How To Respond When God Doesn't Meet Your Expectations

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Frustration is born when our expectation doesn't match our experience. But what happens when God is at the center of our expectation - and He doesn't come through? When our prayers seem to fall flat. …

Frustration is born when our expectation doesn't match our experience. But what happens when God is at the center of our expectation - and He doesn't come through? When our prayers seem to fall flat. When it seems like the God who loves us didn't provide for us in the way we had hoped. But God doesn't share our perspective. And His plans won't always match up with our plans. And in part 2 of our conversation The Expectation Gap, we explore the story of Lazurus, an learn how to realign our expectations with a new perspective on who God really is. Follow along with our audio presentation - http://www.elevatechurch.me/connect/listen/

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  • Hi, good to hear from you and well spotted. I used that as a 'fake' version of the events to illustrate what people would have expected Jesus to do, then the next slide is the real version of events (verse 6) where Jesus did not go to Lazarus at that time. Check out the audio message here - Follow along with our audio presentation - http://www.elevatechurch.me/connect/listen/
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  • Hi, I was taking a look at your work and I noticed what I think was I'm certain a mistake in your writing. On this particular slide page 5 you wrote that 'HE placed HIS hands on him and Lazarus was healed.' Would you like to expound on who the HE is because it definately was not JESUS nor HIS disciples. And which translation of the bible if this is where you actually saw this did you transcribe this from? Because I've never seen this in any translation I've ever had the pleasure to study. This is why I believe that you just made a mistake and it was overlooked when you did your proof reading before you published.
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  • 1. #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 2. MARK POMERY SENIOR LEADER #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 3. #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 4. ‘A man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. This was the same Mary who massaged the Lord’s feet with aromatic oils and then wiped them with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Master, the one you love so very much is sick.” When Jesus got the message, he said, “This sickness is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.”’ John Chapter 11 Verses 1 - 4 #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 5. ‘So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he got up, and set out to Bethany, taking the twelve with him. And when he came to the place where Lazarus was lying, he placed his hands on him and lazarus was healed.’ John Chapter 11 Verse 6 #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 6. ‘So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days …’ John Chapter 11 Verse 6 #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 7. ‘Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but oddly, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed on where he was for two more days. After the two days, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.” They said, “Rabbi, you can’t do that. The Jews are out to kill you, and you’re going back?” Jesus replied, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in daylight doesn’t stumble because there’s plenty of light from the sun. Walking at night, he might very well stumble because he can’t see where he’s going.” He said these things, and then announced, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I’m going to wake him up.” #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 8. The disciples said, “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine.” Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking a nap. Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.” That’s when Thomas, the one called the Twin, said to his companions, “Come along. We might as well die with him.” When Jesus finally got there, he found Lazarus already four days dead.’ John Chapter 11 Verses 5 - 17 #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 9. following Jesus can be a disappointing experience ... sometimes #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 10. ‘Bethany was near Jerusalem, only a couple of miles away, and many of the Jews were visiting Martha and Mary, sympathizing with them over their brother. Martha heard Jesus was coming and went out to meet him. Mary remained in the house. Martha said, “Master, if you’d been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Even now, I know that whatever you ask God he will give you.” Jesus said, “Your brother will be raised up.” Martha replied, “I know that he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time.”.’ John Chapter 11 Verses 18 - 24 #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 11. ‘“You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Master. All along I have believed that you are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.”.’ John Chapter 11 Verses 25 - 27 #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14
  • 12. #breakthrough2014 Tuesday, 12 August 14