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Deep Thought Thursday: Expectations

Today’s Deep Thought: You Get What You Expect.

I used to think that keeping my expectations low would protect me from disappointment.  My thinking was that if I didn’t expect much I couldn’t be disappointed.  If I didn’t expect relationships to last, when they inevitably ended, I wouldn’t get hurt. 

Low expectations mean you aren’t disappointed.  Right?  WRONG!  Low expectations mean you don’t know who you are!  Low expectations of God mean you don’t know who God is!

I didn’t understand that I was a blood bought child of the Most High God with covenant rights.  I had authority.  I was deeply loved. I had the right to go BOLDLY to the throne of my Father. Despite all this, I was living like a slave. Hoping that if I kept my head down and did everything I was told I’d be able to eek by.  My prayers were basically me begging for crumbs. I felt like I couldn’t ask God for what I needed or tell Him how I felt.  I was lucky that He forgave me in the first place and allowed me back in the sheep fold.  I didn’t expect any more than that, that was enough. 

Then I learned the truth about expectations-you get what you expect. I expected nothing so I got nothing. I sought nothing so I found nothing.

What are you seeking?  What are you expecting?  What are you asking for?

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10

Are you living like a slave begging for crumbs or are you approaching the throne of your Father boldly?  What are your expectations of the promises in His Word?

REMEMBER:  Hope is the joyful and confident expectation of good!  “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

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