Expect The Unexpected

“When a cycle is ending for a person, a season or a year, a new one always begins so there can always be something to hope for, a favorable and confident expectation of something good.”

By: Pastor Ovet T. Tamayo

Hope is the anchor of my soul.

“19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19-20 NKJV)

What do unbelievers do when problems come? If they lost their job, or the business went bad, or when they lost a loved one? They cry, they weep, they mourn – but they don’t expect anything good to come out of it, many remain sad and depressed. They may have hope, but their hope is abstract, not concrete, and only theoretical – it is not based on anything. Its not a “Living Hope!”

But what do believers do when they have problems? “12Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:12-13 NIV)

If you call yourself a Christian but have no hope – then you really have a problem. We have a “Living Hope” that has a solid foundation – Jesus Christ our Lord. HOPE means a favorable and confident expectation of something good!” “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5 NIV) With hope in our hearts, we can expect the best and favorable things to happen.

Come June 2014, I will be 20 years in the ministry as a Pastor; the only time I missed church was the time when I was confined in the hospital with dengue. In all the two decades, God has never repeated a single service, even when I repeat my sermons. You may say that we do the same things over and over, even sing the same songs, but the difference lies in what God does to you INSIDE!

God works in cycles; even in the bible, even in prophecies, God works in cycles. God never works in plains or in straight lines, that’s why He always spoke in parables. When a cycle is ending for a person, a season or a year, a new one always begins so there can always be something to hope for – a favorable and confident expectation of something good. We need to understand the cycles of God so we can always hope upon His plans for us.

Many do not understand the cycles of God; they think nothing will change; the only thing constant in this world is change, Many have not received what they are asking because they are not expecting anything. People come to church not expecting anything; they tithe, they pray, they serve but they don’t expect anything – that’s dead hope. When there is no expectation of something good, then there is the expectation of something bad! As Christians, we should live expecting something good because we have a Good God.

The opposite of hope, like faith is also fear – fear is faith that something bad is going to happen, it is faith in the devil. Maybe you have no job, or the business is not good, or your family is not ok, when you say “its not working, its not for me”, though you come to church that is still ‘dead hope’. You are here today because God wants to change your mentality! Many used to be like that – so negative! You think negative, you speak negative, so you expect negative! This is what you speak: “eto ganun pa rin”; “ok naman”; “pwede na rin”; “talagang ganun ang buhay”; “sana nga mag dilang anghel ka”. Christians should not be pessimistic but should always be optimistic! REMEMBER: HOPE IS A FAVORABLE AND CONFIDENT EXPECTATION OF SOMETHING GOOD! THINK HOPE; SPEAK HOPE!

The world cannot promise you that you will win the lotto. But God made you a promise; if you trust Him, He will supply all your needs, and He will take you to heaven one day and that’s your reward. God has the power to do what He promised. The wicked can hope, but its abstract, no substance; but the child of God has hope that is sure and steadfast! To be hopeless in this life is the saddest condition that can happen to any human being, and depression is always the strong companion of it. Depression and hopelessness are actually the same and they are caused by bad things that are beyond your control. No hope for your children, your marriage, your business, your health, your job equals depression. BUT HOPE HAPPENS WHEN YOU WALK IN FAITH!

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.” “Hope is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.” “What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.”  (Famous Hope Quotes)

5 CONDITIONS FOR ALWAYS EXPECTING THAT GOD IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING GOOD:

1. UNTIL YOU DO AND OBEY WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS, YOU CANNOT HAVE GOOD EXPECTATIONS. Word says: husband love your wife, wife submit to your husband, children obey your parents, bring your whole tithe, submit to the ruling authorities, watch your tongue.

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10 NIV)

2. THE RIGHT TO EXPECT COMES FROM DOING CONTINUOUSLY WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. Many would say, but I obeyed and nothing happened. You cannot be selective in what you will obey and it must be consistent.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV) REASON KILLS EXPECTATION!

3. EXPECT THE EXPECTED. What did you sow? What did you pray for?

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7 NIV) “Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.” (1 Corinthians 9:10 NIV)

4. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. When the expected happens, you are reaping the fruits, but when the unexpected happens, that’s FAVOR! Favor demands action and it is released by faith! You release favor by the faith you release through the obedience you do.

“For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV) I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

“20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

“20 God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 The Message)

5. SPEAK WHAT YOU EXPECT. When Goliath came to challenge the Israelites, all the soldiers of Saul were full of fear and they ran away, imagine what they could be saying.

11On hearing the Philistine's words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” “24 When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.” (1 Samuel 17:11 and 24 NIV) But not David! 45David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.” (1 Samuel 17:45-46 NIV) Now David was not speaking out of conceit or boasting or bragging, he was speaking his faith.

“You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34 NIV) When we speak from faith, we are involving God in the scene for we speak the very Words of God, and God steps into the picture bringing us great courage and strength.

“47All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands. 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” (1 Samuel 17:47-49)

“To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue”. (Proverbs 16:1 NIV)

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)