|“When you live in sin, the past experience of God’s deliverance does not help in building confidence during current crises.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)———/://///
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” Psalm 62:5
Few things in life damage interpersonal relationships like unrealistic expectations. This is especially true in your relationship with God. You can legitimately expect God to fulfill His promises, one of which is that His character never changes. “…He abideth faithful: He cannot deny himself.”36
General promises of God do not apply to specific applications. When Jesus promises, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive,”37 this does not mean you can leverage Him into granting any and every specific wish. The promises of God are given to help you do His will, not manipulate Him into doing your will.
Legitimate expectations of other people must be limited to what they have specifically promised, and for the followers of Christ, the specific commandments of God. All other expectations are illegitimate and endanger the relationship. If I promise you that I will meet you at your home tomorrow afternoon at three o’clock, you can legitimately expect me to keep my promise. Of course, you must factor into all of this things beyond my control, such as an auto accident, that prevent the meeting.
You need to distinguish between anticipation and expectation. You may legitimately anticipate what you cannot legitimately expect. For example, I ask you what you would like for your birthday, and you say a sweater. A month later I ask your size, later your favorite color. All of this leads you to anticipate receiving a sweater for your birthday, and rightly so, for I have created the impression that I will give you a sweater. But you cannot expect one because no promise was made. A great deal of hard feeling and misunderstanding can be eliminated from your life my remembering the difference between anticipation and expectation.
36 II Timothy 2:13
Exodus 14-15 Matthew 17 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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