Expectation (def) - a belief that someone will or should achieve something. What is the effect of being born again? We begin a grace life that is centered around following Jesus and glorifying God, and that life is full of growth and righteousness. You may say "how is it full of righteousness?" Easy answer. The righteousness is from God, so it is pure and powerful. Philippians 3: 9 I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. If we were living our life out of our own righteousness, it would be a tainted righteousness....if that is even possible.
The identity of our self righteousness is as follows Isaiah 64:6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. In the area of righteousness we fall miserably short. So we must have the righteousness of God to live a life of vision and purpose, and God gives that to us when we are born again! This salvation is so great, and Peter describes it well in 1 Peter 1:3-5 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation,4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
Our salvation also gives us the "expectation" of setting our life on a new course that is immersed in God's Word and the new direction for us is centered on God's will. God's will is perfect and you cannot get any better or more fulfilling than PERFECT. In this perfect will we find God's mercy is there waiting to keep our communication strong with God through the Holy Spirit. When Jesus left the Holy Spirit for us He gave us the ultimate communication tool for developing our walk with God. The Spirit does many things like showing us what to pray, comforting us in times of trouble, discernment in making decisions, understanding God's word, and many other helps.
When we are born again we receive the Holy Spirit and this new process in life takes place immediately and grows and grows. The creme de la creme of this relationship is the understanding and knowledge of the mysteries of God. Paul discovered a new strength and direction that continued to propel him from one place to the other and in 1 Corinthians 2:Paul wrote 13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
Have confidence not only in the fact that you are going to heaven after being born again, but that you can live a life of victory and purpose while still here on earth. If you haven't been born again, then admit that you are a sinner and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord and you will be BORN AGAIN!! The abundant life awaits your decision.
The Pilgrimage Continues....