Anticipation

“And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.” (Exod. 12:11-12)

A few years ago, my ministry trips outside of the United States were becoming more frequent. In order to save time, I purchased duplicates of items that I use every day in other nations and now keep them packed in a suitcase ready to go. That suitcase, kept in our spare closet; is there in anticipation of any upcoming trips.

What is Anticipation?

In our culture today, the word “anticipation” has been reduced to mean a feeling of expectation. However, the original meaning of the term, had to do more with action and preparation. To anticipate is “to foresee and act in advance of something”. The old English word comes from Latin (‘anticipare’), which meant to “take care of something ahead of time” or literally “taking into possession beforehand”. It is this original meaning that I believe the Holy Spirit is bringing to my attention. To anticipate something means that we intentionally see and act, based on an invisible reality… like hope or belief.

Anticipation is a Powerful Biblical Principle!

In Exodus 12, Moses instructs the Israelites to get ready for their immediate exodus from Egypt. They were to eat the Passover lamb in anticipation of something big. They were to get prepared, by clothing themselves and having a staff in their hand, so they would be ready to go on their journey. Everything was about to change. Sometimes I hear God saying, “Get ready! It is time to move!” That’s when I must know how to properly “anticipate” my next steps. I love the fact that God promises to order the steps of the righteous man! I believe God wants to encourage us to stir up anticipation for what He is going to do on a spiritual level, on a practical level and on a ministry level.

4 Powerful Principles of Anticipation:

  • 1st. Anticipation Is An Expression Of Faith!

Anticipation is about preparing and making room for what you know is yours by faith. It is getting ready for what God has told you is coming. Noah began building the ark—a large boat—in anticipation of a flood. Hebrews tells us, ‘By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.’ (Heb 11:7) We know that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). Anticipation is an expression of faith. Anticipation comes with evidence. It may be invisible in the natural, but it is visible on the inside… and it is powerful!

Ten people gather to pray for rain in a time of drought. One person brings an umbrella… that’s anticipation!

  • 2. Anticipation Will Attract Opposition:

Anticipation is so powerful that the enemy will try and prevent it. Anticipation attracts resistance. Nehemiah discovered this when their enemies schemed to stop him from rebuilding the walls and gates of Jerusalem’s city. They tried to distract Nehemiah from his work by calling a meeting with him and secretly planning to harm him. However, Nehemiah simply sent a message, “I am carrying on a great project… Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Neh. 6:3). Remind yourself that anticipation must be bold and audacious at times. At other times, anticipation will consist of just taking the next small step by faith. At times its an act of warfare, in the midst of trial or at a season of extreme darkness… but it is often going to be resisted. When the going gets tough, you may feel like giving up. Step up and face your oppressor! You are in the process of moving toward your destiny or dream… and you need to persevere!

Power is released when you continue anticipating during difficult times!

  • 3. Anticipation Is Key To Restoration:

When something or someone has been lost, God’s plan is to restore all that the enemy has stolen… all that is broken or in shambles. Judah’s leaders had ceased anticipating the completion of the second temple in Jerusalem. For 17 years, the temple foundations lay in neglect. But then came the prophetic word, to remind them of God’s original instruction and exhort them to begin the building project once more. What was stirred by the prophetic word – anticipation and faith! Do not give up! Allow the Holy Spirit to restore your capacity to dream… anticipation will offer strength in the fulfillment of God’s promises and the destiny He has placed in your heart.

~It might be time to go back to the original promise and instruction that God gave to you.

~It might be time to go to Scripture for the truth about who God is, and who He says you are.

~It might be time to receive a fresh word from the Holy Spirit that will stir you on, to continue acting in faith.

Anticipation is a mighty force in reaching your destiny, your family purpose or your ministry vision.

  • 4. Anticipation… Is Your Breakthrough:

To anticipate is to position for God’s purpose… the rest is up to Him! Anticipation is about alignment. It is more than expectation… it is expect-action. It is faith in motion. Anticipation is David running towards Goliath, a slingshot in one hand and 5 smooth stones in the other hand. Anticipation is Elijah sending his servant to look for a cloud in the sky, when he had just prayed for rain. Anticipation is a powerful spiritual principle, because it is practical. Anticipation means taking steps forward in spite of natural sight.

It has been said, ‘The journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step’. Ask yourself – what was the moment of your breakthrough… and you will recall that it was the moment that you first began to anticipate something new! Therefore you should do something every day towards your dream and your goals! Your anticipation and your acts of obedience, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will bring evidence that your breakthrough has arrived.

This is how you take possession of God’s promises by faith… believe, anticipate and lean in toward God’s desired purposes.

You will find that your anticipation will break into Kingdom momentum!

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