7 Things We Can Expect From God ... Plus Two

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The Lord’s message was very clear to me.

First, let me explain. . .I was preparing to teach “7 Benefits Of Being A Giver” tonight on SUNDAY NITE LIVE.

I had finished the teaching outline. . .I had posted it on the tlctoday.net page.

I was reviewing the teaching for tonight. . .when I received the message. . .


The “it” in this case is the teaching that I did during our Rich Thoughts for Breakfast call on Friday morning entitled “7 Things We Can Expect From God.”

I thought. . .Really Lord. . .but He made it clear to me what I was to do.  (With the flood of emails and calls I got after the broadcast I understood why the Lord told me to do it again).

Here's the teaching...the Lord had me repeat...may it's for you too.

I begin each day filled with supernatural expectation about the manifestation of God’s presence, power, provision, protection, promotion, peace and promises.

As I was writing those words something ignited in my spirit and I knew God had just given me the seven things we can expect to receive from Him.

1.         Presence

The best place for you to be. . .is not in the Presidential Suite of a four-star hotel . . . the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House. . .the luxury suite of a cruise ship sailing through the Mediterranean Sea. . .even though all those places are nice . . . the best place for a believer to be is in God’s Presence.

As a born-again believer you have the privilege of access into His presence. That is something that we shouldn’t and can’t take for granted.  It is beyond awesome if you think about it.

Psalm 118:20 in the New Living Translation says:

“These gates lead to the presence of the Lord, and the godly enter there.”

Not only can you enter into His presence but He even tells you the best time to find Him.

Proverbs 8:17 says:

“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

Not only are we to seek His presence early in the morning but we’re to do so with expectation.

Psalm 5:3 in the New International Version says:

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."

2.         Peace

When Jesus left Planet Earth. . .He gave us a powerful gift. . .found in John 14:27 which says:

“PeaceI leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

The Lord will give you His strength and peace in the midst of every adversity.

Psalm 29:11 says:

“The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.”

Philippians 4:7 in the New Living Translation says:

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

3.         Protection

God gives us protection from all adversaries beyond anything the world has ever seen . . . and it’s free.

Psalm 5:11 in the New Living Translation says:

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”

Not only does God offer you protection. . .but your enemies become His enemies.

Exodus 23:22 in the Amplified Bible says:

“But if you will indeed listen to and obey His voice … I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”

Now that’s what I call a real home security…much better than ADT or Brinks.

4.         Promises

At least once a week, we are instructed to pause and remember the promises  God has made to us.

Exodus 31:16 in The Living Bible says:

“Work six days only, for the seventh day is a special day to remind you of my covenant-a weekly reminder forever of my promises to the people of Israel.”

God made certain promises to your spiritual forefathers. . .promises that He will never forget and always honor if we embrace them in our own lives.

No matter the adversity you may face. . .God will never forget or forgo the promises He made to your spiritual relatives.

Deuteronomy 4:31 in The Living Bible says:

“For the Lord your God is merciful-he will not abandon you nor destroy you nor forget the promises he has made to your ancestors.”

Never ever get discouraged when you don’t see the immediate manifestation of God’s promises to you.

Joshua 21:45 in the New Living Translations says:

“Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.”

5.         Power

I’m about to speak a five-word sentence. . .the reality of which can change your life forever.  Here it is:  God hasn’t left you powerless.”

Acts 1:8 says:

“… ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you … (then) ye shall become witnesses … .

The power Jesus promises after the Holy Ghost comes upon you in enabling power (dunamis).

The Greek word dunamis means “ability.”

So let’s look at this verse again as I expand the paraphrase for you. “You shall receive the ability after the Holy Ghost has come upon you, and you will be able to witness of me simultaneously in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”

6.         Promotion

Have you ever been promoted?

From one grade to the next in school. . .from one level of accomplishment to the next in the Boy or Girl Scouts. . .from one rank to a higher one in the military or from one position to a different one at your place of employment? Or from owning one store to opening another?

If you think the promotion was a result of your skills and/or your hard work then I suggest you read, study and meditate on Psalm 75:6-8 in the Message Bible:

“For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another.”

