Expectation plays a big part in our lives. Often, we may struggle with fears. I know I do! Maybe you do as well. I have found though that I can bring my fears to God.

“God, today I am afraid.”

But I have also found that I do not need to live according to fear. In fact, as we bring fear to the Lord it is loosed off of us.

Technically speaking, how this works, is that fear is replaced with expectation.

For instance, I may be afraid of a blessing or a tangible gift of some sort going; meaning being lost or consumed or spent in some way.

If I recognize this fear within my heart and mind I can catch it, so to speak, and I can bring it to Jesus, “Jesus, take my fear. I give it to you.”

Then, I can voice expectation. It is an exchange of fear for hope, of reticence for trust, and of doom-and-gloom for all of what might be and can be. For instance,

“Jesus, today I declare that this gift

(provision, blessing, ability, etc)

will not go, but will grow.”

Declaration that stems from anticipation is powerful. And it is challenging.

Challenging because this kind of an exercise forces us to confront our beliefs, our biases, what we believe about God, ourselves, each other, and how the world works.

Declaration comes from the bulk of our sensing and knowings, that of emotions, will, thinking, belief, and of our experiences from all the years gone by.

Fear compiles the past and determines the future as bereft.

Expectation puts fears down and takes on hope, deliberately and specifically.

In expectation we take ourselves by the hand and we put ourselves into the hand of God. Literally and figuratively. This, we cannot do unless we trust the Lord.

And so we are challenged. It is hard work, this challenging (we do not always really believe that God is for us!). But it is good work.

Personally, I don’t know how to go forward into all the Lord has for me unless I allow challenge, unless I take on challenge, poking at my inner being, exposing the lies, scaring out the cockroaches, chasing away the spiders and cleaning up the webs.

We can come honest before the Lord with whatever we find within the depths of our hearts. This is the point of the gospel in so many ways. God loves you. Be transformed in him by the renewing of your mind. Be born again.

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