By Gary Spicer
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In our culture today, the word ‘anticipation’ has been reduced to mean a feeling of dreaded expectation. The original meaning of the word, ‘anticipation’ comes from the Latin word ‘anticipatio’ which isn’t based on a derived feeling of expectation but on action and preparation.
Biblically, to anticipate is to be driven by the Spirit of God, to foresee, and to act in advance to what is being brought to your attention.
In Exodus 12:11, Moses instructed the Israelites:
“…This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover..”
So, just as God stirred up His anticipated purpose for the Israelites, by faith, allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to His purpose, to make room, and to know what’s yours by faith.
‘Anticipation’ is getting ready for what God has told you is coming.
Noah began building the ark, by faith, in anticipation of a flood when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear to save his family. (See Hebrews 11:7) Nehemiah discovered this when Judah’s enemies schemed to stop him leading the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s city walls and gates. (See Nehemiah 6:3)
Anticipation will attract opposition, but remember, anticipation is an expression of faith, in the face of the enemy who’s trying to “alter God’s plan for your life.” So, anticipation must be a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks by faith. When the going gets tough and you feel like giving up, it’s here you need to persevere. When anticipation has been lost, God’s plan is to restore it.
God is wanting each of us to be ahead in our leadership, not behind. We all need to pray that each of us will be able to be seers and those who discern situations before sometimes they actually happen. Anticipation maybe a skill or a gift but it gives those leaders and pioneers who operate on this level a great advantage in their leadership.
If today you feel you’ve been duped by someone or been too slow in your decision making, don’t give up! Allow the Holy Spirit to restore your anticipation for the fulfilment of God’s promises and the dreams He has placed in your heart for your destiny, your family, and your ministry. Remember, the God of Grace wants to restore your anticipation…
- It’s time to go back to God’s original promise – Hebrews 13: 5-6
- It’s time to go to Scripture for the truth about who God is, and who He says you are – John 1:12
- It’s time to allow the Holy Spirit to spur you on, to continue acting in faith – Romans 8:1-17.
So, to anticipate is to position yourself for God’s purpose. Anticipation is more than expectation – it’s faith in motion. Therefore, your anticipation and acts of obedience, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, will bring breakthrough when you take possession of God’s promise by faith.