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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Managing your expectations by faith

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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When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, Look at us! So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. - Acts 3:3-5.

Talking about faith without talking about expectation would be like telling the story of Jack without the Jill. The expectation that accompanies an act of faith it must be said plays an important part that cannot be simply ignored and as such, there is the need to explore it further.

To start with ˜Expectation is defined as An act or the state of expecting. Another definition simply puts it as˜The degree of probability that something will occur. To be expectant is to be in a state that anticipates that something is going to happen, it is to be in a state of preparedness brought about by an event whether - good or bad- that is going to happen. While the exact time of the anticipated event may or may not be known, the act of expectation maintains a state that entertains a high probability of certainty that what is anticipated is going to take place. As matter of fact expectation is driven by this certainty, the certainty that something is on the way, that something is about to happen or a change is about to take place.

While this definition helps us to set the tone for this exposition, there still remains the need to bring to the fore how expectation help produce an effective faith. The truth is both (faith and expectation) complement each other in many ways, you see faith that is not accompanied by expectation is no faith at all. Let me try to explain what I mean, everyone who is a believer believes that Christ is going to come back again, but it can be said that for many they are not expectant of him coming soon, even for some their claim that they believe he is coming back, can be questioned based on the lack of expectation on their part. How do I know that they are not in expectant mode? Well for the fact that they do  not live as those who are expecting him to come back soon,  you see Jesus gave explicit instructions about how to live in anticipation of his second coming. He used to the parable of the 10 virgins to highlight the difference between those who live in state of expectation or preparedness and those who do not. He also uses many other parables to show how those who live in expectation of his return should live (Mathew 24). So also did the fathers of the early church.:

But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, - 1 Corinthians 7:28 - 29.

You see expectation remains one of the means by which we can truly validate what we profess about our faith and whatever beliefs arising from it. Just like Apostle James said in James 2:20, that faith without works is a dead faith, it can also be argued that faith devoid of any expectation is equally dead. You may be wondering why, well this is what we want to explore through this exposition.

The question at this time is, which of the two (faith and expectation) ought to come first, faith or expectation, the truth is either can come first, but I will caution that we need to allow our expectations to always be motivated and nurtured by faith. You see the truth of the matter is that expectation will always give you something, but whether it is something good or bad is what we cannot tell. Whether it is what you expect or not, is what we cannot tell. You see, expectation will always produce a result there is no doubt about that, what is open to scrutiny is what manner of results would come forth from such an expectation. You may ask, what do you mean? I will use a couple of examples to clarify my position.

 


The expectation of the lame man

In the book of the Acts of the Apostle, we see a good example of the point which I am trying to highlight as it was displayed here.  Here we see the case of a lame man and his expectations, let us study the scripture in order to observe what his expectations were:

When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, Look at us! So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.  Acts 3:3-5.

What was the expectation of this man? He had been sitting at the same spot for how many years we do not know, but what we do know is that, it was not his first time there. It was customary for the disabled to be found sitting where he was found , they come there to beg for alms, since giving of alms was one of the religious obligations of the people who were under the law at the time. So when Peter told him to fix his eyes on them, this man had only on expectation, it was not different from the one he had always exercised every time he sees people walk in and out of the synagogue, it was he expectation that they were going to give him money.

There was nothing to suggest to us that the had any faith that the Apostles were going to heal him, at least not the kind of faith that got him his healing, as result we can say that his expectation was not motivated by faith rather it was motivated by his condition as well as the norm of his society. This was the norm that made it the religious duty of those who were able to cater for the needs of the poor and the disabled in the society,  they were to do this by giving them alms. His expectation at the time therefore was in anticipation that Peter like everyone else would dip his hands into his pocket and drop some coins for him. Nevertheless, his expectations it must be said did get him something, howbeit something which he never bargained for. He was healed of his infirmity.

Then Peter said, Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. Acts 3:6-8.

We can see what his expectations were by what Peter said to him, that he had no silver or gold to give but he had something else to give. What Peter had to give he did in the name of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the man received his healing.

