Expect God’s Goodness

Before Christ came into my life, the saying, “The glass is half empty” often described my outlook. As a child I heard all too often, “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”. I was also told, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Sadly, people often helped these words come to pass. I tried to not look forward to good things as I was often disappointed. It was simply part of the world I was born into. To be anything else would be different from most everyone around me. How can a fallen world come through on promises of goodness and hope without the life and light of Jesus Christ in it?
But there is an option for heaven on earth. As we welcome Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we don’t just receive Him, we can partake of a whole new view of the world around us. We can be clothed in hope, joy, trust and expectation of goodness. Instead of disappointment we can rely on, expect and depend on God’s goodness because He is good ALL THE TIME. Nothing on earth is as consistently good as God, nor can it be.
The opportunity for life and hope is available to all who believe in Jesus. So why do some people still walk in negativity and dismay? It’s because they have not partnered with Holy Spirit to remove their old mindset. Without changing the way you think, you will never have heaven on earth in and around you. Your steps will follow after what your negative mind leads you to do. You will be present in new opportunities in Christ, but they will be unavailable to you in your mind because you won’t recognize the right life choices.
The beauty of allowing Jesus and Holy Spirit to renew your mind through the Word and fellowship with God is that one day you will realize the old mindset is being replaced with life. It may not come all at once, but little by little you will see changes that you never thought were possible. Your thoughts will become Jesus’ thoughts. Having your mind renewed daily will help your choices carry life. You will rejoice in the hope found within you instead of expecting disappointment. Things will start going your way! You might even find yourself giddy with all the blessings you finally see that God is pouring out on you.
I truly enjoy thinking through the life found in Jesus. Holy Spirit brings enlightenment and encourages our growth in the life God has prepared for us, and it is very good! As we change the way we think, we taste and see that the Lord is good. We come to expect His lovingkindness as a way of life. Welcome to the other side!

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