<<hope, anticipation>>

As you live for Him anticipate great things to happen to you His child, then when you receive your testimony will be “The Lord has lead me on the journey…He has blessed [me] with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Gen 24:27; Eph 1:3). Have a positive optimistic view of life, knowing you are the focus of His attention (Ps 17:8). Expect God to move on your behalf as you live faithfully for Him – He will honour and respect those that honour and respect Him (1 Sam 2:30). What does God expect or require from us?  The same as He desired from the Israelites – an intimate relationship with Him through loving obedience to Him and His Word, then to love our neighbour as ourselves (Deut 10:12,13; Mic 6:8; Mk 12:30,31). By making the right choice we can position ourselves for blessing, both in this life and the next where “Eye has not seen nor can our heart comprehend what God has prepared for those who love Him” (Josh 24:15; 1 Cor 2:9).

While earthly fathers will desire to give good gifts to their children, God our heavenly Father excels in giving good gifts to those who ask Him. In fact He will go beyond our limitations doing more than we can ask or think (Mt 7:9-11; Eph 3:20). However, just like on the human level a wise father doesn’t

  Jesus gave His all for us; He expects our                             love and devotion in return

give his child what will be potentially detrimental to his offspring so it is with our Heavenly Father who always has our highest good in mind. “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Rom 8:28). He sees the future and “Works out everything according to His will” (Eph 1:11). Although it is wise to plan, we must be submissive to Him, not forcing what is not His ideal. Abraham fathered Ishmael outside the divine plan and the repercussions are still experienced today. Presumption and forcing our desires will not be an issue if we walk humbly with Him in obedient submission.

‘If I prepare myself, the opportunity will come’ is a confident belief and proactive stance, as faith requires action and effort by us for what is expected to become reality. Expectations influence our motivation. What steps am I taking to see my dreams eventuate? God will use you if you are ready and available, but not necessarily according to your preconceived ideas or planned ways (Isa 55:8,9).

Many times our expectations or what we imagine in our dreaming doesn’t measure up to reality, with our desires not ministered to. Don’t become bitter or disillusioned by the events of life – it is God’s prerogative to do things His way and in His time, after all He is the Master. Pray and commit your way to Him, expecting His assistance in your life.  In the Christian life, you will experience opposition and persecution.  Satan will use his resources to try and hinder God’s plans and purposes for your life – knowing and expecting it to come will not catch you by surprise (2 Tim 3:12; 1 Jn 3:13).  Don’t try and resist Satan in your own strength but rely upon God as well as taking measures to strengthen your weak defenses.

See also: anticipation, disappointment, dreams shattered, faith, hope, not being ministered to, positive mental attitude, preparation, presumption, providence, self-fulfilling prophesy, sovereignty of God.

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