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The Shepherd's Heart: Raise Your Expectation

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The congregation I serve is used to hearing me encourage them to "expect great things from God!" I often remind them, probably as much for myself as for them, that expectation is the key to seeing God move in their lives.

I truly believe that if we are to see God move in this hour -- a time when we really need to see Him at work in the world -- we must ask humbly for His intervention and then live in expectation.

We can go through the motions, day in and day out, but it's all just religious nonsense if we fail to do so in expectation that God will hear us and work on our behalf. Hear me when I say that there is no power in that. It's all folly. We can read our Bibles and go to church and even serve in the ministry in some manner, but without expectation we may never see the Word of God as He means for us to see it or experience all that He has for us in this life.

We tend to limit God by looking at past experiences or by what we've been taught or by denominational teachings or by how we feel or by what others say (or what we think they might say). The truth is, many times we think we are waiting on God for answers to our prayers when in reality, He's waiting on us to believe and to expect Him to answer.

One pastor said that when he prays he expects God to "show up and show out." That's the kind of expectation that should permeate our lives.

When we come together for prayer meeting on Wednesday nights, I always pray with the expectation that God is hearing our prayers and that He is immediately dispatching answers -- whether on the wings of angels or through His Holy Spirit, I do not know. But I pray as if the prayer is being heard and the answer being put in motion at that very moment.

It's time for us to believe what we say. It's time for us to stop questioning the Word of God and to start believing that God will do exactly what He said He would do. It is time for us to start expecting God to do some great and mighty things in our lives and in the lives of others and in the church.

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BOB G. STEWART, Columnist
The Shepherd's Heart