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raising the level of expectation

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Sermon shared by Michael West

January 2005
Summary: realizing that God cares for us, this sermon helps to focus on how God sees us and how we should be seeing ourselves
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: Believer adults
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forward to the mail, but no golf club. Several weeks went by when he got a certified letter from the king—odd he thought—but where’s my golf club? To the man’s surprise when he opened the letter, inside was a deed to a five-hundred acre golf course in America.

The moral of the story is this: Sometimes kings think differently than you and I do. Sometimes we have to think outside of the box.
We serve the Most High God and His dream and desire for your life is so much bigger and higher and grander that you or I can even imagine. What is He telling us church?

It’s time to enlarge our puny little vision.

How?

Raise your level of expectancy!
I’m not here to say ditch your dreams, but the truth is, your life will follow your expectations. What you expect to get, you will get. The thoughts you dwell on will move you in that direction, whether they are positive or negative, that is the direction you will go.

If you expect defeat and mediocrity, your subconscious will make sure that is what you move toward. You will be sabotaged by your own thinking, you will fail because of what your mind has fastened on to.

That is why a key element to enlarging your vision is to raise your level of expectancy.
News flash, you have to change you thinking before you can ever change your living.
It’s time to start programming your mind for success. How? Well, it won’t be automatic. Each day, you must choose to live with an attitude that expects good things to happen to you.

What does the Bible say?
Isaiah 55:9—-Daniel 10:12

"Don’t be afraid, Daniel. God has heard everything that you said ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in front of your God so that you could learn to understand things. I have come in response to your prayer.

When you get up in the morning, the first thing to do is set your mind in the right direction. Say something like, this is going to be a great day, God is guiding and directing my steps, all day.
His favor surrounds me. His thoughts toward me are good. I’m excited about today. I will go forth with expectancy.
Then you get yourself up and march yourself right out to where you need to be and anticipate good things. Expect the circumstances that surround you to change in your favor. Expect to be in the right place at the right time. Expect people to go out of their way for you.

When the little lying voice from hell says you don’t have a chance, it’s going to be a lousy day, don’t even try to get your hopes up—don’t listen, don’t argue, tell it to shut up in Jesus name. God wants you to get your hopes up. We can’t even have faith without hope. Expect doors of opportunity to open for you. Expect to excel and rise above any challenges.

That’s where God meets us. At our level of expectancy. If you don’t develop the habit of expecting good things to come your way, then you’re mostly likely not going to receive anything good.

Jesus said this—Matthew 9:28-29

The blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, "Do you really believe I can do this?" They said, "Why, yes, Master!" He touched their eyes and said, "Become what you believe." Because of your faith it will happen. Have what your faith expects!

Some people expect the worse. Poor me, negative, negative, always bummed out. God, why don’t you do something? They are so overwhelmed with their troubles they have difficulty
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