Jesus IS Your Expectation

By: Mylene Evangelista
From: July - August 2013
Found in: The Gospel of Grace
God wants us to expect from Him. Let us have a look at how such expectations will affect us. We will also look at what may cause our expectations to fail.

Psalm 62:5 (NKJV):
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.”

Your Vision will Change

Are you expecting something from God today? I hope so! Because God does not want us to go through life hopeless. He wants us expecting, and if we’re truly expecting, we’ll see three things happen:
The first thing that will happen is our vision will change. We will begin to see what we are expecting. If a rich man promised to take you to the best buffet in town next week, what would you do? You would start visualizing! You would already begin to see that delicious spread of cheese, seafood, steak and dessert. Right? Well the same is true with spiritual expectation.

Take the life of Abraham for example. Abraham was a man expecting from God. He was expecting to have a child because that’s what God had promised him, but God didn’t just promise him, He showed him. Genesis 15:5 says, God took Abraham outside and told him, “Count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” This phrase “count the stars” means, “to put them in order or sequence.” Hence the stars were telling a story and that story is the gospel. Galatians 3:8 says God “preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand.” God preached the gospel to Abraham that night through the stars. The stars tell the story of Jesus’ finished work and that is what God wanted Abraham to see. He was giving Abraham vision.

if you’re hearing the good news about Christ, then you will be full of hope – a confident expectation of good

Abraham’s vision came from the gospel and in the same way, our vision must come from the gospel. What is the gospel? The good news about Jesus Christ. If you’re hearing a mixed gospel, then you’re expectation will be shaky. If you’re not hearing the good news, then it will be hard for you to expect good news! But if you’re hearing the good news about Christ, then you will be full of hope – a confident expectation of good.

Habakkuk 2:2 in The Message Bible says, “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming - it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.” The Word of God does not lie and as you read it, it will give you vision. The more you read it, the more you will see, and the more you see, the greater you will expect. True expectation always sees.

Your Speaking will Change

The second thing that will happen when you’re expecting something is your speaking will change. If you’re expecting the rich man to treat you to that buffet next week, you will begin to talk about it! You will tell everyone you know that you’re going to the best buffet in town! You can tell when someone is truly expecting their dream to come to pass because they’re always talking about it. Their words line up with what they’re expecting.

In Abraham’s case, what he was expecting from God was impossible. But Romans 4:19-20 says he didn’t focus on his own impotence or Sarah’s infertility and say, “It’s hopeless.” (MSG) Nor did he doubtingly question God’s promise, but instead he gave praise and glory to God! (AMP) Imagine that! Abraham did not talk about what was NOT happening. He gave praise and glory to God for what he knew was going to happen. In the midst of waiting for your expectation to manifest, give praise and glory to God!

Further more, God even changed Abraham’s name from Abram, meaning, “father of one,” to Abraham, meaning, “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). So every time Sarah called Abraham to the dinner table she was speaking her expectation. The town folk must have thought they were crazy! But if you’re truly expecting something, you won’t be afraid to talk about it! Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” That means we confess or speak our expectation. True expectation always speaks.

Your Posture will Change

The last thing that will happen if you are truly expecting something is your posture will change. You will position yourself to receive what you’re expecting. If you’re expecting to go to that big buffet next week, you prepare for it! How? You’ll make sure you don’t eat too much before you go! Some people might even fast to make sure they have plenty of room to try everything at the buffet!
Romans 4:18 says, Abraham decided to live, “not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do” (MSG). This is exactly how God wants us to live. Not according to what we can do, but according to what we expect Him to do. That means we prepare for what we’re expecting. So if you’re expecting something from God, the question is, what are you doing to prepare for it?

God always gives us what we need to take the first step and then after that, when we need it, it will be there.

If you’re expecting Him to bless you with a car, do you have a driver’s license? Or if you’re expecting Him to make a way for you to travel overseas, do you have a passport? If you truly believe God’s going to prosper you and fill your storehouses, do you have a bank account? God always gives us what we need to take the first step and then after that, when we need it, it will be there. The Jordan River did not part for the children of Israel until they stepped in, and then as they took each step, the waters continued to part for them. That’s how God works. So don’t be afraid to step out because if God has given you His Word, you will not fail. If you’re truly expecting something, you will position yourself accordingly because true expectation always implies preparation.

Put Your Trust in Jesus Alone

In regard to expectation, seeing, speaking and preparing, those are important but what’s more important is, “Who are you expecting from?” Unfortunately, this is where most people, even Christians, miss it. They put their trust in man, or even themselves, to fulfill their expectation and they end up disappointed. But when you put your trust in Jesus and Him alone, your expectation will not fail.

They put their trust in man, or even themselves, to fulfill their expectation and they end up disappointed.

The word expectation in Hebrew is the word “tiqvah” which literally means, “a cord.” In fact, it’s the very same word used for Rahab’s cord in the book of Joshua. Remember Rahab’s scarlet cord? Because Rahab helped the Israelite spies escape from Jericho safely, they promised her that when they came to conquer the city, they would spare her and her household. There was just one condition – that she tie the scarlet cord to her window, which she did (Joshua 2:18). So when the Israelites came to attack Jericho, and Rahab heard that they were circling the city, what do you think she was looking at? The scarlet cord! Her expectation was that the cord would save her and her family. The people of Jericho were trusting in the walls of the city to save them but Rahab put her trust in that scarlet cord. What does that scarlet cord symbolize?

if your expectation is based on Jesus and His finished work, you can be confident that you WILL receive!

The blood of Jesus and His finished work on the cross.
If your expectation is based on your works or performance, you will never be confident that you will receive. But if your expectation is based on Jesus and His finished work, you can be confident that you WILL receive! Rahab and her family were saved, just as she expected, and as you put your trust in Jesus, you can rest assured that you too will receive all that you are expecting. Truly Jesus IS your expectation.

By: Mylene Evangelista

Pastor in New Life The Fort, Philippines

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