Focus Your Expectation With Confidence

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Focus your expectation with confidence in the Lord.

When we focus on the Word. . .we position ourselves for victory over incredible circumstances.

Matthew 14:28-29 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.  He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus.”

The scripture doesn’t say Peter took a step or two and began to sink. It says he walked.  How far did he walk. . .I don’t know?  But it had to be some distance from the boat.

Peter focused on Jesus. . .which meant He was focusing on the Word of Jesus.

Jesus is the Word (John 1:1-3).  As long as Peter focused on the Word . .  . there was no limitation to what he could achieve. . .even walking on the water.  But. . .

Matthew 14:30 in the Amplified Bible says:

“But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]!”

When Peter changed his focus. . .from the Word. . .to His circumstances. . .he began to sink.

It’s interesting the verse says he began to sink. . .not he sank. . .but he began to sink.  To me this means it was a process instead of instant.

When we misplace our focus from the word to the world. . .it is often a process.  It happens slowly with a compromise here. . .a compromise there.

A little white lie here. . .a little white lie there.

An inappropriate conversation with a fellow employee here. . . an inappropriate conversation with a fellow employee there.

Missing church here and missing church again.

Failing to read the word and pray here. . .failing to read the word and pray there.

When we misplace our focus onto things that are not kingdom building. . .we may find ourselves sinking into the ways of the world.

But here’s the good news.

Matthew 14:31 says:

“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

Peter’s doubt was the result of misplaced focus. . .from the Word to his circumstances.

When you’re facing adversity. . .keep your focus on the Word. . .and everything will turn out all right.

Matthew 14:32 in the New Living Translation says:

“When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.”

I believe Jesus carried Peter back to the boat.  How else would he have gotten back in the boat?

When we misplace our focus. . .and call on Jesus. . .literally the Word will carry us back to safety.

Once we act with focus. . .then we can zero in on our expectation.

Psalm 62:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.”

The problem arises when a Christian’s expectation is more negative than positive. Then, they’re always expecting the worst case scenario.  It’s almost like they’re giving a prophetic word about their lack of success. 

Here’s what I know. . .through the Word. . .and traveling with it. . .through adversity.

Don’t worry about things you can’t change. . .don’t fret about today or tomorrow. . .don’t play Worst Case Scenario or give any thought to negative things that might happen. . .and even if things should go south . . don’t sink with them. . .rise up in your faith. . .because you have the assurance. . .the promise of the most high God.  Your heavenly Father not only loves you . . . He’s got your back.

Matthew 6:34 in the Message Bible says:

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

God will help YOU. . .are you getting this?  Say it out loud. . .GOD WILL HELP ME.

That’s right, our great God Jehovah will help you. . .the scripture doesn’t say that He only helps preachers, teachers, business people, the successful, the famous. . .the Word says “God will help you [no matter “who” you are] deal with whatever hard things come.” 

So we must refocus our expectation from the negative to the positive.  God is helping us. . .so victory will be ours.

Begin each day filled with supernatural expectation about the manifestation of God’s presence, peace, protection, promises, power, promotion and provision.

Psalm 5:3 in the New International Version says:

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."

I begin every day with a positive expectancy about supernatural favor, divine connections, revelatory insight and yes, even goals that will be accomplished.

In fact, expectation is a powerful part of my daily confession.

“I thank you that I’m anointed to get people out of debt.  I thank you there is going to be a miracle in my life today and anybody who gets near me is going to have a miracle in their life as well.”

My expectation lies in God.

Once again, Psalm 62:5 in the King James Bible says:

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”

Sadly, many people manifest less than the best. . .because that’s what they’re expecting.  Think about that for a moment

Once we laser focus our expectations. . .we need to walk in the scriptural confidence the Lord has in store for us.

According to the word confidence is defined as:

“full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing; belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance.”

Who do you put your confidence in?  Your spouse?  Your best friend?  Your job?  Your parents?

Do you put your confidence in your plans for the future or the One who holds the future?

People will disappoint you. . .but God never will.

No matter what you’re facing. . .He’s the One in whom you must place your confidence.

Psalm 53:6 in the Amplified Bible says:

“What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You.” 

The only way to lasting peace in the circumstances, situations and problems of life is through our confidence in Him.

When you have confidence in the Lord and the power of His might. . . you’re no longer concerned about what mere mortals can do to you.

Hebrews 13:6 in the New Living Translation says:

“So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.  What can mere people do to me?” 

Our confidence should always be in the One who has the ability to turn this thing around.

Putting our confidence in sinners will lead to less than desirable consequences.

Proverbs 14:16 in the New Living Translation says:

“The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.” 

Proverbs 25:19 in the New Living Translation says:

“Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.” 

Let us share with you two additional rich thoughts nuggets.

First, it’s important that you place your confidence in the right person.

Psalm 146:3 in New Living Translation says:

“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”       

Second, man or woman may/will/can disappoint you but God never will.

Psalm 118:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

“It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

Let me ask you a question.

What is the one thing that will give you the confidence you need to succeed in life?

Job 4:6 in the New Living Translation says:

“Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?” 

Purpose in your heart that today you will sharpen you focus on the things that really matter.

Purpose in your heart that you will raise your level of expectation for supernatural manifestation in every area of your life.

Finally, purpose in your heart that a new found confidence in the Word will protect you against every trick, trap, lie and deception the enemy seeks to put in your path.

It’s time for you. . .me. . .and every born-again believer to focus our expectation and confidence on the Word of God. . .and His unfulfilled promises. . .being fulfilled.