It is a fact that bad things happen to good people, but it is a greater truth that God is good all the time. As His children we should always live in a constant expectation of God. While preaching on Sunday, all of sudden I heard words in my spirit which I spoke out and they caused an instant impact, which was followed by a stream of undeniable miracles. The words were; ‘In the Kingdom of God, anytime, anywhere, something good can happen to you.’ This was so refreshing and profound, and God confirmed it with His goodness.
It is evident that there are a lot of bad things happening in this world and even to the children of God; however, it is the responsibility of God’s children to stand on His word to change the circumstances. Which better place to begin from, than our expectation? Expectation is a projective thought, picture or aspiration of what you are looking forward to. It is your subtle target. It is what you believe will happen to you in the future; both near and far. We are moving in the direction of our expectations, even when we do not realize it. So our direction is not dictated by the circumstances around us, but by our expectations we envisage. The bible says “For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off” Proverbs 23:18. There is an end to today and your tomorrow is as sure as your expectation of it. What you expect to see, shall not be cut off. Expectation is also called hope in the bible; it is what you hope for, and remember your faith actualizes your hope. Having expounded on expectation, isn’t surprising that many of God’s children expect negative things to happen to them often? Looking at the negative experiences that happened to a certain Christian or the crisis he faced, conditions some to expect the same predicament, especially when they are almost in similar circumstances. People’s experiences, even believers, that are not in line with God’s word, are not our standard; the word of God is. Experiences differ and people’s response is as varied as the people, but God’s word endures forever. Let me show you how to live in a constant expectation of God.
Condition your spirit according to God’s word and not according to the circumstances of life. Be word based and not opinionated; take God at His word and believe that you are what He says you are, you can do what He says you can do and you will have what He says you will have. David said “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living” Psalms 27:13. It is clear that his situations warranted fainting; they were negative and hard. From scriptures you can see the battles he fought, conspiracies against him and how he was pursued to be killed for gaining fame as a result of killing the nation’s enemy. These were too much for one man, but he didn’t faint as it was naturally expected because he expected to see the Lord’s goodness. In sickness, believe to see healing, when overwhelmed by challenges and it seems like you cannot take it anymore, expect good things to happen to you. This is not wishful thinking, but faith speaking; it is the spirit of faith that sees the good answer which is still invisible in bad circumstances. Remember; “… all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28. The firm expectation of good is anchored in this scripture; all things will work out for your good.
Do not forebode! Foreboding is a constant expectation of bad, evil and failure to befall you. It is rooted in fear and a mind conditioned to think and expect defeat, failure and evil to regularly happen to you. Even in good times; times of celebration, victory and joy, this foreboding spirit tells you to be ready and cautious because surely something bad will follow good times. I have found many who always say that every time things are so good for them, definitely bad or evil will follow; that is foreboding and it’s not the Spirit of God. When you forebode, which is negative expectation, you experience the negative you expected, and then you justify your thoughts. This begins a chain reaction of foreboding, experiencing negative things, justifying foreboding, foreboding again and life becomes a cycle of negative things. This becomes a negative spiritual ecosystem, with every negative expectation feeding on the negative experience to perpetrate more negative expectation. That is the reason many say, life is hard for me, nothing works and I only experience bad things; stop foreboding. In the name of Jesus, I break that off anyone experiencing it and reading this; I release you to the spirit of faith. Live in a constant expectation of good.
God is the author of good; “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” James 1:17. As His child, goodness is your right and you should live in constant expectation of good. David wrote; “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalms 34:8. When you trust in God, you will live in the expectation of good, because you know that it doesn’t matter what you feel, see or hear, He will turn it for your good. This is a spirit of faith that causes you to taste God’s goodness consistently. God’s goodness is attractive; “Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the LORD — For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; T heir souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all” Jeremiah 31:12. It leads to repentance (Romans 2:4), so expect it and spread it. Even in times when things are meant for your evil, downfall and failure, God will turn it for your good; “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” Genesis 50:20. Live in constant expectation of God and you will enjoy the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
~ Robert Ssesanga
Pastor Robert Ssesanga founded Aflame Gospel Ministries and is Senior Pastor of Aflame Gospel Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. An author and speaker, he travels internationally preaching the Gospel with signs, miracles and wonders, as God attests to His word with power. His emphasis on victorious living and enjoying the supernatural life has impacted many lives in many nations. His passion is to demonstrate the gospel and impact generations.