John 5:8-9 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
Miracles won’t come by expecting the usual: if all you expect is the usual, there is no room for God to do the unusual. The lame man who was at the pool of Bethsaida was there for 38 years, not because miracles stopped happening, but rather because he consistently expected the usual to happen. By his own admission, he expected that when the angel troubled the water someone else would step into the pool ahead of him and that was what happened. There was no way that he would see his miracle while maintaining that expectation. To change his outcome Jesus challenged him to expect the extraordinary when he instructed him to take up his bed and walk: when that became his expectation, it became his reality.
Not because others think your expectation is lofty, it means that you should lower your expectation. Among the 12 spies, only Joshua and Caleb believed that the Israelites would be able to possess the land of promise even with giants in the land. David was the only one who believed that he would be able to defeat Goliath. Saul told him that he was but a youth. Only a few believed when Jesus declared that Jairus’ daughter would rise from the dead; prior to it happening the crowd laughed at Jesus to scorn when he said she sleepeth. Don’t let the crowd shape your expectations. While expecting the extraordinary does not guarantee instant results; more often than not, it will yield the intended result.
Life Application: Put up pictures around you that represent the extraordinary thing that you expect to happen. Take time out daily to see it as your reality and consistently take steps towards it.
Prayer: Lord, help me to raise my faith to expect the extraordinary. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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