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by Tracy Carroll in General Questions about November 16, 2018 open - report

Expectations

Hello Sylvia & Pastor! I just read from Charles Stanley that you're not supposed to "expect" anything when you praise God & for me, I kinda do. When I pray to solely praise Him, I want it to make Him happy or proud of me as His child, so, that's an expectation, right? Am I wrong to want God to be happy about my praise???

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    by Sylvia Todd about November 16, 2018

    Tracy, there was a song that a pastor of ours used to sing now and then, which I think illustrates the negative connotation of "expectations". I think this song is not quite the right one (couldn't find the exact one), but is close :): Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

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    by Tracy Carroll about November 16, 2018

    Thanks Pastor!!!  You're the BEST!!!!!!!

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    by Dion Todd about November 16, 2018

    He probably meant to not come seeking something from His hand, like a car, rather than spending time with Him because you just love His presence. We all know people that only come around when they want something. That said, God does reward those that seek Him, so you are not wrong: 

     

    And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 ESV

     

    For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4 ESV

     

    Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 ESV

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