Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr.
Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries

As I child, I always expected at least 2 big gifts for Christmas:  one from my parents and the other from Santa Claus.  In fact, once I found out Santa wasn’t real, I crafted a clever scheme to keep the gifts coming:  I convinced my parents I still believed in Santa.  I think it lasted until I was 10 or 11.  It makes me laugh now.  Every year, I made out my Christmas list with excitement and anticipation because I expected to see the 2 items at the top of my list waiting for me under our big tree Christmas morning.  As a child I expected my parents to provide whatever I asked for.  So, as a child of God, why is it so hard to expect the same thing from the Lord? It shouldn’t be as my Bishop explains.

Our faith is the key to our expectations.  We need to have the type of faith that doesn’t give up.  God knows whether or not you are expecting to receive a blessing.  He knows what we think and believe.  Watch the news and it’s easy to believe in satan and see the world filled with bad people, so why is it hard to believe in the Lord and the forces of goodness? 

Our faith is also the key to our dreams.  Keep them alive.  Wake up excited!  Are you just letting life happen to you?  Or are you daring to fulfill the desires God has placed in your heart?  One of the best things you can do, is rescue someone who’s lost his or her desire to dream.  The Bible tell us not to give up.

Galatians 6:7, 9 (NIV)
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what He sows… Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Just like there is punishment for sin, there is also reward for righteousness. God desires to do extraordinary things in your life, but He needs your extraordinary faith!  Once you believe, He can release His ability into your life.  It reminds me of a message from this past March:  we must be in a position of expectation (click link to read more).

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

And, just in case you were wondering God doesn’t work tit for tat:  You do this for Him and He’ll do that for you.  Just keep sowing and believing.  If you sow, expect a harvest.  The devil will always try to discourage you, right before your breakthrough.  So, be a tough believer!

Romans 28:1 (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those that love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Something to think about: There are seasons of faith: a time to sow, a time to grow, and a time to reap.  Don’t give up!  Run your race and be happy in whichever season you’re in.  If you’re going through a tough time, remember that God has placed amazing strength inside each of us.  He equips us with what we need to succeed, so expect victory and blessings in your life!

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