Only King Forever

Unmatched in all Your wisdom
In love and justice You will reign
And every knee will bow
We bring our expectations
Our hope is anchored in Your Name

Expectation is a powerful thing. It can give us the hope of something great to look forward to. It can give us that extra bit of motivation to move on. It can excite us and and make us eager about life. It can give us peace in troubled times. But on the other hand, it can stops us in tracks, make us want to give up and not try. It can nock us down so low that we look at life as some kind of curse. Expectation can guide our actions and attitudes and any situation and it’s got the potential to become a giant in the mind. No matter who you are, we all deal with expectations both positive and negative.

Sooner or later, you will face a situation that will not match your expectations. Depending on what you had in mind, this could be a good thing or bad thing. Often times though, we are slammed with disappointment because life just doesn’t turn out to be what we hoped and dreamed.  We learn this as we grow up. As a child, life is perfect! Our imaginations are running wild! We can do and be who ever we want to be! Our dreams of becoming that astronaut is going to be a piece of cake. But then “reality sets in.” Oh, you mean I can’t just become a superhero if I wanted? People we face in life can actually be mean? That person I really loved doesn’t love me the way I loved them? I have to work to earn money to survive on my own? All of things are harsh have a way stealing away any good expectation we once had. But my question to you is, what are you expecting out of life right now?

Christ presented himself to us in way that showed us what to expect from Him and His Father. He did not hide anything. He showed us that love is the most important thing. He showed us that everyone can be loved  as He was/is loved. He showed us that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves. He showed us that everlasting life awaits those who put their trust in Him and all things work together for the good of those who love Him. ALL THINGS! What a great expectation to grab onto and cherish.

Honestly, sometimes things won’t add up in your life. You will be left wanting and ultimately unsatisfied with the lemons you get out of life. But if you focus on Christ and all that He is, you will find that He can meet your expectations according to His will. You will find that those lemons you got from life aren’t that bad, especially when Christ can give you the sugar and water to make some sweet lemonade. (metaphorically speaking)

Be Blessed my friends!

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Heaven Fall Down

We’re crying out in desperation
Waiting now in expectation
We’re crying out in desperation
For You

Have you ever been to an event of some kind, perhaps a concert of your favorite band, and you ended up getting terrible seats or viewpoint?  You look and look but you just can’t catch a good view of the event. Or maybe you didn’t have enough money to drop on amazing seats. Isn’t it such a bummer that though you made an effort, you just could not get in the right place at the right time.

Last week, I got the opportunity to go to disneyland and stayed late enough to watch the show, Fantasmic. I have never seen it and was really excited about watching it for the first time. Needless to say, it was a great show, but from where I was standing,  I didn’t get to see everything. And that bothered me a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but the bottom line truth is that if I was front and center, I could experience the absolute best the show had to offer.

Our walk with God is very much like this. While God is amazing and infinite in majesty and power, we are still finite and often times lose focus and perspective on all that God has to offer, all that God has to say about life, love, and purpose. My experience at disneyland was a beautiful reminder that before the great might of God, I need to position myself at a vantage point that will allow me to receive the most and best God has to give me today.

And how do we go about achieving this?

I believe it all starts by coming to God in a fashion that is described in the bridge of “Heaven Fall Down”. If we take a posture of desperation, we are acknowledging that God is everything we need to survive, everything we need to live, move and breath. If we truly do this, we are telling ourselves and others around us that God is the source of our very survival and the source of our thriving. Then and only then will our hearts go to Jesus in a way that He can work best in. And my friend, He will work His best in you, if you submit and hunger for all He has to offer. Expect greatness from Jesus. He has proven himself already to us by dying on the cross. From this vantage point, all you can see is the beauty of Jesus and cross. And it is going to change your life.

Be Blessed my friends.