GREAT EXPECTATIONS By Mary Mayko
“O LORD God Almighty, who is like You? You are mighty, O LORD, and Your faithfulness surrounds You!” “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your Presence O LORD. They rejoice in Your Name all day long; they exult in Your righteousness. For You are their glory and strength, and by Your favor You exalt our horn. (power)” Psalm 89:8,15-18 NIV
What are you expecting out of life? What would you like to see accomplished today, tomorrow, and in the future? God’s nature includes making plans for each day and for the future of the world and each individual in it! How we live is important to Him! Is what we do and want from life in harmony with His will for us? Are we waiting for Him to give us some great work to do that will please us and amaze others? What would be your motive and intentions in how you would handle this great work?
The greatest way to please God is to follow the instructions He has given for His people, which is a humble spirit, a kind word, a helping hand to those in need. He desires we show compassion to others and avoid evil traps the devil tries to trip us up with! Those ways are pride, thinking badly toward your Christian brothers and sisters and criticism about others! “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 KJV.
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight! Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Reprove the ruthless; Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.” Isa. 1:16-17. NASB. We cannot change our past, either our failures or our successes! They are what they are, as the saying goes! We need hope and expectations that are based on the will of God! All through the Bible we see evidence that God always had and now has a plan for everything! Some of those plans lie far in the past, some completed long ago, yet many were and are future! How do we fit into His plans today?
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not evil, to give you a future and a hope!” Jer. 29:11 LB. Many people claim this promise but fail to see the “If clauses in the two following verses! “In those days when you pray, I will listen. You will find Me when you seek Me, if you look for Me in earnest!” People often want the blessings without being obedient to His instructions of how to gain them! Do we pray and seek His face and obey what He has already shown us?
Do our great expectations include asking God for insight and understanding of allowing Him to guide our lives? The verses about in Psalm 89 can excite us to action! They inspire us as we look at His strength and Presence in our life to help us know and accomplish His will? When our focus is on Him and our desire is to please Him, we can enjoy His blessings in our lives!
God likes all things done in an orderly manner! He is never early nor is He ever late! When we make our plans, do we include Him in them? Or do we make our own plans and try to rush them into becoming what we want! Some people are very impatience and want to “do it now” without following the proper steps God has provided! That kind of thinking and doing can hinder our ability to use all the provisions God has made for us to do His bidding effectively! “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” 1 Cor.14:33 NIV.
Ever notice how stressed we can get when things are done in a disorderly manner?
What happens when we have made excellent plans and a sudden event occurs that disrupts everything? Have you asked our LORD to give you discernment or do you just assume it is God speaking to you or the devil? If it is from God, He knows all things and will work what seems evil out for your good! Could it be a divine direction in God’s plans for you? Or as many will say, “That devil is after me again!” Careful! Ask God to show you!
The difficulties in life exercise your spiritual muscles that make us stronger in our faith in God! If you determine the trial is from Satan, read this! “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One (Christ) who is in you is greater than the one (Satan) who is in the world.” 1 John4:4NIV. Trust that God is at work in you to equip you to accomplish whatever He requires of us!
“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have trusted in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are profitable to men.” Titus 3:8 LB.
In His Service, Mary.
“ARISE MY SOUL!” By Mary Mayko
Take heart, my soul, for though we fall, we will arise! Be careful now, and do not listen to Satan’s lies! Rise up my soul and take heed to what the Scriptures say. God will lift us up when we fail to walk in His perfect way!
When those you have trusted come against you now, Arise my soul for God will help you somehow! You don’t have to sit there so sad and forlorn For He gives you comfort when you weep and mourn!
Our time on this earth may be short or long, So, be sure to fill it with love to Him in a song! Praise God in your heart regardless of all strife! Arise my soul and let the LORD bless your life!
“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; When I fall I shall rise; When I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light to me.” Micah 7:8 KJV.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD; and he delights in the way. Though he falls he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him by His right hand.”Psalm 37: 23-24.KJV.
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko
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