GET TOGETHER- EXPECT GOD TO DO SOMETHING
Isa 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
We live in a culture that throws a lot of bad news our way. We live in a culture that is often hostile to the Christian worldview and living a Biblical lifestyle. It can really get easy to be so focused on the bad news and some of the ungodliness that we see and hear about in our communities, our nation, and the world that we can get our eyes off of the Lord. As I heard a wise Preacher say not too long ago, we can become wave watchers like Peter was when he took his eyes off of the Lord and began to sink Mt 14:30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”. And yes, I agree at least Peter did get out of the boat.
A couple of weeks ago J.J. and I were on I-22 between exits 14 and 16 here in Hamilton. We had just finished praying for someone that was very close to us when an eagle flew just to the right of our car. When this happened, we felt like the Holy Spirit was using the eagle to give us an assurance that God was honoring our prayer and that our sister would be healed.
Later on, I also felt like the Holy Spirit was impressing upon us that God was going to do a great work in the I-22 Corridor. Not just in one congregation, but in many. Not just in one town, but in several.
Some of us may be weary from praying for a long time for God to bring Revival and Renewal into our lives and the life of the church. Some of us may be weary from praying for God to bring an awakening to our culture that will as the Scripture says in Ac 26:18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'(NKJV)
There is a promise for those that expect that we will mount up with wings like eagles. Are you expecting God to do something? Are you praying for God to move in a powerful way in our culture? If you are then be expecting God to answer those prayers. We will run and not grow weary. We can most assuredly expect God to answer our prayers. He said in Jer 33:3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.‘ (NKJV) When we call on Him with a pure motive, we can expect God to come through for us and to do great and mighty things.
We are hearing so many good reports about what God is doing in congregations in our region, and in this Corridor. We believe that we have only seen a foretaste. Be expecting! Jesus gave us these words so that we can expect victory when it may look like we are being defeated Joh 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”(NKJV)
So today as you pray for our churches, our communities, our nation, and for those who oppose the Gospel pray with an expectancy that God is going to come through in a big way. Pray that there will be a mounting up of His people. Pray that there will be a mounting up of those who are dead in trespasses and sin. Expect God to come through! I remember a book that our good friend and dear brother Steve Sampson wrote; “Those Who Don’t Expect Anything Will Never Be Disappointed.”
Expect! Expect, Expect!
Let us Pray
Lord we thank you that signs and wonders follow those who believe in Your Name. Thank You that from time to time that You use things in your creation to remind us of Your faithfulness. We thank You today that You have given us this word in Isaiah to encourage us to keep moving forward and to expect victory. Help us to never doubt, and to expect You to do great and mighty things.
In Jesus Name
Love you all! May you mount up with wings like eagles and run and not grow weary!