Sunday 19 Nov 2017
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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Managing your expectations by faith - Expectation has the power to preserve and prolong life

Article Index
Managing your expectations by faith
The expectation of the lame man
Expectation turn sour the story of Elimelech and Naomi
Be careful with your expectations
The Expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off
Expectation will activate your breakthrough
Expectation creates the atmosphere for faith to work
Expectation has the power to preserve and prolong life
Expectation is the conduit through which faith flows and finds expression
Expectation driven by faith will cause you to do the unexpected
Conclusion
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Expectation has the power to  preserve and prolong life

Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I am just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.  Joshua 14:10-11.

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.- Luke 2:25-26.

There is something awesome about the power of expectation that we must also know about, you see it has the power to prolong life. What do you mean, is expectation some form of tonic for prolonging life? You bet it is. There are many people who have died before their time because they simply have nothing to live for, there are many who although they are still living in the physical, but are merely passing through the daily motions of life with nothing to live for.

There is a reason why when a man is faced with death due to illness or from some fatal accidents people encourage them to hold on and they do so by trying to give them one or two reasons to live. They are reminded of their lovely and loving family, wife , children, parents etc.

The power of expectation have kept many through situations, places and circumstances which ordinarily they would have given up without it. I have listened to stories of people who commit suicide simply because they feel they have nothing to live for. People who have pinned all their hopes on someone or things which was taken away from them and as a result they see no purpose in life again.

The example I love most about the power of expectation to prolong life is that of Caleb, at the age of 40 God promised him through Moses that he would inherit a portion of land in the promised land as a result of his faith. For the next forty years we never knew what struggles he went through in life, but we can draw a glimpse of how the man addressed his struggles in life and what drove and motivated him. He revealed to Joshua that it was the promise that kept him alive, not only did it keep him alive, according to him;

So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I am just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.

What a testimony, expectation kept him young as well. We can safely say that the ageing process stopped for Caleb as soon as he handed himself over to the power of expectation that came from his faith in the promises of Jehovah.

I have heard of men in prisons or even on their sick bed who have been kept alive by the power of expectation, the expectation that they would see their loved ones again, the expectations that they would live and overcome the challenges facing them. I saw on the news a couple each one of them over a hundred years old, decide to relocate to New Zealand from UK in order to start a new life. What struck me about them was the zeal and the enthusiasm about going to start a new life in a new country. As I watched them go through the airport, they carried their own luggage and they were unaided, their was this spark in their eyes and you could tell they would still be around for many more years to come.

There are many who see bleakness around them today, there are many who have died before their time even while professing faith. When I mention death, I am not necessarily talking about those who have passed away but I am talking about those I would call, living dead, although they are alive biologically speaking, they just cannot see anything worth living for in life anymore. They have become bitter and pessimistic towards life, such I must say only hasten their passage from this life. It is sad to say that the image I have painted here is about those who are professing believers who claim to be in faith but appear to have thrown away the benefits which an expectation driven by their faith gives.

 



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Psalm 1:1-2
“[BOOK I Psalms 1?41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

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