Dealing with Unrealised Expectations!

Proverbs 13:12 ‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick.’

Sometimes, you can receive a prophetic word that is flattering but simply not true. If we find our identity in Jesus, then we are not as prone to be a sucker for flattering words that are not based in truth. A person with an ambitious and insecure heart is more often seduced by an exaggerated or flattering word.

One problem that comes from believing wrong information is that we have wrong expectations about the future. Prophecy is meant to stir up our hopes and expectations but if what we hope for doesn’t happen (because the words not based in truth), then we are prone to be disappointed and hurt.

Deferred hope disappoints us so much that we can get into despair or even become angry with God or the prophetic ministry in general. Christians who are angry with God, cynical and critical in their spirits, don’t realise the problem is that they are heartsick over unfulfilled hopes and expectations. Don’t reject God or his prophetic word but interpret them correctly and if a word was wrong, stop believing it.

Be careful because if you become disillusioned and offended with God you can lose your spiritual vigour and the enemy can drive a wedge between you and God. We all have had expectations that haven’t become reality and sometimes this is simply because our expectation wasn’t based on truth. Check the source of your expectations and if they are of God, persevere in prayer until realised but if they aren’t, then change your expectation. It will only make you heart-sick.

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