Summary: If God must intervene in our situations, then, we must be expectant. Raise your expectation this Year.
THE POWER OF DIVINE EXPECTATION
"25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction." Mark 5:25-29.
The woman with the issue of blood was haemorrhaging for twelve years; hence she was unclean and anything she touched became defiled. Leviticus 15:25-27. Because of this condition, she was cut off from family, friends, and the society. She was a rich woman but had spent all she had to search for solution. Yet her situation grew worse. She visited many top doctors and specialists of her times, without a solution. In the midst of it all, Mark 5:27 says she heard that Jesus was passing by. She then made up her mind to seek after Him. As she heard all the testimonies of what Jesus Christ had done, her faith increased. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17. The information she received and acted upon provoked her healing. She had faith that if she went to meet Jesus, He would heal her of her infirmity. The woman saw her healing settled in her mind before she got to Jesus. She developed a picture of healing in her mind even before she saw Jesus. The woman anticipated a turnaround and this motivated her to push and break through the crowd. Her physical eyes saw impossibility but with the eyes of faith she saw testimony.
It doesn't matter what you're going through or how long it has been, you, begin to visualize testimonies instead of impossibility. Look beyond the facts. Every problem has an expiry date! As you begin to visualize and expect your testimonies, remember the Bible says in Proverbs 23:18 “for surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” There is an end to your tears. Your situation is not hopeless. For every difficulty that you might be facing in your marriage, health, ministry, career and business, there's an end.
"2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them." Acts 3:2-5.
The lame man at the beautiful gate looked up to Peter and John, as he was expecting to receive something from them. But he received something more than what he thought of in his heart. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20. God cannot be limited; He exceeds our expectation. The lame man asked for money but He received healing. What are your expectations? Be rest assured that God's more than able to meet and surpass them.
POWER OF EXPECTATION:
The word expectation means to gaze into a distance with your head raised just like a watchman standing on a tower. It is focusing one's attention at an object with concentration, intensity and eagerness. Expectation is a strong desire, belief, and anticipation that something will happen regardless of the surrounding situations. It is hope, and confidence in something. Expectation is looking forward to a better thing to come. Its a strong assurance and conviction that something is about to happen. Expectation is turning the eyes away from everything else in other to focus on an object alone. It is the catalyst of every miracle. Expectation is a strong hope that a particular event will happen. When a woman is pregnant, people say she is expectant, meaning she is looking forward to when her baby will be born. In the realm of the Spirit, every child of God is pregnant with dreams, breakthroughs, possibilities and miracles.
Everyone has expectations; we all hopes and dreams. We expect things from different sources. God has expectations of man; man has expectations from God and fellow men. Have you placed your hope on others and they’ve let you down? We all tend to expect a lot from people, often more than their capabilities. Disappointment results from unmet expectations; and unmet expectations break hearts, fuels anger, and breeds bitterness. Man may fail us but not God. We must never expect much from people. We must put our expectations only on Him; He is the only One who can meet all our expectation and go beyond it. Psalm 62:1-12; Ephesians 3:20. It is only in God that we don’t suffer embarrassment and disappointment.