One common thread I see throughout the Bible, in the Old as well as New Testament, is that God created us to win. Many Christians today are struggling, not because they were created for failure; they are struggling because there’s no expectation in their heart to win. Winning doesn’t mean we will not face oppression or have challenges, it just means we have the victory over them through faith. “You see, every child of God overcomes the world, for our faith is the victorious power that triumphs over the world.” (I John 5:4, TPT)
Winners have a different outlook about life’s struggles than losers. No matter how difficult or impossible their situation may appear, the winner always expects things to turn around for good. The Apostle Paul stated to the Philippi church, “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and my hope…” Philippians 1:19-20 (KJV)
No one can question this was truth in the life of Paul. He was once again in a situation where most people would have lost hope: in prison, guarded 24 hours a day by over 25 guards, awaiting execution, and yet Paul says, “I expect this to turn.” The Message translation says it like this, “I know how it’s going to turn out…I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least.” How do we become winners in God’s Kingdom? Two of the greatest ways we can see from this account of Paul’s life is by having an earnest expectation of a winner and having a godly attitude.
Do you remember the man who was crippled in Acts 3:5? The Bible said that “And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.” He paid attention and he had an expectation for good and change! Brought there for over 30 years, he was lame, cripple, even feeble, disabled, and impaired in many ways (mentally, spiritually, and fleshly), but notice, he had an expectation.
How many know that expectation is a very powerful key to receive from the Lord? The Bible says in Proverbs 23:18 (AMP), “For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.” Also look at Proverbs 24:13-14 (KJV), “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.” “Without expectation, there can be no manifestation of what God promises throughout the Word.” That’s why I believe the woman with the issue of blood received and was made whole, because she had faith and an expectation. (Mark 5:26-34)
Sometimes we sabotage our expectation with doubt, unbelief, and negative comments. Do you know that an opposite of expectation is disappointment? There is NO way you ought to be receiving the Word of God and that Word not provoke you to a greater level of expectation. God’s Word does not disappoint. We see another powerful example in Mark 10:46-52, as Blind Bartimaeus receives his sight out of an expectation of GOOD! You know God usually meet us at our level of expectation. If you don’t develop the habit of expecting good to come your way, then you’re not likely to receive anything good.
Your expectations set the boundaries for your lives. Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let (BE IT DONE TO YOU) it be to you.” David said in Psalm 62:5-6, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” Again, I say throughout Scripture we witness God’s expressed desire for you and I to win.
God is the object of our expectation. We look to Him as our source and strength. Not only is He the object of our expectation, He has great expectation for every one of us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
As we look at Acts 3:4-5, we see that Peter’s demand had its intended effect. Although the man looked up at them in anticipation of receiving money, Peter raised his expectation another notch. Peter said, “Don’t expect money, a hand-out, or that which is temporary. Expect wholeness, healing, and a change of life.” He then helped the man to change his receiving posture, his posture of expectation; grabbing him by the hand he pulled him to his feet. Immediately the man received supernatural strength!
This word “expectation” in the Greek is “prosdokao”, means: reaching out in readiness to receive or eager anticipation for something better. It is an abstraction from anything else that might engage the attention and absorption in the object hoped for till the fulfillment is realized. Expectation also implies not only a looking for something, but a looking away from something. “Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” Acts 3:4
I want to share 7 keys that you must possess if you are expecting to win. See yourself as a winner. Consistent winners have godly attitudes. Learn from your mistakes. You must admit and learn from your past failures and keep trusting God. Don’t compete with others. When you compete against others the end result is envy and jealousy. 2 Corinthians 10:12Be consistent in your daily walk before the Lord. James 1:6-8Be willing to pay the price. True winners are always ready to pay the price. Winning is a choice backed up by determination. Luke 14:27-33 Live outside of yourself. Winners are always giving of themselves. Acts 20:35
Winners always know that God meets us at the level of our expectation. When you expect more, then you’ll see more. Your level of expectation determines your level of success in life.
I believe Holy Spirit has really impressed upon me to tell you that some things turned as we entered into the New Year. I encourage you to develop the expectations of a winner and declare, “Everything that has been going on in my life unfavorable has now turned. I have determined that discouragement and failure will no longer be accepted. I only make provision for victory and success. I denounce fear of failure out of my heart and mind, and I keep an earnest expectation of good in my heart, for all that God has promised. God You said in Jeremiah 29:11 that You know the thoughts You think toward me and they are thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give me an expected end.
Men and Women of God it is time to live from the position of a winner! Janice and I are set and determined to live out this life in victory and we are leading those God has given us to lead to do the same. There is no turning or looking back!
Pastor Richard B. Peoples, Sr.