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John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Spring 2001
Crippled By False Expectations
Adapted from an article by
Stanley Smith
PC Graduate

I have meet people who are spiritually exhausted because they are impatiently waiting for the Lord to fulfill a word that they received.

While pastoring, I became very discouraged because the Lord did not move. Then when He did, I could not enjoy what He was doing, because I was expecting Him to do something different. Sometimes when the Lord worked, it did not feel like I thought a move of the Spirit should feel, and I missed what the Lord was attempting to accomplish. Or, when the Lord spoke, I locked myself into an imagination of how the word would come to pass, and then the Lord did things differently than I thought.

Some within the Body of Christ are deeply discouraged, waiting in vain for a visitation. Hope deferred has made their hearts sick. At this present time, the Lord desires to refresh each of us in our weariness, and restore our ability to hope. As we respond in simple faith and trust, He will walk us into the fulfillment of all that He has spoken.

In II Kings chapter 5, we find the story of a miracle that was almost aborted due to false expectations. Naaman the leper, was a successful and accomplished military leader in Aram. His wife had a Hebrew servant who said that Naaman would be healed if he would turn to the God of Israel.

Naaman told this to the King of Aram, who sent him to the King of Israel to be healed, who told him to present himself to Elisha. Naaman arrived at Elisha's door with a retinue of horses and chariots. Elisha sent a servant to say, "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed."

Naaman became very angry, as he thought the prophet would personally come to him and heal him. He went away in a rage. Have you ever felt Naaman's rage? We imagine how the Lord is going to move, and then He does things quite differently. If the Lord tells us to go here, we think we should go there. If He tells us to do this, we would rather do that. If we expect to be received with dignity, the Lord meets us in such a way that we must humble ourselves in order to meet Him.

We know how Naaman's story ends. After he wore down, someone reasoned with him. If the Lord had required him to do something great, would he have done it? Naaman said yes. Then since he was required to do a small thing, would it not be worth while to give it a try? Again, Naaman said yes. He dipped seven times in the Jordan, and came up healed.

Faith and expectancy work together. Naaman expected to be healed. But if he had not overcome a false expectation about how the Lord would heal him, he would have missed his miracle.

False expectations often involve a mental picture of how we think the Lord will answer our prayer, or move. These must be set aside, as we come to the Lord in simple faith, believing what He has spoken. It is not wrong to have an idea as to what we expect the Lord to do, but it is vital that we not bind the Lord to our ideas.

There is a simple test that will help us to discern whether we have false expectations. If our “expectancy” is drawing us closer to the Lord, it probably was placed within us by the Lord. But if our ideas as to how the Lord should move are frustrating us, and leaving us with the feeling that we will never be good enough, or ready, to meet the Lord, we should set these thoughts aside and ask the Lord for a true hunger and desire to meet Him.

• Naaman had to humble himself and act on a command that did not make sense to him. He had to over-rule his preconceived notions about spirituality in order to meet the Lord.

People who move in the Lord's power often do not feel powerful. I once went to India for open air crusades. We prayed for hundreds of people each night. There were so many people that we could not take time to pray in detail for each one, as we would have liked; instead, we had to lay our hands on them as they passed by.

We did not feel anointed, and we did not see anything happen as we prayed, and felt disappointed. Then the reports started coming in: cancers healed, deaf mutes who could now hear and speak, a baby healed of a terminal disease, and many other healings and deliverances.

This is the nature of the Lord's power. Often we feel dull and stupid while the Lord is using us. Only later do we learn what had been accomplished. This is how Naaman felt, as he dipped seven times in the Jordan.

Some of us have prayed for more of God, and instead, we seemingly got into a mess. The Lord may not visit us on our terms, but He will arrange things to produce within us the attitude that will release Him to meet with us.

We must learn to look past our present circumstances, and in faith and hope, wait for the Lord. He will meet us in His time and way.

It is while we are walking by faith in each word that the Lord speaks to us, that He will reveal the next portion of His plan for our lives; word-by-word and step-by-step.

Is there uncertainty, confusion, or change in your life? Is your future unclear? Does your life seem like it is spinning out of control? If so, fear not and be of good cheer, for His desire toward you is not “confusion,” but rather, “peace,” which will come as we are obedient to His word.


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