Great Expectations: More than a novel

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Once again, we look at the Quote of the Day for November 4, 2016:

“Sharpen your expectancy, so when you ask, expect to receive it.”

In thinking about the word “expectancy,” I recall a definition of “hope,” a related concept: Hope is the expectation of a future good.

As Christian believers, we go to the Word of God where we find out that God is our hope, and our hope is in God with whom we have great expectations, which is more than the title of a novel by Charles Dickens.  Hope is a joyful and confident expectation.

The Psalmist offers this marvelous reminder:

Psalm 71:5

For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.

Romans 8:24-25 [New Living Translation] also encourages us:

We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it.

But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

The Book of Acts records not just the “acts of the apostles” but provides numerous accounts of the “acts of the Holy Spirit,” as the Church was established and made in its life-transforming global impact, beginning “in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.” One such account occurred in Acts Chapter 3 where we find an illustration where great expectations yielded exceedingly great results. I recall this statement by Pastor Rod Parsley: “The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.” This quotation provides the introduction to the lyrics of a song that depicts the account rendered in Acts 3:1-10 and relates it to the Body of Christ today:

The Atmosphere of Expectancy Is the Breeding Ground for Miracles

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.

Here in this hallowed place you can sense the presence of the Lord.

Here is where the will of heaven reaches to touch the earth.

In the purifying presence of God’s mercy, love and grace,

In this sacred atmosphere mighty miracles take place.

For more than forty years they carried the crippled man

To the place called Beautiful, outside the Temple gate

To beg of those who came to worship and to pray.

Like all other times, it seemed an ordinary day.

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.

But at that appointed time, two men of God were passing by;

He sat there asking alms, for he had such great need.

More than wealth, he begged for health, for he had never walked.

They fixed their eyes on him and told him, “Look on us!”

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.

“We have no gold but Jesus Christ can surely make you whole.

This we give and in his name rise up and start to walk.”

He heard their words and in his heart he gave them heed.

He looked on them and believed, expecting to receive.

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.

The crippled man received great strength and then stood up to walk.

He entered the Temple, walking, leaping and praising God.

All the people marveled at this mighty sign they saw,

As Peter told them of the saving power of Jesus Christ.

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.

Just like the crippled man, begging outside the Temple gate,

We were watching and waiting, expecting to receive,

Then we gave heed to the Word and by faith we believed.

Now we’re walking in the fullness of the power of Christ.

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.

 

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.

Here in this hallowed place you can sense the presence of the Lord.

Here is where the will of heaven reaches to touch the earth.

In the purifying presence of God’s mercy, love and grace,

In this sacred atmosphere mighty miracles take place.

This account is depicted in this video:

Though we are confronted with great challenges on every hand, even in the face of death itself, we still have  “Great Expectations.”

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