You may be tempted to say then, that if expectation would always get me a result why bother with allowing faith to be the motivating factor, why even bother which comes first, why put faith first, you may ask? Valid question, you see the truth is that while the expectation of the lame man did get him a desirable result which he did not bargain for without even exercising his faith, we must be careful as believers not to make what was an unusual situation to be the norm and as a result throw wisdom into the wind. You see while it is true that expectations would always get us something, the truth is, it is only an expectation that is faith motivated that can guarantee a desirable result.

I say this because if expectation is not driven by faith, we stand the risk of getting an undesirable result. If expectation is not driven by faith, then such expectation stands the risk of being hijacked by anything ranging from greed, lustful desires and deception something which the enemy can use to frustrate those who fall into this danger.  I want you to know that the expectation of the lame man was driven by the requirements of the law, the very one that made it obligatory as part of the religious duty of the Jews to look after the less privileged ones in their society (Isaiah 58:6-7).

In order to press this point home we would need to examine the following examples.

 


Expectation turn sour the story of Elimelech and Naomi

Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.  Ruth 1:1.

Here we see the story of  the  man by name Elimelech  a Jew who left his home country, the land of Judah because of famine for the land of Moab with high expectations that life would be better there. He fled his famine stricken land with the hope that he would stand a better chance of surviving in the land of Moab, where he believed there was plenty. We do not know what motivated this expectations, we do not know if it was done out of  faith or out of what might appear to be simple economic decision based on reports coming from the land of Moab. But what we know is that his expectations did produce a result which ran contrary to what he had anticipated or desired , it all ended in tragedy for the family;

Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. - Ruth 1:3.

Not only did he die in the land, but his two sons also died there as well (vs3). In the end what began with full expectation that life would be better in the land of Moab turned into an anti climax as shown by the testimony of Naomi;

But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me? - Ruth 1:20-21.

Why did Naomi feel that God had testified against her? We could speculate all day long, but the truth here is that they left the land that God had asked them to settle, to go and dwell in a foreign land amongst foreign people contrary to the will of God. You see their expectation was not motivated by the will of God and we can even say that it was not motivated by faith, rather  it was simply motivated by the prevailing circumstances at the time. This I must say runs contrary to the manner of life which those who are God's people are called to live. We are not moved by circumstances alone but by the very word of God, it must also be said that his decision ran contrary to one of the lessons that God taught them as a nation when they wandered about in the wilderness for forty years, the lesson which Moses summed up thus;

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord -Deuteronomy 8:3.

Elimelech it must be said was not the only one whose expectations turned sour because it was not motivated by faith.

Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan towards Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out towards the east. - Genesis 13:10 - 11.

Lot saw the green plains and went for the land of Sodom, his expectations being that he would reap bountifully from the land, but he did not bargain for nor did he see what the scripture revealed about the people who lived in the land;

Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord. -Genesis 13:13.

He pitched his expectations with the wrong people, a people who were about to face the wrath of the God. As a result of this, his expectation turned sour because he lost everything. Once again his expectations were not motivated/ managed by faith or the word of God, rather they were driven by the prevailing circumstance, it was driven by the fertile plains that appealed to his physical senses.

 


Be careful with your expectations

There is the need at this point to sound this important warning and it is about the need to be careful with how we put our expectations to use. We need to be careful to allow our expectations to be driven only by the right motives which faith gives. We need to allow our expectations to be managed by the truth which faith is built upon, we must allow our expectation to be driven by the information and the knowledge which faith makes available. Expectations not properly managed can easily turn sour as we have seen. You see there are many who embark on such journey in life similar to that of Lot and Elimelech, or simply take decisions based on expectations that are driven solely by their feelings, opinions and circumstantial evidence as opposed to faith (that comes by hearing the truth which the word of God represents), this is a wrong way to administer the power of expectations.

This is the message that we need to take on board as the exposition progresses. What message? Well the message that says that our expectations would always produce a result whether good or bad, as a result of this we need  to make sure that it produces only the right results for us all of the time. In order to for this to happen, it must work hand in hand with faith and must be deployed in the appropriate manner.  It must be used in the right manner and in order to do this, we must ensure that it is always motivated by faith alone. You see the expectation that is motivated by faith is guaranteed to produce desirable results while on the other hand, the faith that is released through the power of expectation is guaranteed to produce for the believer.

