Live Like You Expect God to Come Through: ”
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Beloved, Grace and peace be unto you, from God our Father, and from the LORD Jesus Christ. Allow me from the outset to say thank you to you all. Dorothy and I wish to thank all of you for your words of kindness in our time of bereavement. You are some of the most wonderful people God has ever given us the privilege of knowing.
Well last week, we discuss what to do after God gives us a promise. We received a word, then when made a plan. Now that you have a plan, based on the word of God, it is a good idea to live in expectancy. So many times God tells us he is about to do a thing, and we refuse to believe or even expect it not to happen. We should really live with a sense of expectancy. Notice, I said we should live in expectancy. I say that because the word of God does say we should operate in faith, but I am so glad that God does not wait for us to be in the right place in order to accomplish what he needs to do. I am so glad that I have not been taught that kind of theology. You have probably heard it all over the Kingdom. ‘God can not do this or that, until you position yourself for this or the other.’ The main problem with this kind of theology is that the bible disagrees with it. The bible assesses only two limitations to God. God can not lie, and he can not fail. These are the only limitations the scriptures attribute to God. We have a myriad of limitations, things we can not understand, things we can not do, things we can not feel, but God is not saddled with the limitations we are hampered with. That, for me anyway, is a bad habit we as human being have, of thinking God is like us. Now in order to make my point I need to prove it with scripture.
In the book of Acts we have an incident where Peter was imprisoned by the King. He was about to be put to death because the King saw that killing Christian leaders made the Jews happy, and this was politically expedient. The bible tells that the saints prayed, and God sent an angel.
Ok guys this is loaded, and I promise it is taken all my strength not to preach this text right now. Here is the text I want to concentrate on.
New Living Translation:
Acts 12:9 ¶ So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was really happening.
Acts 12:10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate to the street, and this opened to them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.
Acts 12:11 ¶ Peter finally realized what had happened. ‘It’s really true!’ he said to himself. ‘The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jews were hoping to do to me!’
The angel of the LORD came to get Peter out, he opens the gates to the prison, walks him to the city. The gates of the city open on their own, and the angel vanishes, then, and only then does Peter realize that this was real. So God does not need us to be in a position to agree, nor does he need us to be in a position to accept what he is doing, he does not even need us to believe it is happening in order for him to deliver us. God does what he wants in life. Ok Pastor, then why should we live in expectancy. Well here are some examples in the scriptures about believe and not having doubt. Let’s see if you notice a pattern.
King James Version:
Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Matt. 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Matt. 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
Matt. 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matt. 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
In these three examples, Jesus shows us that doubt restricts our ability, not His. The things we set out to do, we need to make sure there is no doubt in us. The things God wants to do in your life, God does not need your approval, approbation, or input. What you decree in God necessitates you to believe and have no doubt. The correlation here is that God can not doubt his own word, that is a human trait. God’s word can not return unto him void. Our word needs belief, lack of doubt and the name of Jesus. God absolutely expects his word to come to pass, it is impossible for it not to. We need to be more like him. Live in expectancy that the word of God will come to pass. That God will do what he said he will do. Remember the word of God.
King James Version:
Is. 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
God has spoken a word into your life, he will bring it to pass. Doubt is not an issue. Live in expectancy of whatever God has spoken into your life. What does that mean? Expect whatever God tells you, to happen. It will. Live like you expect God to come through. He will. “