It’s Easter Monday!
It’s the last day of the ‘Resurrection weekend’- the landmark period in Christianity where we celebrate the legendary sacrifice of our saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. A time where we reflect on God’s unconditional love and the power of forgiveness! As expected, the past couple of days were packed with glorious activities to commemorate this beautiful holiday and so by Sunday evening, I completely was knocked out!
Understandably, I was really looking forward to having a lie-in as my body was still recovering from my eventual Saturday (I had a masterclass, choir rehearsal, a wedding and a work deadline!) but, as my internal alarm clock would have it, I woke up at 5.30am! WHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYY? Sleep, where art thou?! After rolling around aimlessly in my bed for a couple of minutes, I picked up my phone and went straight to the bible app. Clicked on my ‘Bible in a year’ plan where I read Acts 10: 8-10:
8Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well,[a] 10 said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking.
Hmmmmmmmm! In the words of ‘Oprah’, I had an ‘Aha’ moment. Have you ever heard of the saying “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”? Well, let me tell you my version – “If you ask, with no expectation of getting what you are asking for, you won’t receive it.” It is possible to pray in vain. For example, you’re praying for a breakthrough but your heart is clouded with doubt – it’s going to be hard for that prayer to be answered. Why? Because double/negative minds find it hard to recognise the solutions to their problems. The answer could be staring you in the face but you wouldn’t know because you’re too busy worrying. Don’t worry, instead, Be expectant! In the Bible, the woman with the issue of blood ‘expected’ to receive her healing the moment she touched Jesus’ garment. He noticed her because of her undeniable faith. She knew what she wanted and had the faith to believe it would come to pass! Jesus encourages us to believe in the impossible and also ask for (what appears to man to be) the impossible. However, Many are accustomed to not having the level of faith required to receive what they are asking for. If you don’t ‘expect’ to be successful, you probably won’t be. If you don’t ‘expect’ to find true love, you probably won’t. This week I encourage you to EXPECT and believe that the best is yet to come, that your dreams are achievable, that your spouse is on the way, that your promotion is coming! Expect a miracle and it WILL happen!
P.S Please check out this amazing pastor, Mike Todd, deliver a powerful message on what it means to have undeniable faith. It will change your life!