 


The Expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off

What gives such an assurance to the expectations of the righteous? Certainly it is not the zeal behind it alone, there is a whole lot more. You see this form of expectation that cannot be cut off is motivated , driven and managed by faith that is built upon the unwavering trust in Jehovah, it is an expectation that is  built upon the faithfulness of Jehovah as revealed by faith. What are the expectations of the righteous? Well his expectations are based upon the goodness of Jehovah fuelled by faith which declares that Jehovah is good, he is loving, he is faithful and he does not renege upon his word.

In the New Testament we call this manner of expectation, hope and we are told that this manner of hope does not disappoint:

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. - Romans 5:5.

This manner of expectation is grounded on faith that knows all about the love of God as revealed through Christ and is sealed in our heart by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. So when I said that expectation is the precursor to breakthrough, let it be known that this expectation needs to be qualified.

It is this manner of expectation that the Saints displayed when they turned up in the upper room and as a result experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They did not just turn up on that day with wild expectations, you see when they came together that day, they came with an expectation that was driven by the promise  made to them by Jesus, with regards to the sending of the Holy Spirit. They came therefore in obedience to the instructions which they were given, the instruction not to depart from Jerusalem until they had been baptised by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was not some kind of expectation driven by guessing and lottery, rather it was a driven from an informed position that is akin to faith. Faith exercised in the promises of the Messiah. (Acts 1:1-5, 2:1-4, John 14:15-17, 15:26).

Likewise, it was this manner of expectation that the woman with the issue of blood walked in when she purposed in her heart that all she needed to do was to touch the hem of Jesus garment and she would be healed.

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.  Mathew 9:20 -21.

You see this manner of expectation is not an impulsive one, it is not one that is simply plucked out of the air or one that comes out of sheer zeal and excitement, such an expectations only succeeds in leaving those who subscribe to them with undesirable and unsatisfactory results, such as would expose them to serious disappointment, if not a fate similar to that of Elimelech. And this would bring us to the things that do help to guarantee that our expectations would not be cut off, what is it you may ask? The answer is faith.

When the word faith is mentioned many assume that it is all about some sort of illogical way of reasoning by those who profess it. Hence many simply walk in the ignorance of it only to get themselves badly burnt as a result, they now turn around to blame the way of faith. While faith is the assurance of the things that we hope for and the evidence of  things that we are yet to see (Hebrews 11:1), an important message which those who walk in the ignorance of faith ignore is that, this faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God Romans 10:17. The position of faith is arrived at by the facts which are presented to us by the word of God about the person of God and his ways.  It is upon these set of information or data that faith is built.

We draw on the assurances about the things which we hope for and the evidence of these things even when we have not seen them, by what the word of God reveals to us about God, the One whom we exercise the faith in. In other words our faith is based upon what the word of God reveals to us about who God is, what he has done before and what he can still do both now and in the future. His words reveals to us, what he has done in the past and what he has promised to do today and in the future. Faith is not based on how we feel or what the circumstances around us looks like, it is not based on popular opinion or the rule of the majority; rather it is based upon the infallible, inerrant word of Jehovah, it is based on the integrity of the person of Jehovah. This is the reason why our expectations should be driven by faith; such expectation is guaranteed to produce the right results while at the same time, it helps our faith to achieve it's goals and objectives in life. Such an expectation can never let us down, it can never be cut off, and neither would it expose us to any form of ridicule.

There are couple of things I would like to share with you about the power of expectations, these points that we need to pay close attention to as they can help make a great deal of difference in our walk of faith.

 


Expectation will activate your breakthrough

Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. - Daniel 10:12.

I want you to know that the minute your expectation is released, so also is your breakthrough, actually expectation is the trigger that sets your breakthrough off. I want you to understand this point clearly, you see by faith we stake claims to our promises in Christ, by faith we believe in what God has promised us in Christ, by faith we even delight in them as though we have them. But without the power of expectation those promises would remain promises. I want you to know that it is the power of expectation which sets in motion the breakthrough that delivers us into those promises.

When Daniel set off with the expectation to inquire from God the fate of his people from God, although what he sought after took a while before he got any form of response, but eventually he got his response and he was informed that his prayers were answered right from the very first day when he set his face to seek the Lord. In other words the machinery for his breakthrough was set in motion the very minute he released his expectations.

