This Might Be What’s Stalling Your Faith

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me….(Jn 14:21).

Until we learn to change our expectations, our faith will never grow.
 
Just this past week my heart and mind have been flooded with thoughts that are trying to steal my joy in a relationship very close to me. Because quite simply, “it’s not meeting my expectations.” Ouch, that one hurts, because I know at the depth of my expectations is really just pure selfishness rooted in motivations that come from a place in my heart that needs the healing hand of God.
 
I have recognized that I need a transformed heart in this area. Therefore, I must change my expectations if my heart is going to grow and if my relationship is going to flourish.
 
The same goes for our relationship with God. We cannot love Him only when He’s meeting our expectations. Nor can we only submit to Him when it feels like it’s going to go super well for us. There have been many times when God has asked me to submit something to Him and it has been immensely painful to do it. But it has always been for my good as I have learned to submit my expectations to the Father.
 
Wrong expectations often come from an unhealthy need in our lives to be in control. You see, the overbearing expectations I have of people are really just the unhealthy ones that need to grow within me. God will always put people in our path that challenge our unhealthy expectations. Until we choose to repent and value the relationship over our expectations we will be relationship killers who push people away with all of our unhealthy demands.
 
Jesus says that the one who loves Him is the one who obeys what He commands. Therefore, we must come to Him without expectations that He’ll change everything fix it all and wave the magic wand for our lives. We must come to Him in a Spirit of, “not my will, but your will be done.”
 
Lord, my heart is heavy with expectations. Forgive me for allowing them to steal my joy. Lord, I submit them to you. I call them out for their desire to steal, kill and destroy and I claim the freedom and victory I have in Christ instead, in Jesus name, Amen.
 
Until we learn to change our expectations, our faith will never grow.
Troubles in business
 
Just this past week my heart and mind have been flooded with thoughts that are trying to steal my joy in a relationship very close to me. Because quite simply, “it’s not meeting my expectations.” Ouch, that one hurts, because I know at the depth of my expectations is really just pure selfishness rooted in motivations that come from a place in my heart that needs the healing hand of God.
 
I have recognized that I need a transformed heart in this area. Therefore, I must change my expectations if my heart is going to grow and if my relationship is going to flourish.
 
The same goes for our relationship with God. We cannot love Him only when He’s meeting our expectations. Nor can we only submit to Him when it feels like it’s going to go super well for us. There have been many times when God has asked me to submit something to Him and it has been immensely painful to do it. But it has always been for my good as I have learned to submit my expectations to the Father.
 
Wrong expectations often come from an unhealthy need in our lives to be in control. You see, the overbearing expectations I have of people are really just the unhealthy ones that need to grow within me. God will always put people in our path that challenge our unhealthy expectations. Until we choose to repent and value the relationship over our expectations we will be relationship killers who push people away with all of our unhealthy demands.
 
Jesus says that the one who loves Him is the one who obeys what He commands. Therefore, we must come to Him without expectations that He’ll change everything fix it all and wave the magic wand for our lives. We must come to Him in a Spirit of, “not my will, but your will be done.”
 
Lord, my heart is heavy with expectations. Forgive me for allowing them to steal my joy. Lord, I submit them to you. I call them out for their desire to steal, kill and destroy and I claim the freedom and victory I have in Christ instead, in Jesus name, Amen.

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