“The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.” – Dr. Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church – Columbus, OH
Last week God had put it on my heart to suddenly begin studying expectation and I felt that it was one of those studies that I needed to share.
Expectation – a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future; one’s prospect of inheritance.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.
I proceeded to read Acts 3:1-10 about the lame man who had been lame from birth and every day he was placed at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. On this particular day while he was begging Peter and John were passing by. He proceeded to ask the men for alms or what we know as money and it was in that moment that I realized, God can do something with an expectation.
And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
While continuing to study this idea of expectation, the Holy Spirit began to lay on my heart a definition for the word expectation. Expectation is to eagerly anticipate the arrival of something or an expected end or result.
Through this man’s story I began to see that the result of expectancy was based on the response of faith. This man was asking for little, but God had much in store for him. He went back to this gate consistently each day with an expectation to receive alms. I saw this as God saying, “I don’t have what it is you desire, but I have something much better in store for you.” This man waited earnestly!
Hun you have to also remember to stop getting upset or mad at God when you don’t get your way or the answer to your expectation doesn’t look the way you thought it should look.
Our response in a situation like this when we are waiting on the promises of God or just being content in the season we are in, must be a response of faith. Any other response other than this is doubtful or in direct disobedience. I love the Amplified version of Psalm 62:5 which says, “For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, for my hope is from Him.
This man was not only consistent, but he did not waver from his position. He didn’t go sit at another gate, but he knew where he was would be the place that would meet his expectation. We have to stop trying to meet our own wants, needs, desires, or expectations everywhere else but the presence of God. Stop begging everyone else to meet a need that will not fulfill you. What is for you will be for you! The money was nothing more than a temporary satisfaction to this man’s problem. He had to come face to face with the one who would meet his true need. His real need.
Peter said to this man, “Look up.” We have to get our eyes focused on the only one who can truly meet our need. This man received his miracle once he fixed his eyes on the healer. When we keep our eyes fixed on him, he fixes his eyes on us. It is then that God reaches his hand toward us and meets the very need that we did not even know we had. It doesn’t matter how deep in we are or how long we have been there when we learn to fix our eyes on the answer.
God will meet the person with an expectation who had a response of faith.
We don’t know how long this man waited, but despite the lameness of his situation he had the same expectation each day. He did not waver.
I just want to encourage you to get a mindset of expectancy on your heart, even if it has to start from your mouth to get down into your heart. Begin to speak those things that are not as though they were and confess them with your lips.
Love you guys.