expecting the good

Sometimes  when you’ve had a long series of disappointing things happen, you can get into  the very bad habit of just expecting more of what you’ve already had. You’ve  been through a lot of trouble and you’re simply waiting for more to come. I used  to be like that, but I’ve discovered it’s not how God wants us to live.

I  was abused by my father throughout my whole childhood and I married the first  guy who came along when I was still a teenager, and it seems he was a bigger  mess than I was. After being abused and abandoned by him, our marriage ended.  By the time I met Dave, I was negative and hopeless about everything, just  trying to make it through each day.

Because I had been hurt so much in my life, I was really  negative and expected the worst all of the time. Even after I had a strong  relationship with God, I still struggled with this for a while. Then one  morning, I was standing in the bathroom and I remember noticing this pressure,  this evil presence around me. It wasn’t new; I realized that I’d always felt it.  It made me think, “What bad thing is going to happen next?”

The Fear of “What If…

I asked God what this feeling was. He spoke to my heart that  it is “evil forebodings.” Later I 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]” (AMP).

“  God wants you to believe something good is going to happen to you.”

Once  I read that verse, I realized what it meant. It was the fear of something bad  happening when nothing was going wrong. Then I looked back and saw how it  affected me at different times in the past. For example, the night Dave asked  me to marry him, he said he needed to talk to me about something. I actually  thought he was going to break up with me because I just always expected the  negative. 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 I was expecting something bad to happen, my expectation was from  the devil. 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.

The Truth About God

God  is good. Everything He does is good and wonderful. Everything God gives and  offers is greater than what the devil offers, so shouldn’t our expectations  come from God? 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 (AMP) 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. 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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4 thoughts on “Expecting the Good that God Wants to Give You

    1. Glory to God!! I am at your site now and am being blessed by what you have written!! Lol! God is so good!! So glad you stopped by! Thank you for reading and I praise God you were blessed by it! Blessings in abundance to you!! Juliana

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