Your promotion comes from the Lord. He gives you the power and favor for advancement in every single area of human endeavor

7.         Provisions

When you give God your best. . .what is most precious to you. . .He will give you provisions above and beyond your wildest expectations. . .even in the midst of the most dire circumstances.

In Genesis 42 through 45, there’s a story told about Joseph.  It’s the second year of the famine and the warehouse in Egypt is full. 

One day, Joseph is out on the porch and he sees his brothers. . .the very ones who had sold him into slavery.  He gives his brothers an audience.

Joseph’s brothers don’t realize who he is because he looks like an Egyptian, but he knows who they are.  The men are seated at a banquet table having the opportunity to experience riches that are available even in a famine. 

When the whole thing comes to a close at dinner that night, he gets them a few little sacks of corn and they go back home.

Genesis 42:25 says:

“Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.”

Before his brothers leave, Joseph puts them on the spot.  He knows their brother Benjamin is the most precious thing in their daddy’s house. 

He makes certain they know that if they come back and don’t bring Benjamin—they won’t see his face again.  They will be stuck in that line over there with the thousands of others who want grain.  They won’t have privileged access to the supply sergeant of the world. 

Just to be sure they understand, Joseph binds his brother Simeon before their eyes and keeps him in Egypt.

The brothers get home distressed but with some food for now so the pressure of the famine is taken off them for a season.  After a while their food runs out again.  Jacob gives his sons some money and says, “Go get us some more food.” 

They said, “Daddy, money’s not going to do it.  He said we have to bring Benjamin also.” 

Jacob said, “Why did you tell him about Benjamin?  Blabbermouths!  What did you have to go tell him about Benjamin for?”

Then they said, “Daddy, we didn’t tell him about Benjamin.  He knew about Benjamin.  He knew what was precious in our lives.” 

Finally, they send Benjamin, and through a series of circumstances, Joseph realizes that the precious is now entrusted to him.  As he reveals himself, they no longer go home with sacks of grain.  They now carry wagon-loads of grain.  Everybody in Egypt is eating out of sacks but they’re eating out of wagons.

When we give God our best. . .what is precious to us then He will release into our stewardship wagon loads of blessings.

Today expect God’s presence, power, provision, protection, promotion, peace and promises  and I might add His potential and possibilities as well.

In fact, as an extra bonus. . .let’s discuss potential and possibilities right now.

When God looks at you. . .He doesn’t see limitation or hesitation.  When God looks at you, He sees the potential for creativity that He placed within you. . .He sees opportunities and possibilities.

God sees your potential as a decision maker, destiny shaper. . .

Galatians 1:15 in the Amplified Bible:

“But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased.”

God was not only pleased with your birth but He has plans for you.

Jeremiah 29:11 in the New International Version says:

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

God’s plans include you being productive. . .making a difference and meeting needs.

Titus 3:14 in the New Living Translation says:

“Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.”

God has given you potential that’s still unknown to you.

Ephesians 3:20 says:

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Let’s immediately establish one fact. . .with and through God all things are possible.

Write the word IMPOSSIBLE.

Now write again. . .this time put a space between the M and the P


Now add an apostrophe between the I and the M.

The Word now reads I’M POSSIBLE. . .with that in mind. . .let’s look at Matthew 19:26 which says:

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Mark 9:23 in the God’s Word Translation:

“Jesus said to him, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person whobelieves.”

It doesn’t matter if something has never been done before. . .you’re going to do it.

It doesn’t matter if no one in your family may have ever lived a life of significance. . .you will.

It doesn’t matter how many times you may have failed in life. . .rise up and get started again.

No matter what you’re going or have passed through. . .you still have all the potential God placed within you from the beginning.

The enemy of your success and prosperity does not want you thinking in terms of possibilities . . .he wants you practicing an “impossibility mentality” instead of the “unlimited possibilities mentality” God gave you.

Luke 1:37 says:

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

If something is impossible it was your choice.

Matthew 17:20 says:

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

“. . .nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Personalize that. . . “Nothing shall be impossible to “your name.”

Now would be a great time to shout. . .and read this entire teaching again.