February 22, 2013

(Job 22:26-28, Mark 11:22-24)
I saw a church sign recently that read, “How to give up your expectations”. The sign was posting what the next sermon topic was going to feature. As I read the sign something about the statement immediately hit me the wrong way. There was a sadness that came over my spirit to think that as Believers we have to give up our godly expectations. I am convinced that we are not a people called to give up our expectations but to have our desires, dreams and hopes brought to Jesus so that He can give us strategies as to see them come to pass. (Jer. 33:3 Acts 17:26-27).
Jesus desires to use us in partnership to see His will be done and His kingdom come on earth today. He chooses to use us in partnership. We are called to be His ambassadors, which mean we represent Him, here on this earth. Therefore, anything He wants to have done on earth He chooses and will use us (His people) to accomplish. This includes our expectations.
Those who are in right communion with Jesus will find that He places His desires for our future within us, then He calls us into fellowship and partnership with Him in order to see these desires come to pass. (Jer. 29:11; Ps. 62:5)
We are a people who are to expect to see the glory of the Lord come forth in all that is around us. We commune with Him, He place His desires in us, then we partner with Him in intercession, prophetic declarations and prophetic acts to see His kingdom come forth on earth.
This is not ‘wishful thinking’ or hope that is grounded in our own fleshly desires but expectations that have been breathed into our spirit from heaven. Please don’t misunderstand, any expectations that are birthed in anything outside of God should be given up BUT for those in Christ we must remember that when we commune with Jesus He births desires into us. These desires are godly and there should be an expectation to see them come to pass. These seeds of change called expectations are to be carried forth and fought for.
As we embrace our dreams and expect to see them come forth we will see great and glorious things come forth in our lives as well as the lives of others. I have some desires and dreams that Jesus has given to me so have begun to make prophetic declarations over those things daily! Since doing this I am already seeing results come forth in the natural realm. I am finding that what I speak into the spirit realm sets things in motion in the natural. It can for you also!
Dream, Expect, Embrace and See!

Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia Int’l Ministries

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