Summary: What is our expectancy of God blessing us through prayer and the power of His Holy Spirit. By His grace and mercy God uses imperfect people for his mission.

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Ephesians 3 v1 -21 Be Filled, be expectant

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked the newly qualified graduate what starting salary they were looking for. He replied “In the region of £80,000 a year, depending on the benefits package” The interviewer replied “Well, what would you say to a package of 10 weeks holiday, full medical & dental insurance, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years---say, a BMW 5 series?”

The Graduate sat up straight, much energised said “Wow! Are you kidding”

The interviewer replied “Yeah, but you started it” Is our expectancy realistic?

I want to tell you three boat stories this morning that I hope will bring out and endorse Paul's great words in his letter to Ephesians.

Maggie and I have recently returned from a week spent in the Lake District. One of the highlights of our visit was a boat trip on Lake Windermere. The owner of the small boat not only loves sailing but is a chief. He moored up in the middle of the lake and cooked us and 3 others on board a 4 course meal, wine and beers etc. in abundant measure were all inclusive. He even provides transport to and from where you are staying, which was just as well. Whilst having a pre dinner drink we watched the sun set over the mountains of Windermere. Then after dinner, whilst having coffee we witnessed the beautiful starry sky including The Milky Way. This trip together with the days our friend chauffeured us in his comfortable Mercedes to most of the Lake District not only made us in awe of God's Creation but it far exceeded our expectation, especially as about 35 years ago we spent a few wet days camping in just one part of the Lake District.

The following day we arrived home from the Lakes, I with a few members of this church went on the Sail and See trip I organised. As I had few takers from the Just Men Group, in fact only Roy, for the first time I allowed a woman to come. Wendy was so excited and enthusiastic about going on the trip, I just couldn't say no! God blessed us with no rain and plenty of wind to sail in the Solent. After the trip I asked her if it had matched her expectancy. Matched it? No it far exceeded it she told me. She had a smile on her face from the moment I picked her up till I dropped her back home! I know Roy also felt this way.

I want to ask you, what is your expectancy of God? Does he exceed the expectancy you had when you invited his son Jesus into your lives? What do you expect to happen when you come into God's presence, either here at church or during a quiet time at home?

Most theological colleges, including the one I gained my Certificate from, teach a good sermon should have 3 main points, and although within today's reading there is much scope for at least 3, I felt led to concentrate on one, although we will touch on others. It was verse 20 that really stood out as I prepared this talk. “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” Christ will always fulfil, in fact exceed our expectation, providing we are prepared to be open to His infilling of the holy spirit.

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