In our last article we said that whatever we want to see manifest in our lives — as long as Jesus provided it — we can see it!
Jesus came and provided every spiritual blessing to us (Ephesians 1:3). It’s all inside of you now. But that’s just half the story. God’s intention has always been that these things would manifest physically in our lives!
Now here’s an important point. Notice the wording in this verse:
John 11:40 (NKJV) Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would SEE the glory of God?”
Jesus says here, that if we believe, we will see the glory of God. But did you notice that Jesus didn’t say, “If you believe, you will GET the glory of God.“ He actually said, “If you believe, you’ll SEE the glory of God.“ We already have everything inside of us. The only expectation that God wants us to have for the future is that, if we believe, we will SEE it. That is, we will see it manifest. This is talking about seeing it with your physical eyes.
We can all have a sure expectancy that what God placed inside of us will manifest as we believe. And there is a name for this “sure expectancy” that we have. This sure expectancy is actually called “hope“ in the Bible. “Hope“ is just an unfortunate translation. It should be translated “expectancy,” because that’s what it actually means.
Check out what Paul says is the “expectancy“ (or hope) that we can have as believers:
Romans 8:25 (NKJV) But if we hope for [or expect] what we do not SEE, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Notice that Paul doesn’t say that we are “hoping for what we don’t yet have“. He simply says that we are hoping (or expecting) what we do not yet “SEE.“ He words it this way because Paul knows that we already have everything inside of us. The only thing to expect for the future is that it will manifest (or become “seen”) as we believe.
God wants every believer to acknowledge every good thing that is on the inside of them (Philemon 1:6). But God wants you to have the further confidence that, when you acknowledge everything that’s in you, it will surely manifest! It will become seen. And this confident expectation is called “hope.”
Now, we don’t receive from God by expecting things to manifest. Many Christians think so, but that’s not the case. We receive from God by faith in what Jesus has already done at the cross (past tense). But if we are believing what Jesus has done, we should expect and anticipate, the impending manifestation of the power of God in our lives! And we can do so confidently.
I will give you this word of advice though: Don’t set timeframes for the manifestation. If Jesus has provided it, and you want to see it in your life, God can teach you and you can see that thing manifest physically! No problemo! But don’t set timeframes that God hasn’t promised like, “I’m going to see this by next month.” And I’m not saying you can’t see the manifestation next month. For that matter, God wants you to enter these things “today” (Hebrews 4:6-7). But when you set your own timeframe, and then fail that timeframe — despite the fact that you could be making great progress — you will inevitably discourage yourself by failing your own standards.
Just believe who you are in Christ forever, because it’s true. Believe for the long haul. But remember this, God has given you the right to expect. He has given you the right to anticipate the manifestation of the glory of God in your life. Jesus told you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God. So if you choose to believe the Lord, then expect what Jesus told you to expect… “I will indeed see the glory of God manifest in my life.”
In whatever area you want to see the glory of God manifest. It’s yours. It’s in you. So set your eyes on Jesus, and know that you’ve got a manifestation brewing because your eyes are set there!
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