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"I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed" (Phil. 1:19-20).

When you have hope, you have a supernatural expectancy that what God has promised will come to pass in your life.

In today's Scripture verses, the Apostle Paul talks about this kind of supernatural expectancy. Paul uses two different words from the Greek language, each of which can be translated "hope."

One of them means "the happy anticipation of good." The other can be defined as "eager longing, strained expectancy, watching with an outstretched head, an abstraction from anything else that might engage the attention."

So, for example, Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped [intensely expected] for."

When you're so locked in on the Word of God, you can't be distracted from it. Divine hope will come alive in you. I know what that's like. There have been times in my life when I was so focused on something God had called me to do, and I was so tuned in to what the Word said about it, I couldn't think about anything else.

People would try to have a conversation with me and I'd always end up talking about my hope. It would come up so big inside me that, at those times, I was bigger on the inside than I was on the outside. On the inside of me it was as though everything I was believing for had already come to pass.

When your hope gets that strong, it doesn't matter what kind of unbelief, opposition or situation contrary to the Word the devil tries to throw your way. It just bounces off you. You're so one-track-minded, you can't be drawn off course. The divine inner image of your success that the Word of God's promise gave birth to is just too strong.

So whatever you're believing God for, get your supernatural expectancy up for it. Eagerly long for it. Stretch your neck out and refuse to be distracted by all the things that would get you off course and tell you it won't happen.

Keep the promise of God's Word before your eyes and that will keep your hope up, and you will see your desire come to pass!

Speak the Word: According to my earnest expectation and my hope, I am ashamed in nothing. (Philippians 1:20)

For Further Study: Psalm 16; Proverbs 13:12

Daily Scripture Reading: Isaiah 45-46; Psalm 50

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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