The minute we set the power of expectation in motion, we also set off our breakthrough and as long as we keep alive our expectations, we also keep alive our breakthrough. I want you to know that expectation is the key that opens the door for breakthrough, faith will bring you to the door, it may cause you to even knock on the door, but expectation is the key that unlocks the door of breakthrough.

 


Expectation creates the atmosphere for faith to work

When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, Look at us! So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. - Acts 3:5-8.

People often wonder why the walk of faith seems to profit some while it appears not to some others, if only we can understand the role which expectation plays in creating the atmosphere which enables miracles and breakthroughs to happen, then we would begin to appreciate the power of expectation unleashed by faith.

Expectation can be seen as the magnet that draws your breakthrough closer and closer to you until it becomes your possession. It was expectation that made Zacchaeus to climb up the three (Mathew 19 :1-9), his actions was driven by his expectations and it did not fail to draw the attention of Jesus to him, as Jesus looked up and called up to him and as a result, salvation came to his home. You see Zacchaeus was confronted by certain limitations both spiritual and physical. He was a short man his size was an impediment in his attempt to see Jesus. As is that was not bad enough he was a sinner, he knew it and hence his urgent desire for salvation. So desperate was he for salvation that he refused to allow these impediments to hinder him, his expectations ensured that he was not hindered. His expectation created the atmosphere that got him his breakthrough.

I mentioned earlier on, the case of the lame man, you see he was not expecting to be healed , I mean he was born a lame man, but nevertheless he was expecting something from the hands of the Apostles, it can be said that his expectation created the atmosphere that got him his miracle. Strong expectations will create the atmosphere for miracle to take place. You see, Jesus could not do much miracle among his own people and in his own village, because the faith of his people was not enough to stir up any form of expectation in them, the result was that they were lukewarm in their attitude towards him. In contrast, the Centurion by his faith and the expectations it created was able to create the atmosphere that got his servant healed (Mathew 8:13). When he inquired about time the servant got healed, he was told it was about the time when he released his faith via his expectations.

You see we need to understand how faith works, expectation is the manifestation of the faith we profess, our faith can be seen and measured by the power of expectation it is able to create. When expectation is high the atmosphere becomes charged with the power to bring about breakthrough. When the atmosphere is charged up with the power of expectation, there is released into the atmosphere the power of anointing so powerful such that miracles begin to happen.

Ask yourself again how was the woman with the issue of blood able to create the atmosphere for her healing even without Jesus saying anything to her, how was she able in the midst of the crowd to create the atmosphere that got for her the healing she sought for? You say faith, to which I agree , but ask yourself do you think in that crowd she was the only one who had faith? You see the power of her expectation was what made the difference and boy! what a remarkable difference that was.

 


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.

 


Expectation is the conduit through which faith flows and finds expression

But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your[d]works, and I will show you my faith by my works. - James 2:18.

The evidence that as believers we are truly walking in faith can only be measured and seen by the manner of expectations which it is able to generate in us on a daily basis. It is hard to say that we have faith when such faith does not evoke any manner of expectation. It is no point saying we believe in the God who can do anything when such faith does not fill us with expectation even in the face of daunting and what might appear to be an uphill task. What I am trying to say is this, just as Apostle James  declared that faith without works is dead, the crux of the matter is this, it is through expectation that what we profess by faith begins to take any form of shape and proceed to manifest itself. It no use saying we believe in something when our expectations does not measure up to that profession.

Many believers believe that God is all able; hey many would not even hesitate to declare that our God can do anything and everything, it is easy for many to make these declarations by words of mouth alone, but sadly the same would struggle to muster enough expectation which is able to match or even surpass what they are confessing. It is easy to talk about a healing God, but when it comes to mustering enough of that faith to produce the expectation which comes from the position of assurance which that faith ought to give, the same people would find an excuse or some doctrine to explain away why they could not muster any form of expectation that matches what they profess.

When Jesus got to the grave of Lazarus, she told Martha that Lazarus her brother who had died and had been buried 4 days earlier would rise again. Yes , yes Martha shouted back (John 13), but when asked to roll the stone of the grave away , she demurred saying;

Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.- John 13:39.

