. God wants us to live for Him, so he may continue to be introduced to as many people as possible. His will is that everyone should reunite to him.

Christ never called us to die for him, but he did call us to live. Live for him today.

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You Can’t Just Sit At Church And Become Spiritually Strong, Just Like You Can’t Just Sit At The Gym And Expect To Become Physically Strong..

BY CHARLES HAMRICK

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Most human beings have uttered the words, or some form of them, “I am out of shape” or “I need to get in shape” at some point in their lives.  Regardless of the reason behind wanting to get in shape, most all people have an innate desire to be in better shape than they currently are.  We do this as humans because we want our body to both look and perform better.  The only way to accomplish this goal, despite anything you may have heard on late night television, is to work at it.  There is no easy fix or simple way to get in shape.  Its not a click of a button or some magical pill you can take.

If you know me, you know that I’m not what you would call a “gym rat” or someone who is going to work out every day of the month. I do know people (one who writes often on this blog quite often, no names mentioned, haha) that works out nearly every day and feels lost if they don’t.  There is nothing wrong with this, they just realize that to stay strong and improve the shape they are in they need to keep working at it everyday.  I admire their commitment to their health and am always impressed with the daily dedication.

Similar to the way we have to work out to keep our physical bodies in shape, we have to “work out”, to stay in shape spiritually as well.  You can’t just sit at church and become spiritually strong, just like you can’t just sit at the gym and expect to become physically strong.  You have to put some work into it on a daily basis.  God wants to teach you and interact with you daily.  He wants you to pick up His Word and read it (daily) and learn from it.  He wants you to ask questions and dig deeper to understand His Word.  God loves to speak to us, and loves us to understand how to speak to Him.

You will start to see yourself getting stronger as you continue to daily spend time with Him in some form or fashion.  If this is not something you currently do, I encourage you to start TODAY and give it a shot for a certain amount of time.  While I am a firm believer that we have a responsibility to keep ourselves in good physical heath, being good stewards of the body that we were given for our time on this earth, I believe even more strongly that we have a responsibility to be spiritually strong, for the battles we will face throughout our lives.  A few of my friends are starting a 24-Day Challenge today for physical health reasons where they focus on eating healthy, cleansing and putting good things (vitamins / supplements / etc.) in their system.  I would suggest you start a 24-Day Spiritual Challenge, where you spend time with God every day for 24 days, in the Bible, in prayer, in meditation, in church and any other place you can get yourself into the presence of God and see what He does for you and tells you.  Focus on it and I promise you will come out in better shape than you did going in!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

1 Timothy 4:7-8
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

When God Changes His Mind

A 65 year old woman had a heart attack and was taken tot he hospital. While on the operating table, she had a near- death experience. Seeing the Lord standing, she asked, “Is my time up?” The Lord said, NO, you have another 33 years, 2 months, and 8 days to live. Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have various types of surgery on her body to look younger again. Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was discharged from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving in front of God again, she demanded, “I thought you said i had another 33 years? why didn’t you pull me out of the path of the Ambulance?”

God replied: I didn’t recognize you!

What a pity! The Holy Ghost wants you to know that “No matter what Good has spoken or promised to you, they will never manifest if you do not keep your part of the deal, since every promise of His has a condition attached to it. Yes, God is Almighty but He needs to work with you to bring His plans and purpose to pass.

May we not miss our opportunity of abundance blessings from God by our own ways in Jesus name.

Running Steady and Consistent Does Not Always Mean Running Fast

Recently I have tried to get back into running. I started to use a running coach app that teaches and encourages me throughout my run. A major focal point of the first few runs has been the different types of runs. There are recovery runs, interval runs and even max effort runs. The first two of my runs were recovery runs. These runs are about running at an even and consistent pace. The progression of each run is to start slow, ease into the full run and allow my body time to wake up and realize its being active.

Regardless of the type of run, easing into it is critical. When I look back at my previous runs I see that I am not running faster, which isn’t the purpose, but I am keeping a steadier pace throughout the run. This is a win. When I was running before, I would always try to be faster throughout, but would end up being slow at the end.

Running with revelation

As I ran with this new mindset, I was hit with a revelation. What if my spiritual run was like this? What if instead of constantly living in spiritual highs and lows, I could live a consistent and steady spiritual life? The mindset of running a certain speed, or distance had to shift. I just had to get out and enjoy the run. Similarly, my life mindset had to shift. It had to shift from obtaining accomplishments and goals by a certain age, or time to enjoying what and where life has me right now. Do you find yourself getting this huge wind of spiritual high after hitting bottom to then only a few days later hit bottom again? This kind of fluctuation of spiritually can be harmful to our relationship with God and ultimately burn us out.

“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lords work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT

Our faith should be consistent

While we may have times of great triumph which our praise and thanks are elevated, our faith and hope should not fluctuate. If our faith is only high when good things are happening is it really faith? Often in life we can get stuck in this performance identity that tells us if things are going a certain way life is good, God is good. If I’m finishing my miles under a certain time then all is well and life is good, God is good. But if we aren’t performing to what this false identity is telling us, then we believe that something is wrong. We believe that God must be mad at us, or he doesn’t care about us anymore.

“Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us.” – Hebrews 12:1

We aren’t called to run as fast with max effort for the rest of our lives. We are to run at a pace that allows us to consistently build upon our lives, so that we are a better version of ourselves than yesterday. Maybe you have issues with anger, or dealing with someone at work. Each time you get into a situation that makes you angry, I encourage you to find a way to deal with your anger better each time. Let this be your practice until eventually… it is not an issue.

That is breakthrough. That is God working in your life. And if you aren’t getting better ask God why. Ask him what is that you are holding on to that isn’t allowing you to stay at a consistent pace. Trust me from experience, he’ll let you know if you let him!