I once heard a story that I would like to share with you today. This is the story of a man who saved money for years to be able to buy a boat ticket to America. Once he had saved enough, he bought his ticket and boarded the ship. Since he did not have any money left for food, he brought some cheese and crackers for his journey. Every evening at mealtime, he would look into the elegant dining room and see the other passengers enjoying their food; then he would return to his cabin and eat his cheese and crackers. The day the ship docked in the New York harbor, a steward came to him and said, "Sir, have we offended you in any way? I noticed you did not eat any of your meals in our dining room." The man answered, "Oh, no! You see, I did not have enough money for meals so I ate in my room." The steward replied, "But sir, your meals were included in the ticket!"
I am not sure if this story is true or not, but this is how many Christians live. Jesus bought and paid for abundant life (John 10:10) at Calvary. But often we are satisfied with our reservation to heaven. He has abundance of peace, joy, health, prosperity, promotion, and increase available for you now! He has your healing. God will save your family. You can expect the best for your children. Stop limiting God. He will use you in the ministry. He wants to increase the strength of your church and your ministry. He wants to give you more power and provision so you can impact your community, culture and the world.
God has more in store for you! Many people miss the opportunities God brings into their lives because they are comfortable where they are now. They have not been stretched to expect bigger and better things in life so they can help others. They refuse to adjust their small thinking and to stretch themselves to receive the great things God has for them. When a new opportunity comes along, they make every excuse possible to pass on that moment of favor. They think, “I’m not good enough. God cannot bless me like that. This is only a short-lived dream.”
Unfortunately, life is directly connected to what you believe and what you expect from God. If you want God to do great things for you, you must have great expectation in your heart. It is called faith. Do not frustrate yourself trying to figure out how it will work. Just stay open and believe in the promises of God.
Aama was a little old widow living in a village surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas. She was a new believer. One day, a village preacher came and talked to her about having faith in God. He told her that through faith she can move mountains. This caught Aama’s attention. She had spent all her life walking down the mountain to collect water for her family. This took her five hours every day!
After the preacher left, Aama put her faith to work. She closed her windows and locked her door. Aama began to pray – she asked God to remove the mountain so that she did not have to walk down the steep Himalayan Mountain every day to fetch water.
After praying for a while, Aama opened her eyes and cautiously cracked the window open to see if the mountains were still in her way. To her amazement, she could still see the mountains standing bold and gigantic as ever. Aama shook her head and said, “I knew it would not work, I knew it would not work!”
Do not be like Aama.
Hebrews11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” For faith to work, you must absolutely believe that God will do this miracle for you. Our total dependency on God is a prerequisite for our faith to work.
Many people think they have to live the rest of their lives with their current income, with sickness, and binding circumstances. They believe God only wants them to attend church faithfully, throw in a few dollars in the offering, and make it to heaven. This is not a bad start, but He has more in store than you can ever think or imagine. God wants to bless you so you can be a blessing to others. Do not limit God.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Today you may be facing some tough challenges. Maybe it is a sickness or a financial trouble. Maybe you used to be a strong Christian but now your heart has grown cold toward Jesus. You want to have a fresh new start.
Friend, I have good news for you. God wants to do a new thing in your life. But you have to do your part and start expecting more from God! Your job is not your source. God is! He can give you one idea that will change your life forever. He may give you a business, an invention, a song, a book, or even a movie to write. Do not limit God. He has more in store for you. He is not limited by your education, your social background, or your connections. God can do anything. Today let your hope rise. Let your faith grow. Allow your heart to beat with excitement again. Jesus said, “If you believe, you will see the glory of God.” He loves you deeply. He cannot wait to bless you so that through you He can bless the world. We are praying for you. Remember, God has more in store for you!
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