Lifeway Church in Dacula, GA | Sundays 10 AM

Expectation is Faith-filled Hope

When you know the will of God you can expect it to come to pass.

Luke 1:41–45 (NKJV)
And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Faith and hope work together in expectation. To expect something is to be sure and excited that it indeed is on it's way to you.

Mary agreed with the words that the angel spoke about her bearing Jesus, the Son of God, in her womb. She said "let it be to me according to your Word"! She added her faith and was filled with hope.

She visited her cousin Elizabeth and received confirmation  and encouragement in the hope and faith she was standing in.

For Elizabeth to say that Mary was pregnant with the Jesus and that everything that the Lord told her would come to pass she had to have known these things. She had to have known that the Lord spoke to Mary. She had to have known that Mary believed what was spoken to her. And she had to have known that Mary was pregnant with the Son of God.

No wonder that Mary was filled to overflowing with earnest expectation at that moment and began to magnify God with her soul and rejoice in God from her spirit! She was infused again with faith, hope and great expectation for the future!

How many times do you think that Mary rehearsed these things over and over in her heart and mind after she experienced them? Dozens...or maybe even hundreds?

Every time that Mary recalled the Word of the Lord through the angel and the prophecy from her cousin Elizabeth expectation grew!

Renewing your mind with the Word of God causes your expectation of His will to come to pass!

"God's Word alone is my source of faith and hope. I choose to magnify the Lord in and with my mind, will and emotions. I choose to rejoice in God my Savior from my spirit. He has done great things for me! His Word is sure and my confidence is in Him alone. I renew my mind with His Word and it builds expectation to see the promises of God fulfilled in my life! I am full of expectation!"
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