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Topic: Expect (07/11/13)

TITLE: Forsee it
By Dawn Winston
07/17/13


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Foresee it
After years of Bible study my Bible teacher quoted me Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” It was time to make the most important decision in life. I was scared. I felt I knew what was coming. I expected to lose my “cool” in that I would have none of my old hip friends. I would be out of that world- no longer in the In crowd. Yet it was the offer not to be refused- the choice of life and love. Jesus was the truth of God. I confessed with my mouth and expected to be set right.
Prosperity gospel preachers like on TV say that God expects us to, well, prosper when we are believers. Another local pastor said something to the effect of tell that to Paul, look at his life. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 4 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.” Did Paul doubt God’s love in all these trials? Did he doubt though he did not materially prosper, nor live an even comfortable life? No, he wore them proudly.
Jesus tells what to expect when we follow him. Jesus says we will have trouble. It’s right there in John 16:33, so why are we so surprised? “What is happening to me?” Why is this happening?” Probably, it’s a good sign.
Ultimately I got what I did not expect. I got great boundless adventure, laughter and flowing joy. I can tell you what to expect from the life of faith: the unexpected.


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Larry Whittington07/20/13
Transition words will help the flow of content.

Shorter paragraphs help make reading easier.

Glynis Becker 07/20/13
I really like the last paragraph about the "unexpected". The flow of the article would be better with some spacing in the paragraph and maybe setting the scripture quotes off a bit would help them be seen more clearly. Good writing. Keep it up!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/22/13
This is a nice devotion. You make some great points backed by Scripture. The only thing I might suggest would be to expand on it a bit more. I'd love to read more about your experiences.I did think the last line was quite clever and a great note to end on. Good job.
CD Swanson 07/23/13
Deeply profound and powerful ending. Really liked this piece.

God bless~