Expect the Best!
By Barry Bennett
After having recently come through a five-month battle with cancer, I have gained some new perspectives on life and the goodness of God.
First, physical suffering does not have to be a destiny. We may all experience different kinds of suffering in life, but we should never embrace it as permanent. It doesn’t have to be.
As I continue to recover, I am discovering that under the layers of disorientation, weakness and pain, the real me was still alive and well. I couldn’t find “me” for a while, but I’m back. God was with me even when it seemed I was missing from my own body.
The time I spent in the Word was health to my flesh and also light to my soul. I gained much revelation in these past months and feel I have a new depth to what I have always shared. The enemy meant to destroy me, but God’s grace has overwhelmed those plans.
The other night, I had a “revelation.” I saw myself standing under a flow of God’s grace and goodness, and I called out for every blessing I could think of. I called for the grace of health, strength, vision, gifts of the Spirit, peace, joy, prosperity on every level, and the love of God to flow through me to others as never before.
As I was seeing my life flooded with these blessings, I heard the Lord say, “This doesn’t have to be a one-time event. You should expect this every day.”
Two things came alive in my heart—how much God loves me (and you) and how little we expect from Him. We have become so accustomed to working our way through life and expecting only what we earn or think we deserve.
What are you truly expecting for the rest of your life on this earth?
Your expectations are setting the boundaries of your future. If God answered every desire of your heart right now, would you even believe it and be ready for it? Have you taken the time to see yourself blessed beyond measure? Meditate on these verses. There are many more, but take some time to “see” this and declare it.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” —2 Corinthians 9:8
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” —Romans 8:32
“Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” —Hebrews 6:14
“…much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:17