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Expectation

By: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne

Publish date: 07/14/2018

Foundation Scriptures:

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.  Acts 3:1-10 KJV

1. What is Your Level of Expectation?
a. Many people go through life without expectations – or with very low expectations.
b. The lame man expected to receive something.
c. Verse 5 AMPC – “And [the man] paid attention to them, expecting that he was going to get something from them.” 
d. What are you expecting from your life?
e. What are you expecting: daily; weekly; monthly; for this year; for the next three years? 
f. What are you expecting from your: life; job; business; relationships; ministry; the Lord, etc.?
g. You have to place a demand on life.
h. You cannot just accept what is handed to you.

2. Promises and Conditions.
a. God has made us some promises.
b. We need to meet the conditions which place us in a position to receive them.
c. Choose Life.
d. Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV – “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
e. The Bible tells us that the choice is ours.
f. Speak Life.
g. Proverbs 18:21 KJV – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
h. Act on the Word you have received.
i. Matthew 18:18-19 KJV – “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”

3. Expect to Receive What God Has Promised.
a. Throughout scripture, the people who received were the ones who came expecting.
b. Blind Bartimaeus.
c. Mark 10:46-52 
d. Verses 51-52 KJV – “And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”
e. Zacchaeus.
f. Luke 19:1-10
g. Verses 3-5 KJV – “And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5 And when
Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”

h. The woman with the issue of blood.
i. Mark 5:25-34
j. Verses 30-34 KJV – “And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”
kThe four men who brought their friend to Jesus.
l. Luke 5:17-26 

4. SCM 2018 – Multiply.
a. We are one week away from our Summer Campmeeting 2018 – Multiply.
b. Some people will come – perhaps once or twice – expecting nothing.
c. Others will set aside the time to come and spend their days expecting to be saturated in God’s presence, to receive from heaven, to hear God’s voice, and to receive divine instruction.
d. Matthew 5:6 KJV – “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

5. What Are You Expecting?
a. I am expecting to see mature believers, producing much fruit.
b. I am expecting another Great Spiritual Awakening.
c. I am expecting nations to be shaken.
d. I am expecting a great harvest of souls.
e. I HAVE A HUGE EXPECTATION!

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