jdtolle » July 3rd, 2013, Choosing your expectations
If you’re convinced that the world is against you, then you’ll find plenty of evidence to support your assumption. If, on the other hand, you’re certain that you’ll encounter support and assistance, you will.
When you look for excuses and reasons to complain, you’ll surely find them in abundance. When you look for possibilities, and goodness, love and kindness, you’ll find no shortage of those things.
What you see in life is made up largely of what you’ve already decided to look for. What you experience each day is driven by what you expect the day to bring.
You can choose the quality of the life you live by choosing your expectations. You can select the life you experience by choosing the way you experience it.
Make life helpful and supportive by living in a helpful and supportive way. Make life good by appreciating and adding to the goodness.
What you expect at the deepest, most sincere and unquestioned level, is what you get. So expect the very best of life, and live to make it so.
— Ralph Marston May All Have a Blessed Day
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FaithRider » July 3rd, 2013, 9:33 am •
Treasure the Gift - When the Desires Come
I want to talk with you today about treasuring the gift God gives you. To you, that gift may be a husband or wife. It may be a child. It may be a new car. It may be a home or it may be finances, whatever that gift is - treasure it.
I heard a statement this morning that said 'God would be an unjust God if He gave us desires and didn't bring them to pass.' That is a true statement.
My little Bryson loves chocolate, if I were to sit a bowl of Hershey's mini bars out and forbid him to touch them - that would be cruel and unjust. It would be placing something he loves and has a desire for right in his face without allowing him to enjoy it. Our God is not like that. If He has give you a desire, He will bring it to pass.
That being said, all desires are not from God and only you and God know if the desire is from God. Generally you can find out if you have a godly desire by reading the word of God - if it lines up with the word it is generally a godly desire.
If you question if it is a godly desire, simply ask God to remove all desires from you that are not of Him. He will do it. I know, I have prayed that prayer. There were things in my life I thought I had to have - but as I continually ask God to remove all desires that are not from Him, some fell away.
BUT - if the desire is from God - it will be seen, it will come to pass, no doubt about it. For God is not an unjust God and if He has placed that desire in your heart - it will be seen in your life.
Now, when that desire is seen, treasure it. If you are praying for a new car, when that car comes, keep it clean - take good care of it. Always allow it to be a good representation of Gods gifts and blessings.
If you are praying for your marriage to be restored - begin now to treat that person as a treasure from God. Be patient and kind with them. Always lift them up by speaking well of them. Never speak down to them and never speak negative about them to others. Treasure them in public, for all to see. Show God that you treasure the gift He has given you.
Did you ask God for a child? If so, and you have a child, treasure that child. Never call that child stupid or make demeaning statements to them - they are a treasure from God - treat them as such.
If you ask God for a business - treasure that business. Work hard at its growth - be diligent each day. Treat customers the way God would have you treat them. Be honest - work with integrity - treasure the gift God has given you.
Did you ask for seed to sow? When God gives that money - sow the seed - don't go shopping and buy you some new shoes - sow the seed. Do with that gift what you purposed to do.
Or if you ask God for money to pay a bill - when the money comes, pay the bill - don't pay half of it and spend the rest - treasure the gift by doing what you said you would do.
God gives desires - God brings them to pass - then it is up to us what we do with them. If we treasure them, take good care of them - more desires will come and more treasures will come. If we don't - He will not send any more.
I always tell my daughter, if you want a new house, God requires you to take care of the one you have before He will consider giving you a better house. Or a car, some people pray for a new car or for their car payment, but they won't even keep the car they have clean. You may think that doesn't matter - but it does. Think about it.
If you give your child a new toy and he stomped on it and broke it - would you buy him another? No. Not until he learned to respect the things you gave him - then and only then would you continue to bless him.
So it is with us.
God has given you desires, you will see those desires come to pass - when you do, treasure them. If you want to keep the river of God flowing in your life - appreciate and respect and care for what He has already given you - it is a key to more desires coming to fruition in your life.
Whatever gifts you have been given - treasure them and He will bring more - it's up to you to keep that river of blessing flowing - and it's easy - just treasure the gifts.