Day 3 // Unexpected Expectations

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Unexpected Expectations

“And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father.”  -Acts 1:4  (ESV)

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He told His disciples, “Wait here for the promise.” Something is coming. It’s like telling a child, “Here’s your Christmas gift under the tree, but it’s December 18th, so you’ve got to wait to open it up.”  The child is expecting something, but they don’t know what it is. Likewise, the Holy Spirit comes in a way that we don’t expect.

When it comes to being filled with God’s Spirit, there are two groups of people. The first group are the people who grew up Pentecostal and have experienced the Holy Spirit in powerful ways, even in ways that they can’t explain. And sometimes, they get trapped in certain expectations to the point of waiting for a particular worship song, be in the right mood or pray with the right person. Perhaps God is saying, “Don’t limit me. Expect the unexpected.”

Then the second group of people are those who are scared of the crazy and uncomfortable things they’ve attributed with the Holy Spirit. Perhaps God is saying, “Don’t limit me. Expect the unexpected.”

God wants to do amazing things in your life today. Don’t limit the Holy Spirit.

Frances Chan said this, “If I were Satan and my ultimate goals was to thwart God’s kingdom and purposes, one of my main strategies would be to get churchgoers to ignore the Holy Spirit. I believe that this missing something is actually missing someone, mainly the Holy Spirit. Without Him, people operate on their own strength and only accomplish human sized results. The world is not moved by love or actions that are of human creations and the church is not empowered to live differently from any other gathering of people without the Holy Spirit. And when people live under the power of the Holy Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural. The church cannot help but be different and the world cannot help but notice.”

Satan wants you to live in comfortable Christianity and make you believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit was for back then and not for you today. But God wants to do amazing things in your life today. The continuation of the spiritual gifts is here today. In fact, they are getting even more powerful today. The gifts haven’t stopped.

Don’t limit the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to fill you. Being filled with the Spirit is not limited to certain people. Everyone is called to be filled with the Spirit. I encourage you to dwell in the Holy Spirit.

QUESTIONS:

Q1: Why do some people have a negative perspective of the Holy Spirit?

Q2: What portion of Francis Chan’s quote above is most important to you?

PRAYER POINTS:

1) Ask God to give you greater faith to believe in greater things.

2) Ask God for the Holy Spirit anointing to do amazing things.

Pastor Matt

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