High expectations bring forth stronger motivation, vision and passion. When our expectation is for more of the Lord in our lives, we can trust we will never be disappointed. When it’s from on high, nothing from below can oppose its manifestation. We can anticipate God will work all things together for our good through His power from on high!
An expectation is anticipation, a looking forward to an outcome, good or bad. Through hurts from past disappointments and heartaches, satan tries to stop us from having expectancy in our hearts. Fear to believe can be paralyzing and quench all hope. We can become so afraid we will be hurt again, we do not allow ourselves to fully hope in the best outcome of a situation. As the Lord brings healing in the deep recesses of our hearts, we find that He raises our expectation level to new heights. We then reach for all He has prepared for our destiny and trust in His ability in others as well.
God has great expectations for us, and He has accomplished what is needed for us to walk victoriously in His plans and purposes. Some things can only be received from God. It’s unreasonable to expect others to fill a void only God can fill. As we delight ourselves in Him, He gives us new desires in our hearts and restores our expectations for the abundance He rejoices in pouring out upon our lives, from glory to glory.
Psalms 62:5-8 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. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
One way we discern the spirits is by looking for Jesus in all that is said and done. Is Jesus lifted up? Is He glorified? Is what is said something He would say? Is what is done something He would do? After it is said and done, are we feeling encouraged, exhorted, and edified?
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. When we feel oppressed, fearful and defeated it is not of God. We recognize faith vs. fear by detecting flesh vs. Spirit. Anything that comes to elevate anyone is not of God. We have to guard against words that tell us we will be famous; we are called to the nations! Of course personal prophecy will relate to us and will say things about us, but the focus will be about who the Lord is and what He will do in and through us. It’s never about how great we are, but always how great He is.
Does what we are hearing identify with “self” or “Him?” It is important to identify who is being exalted. The enemy, satan, comes to lift up flesh and feed the ego of man. The Holy Spirit always comes to lift up Jesus! When the Lord is being glorified, we grow in faith and grace and are lifted to a place of worshipping Him! More of Him is the fruit we look for in every situation, from glory to glory!
John 16:14-15 “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
How do we know whether it’s the fire of God, or the fire of satan, at work in our lives? When we are in battles, it’s important for us to know the source of our troubles in order to war effectively.
We can discern when the fire is of God, or of satan, with many easily recognizable clues. The fire of God comes to lift us higher, not crush us. It purifies us by removing impurities and drawing us closer to His purity. It burns on the inside enabling us to walk in the holiness we have in the Lord. It doesn’t destroy us; it puts us together. It doesn’t hurt; it helps. It doesn’t kill; it brings life, hope, love and peace. The fire of satan is the opposite. Its fire is from outside sources that bring destruction, death, despair and desolation.
God loves us and His mighty works are to bring us closer to Him, and one another. He moves from above to lift us up, not from beneath to bring us down. He doesn’t condemn us, but convicts us so we can walk in the purity of His holiness. We receive His cleansing and walk in His glory, from glory to glory!
Luke 9:54-55 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.”