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The Power of Expectancy

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Expectations can potentially affect the outcome of any given situation.”1 Our expectation is our attitude of achieving a successful result. If we expect success then we are more likely to have success, and if we expect failure we are more likely have failure.

Our expectations change the structure of our brains giving us more energy, improved immune system, and improved mental and physical health. In essence, when we learn to expect good things, good things start to happen, such as better mental and physical performance.2 If we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance we can be sure of spiritual growth and better mental and physical health.

If we live with a mind of love and hope with an attitude of victory in Christ, then we can experience victory because God never fails. However if we fail in our faith, it can lower our expectations which hinders our mind and body from living in victory. Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4). With an attitude of victory we can always have high expectations. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you (Psalm 9:10). Our expectations will increase as our trust in the Lord increases. We can live with optimistic expectations because we know the Lord is always faithful. The Lord will lead us to victory according to his divine will if we trust how will over our will. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). This is a very popular scripture and a very important scripture concerning our trust in the Lord. It is critical that we do not lean on our understanding but trust the Lord completely, realizing he is God and we cannot fully understand his ways this side of eternity. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom (Isaiah 40:28).

Today trust the Lord completely and live with expectation of victory in Christ. Our expectation reveals our faith to the Lord and our expectation equips us mentally and physically to succeed. Live today in excitement knowing the Lord is with you so and live in high expectations that his guidance will lead you to victory in Christ.

Prayer: Lord, increase my faith so I can live today with higher expectations. Guide me in the Spirit so I can confidently know I will have victory in Christ. In Jesus name, Amen

  • Dr. Caroline Leaf, Think Learn Succeed, (Grand Rapids, Mi., Baker Books, 2018) pg
  • Ibid pg