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False Expectations

Last night I slept long and hard (an unusual occurrence for me) after a very challenging but richly rewarding weekend... 


And this morning I had an amazing dream where my Debbie and I were soaring in the Holy Spirit at a very large event being held in a large high school...

Then the Lord started speaking to me... 

As I was praying over some experiences from the past and the people who I had been associated with, the Lord showed me several things about myself... wrongful ways of thinking that were continually tripping me up, as He was releasing me from them... the most significant being "false expectations." 

This time with the Lord is similar to the time in my life when He released me from a spirit of invalidation... the devil can only continue harassing us if we allow him to, or we don't know he's there; can't identify the source of our trouble, don't know his name - sort of like "Rumpelstiltskin" - remember that story?

Anyway, in both instances, as soon as I knew the name of the spiritual affliction, it was gone... simple as that... there doesn't need to be some big fanfare or "deliverance session" - Jesus and I partnering together... 

This morning, He showed me, I recognized it, didn't even have to tell it to go, it was faster than that... I knew I was released from it when I recognized it, and that's what I spoke... I said "I'm released from false expectations!" Wow! God is good!!!!!

And because I've been released from false expectations, I am so free to just follow hard after what the Lord has for me, go where HE is leading me, without worrying about what anyone else wants... 

"Seek FIRST His righteousness and His Kingdom, and all these other things will be added unto you... " (Matt 6:33)

Now I am much better equipped to do that... He will take care of everything and everyone else.

Expecting more from people than they're capable of giving is a recipe for disaster... for them and for you... they are destined to fail you, and you are destined to judge them based on your false expectations.

A false expectation is when someone expects something from another person, that does not line up with what God expects of them...

Sometimes God expects things of us that seem impossible (i.e. that we think we are not capable of doing) - He does that on purpose, so we will HAVE to trust Him in order to get there... selah.

And if I'm the person God is requiring more of, I have to be really careful not to "answer shop" - i.e. look for teaching or scripture to "justify" me continuing in the very sin that God is trying to get me out of...

And if it's a friend or someone we really care about who is struggling in this way, we have to resist the strong urge to "rescue" them from the struggle to get free (like the caterpillar struggling to get out of the cocoon).


So God released me today from false expectations - my false expectations of others, and their false expectations of me.  Isn't He so cool?! The only expectations I need concern myself about are HIS, and I KNOW He loves me all the time, way more than I can even think or imagine...

Thank you Jesus!!!!!

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