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The Power of Expectation: How Your Faith Determines Your Blessings


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Welcome to the Health for The Spirit, Soul, and Body Blog! In today's journey, we dive deep into the power of expectation, understanding this concept, and it’s and role in determining our blessings. As followers of Christ, how does our faith, coupled with our level of expectation, steer the course of our lives? Let's unfold this mystical realm of anticipation and belief together.

EXPECTATION:

Your belief about or your mental picture of the Future; Anticipating with confidence of fulfillment; The feeling that something is about to happen There is power in expectation. Not only does it turbocharge our faith, but it also propels us to act in preparation, confident that our aspirations and hopes are about to manifest.

The Power of Expectation: The Fuel of Faith

Expectation acts as the very lifeblood of our faith. How vast you expect is the determinant of what you receive. As you sow, so shall you reap. Modify your expectations, and you recalibrate the blessings that come your way. As we see in Mark 4:24, ‘Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you.’ If you generously sow expectation, blessings will return in abundance. What you gain from God’s Word is directly proportional to your expectancy of it.

God will always meet you at your place of Expectation.

Pro 23:7 AMP beautifully puts, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." While Psalms 37:4 KJV advises, "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Should you fail to expect, you'll always precisely receive that—nothing.

Abraham and Noah: Testaments to Expectation

Abraham's unwavering expectation led to the miracle of Isaac, despite his old age and Sarah's barrenness. He clung to God's promise with hope and prepared for the coming blessing. Similarly, Noah's steadfast expectation, symbolized by his ark, shielded him and his family from the impending flood, leading to a renewed covenant with God.

The Word of God: The Source and Measure of Your Expectation

Your foundation for expectation should always be rooted in God's word. Psalms 62:5-6 KJV reflects, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved." Delve deep into the scriptures, and God’s promises will inspire unwavering expectation, even during times of despair.

Take Paul's letters to the Philippians, written in the bleak backdrop of prison; yet, they exude hope. As he puts it (in Philippians 1:19-21), "For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed..."

How to Change Your Expectations and Adjust Your Measure

  1. Pray with Expectation: Always present your desires to God in prayer, affirming your trust in His promises. Remember 1 John 5:14-15 which assures us that God listens when we pray according to His will.

  2. Surround Yourself with Positivity: Engage with those who bolster your faith and expectation. As Proverbs 27:17 emphasizes, companionship with fellow believers can enhance our spiritual journey.

  3. Act with Conviction: Let your actions mirror your expectations. James 2:17 reminds us that faith without works is dead. By acting in faith, you underline your confidence in God.

As we conclude today's enlightening journey, it's evident that the power of expectation, coupled with unwavering faith, has the potential to alter the trajectory of our lives. It's not merely about wanting; it's about expecting with conviction. Cultivate that belief, act on it, and witness God's miracles in your life. Embrace this understanding, harness the power of expectation, and experience the transformative blessings it brings.

Thank you for joining us today. Stay encouraged, continually nurture your faith, and always expect the best from our loving God.

Until our next exploration, may God bless and guide you. Remember to be unwavering in your expectations, grounded in faith, and always hopeful in the promises of God. Amen!

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