Expectations come highly recommended before God can work wonders in your life, in fact you cannot do without it to feel the hand of God. People ordinarily have expectations but I’m referring to the one that is anchored on the Almighty and trusts Him as being able to do that which He promised to do or exactly what you are looking up to Him for. It is when this is the case that you can have an end to your longing and thine expectation shall not be cut off as Proverbs 23:18 puts it. Expectation is the key to manifestation. Experience is not a sudden occurrence for it is a given that what you expect that you experience.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that: faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hope here refers to expectation or anticipation. As powerful as faith is, it cannot call things, which are not in existence without hope. You can have faith but once expectation is missing, that mountain won’t move. In fact, expectations inspire faith for there can be no faith when there is no anticipation. As it were, expectations find expression in faith. Thankfully, there is a way to generate expectations even when there are none. This is by consistently confessing those things you want to happen and allowing your imagination to run wild.
The truth is that when you are hopeful, shame is far removed from you. Romans 5:5 makes it clear that hope maketh not ashamed. Attracting great things just by having expectation is so efficacious that people who are not even Christians, apply same principle and come away with tremendous results. Barrack Obama wrote a book he titled: The Audacity of Hope. He did not quote scripture in the book but was positing that there is a tremendous power when you anticipate to be something in life. The now former President of the United States posited in the offering that he expected to be America’s President and turned out to be same.
Don’t let the negative events that have trailed this year dampen your hope. Let your expectations for a better tomorrow come alive. Don’t pray if you don’t have hope. Mark 11:24 says: Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Believe as used here there is actually talking about hope just as “desire” mentioned in the scripture points to expectation. When you anticipate results, they will definitely come. In 1 Kings 18:41-46, Elijah was on the mountain after prophesying that it shall rain in Israel which by his word had not had rain for over three years.
His expectation of rain was so high that did not mind his servant’s message of no sign of rain, but sent him seven times to check the weather for a sign of rain. The Prophet of God was like: “I am praying for rain, and rain I must see”. This great anticipation finally paid off with verse 45 telling that: Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel.
The story of the woman with the issue of blood in Matthew 9 is also a study in expectation and a testament of how it inspires faith into delivering results. Her expectation made her to discountenance the fact that she was not supposed to be in the public and mingle with people. According to verse 20 and 21: a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment for who willed in her heart: If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. This is expectation in action and it got her the kind of result that made Jesus Christ to celebrate her.
Aside the determination which expectation provoke, it can equally lead you to prepare just as Amos 4:12b said: prepare to meet thy God. Heaven is eager to grant your heart desire but the question is: Are you ready? Every day is God’s day, the day your faith comes alive is your own day. God is ever ready. The psalmist called Him the ever present help. There is no doubting the fact that once we are ready, God is. Proverbs 16:1 says: The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord and Luke 14:17 asserts that He has sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready’.
Beloved, it is your expectation leading to your preparation that will gain you a seat in this supper where everything is ready. As an exercise of the foregoing teaching, the next page contains some prophecies and declarations which came from the Most High during the just-ended Recharge Conference. Build your expectations around the much you can and apply all you’ve learnt from this article to them. Get ready for ‘Something Big’ in Jesus name, Amen!