Living with Expectancy
February 9, 1992
Illus: What are you expecting God to do in your life? There is a law that God has established called the law of expectation. The fact is that we tend to get what we expect out of life. We tend to see things we expect to see, we tend to hear things we expect to hear. We tend to feel the way we expect to feel. We inevitably accomplish what we expect to accomplish.
That's the law of faith. And God says, "To some degree, you get to choose what you accomplish because according to your faith it will be done unto you. It is important to live expectantly and that takes faith.
1. Living with expectancy comes through FAITH
Illus: How many of you here are parents? How many of you are pleased when your children trust you? How many of you have children that trust you? How many here would die if your children trusted you? God is our heavenly Father and he is pleased when we trust him. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
I think most of you are just like me. I want to have more faith and I would guess you do as well. If that's what pleases God, then I want to have more faith.' So the question becomes "How can I get more faith in my life? How does God build my faith?" If faith is what makes me live with expectancy, if faith makes life rewarding, fulfilling, exciting and gives you confidence, how does God build my faith?
Do you take faith pills? Go to a seminar ? Find a special faith therapist? No. The way that God builds my faith is by testing.
1 Peter 1:67
The trials that you face come to test your faith. God uses every trial in your life in a special way - everything is Father filtered. I'm not saying God causes all the trials or problems. What I am saying is that nothing comes into your life without God's permission. God uses these difficulties in his great plan. Sometimes God has to custom make a problem to teach you faith - to test you. If life were easy, it wouldn't require faith.
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