Anticipate Beyond Your Wildest Expectations for 2018

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. (Ephesians 3:20 TPT)

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Happy New Year!

My word God gave me for this year is Change. Why? I don’t know fully, but I’m excited to explore the why with him. But as a Father, God is gifting me whys quickly!

Starting with confirming an endearing Scripture to me, three times within a twenty-four period.

New Years Eve: I attended an evening service where the guest speaker — Jamie Galloway — set his tent peg for 2018 on Ephesians 3:20. He quoted this Scripture multiples times that night. Although he prophesied to several in the crowd, he didn’t prophesy to me directly. But in hindsight, he was prophesying to me indirectly by referencing that Scripture as the theme for 2018!

New Year’s Day:

  • One of the ladies from my Shine prayer group quoted this Scripture as the Happy New Year’s shout out in a group text.
  • A featured guest speaker shared this Scripture on a New Year’s Day broadcast I was listening to.

So, out of mouths of two or three witnesses, let every word be established. (2 Corinthians 13:1.)

Personally, Ephesians 3:20 holds a special place in my heart. Over eight years ago, God gave me this Scripture through three witnesses in one day. They quoted this Scripture to reference a specific promise God had for me.

The Word instilled hope and vision at a time I needed it.

  • God elevated my vision beyond what I could see. When those three people prophesied to me, I was mired in a situation where I was settling for something convenient and immediate. Weary from waiting, I seized this opportunity like finding fool’s gold.

In hindsight, I was eating a $1 burger at McDonalds instead of experiencing a 10-course meal at Victoria and Alberts. (Award #2 restaurant by TripAdvisor and located inside Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort.)

  • God instilled hope. He knew what I wanted and confirming that he sees my heart and has something so much more than what I could imagine for myself.

Over the years, this verse has anchored me to wait and hold fast to his promise–even when it looks impossible or I get impatient.

  • I realized how much he treasures me. Sometimes we settle for much less than what God has because we don’t see ourselves through his lenses, but through murky ones. We think that this job, this relationship, or this financial status reflects all we can obtain or deserve. But when God proclaims our identity, we can cast off that losing mentality and put on his.

We want the best because Heaven’s expectations for us exceed anything we can envision, beyond our wildest imaginations!

And when we trust God for his plan, we can wait instead of take matters in our own hands. Who wants an Ishmael? Yeah, I don’t want that fruit in my life!

Even before hearing Jamie Galloway quote this Scripture, I sensed that 2018 would usher the fulfillment of this promise. So, when he quoted this Scripture, I had a confirmation!

So, what I’m most thrilled about this season of change is the journey I’ll have with God. Because at the end of the day, it’s not the fulfillment of a specific promise, but getting to know more of my incredible Father, my companion, the Holy Spirit, and my big brother, Jesus. I’m not irreverent using such casual terms for them, but endearing. They are my life! And knowing them better is when true change happens!

How about you? How does God’s promise of an exceedingly abundant life affect your expectations for 2018?

Three possible questions to ask in your commune with God:

  1. What promises will come to pass in 2018?
  2. How are my current challenges getting redeemed so they reflect this abundant life?
  3. Where do I want to see his abundance in my life?
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