by Mark Baker

Godly Expectation
Mark Baker
Genesis 17:5-7

Expectation is something we all need to have if we want to see God's promises fulfilled.
It is really another way of saying hope. When many think of hope they think along the lines of I hope I inherit a million dollars, or I hope I get that job that I applied for, or I hope it doesn't rain tonight. This is worldly hope and not at all the kind of hope that the Bible talks about. Bible hope is confident expectation. You can never receive the promises of God without it. You can never have faith for God's promises if you don't first have a confident expectation knowing God is faithful and will fulfill His promise.

Hope is always future tense. In other words it looks at things to come, things that haven't happened yet in the natural, but at the same time is fully persuaded that they will come to pass. Faith is always present tense and sees things now in the present. It counts those things that are not as though they are. Faith and hope always work together. If you can not look ahead and see God's promises coming to pass then how can you bring those future things into the present by faith? You have to see the future before you can receive it by faith.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Many Christians get hope and faith confused. I often hear Christians make comments like I sure hope God heard my prayer. That is not true Bible hope, it is not confidence at all in God or His Word. God's Word has much to say about this and we should not be ignorant but understand what God's will is.

There have been times in my Christian walk where I thought I was walking in faith when I really wasn't. We've all been there at one time or another.
The Lord showed me where I missed it, and it became very clear to me at that point where I had missed it and how to receive the victory by faith. It always starts with understanding.

God's Word tells us -- ...

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