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17 Sept - Expect Great Things

William Carey, a lifelong missionary to India, once said, "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God." His confidence was in God's ability rather than in fear and limitations. If we keep looking for problems or focusing on the things we don't like about the significant people in our life, we'll find them. However, God wants us to look beyond the challenges or things that might bother us to Him, knowing that He works everything for our good and to build an expectation of His goodness and mercy following us all the days of our life than preparing for the worst. God knows everything, and nothing is a surprise to Him. He declares, "I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good, not disaster, to give you a future and hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) He wants us to put aside our fears and expect great things from Him. It's that sort of powerful, confident expectation that moves both heaven and earth. "For we walk by faith, and not by sight." (1 Corinthians 5:11) Whatever the problem or pressure we may face, it does not need to make us panic, fear or negatively impact our relationships. One look at His Word says He will be there for us every morning and throughout our entire day and night; He won't ever leave or neglect us, and we are always on His heart and mind. He is an ever-present help and strength to us if we'd only let Him. This week expect His goodness and favour in your life. If you find yourself troubled, worrying, or thinking negatively, then base your trust, actions and responses on these truths. • GOD IS GOOD! "He's so much better than you think!" • You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. • That God is faithful to perform what He has promised. • God will work ALL things together for your good.

• You are loved (John 3:16) Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you are already working goodness and favour into every circumstance of my life. Please help me remember that you always work ALL things together for my good and to focus my thoughts and heart on you. In Jesus name Amen.

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