Happy All Saints Day!!
Everyone has heard, "You get what you deserve."
It's not true.
You actually get what you expect.
Jesus was clear about this.
In the second chapter of Mark, we read about four vision-filled friends who had a huge expectation.
They thought that if they could get their sick buddy to Jesus,
He could make something impossible happen.
Their expectations rose so high, they grabbed their friend, carried him to the house where Jesus was teaching, and when they realized the crowd was too thick to get through, sawed a hole in the roof of the home and lowered their friend down to Jesus.
Their expectation led to action and to a miracle when Jesus completely healed their friend.
The story of these four guys suggests to me that if your expectations are high enough, it's even possible to trigger a miracle.
They didn't cause a miracle.
That's God's job.
However, their expectations led to actions that triggered God doing a miracle.
Why would you want to live any other way, when you know your actions can trigger a miracle in your life and in the lives of others around you?
On the other hand, I believe the most depressing, debilitating acronym ever is TWNC:
Things Will Never Change.
This toxic, dangerous thought process has the power to destroy your marriage, friendships, and career.
These four words, Things Will Never Change, replace confidence with cynicism.
These four words, Things Will Never Change, replace high hopes with depression and despair.
These four words, Things Will Never Change, blind people to the possibility that God might have better days ahead.
These four words, Things Will Never Change, are so powerful they can handcuff the hands of God.
Jesus didn't do any miracles in His hometown of Nazareth.
The Bible says, "because of their unbelief"(Matthew 13: 58 NKJV).
We've become less like Steve Jobs and more like most car companies.
Have you ever seen a concept car unveiled at an auto show? They rock!
But when you see what comes out five years later, you say, "That reeks."
How did they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?
What typically happens is that the engineers say this is impossible and the finance people say that is impossible, and by the time they're done, they've created a goofy car that nobody wants.
Start believing impossible things are possible, because you ARE going to get what you expect!