What Did You Expect?
Sermon shared by Kevin Taylor
Summary: Are you expecting today? Are you anticipating something from the Lord? If you are expecting something – you will receive it. But if you are expecting nothing…. You will receive it! If you expect something today – I hope that your expectation comes fr
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
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“ My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation [is] from Him.  He only [is] my rock and my salvation; [He is] my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God [is] my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, [And] my refuge, [is] in God”. [NKJV]
Are you expecting today? Are you anticipating something from the Lord? I’m here today to let you know that if you are expecting something – you will receive it. But if you are expecting nothing…. You will receive it! If you expect something today – I hope that your expectation comes from the Lord Himself!
It is time that the Church of the Living God began to ELEVATE THEIR EXPECTATIONS!
What is it that you are expecting today? Or ARE you expecting nothing? Either way, you can have what you expect!
Just after the Apostle Paul was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel – and just as he was facing impending death for doing so - he wrote a letter to the church of Philippi and said this:
“ …For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,  according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me, to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.” Philippians 1:19-21 [NKJV]
Notice what he says there – “I know this will turn out (or turn around) for my deliverance through your prayers & through the supply of the Spirit of God-according to my earnest expectation!”
His expectation was deliverance!
The word ‘deliverance’ Paul uses there is debated often. And I’m not sure why because all you have to do is go to the original Greek text. Some say Paul was confident that God would keep him healthy enough to live out the remainder of his years in prison – healthy – but in prison. That’s ridiculous – because that would imply God only gets ½ the job done! The Greek text for the word ‘deliverance’ there that Paul used is translated as ‘salvation.’
But that-to me – isn’t even the real message of Paul’s statement. To me it is what he says ‘after’ that . He said he knows he will be delivered (or saved) because of the Spirit in Him, because of the prayers of the believers… AND… because (or according TO) his earnest expectation and hope!
Walking in the Spirit is enough for certain. The intercession of the saints on your behalf is quite powerful, to say the least. But when you add those 2 things along WITH earnest expectation…. You cannot lose!
Remember our text: “…my expectation is from God!” That’s powerful!
When you translate that phrase “earnest expectation” out of the Greek – it means something quite striking. It means to watch with your head outstretched; to direct attention to something; to wait in suspense for something. But for the Greek words used here – there is a prefix which implicates a plural expectation – in other words – and ongoing, constant, persistent expectation.
When a woman is with child we say she is ‘expecting.’ And as the
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