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Letting Go Of Your Expectations

Expectations Church/Body of Christ God's Sovereignty

Source: "The Broken Arrow"

Contributed By: Janet Malone | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Author: Janet Malone
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ILLUSTRATION

The first time I watched John Travolta in the movie, “Broken Arrow,” I had a difficult time following the plot because I was used to seeing him in comedies, like “Look Who’s Talking." Then he pulled out a gun on his friend and forced him to eject from a jet plane over the desert. I finally came to the conclusion that he had to be a bad guy, something I was not expecting. This so took me by surprise that I had to rewind the movie and start over again to see the movie as it was, not as I expected it to be.

APPLICATION

Our preconceived notions can prevent us from seeing what God is really up to.  We can miss what is right “before our eyes” and find ourselves continually "dissatisfied, impatient, angry, dismayed or disgusted”(ibid). When this happens, what we need to do is rewind and start over again, viewing the church through the eyes of a faith that believes that God can cause all things, even the flaws of the church, to "work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).

Our Predetermined Destiny

God's Sovereignty Prophecy God's Promises

Contributed By: Louis Harrison | Date Posted: 2016-12-12

Scripture: Revelation 21:5

Author: Louis Harrison
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ILLUSTRATION

My daughter has the annoying pastime of watching wrestling on television. Not real high school, collegiate or Olympic wrestling, but staged, "pro" wrestling. I asked her why. She said it was entertaining, had suspense, and spectacular scenes.

I thought about what she said in the context of our church studying the book of Revelation. I found her view of pro wrestling and our study of Revelation similar in that both had suspense and spectacular scenes. But there was another major similarity that was even more important. The outcomes of both are pre-determined!

APPLICATION

No matter how much suspense, no matter how many spectacular scenes we experience, or trials we "wrestle" with in this life, for the Christian, we know how it all ends. It's predetermined by God that we win in the end.

"He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true" (Revelation 21:5). 

The Man Without A Brain

God's Sovereignty Faith God's Provision

Source: “The Healthy Man Who Was Missing a Brain” by Ross Pomeroy, posted Real Clear Science

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-01

Scripture: Matthew 28:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Do you ever find yourself thinking you’d do better if you just had a little more of something--like a little more time, or money, or brains? Well perhaps you’re wrong, at least about the brains.

From the category of the unbelievable comes this article by Real Clear Science:

... A 44-year-old happily married man with a white-collar job and two children visited a hospital in Marseille, France complaining of mild weakness in his left leg. Some time later, he concluded his hospital episode with his leg weakness cured, but with another, intriguing diagnosis in tow: he was missing most of his brain.

How did this strange condition develop? It began as a case of hydrocephalus (water on the brain) when he was a baby.  Although initially treated successfully, the shunt inserted to relieve the pressure was removed at age 14, allowing the fluid to slowly build up over the years.

In retrospect, it would have been better to have left it in, because over the next three decades the fluid was allowed to build up in the ventricles, pushing the brain matter back, until all that remained lay at the outer regions of the skull.

Incredibly, beyond a slightly lower than average IQ, he suffered no ill effects.

Click the link to source above for dramatic x-rays.

APPLICATION

Do you ever worry about what you don't have? For example, it's natural to be anxious while going through a period of financial stress or health challenges. It's natural, but it's not necessary. The truth is, God gives every Christian everything they need to do everything He expects them to do. Whatever it is you may lack, rest assured, you apparently don't need it for your current mission.

So many of our fears arise from a lack of faith on this point. Think about it--God either exercises providential care or He doesn’t. God is in control or He isn’t. God can bring purpose to every circumstance or He can’t. 

It's a contradiction to suggest that you believe in a sovereign God who loves you, while living in constant fear of not having all that you think you need.

At these times, the only essential thing that's missing is faith. But our lack of faith does not negate the faithfulness of God. It just blinds us to it.

So, the next time all of the empirical evidence strongly suggests that you lack some really essential thing, remember Jesus' words in Matthew 28:20, "And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

With Jesus always with you, you have all you need to do all that God calls you to do.

Perfect Numbers Always Add Up

God's Sovereignty Trials Circumstances

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2015-05-01

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Author: Larry Lewis
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When Our Behavior Changes

Accountability God's Sovereignty God's Care

Contributed By: Erik Estep | Date Posted: 2014-07-11

Author: Erik Estep
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Shuffled Seven Times

God's Sovereignty Purpose Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-08

Scripture: Isaiah 55:9

Author: Francis E. Su, et al / Illustration Exchange
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Who's To Say If It's Good or Bad?

Circumstances Faith God's Sovereignty

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-27

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Author: uknown
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An Old "Oh That's Bad, No That's Good" Story

God's Sovereignty Circumstances Humor

Contributed By: Ron Berget | Date Posted: 2012-11-28

Scripture: Genesis 37:28

Author: Ron Berget
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The Punishment Of Being Who You Are

Spiritual Growth Contentment God's Sovereignty

Contributed By: Pat Sage | Date Posted: 2012-08-27

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6

Author: Pat Sage
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A Why To Live For

Purpose God's Sovereignty Perseverance

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2012-07-05

Author: Victor Frankl
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