Expectation. A Place of Joyful Anticipation – Part 2
Hope is the confident expectation, leading to anticipation with joy. This is how God wants you to experience Him on your journey.
You’re already free. All you’re doing now is discovering the extent of that freedom.
Your freedom is not in doubt; it is a gift. Holiness is a gift. Righteousness is a gift. Grace is a gift. Peace is a gift. Your gift in Jesus is your divine advantage.
The ultimate permission in the whole of the Earth is contained in Romans 6:11, God says, “I give you permission to consider yourself to be dead to sin. And now just be alive to me.” The ultimate expectation is being alive to who God is. Not depressed because of who you think you’re not.
We’re learning to be alive to Him, and alive to all the things that He loves, about Christ and Christ in you.
Every time hope – the word in the Greek is “Elpis” (E.L.P.I.S) – Every time it’s mentioned in Scripture, it’s in the context of “confident expectation, leading to anticipate with joy” Here’s some key verses Romans 5:2, We exalt in expectation of the glory of God. An expectation does not disappoint. Because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through this Holy Spirit who was given to us for that purpose.
Romans 15:13, the God of expectation, fill you with all joy and peace, in believing. All joy and peace. You know you’re designed in Christ to be full of happiness, and full of peace and rest. All the negatives got killed off on the cross. Negativity doesn’t belong to you anyway. Jesus paid the price for it. It belongs to him. Stop stealing stuff that He paid for. Because He paid for all that so He could give you something else instead. Yeah?
Our expectation is, all of that’s gone. I’ve got new things coming into my life, because I have to grow up in Christ. And we’ve got most of us around 70 or 80 years, if we get saved when we’re one day old. We got 70 or 80 years, to discover all the fullness of Christ, to be made in God’s image. That’s a ton of work, that’s a ton of blessing, that’s a huge amount of favor. Don’t look at me like that. That’s a huge amount of favor that you have to experience in order to become like Christ.
So honestly, we haven’t got time to mess around with the old man. We haven’t got time, you know, to unlearn stuff. We haven’t got time for all the counseling we think we need. We need a quickening spirit. Fortunately, that’s another of Jesus’s titles. He’s a quickening spirit. We need a divine advantage. There’s gotta be an advantage to living in Jesus so great, it totally dominates you in terms of freedom.
This is expectation. You’re already free. All you’re doing is discovering the extent of that freedom.
Your freedom is not in doubt. It is a gift. Holiness is a gift. Righteousness is a gift. Your death in Jesus was a gift. Grace is a gift. Peace is a gift. Love is a… how many gifts do you want? Right. All of them correct answer.
1 Timothy 1:1 says that Jesus is our expectation. Colossians 1:27, Christ in you, the expectation of something glorious happening. Ephesians 1:18 talks about your eyes being enlightened, so that you will know. What is the expectation of His calling? What is the confident expectation leading to joyful anticipation of His calling?
See, expectation is not the end result of what we’re doing here. Expectation is the process by which you journey.
And expectation is taking you to a place where you learn how to joyfully anticipate God before you need him. Did I say that in Polish? I do that occasionally, I get excited and I speak in a foreign tongue I’ve never learned.
Expectation leads you to a place of joyful anticipation. So that you can learn, no matter what it is you’re facing, you can learn to anticipate the presence of God, not just hope you get it circumstantially in the moment. Because you know what God is like. That’s the big question, eh? What is God really, really, really, really like? Your testimony is important in that regard.
My testimony is he’s the kindest person I’ve ever met.
He has the sunniest disposition of anybody I’ve ever known. He’s the easiest person to be with. Because he’s so restful. He’s so relaxing, He’s so astonishingly good. He’s good. And He’s goodness has a nuclear power attached to it. Goodness obliterates all negativity. Totally, completely, utterly.
Biggest job in your life, I think is to learn to experience and appreciate just how free you really are in Jesus. And for that you need to stop messing around with negative stuff. That’s not you. Turn to your neighbor and say “it’s definitely not you.”
Here’s a good scripture to Thessalonians 2:14. Or it could be 16. It’s in that area, “May the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, and God our Father, who has loved us, and given us eternal comfort and good expectation by grace.” Don’t you want to kiss the Bible sometimes? There’s some verses that just like are so thrilling, that you just want to say, “Lord, I love what you wrote. And when you wrote that, I know you were thinking about me.” I learned that from my wife. “Yeah. You thinking about me? Yeah, you’re definitely right.” Philippians 1:20 and Paul’s talking about, you know, “according to my earnest expectation and confident trust, I will not be put to shame in anything.”
The foundation of every promise is the covenant that God has made with us to do is good.
Let me read you something from the Bible, from the Old Testament. Listen to this, this is Jeremiah 32 verse 30. This is God saying, “they shall be My people. And I will be their God, and I’ll give them one hand one way, that they may respect Me always for their own good, and for the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them to do them good. And I will put the fear of Me in their hearts…” that means awe and respect, “…so that they will not turn away from Me. I will rejoice over them to do them good. And I will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all my soul…”