While many of us listen to the stories of how Jesus was able to heal all manner of diseases as well as how he was able to raise the dead as and the many other miracles upon which our faith is premised, the truth remains when whatever we believe about these miracles is placed side by side with the level of expectation which such faith has managed to produce in us, we all would be terribly disappointed to discover that there is a mismatch. The disappointment would be because our expectations somewhat appears to have fallen short of the faith we profess. I want you to know that such an imbalance does not augur well for a walk of effective faith in which the recipients expects to be fruitful.

 


Expectation driven by faith will cause you to do the unexpected

Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. - Mark 2:1-4

If expectation is the conduit through which faith finds expression, then you need to see how faith reacts in the face of hindrance and opposition. Faith is defined in terms of substance and evidence of things hoped for (Hebrews 11), in order words we infer some elements of assurance from the message which this definition conveys to us. How does this blessed assurance express itself then? Well we said earlier on that expectation is the conduit through which faith begins to express itself. Good, but how does faith react to obstacles and impediments it finds on it’s path? We need to study closely how the expectation that is released by faith confronts these problems; we would be truly amazed by what we would see.

The power of expectation that is driven by the faith so described in Hebrews 11, will refuse to back down, it will refuse to melt in the face of these barriers and impediments, rather such an expectation would drive the one walking in this manner of faith to do the extra ordinary. When it was said that our Lord was amazed by the display of faith shown by the people mentioned in the scripture, was it not by what their expectations prompted them to say and do which elicited such response from our Lord? Let us look at some of these examples from the scripture.

Expectation drove Zachaeus to climb onto the top of a tree in order to get the attention of the Messiah (Luke 19:1-5). The friends of the paralytic man on seeing that they could not get into the room where Jesus was staying because of the crowd, they devised a plan whereby they opened the roof of the room in order to lower their friend down right into the middle of the room at the feet of Jesus (Mark 2:1-5). There was the story of the blind man who on hearing that Jesus was passing by refused to be silenced but shouted even at the top of his voice until he got the attention of the Messiah (Luke 18:35-42).

The woman with the issue of blood put aside all the protocols stood in her way and the Messiah, she purposed in heart that all she needed to do in order to receive her healing was to touch the hem of his garment, her expectations drove her to wade through the crowd until she did so, she got hear healing (Mathew 19:20-22).

The message here is simple, when our expectations matches the level of our faith, the result of such an expectation is amazing in the face of opposition. When we see the power of expectation that is driven by faith manifest itself we would no longer be surprised at what faith can produce and why it produced the spectacular results we read in the scriptures.

 


Conclusion

I want you to know that from what we have looked at so far, expectation is a power concept and when motivated and administered by faith, it becomes even more potent producing astounding result. If you are still wondering but why do I need to know about the power of expectation in the light of what I have shared with you, then you need to talk to those who have walked in the power of expectation that is not driven by the truth upon which faith is built. These are people who have walked in the power of expectation but have come crashing down bitterly disappointed because they walked in an expectation that is not backed up by faith but by emotion alone.

I stated earlier that expectation would always produce a result, be it the desired result or not, it would always produce one. It would either give you fulfilment, satisfaction or it would leave you feeling so bitterly disappointed, just ask many who allowed their expectations to be driven by emotions as opposed to true faith.

When you are walking in faith, do not be afraid to release the power of expectation that is driven by that faith as it will produce what is on promise by your faith. In the same vein I would caution you to check every now and then what drives and motivates your expectations. There are a number of believers that I come across today who are bitter, who now doubt their faith and what it promises. The number of believers who read the bible and talk about faith but deny that miracles exist continues to rise and this number is being increased by believers who at one time or the other have exercised the hope of being healed or receiving some miracles which never came to pass. This I must say are the products of expectations released by emotions.

Note carefully what I am trying to say here I am not saying that it is only those who got their breakthroughs that have exercised the power of expectations accordingly, but if in the process of releasing the power of expectation you become bitter from the result that it produced, then such need to ask again, was it released by faith or by sheer emotion.

May the Holy Spirit , the one who is the custodian of truth shed more light on this, and may he give us more understanding about how to put to use the power of expectation in our walk of faith. Amen.

 

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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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