Jer. 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
God has an expectation of you. He is bringing you to a new place in your life, a new place in Him. God expects you to inherit the kingdom of heaven. He prepared the way. And He is preparing the place, He fully expects you to obtain it. Did Christ suffer the cross for nothing? Of course not. He suffered the cross so that you could fulfill Gods expectation of you. All this is a wonderful aspect of the Christian life. Most of us know that God has an expectation of us. The problem in the church does not lie in Gods expectation of us, it lies in our expectation of Him. We pray but we don't expect an answer. We ask, and never receive. We receive and then allow the devil to take it away.
It is time for the church to stand fast, to hold onto the things of God. It is time for the church to expect Him to do what he said He would. If I expect you to do your part, and I don't do my part, should I have an expectation of you? God said if you will, I will. But the church doesn't expect Him to keep His end of the deal. God said ask and you shall receive, but many of us are not asking because we're not sure exactly what He meant by that statement. If you want to see the power of God manifest in your life you need to have an expectation of Him. I'm gonna give you the three first things that you need to expect from God.
Ps. 62:5-6 5: My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6: He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.
1. Expect Salvation v. 6 "He only is my rock and my salvation."
Many people lack salvation that saves to the uttermost. "I think I'm saved.", "I ask God to save me, now it's in His hands." This is not salvation!!! Salvation comes with assurance. It is not the nature of the saved to profess to be Christians and then continue in doubt and unbelief.
The Psalmist said that we should expect a salvation that forgives, a salvation that cleanses us from sin, a salvation that will keep us pure and holy. This is not a salvation that continues in our old ways. This is a salvation that expects God to make us new. This new comes with a new outlook, a new understanding, a new life, with new meaning, a completely new you.
Paul told us that we should expect the new. 2 Cor. 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
What part of this scripture is not self explanatory? If you have asked Christ to save you, He did. Receive it, believe it, accept it and expect it. You are a new creature in Christ Jesus. This is the expectation that you should hold on to.
Eph. 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
God is saying that your salvation is secure, just believe it, and expect it. It is His gift you.
Heres how it works. When a Christian makes a total surrender to God, the Holy Spirit purifies his heart, and directs his life, and keeps that which he has committed to him.
2 Tim. 1:12: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Paul is saying, "I believe, and I expect it."
2. Expect Safekeeping v. 6 "He is my defense"
The Psalmist was definitive concerning God's protective care. He has literally expected God to keep him safe. Not just from harm, but also from worry, from troubles and trials.
Ps. 91:2: I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Here he is saying I will hide myself in God, I will trust him for my safekeeping.
We must expect God's safekeeping in our lives also. With all the trouble, turmoil, and terrorism in the world today, it is easy to see that we need Gods protective care at all times. Which one of you would not give your life for your child. (Rhetorical Question) If you have given your life to God, then expect Him to take care of it. We should look at it like this, my life is not my own, I gave it to Him to do with as He pleases. That's why I do some of the things that I do. Not because I choose to, but because He did. Now if we are going fulfill what He has set out to accomplish in our lives, He is going to have to keep us safe. We should expect it of Him. We're doing His will not ours. If we are sick, we can't do some of the things He requires of us. Likewise, if we are full of worry, We can't function properly because we are not thinking straight. We should expect God to keep us from this state of mind. That's not to say that you won't ever get sick, or you won't ever worry. But you have to draw your strength from the expectation that you have placed in Him.
God will intervene for His children, just as you would for yours. Think about how a child looks at you. They have no worries, no concerns. They are completely trusting to the point of expecting you to take care of them. God wants you to consider Him just as that little child.
The Bible says in: Ps. 91:11: For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12: They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Gods protective care is apparent throughout His word. It is a necessity for the church to expect His safekeeping if we are to ever fulfill what He has called us to.
3. Expect Stability v. 6 "I shall not be moved"
To many of us have seen Christians who are up one day and down the next. We never know what state of mind we are going to find them in the next time we see them. These Christians are unhappy and unfruitful. Simply because they have no stability in their lives concerning the things of God.
God wants us to be established and productive. Think about those who have gone on before us. Who has not heard of C I Scofield, Arnold Murray, Martin Luther, John Knox, Smith Wigglesworth, Mariah Etter, John G. Lake, John Calvin. These are all heroes of God. They stood on the word of God and KNEW that it was a rock, and they could not be moved. They had the stability of Gods word embedded in their hearts and minds. God established them even to this day. And they are still being productive even though they have gone on to be with Him.
God offers us stability through His word, through prayer, through self-discipline, and faith. An unstable Christian is one who is risking falling by the wayside. They are easy to spot in the church because they are always changing their opinions, or following the majority crowd. This is not a Christian who expects stability from God.
Peter said: 1 Peter 5:10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
In this scripture God is telling us that trouble may come, but he will perfect you, Establish you, and strengthen you, that you may be settled. When something is settled it is finished, it is not going to move. God wants you to expect stability in your life. Not to be concerned with the aspects of life but to know beyond all doubt that he is there for you.
It is the duty of every Christian to trust God, and expect Him to do what He said He would. If you will Expect Salvation, Expect Safekeeping, and Expect Stability, God will not let you down. And you will learn to expect even greater things of God. For all the promises of God are yours.