Earnest Expectations(Scriptures: Philippians 1:19–20, Philippians 1:26, Psalm 27:13–14, Lamentations 3:25, 2 Kings 7:1–2, 2 Kings 7:17–20, 2 Peter 1:4, Psalm 130:5, Hebrews 6:12, John 15:26,)
- The Holy Spirit always comes in response to our prayers. He supplies grace, favor, deliverance, comfort, guidance, and miracles when the church prays.
- But if the church doesn’t pray, you won’t find the Holy Spirit supplying much at all.
- Much of what we experience of and from God is in direct proportion to our earnest expectation. The Holy Spirit supplies in response to prayer, but it works according to our earnest expectation.
- If we just have a temporal expectation and not an eternal spiritual expectation attached to it, it leads to selfishness.
- It’s not God’s plan for any of His children to just be blessed materially or physically and to be withered and dried up spiritually.
- We pretty much get what we earnestly expect, positive or negative, good or bad; most generally our expectations are met.
- My question to you: What are you expecting? What are your earnest expectations for your family? Financially? For kingdom influence?
- Here’s another question: what have you been saying? That’s always a good gauge because our hearts and lips are connected.
- God wants us to have great expectations because He gives us exceedingly great and precious promises.
- God gives us exceedingly great and precious promises because He desires to do exceedingly great and precious things.
- God’s Word can be trusted. We should be expectant for Him to fulfill His promises.
- Secondly, we should be expectant because we have not only the promises, we have the record of those that have experienced God’s intervention in their lives.
- You don’t have to look very far to find modern day occurrences of miracles and God intervening in people’s lives.
- We also should have great expectations because we serve a great God who does great things.
- Another reason we should have earnest expectations for God to help us is because of the blessed Holy Spirit He has sent. The Holy Spirit is always encouraging our hearts and testifying to the greatness of our Lord.
- You listen to your heart right now, and you know the Holy Spirit is telling you what I’m saying is true. Yes, we need to pray, and God responds by supplying the Spirit; but what He does is according to our earnest expectations. God wants us to lift up our eyes. He wants us to lift up our expectations. He is a great God, and He loves us desperately.
Do you realize that much of what we receive from God is in direct correlation to our earnest expectations?
In this message, discover what the Bible says about gauging the level of your expectation by listening to your own words, the methods the enemy uses to take your focus off of God, and rejecting the labels others may try to place on you.
Learn to hold fast to your earnest expectations and receive all that God has in store for you.
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