I believe expectation is the strongest form of faith. I’ve learned that I have to change my expectations to line up with what I know is true – especially before I speak.
I know that I have been healed of crippling arthritis, and by God’s grace, I have seen x-ray proof of the change. I am walking out the process in faith and I will see the full manifestation of the healing I received. However, I recently realized how I was literally speaking curses over myself, and setting negative expectations that were being reinforced in my mind.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”II Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV
Even before going to bed, at times I would say, “I may feel a little stiff or achy in the morning, but it’s okay.” Well, that’s not okay! I set the expectation that I would feel achy or stiff. My expectation should have been and now is, I will wake up feeling fully rested able to move with ease.
It then dawned on me that I was setting negative expectations over other situations as well. For example, how I would feel after a walk, or after I ate certain foods. Time and time again I ended up with a self-fulfilling prophecy. Renewing my mind has required a very intentional effort, but transformation can’t happen without that taking place.
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What an important distinction between acceptance and self- fulfilling prophecy! I’m reminded of the Serenity Prayer.
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Absolutely! We have dominion over our body and we really have to be mindful of what we say over it. Top surgeons said my only hope was hip replacement – but God!
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