Faith vs. Expectation

Did you know that faith and expectation are not the same thing? I’ve had people say, “Well, if you believe, surely you expect,” but that’s not true. Although they are closely linked, faith and expectation are distinctly different.

Many people have come to believe that the Bible is true. They have faith in promises such as 1 Peter 2:24: “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” They believe it’s a provision of the Word that God heals, but they don’t expect healing to manifest in their own lives. It’s almost as though they’ve been sick for so long that they simply cannot imagine they could ever get better.

Now, faith does have to come first before expectation can exist. If you don’t believe that it’s the will of God for you to be healed, it’s highly doubtful you’ll expect to be healed. Expectation is built on faith, but faith doesn’t imply expectation is there. Faith can exist without expectation, but expectation can’t exist without faith.

So faith comes first. When you read the Word, decide to believe that it is a revelation of truth. Next, look at your expectation. Do you really expect what you read in the Bible to happen in your own life? Do you really expect your boss to find great favor with you? Do you really expect to become heirs together of the grace of this life with your spouse, even if your marriage has been challenged with conflict and schism for years? You can and you should because your experience of life depends on it.

For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. -Proverbs 23:18 KJV

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

2 responses to “Faith vs. Expectation”

  1. Shirley Tuttle says :

    Awesome wisdom; thank you for this word of truth Pastor Mac. I can line up with both and than collapse or be weak sometimes. The lies of the enemy whispers and knocks me off balance. I have to stay in Gods word everyday or I am in trouble. I do seem to concentrate more on faith than expectation, not sure why I do that I guess I never really thought about it.

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