Aptitude For Expectancy
Aptitude (n.) A natural or acquired disposition or capacity for a particular purpose, or tendency to a particular action or effect; as, oil has an aptitude to burn.
Aptitude (n.) A general fitness or suitableness; adaptation.
Aptitude (n.) Readiness in learning; docility; aptness.
Expectancy (n.) The act of expecting ; expectation.
Expectancy (n.) That which is expected, or looked or waited for with interest; the object of expectation or hope.
Therefore the Aptitude of Expectancy means "A natural or acquired disposition or capacity for expectation or hope".
I want to focus on the capacity or ability to acquire this hope. Another way to state the ability to acquire is to increase in wisdom and understanding. You must have wisdom to be able to define what you are hoping for and understanding of what you need to do in order to acquire or obtain that which you hope for. The Word of God states that "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6)
Proverbs 10:13Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding
1 Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.
Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
Further definitions..I'm building a foundation here...
1 accumulated philosophic or scientific learning
2 a wise attitude or course of action
3 the teachings of the ancient wise men
1 : to have understanding : have the power of comprehension
2 : to achieve a grasp of the nature, significance, or explanation of something
Now, we know the meanings of all these words. We know that by reading the Bible we can increase in wisdom. In order to understand the Bible, we must have the power of comprehension of what we read.
1 Cor 2:6-16 6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8: which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9: But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 10: But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11: For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12: Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13: These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14: But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15: But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16: For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
It is written in Proverbs 1:20-33 20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. 21: She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: 22: "How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge. 23: Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24: Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25: Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, 26: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27: When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. 28: "Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 29: Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD, 30: They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke. 31: Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies. 32: For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33: But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil."
Notice that in verse 28, they are calling on God and He does not answer...they are not seeking God, they're looking for a way out of their mess. They still don't want to follow God, they just want their problem to go away. Now we know that wisdom and understanding are critical, we know now that we receive the wisdom of God through the consistant feeding on His Word and that we receive understanding from the Holy Spirit. When we have a problem, no matter what the problem is, whether it is an issue with our finances, an issue with our health,
our mental well-being, our children our going wild, or any other thing, we need to learn this one thing above all...
The answer is in the Bible.
When we look at Mark 11:24 where it says, "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them."
We read those words and we have the wisdom to know the meaning of the words independently, I mean we know that the substance here is to believe and then you receive...it is understood that we are talking about believing for something that is in alignment with God's will. Where is the understanding? Why is it so hard for so many Christians to believe this scripture? It IS a simple statement by Jesus himself. Believe that you have it when you ask for it and it's yours.
The beginning of this certain passage where Jesus' first words are the key... verse 22..."Have faith in God". Part of faith is believing that God will do what He says He will do. Another part of faith is anticipation or expecting God to do whatever He says.
When you want to have a beautiful garden full of flowers, you go to the store and buy some seed, then you plant the seed, then you watch over the seed make sure it gets the necessary water and sunlight, fully expecting that over a period of time, you will begin to see a sprout pop up out of the ground. It's not immediate, it takes a few days, but eventually, you see the tiniest hint of green. You have exercised your faith.
When you want to make a cake, you get all the ingredients and put the flour, sugar, water, eggs and so forth together in the correct order and mix them up and then follow the recipe for how long to bake it, fully expecting the outcome is going to taste good. If you forget to add just one simple ingredient to the mix, like sugar, does that change the outcome? Of course, it's totally different and not at all what you were hoping for. You still are using your faith here. Even when you missed the ingredient that makes it all taste sweet. Is it the cake mix that messed up? Should you throw away all your flour? No, you know that you missed adding the sugar.
That's like life. Sometimes we are believing and expecting and believing and expecting and things don't happen the way we want, we don't get our healing or we still are in debt...Do we blame God? Satan? Sometimes we need to verify that we are following the recipe instead of playing the blame game.
If you are believing for getting out of debt for example, are you reading up on life's instruction manual (Bible) the sections that refer to financial prosperity on a continous basis? Are you speaking the Word daily over your situation? Are you canceling out good words with complaining and grumbling? Are you planting seed in the first place? If you don't plant seed, how can you expect to see a harvest rise up out of the ground? If you don't put all the ingredients in, how can you expect your desire to be fulfilled? It also does not do any good to go digging up your seed to see if it's growing 10 minutes after you plant it.
Keep in mind that the god of this world, Satan is bombarding you 24 hours a day with anything that he can to distract and deceive you from anything that God has in store for you. That's why it is so very important for you to spend time with God in reading His Word each and every day, to practice speaking the Word over every situation that you can, to keep your thought life in order and to focus on good, not bad, thoughts. Go to church, keep seed in the ground. Keep increasing your knowledge and understanding of the Word so that over time, you will start seeing your harvest. When you do start seeing your harvest, don't stop watering it....keep planting the seed.
The Kingdom of God refers to a way of life, seed time and harvest. Increase your aptitude for expectancy so that when you follow the promise God gives in Mark 11:24, it WILL HAPPEN FOR YOU!
Satan is going to do everything he can to prevent you from becoming healthy and prosperous. That is because whatever God wants you to have, Satan wants to steal from you. You hold the power to receive the blessings from God or allow Satan to steal from you. It's all up to you.
Here is some scripture for you to study on and learn.
You need to declare out loud with your mouth daily that you are an overcomer and that you receive the blessings of the Lord and you need to tell Satan to leave your stuff alone. Get in his face about it. Be aggressive about what is yours. Read these scriptures out loud every day and get them into your soul. Believe them and you WILL receive.
Deut. 28:1-14, Joshua 1:8, Hebrews 11:6, Ephesians 1, Philippians 4:19, Matt 7:7-8, Proverbs 18:20-21, Mark 11:22-24, 2 Corinthians 4:13, Psalm 1, Numbers 14:28, Proverbs 21:23, Ephesians 5:15-17
2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Cor 6:2, John 10:10, 2 Cor 10:3-6, Matt 6:33, Luke 6:38, Luke 12:32, Psalm 37:4-5, Proverbs 3:9-10, 1John 5:14-15, Proverbs 13:22, Psalm 34:9-10
There are many more scriptures, but this should get you and your spirit fired up.
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