Summary: Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles. Remember how you were the night before Christmas or your Birthday you are excited, filled with anticipation.
“The Awesome Power of Expectation”
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
OPENING:- Let us all take a trip back to our childhood for a moment. Remember how you were the night before Christmas or your Birthday you are excited, filled with anticipation, super exhilarated to the point that you couldn’t hardly contain yourself, you had trouble falling asleep and it felt like your heart is running 100 miles a second. You couldn’t wait until you were able to open your presents and see what you got. That’s expectation.
EXPECTATION:- The act or state of looking forward to an event as about to happen. That which is expected or looked for, the prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to happen; prospect of anything good to come.
I came across this statement of expectancy and thought it was great:- To expect is to look forward to something regarding it as very likely to happen. It means anticipating the occurrence or the coming of something. It has to do with your attitude. And all of us eagles know that our attitude determines our altitude. Your atmosphere is closely linked to your attitude. Your atmosphere is the mood, the influence, the environment you surround yourself in. An atmosphere without expectation will kill your dreams. It destroys the hope that is within you. An atmosphere of expectation is conducive to supernatural and divine intervention in your affairs and your life.
THE AWESOME POWER OF EXPECTATION!!!!!
Have you heard this saying:- Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles!!!!!!! If you want something to happen in your life you must expect for that thing to actually happen. Sadly many people today go to church, failing to become as little children, they just to go to church to go to church. They have no sense of expectation there is no desire to see God manifest Himself so they walk out of the church exactly as they came in because there was no expectation for anything. They only came because of tradition and formality but were not expecting anything to take place. A biblical definition of this would be 2 Timothy 3:5 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:…”
People will say well I have faith and I believe in God. The Bible says in James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble”; however, that is not enough.
UNDERSTAND:- Faith and Expectation are not the same thing? Although they are closely related, faith and expectation are distinctly different. You can have faith without expectation but you can’t have expectation without faith.
WATCH THIS:- Many believe the Bible is true. They have faith in promises of the Bible and believe scriptures like Isaiah 53:5 when it says “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” They believe it’s a provision of the Word that God heals, but they don’t expect healing to manifest in their own lives. It’s almost as though they’ve been sick for so long that they simply cannot imagine they could ever be healed.
I am reminded of a story of a young man that went to see a palm reader. She began to read his palm and told the young man that you will be poor and miserable until the age of 41. The young man was a little sadden by the reading of his palm, but he had a glimpse of hope because he asked the palm reader – at the age of 41 will I suddenly become rich, the palm reader said No but by that time you will have become so used to being poor that it doesn’t make you miserable anymore. Sadly that’s how many people are in church today, they become settled and comfortable with a certain condition that it doesn’t bother them anymore –WHY- because they have lost the expectation of something better. They are comfortable with coming to church and not seeing anyone healed, anyone saved, anyone delivered. The Bible says in Mark 16:17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues”. If you don’t expect to see these things happening then they will not manifest. Expectation is the breeding ground for miracles.
REMEMBER:- I said you can have Faith without expectation but you can’t have Expectation without Faith. Understand that faith has to come first before expectation can exist. If you don’t believe that it’s the will of God for you to be healed, to be delivered, to prosper, to live life abundantly than it’s highly doubtful you’ll expect to be healed, to be delivered, to prosper, or to live life abundantly. Expectation is built on faith, but faith doesn’t imply expectation is there.