PROVERBS 23: 18 FOR SURELY THERE IS AN END; AND THINE EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF

 

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Today we will be looking at Proverbs 23: 18, where we are assured that our expectation or desperation is the key to seeing the end of every challenge in our lives.

For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (NIV).

Surely there is a future [and a reward], and your hope and expectation will not be cut off (AMP).

There is an expiry date for every challenge of life. There is a solution for every problem. Some people may think this is an over-optimistic view of life, but it is true, fortunately. ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).’ This Scripture can mean many things. Like there is an end to that problem in your life, so your expectation would not be cut off. Or there is a future gain or hope for you, and your expectation will not be cut off. Yet, it serves as authority for the fact that there is an end to very problem.

One of the advantages of being born again is that you have access to the ‘Redemption Package’. This refers to the great things GOD ordained for HIS People through CHRIST, and which you can receive by faith. For example, JESUS became poor so that you can be rich in all things, not just money (2 Corinthians 8: 9). So, you must reject poverty and claim riches in CHRIST. Moreover, on the cross just before our Lord JESUS gave up the ghost, he said, ‘It is finished (John 19: 30)’. What was finished?  Not just the crucifixion, but every problem, battle, illnesses and diseases mankind had always faced since the Fall of man. JESUS came so that we can be restored to our original glory as GOD initially planned. This is why Isaiah prophesies of JESUS,

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53: 4-5 KJV).

 

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What does it take to see an end to every affliction or problem in your life? Holy desperation. Holy anger is the mystery behind divine victory. You only claim you victory both in the spiritual and physical realms by force. Awesome JESUS alludes to this concept when HE says, ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12). An object remains at rest until an external force is applied to it. Therefore, there are some things in life, some heights in life, some goals in life YOU ONLY GET BY FORCE. Until you apply the Force of GOD to your life, it will remain stagnant and in equilibrium.

There is a popular Yoruba saying, ‘Orire ko fe kon se oun (Success does not want you to have it)’. therefore, if you are not ready to apply the requisite force to certain issues in your life, you will not fulfill your destiny, and achieve great things in life. Another Yoruba saying goes, ‘Ogun l’aye (life is war)’. You may think, ‘But, I don’t really have any enemies’. However, just because you have confessed JESUS as your Lord and Saviour, you are a threat to the devil’s kingdom on earth, and you are his enemy. It is trite that life is not a bed of roses. So, you need to fight, and continually be spiritually vigilant, in order to get to where GOD has ordained you to be on earth. When you finally get to the top, you must keep fighting and be spiritually vigilant to remain at the top. Therefore, the war does not end for as long as you are on earth. May GOD give you victory in whatever battle you are facing now in JESUS’ Name!

Proverbs 3: 18 says, ‘For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (KJV).’ Your expectation or desperation is what determines the end of that challenge or siege the devil ahs ordained concerning your life. When you expect something, you are certain that you will receive that thing at a certain time. But, when you are desperate, you are determined that something must happen or not happen, by fire and by force! There is that stage you get to in life, and you have to be desperate, or else, you would not achieve anything. Take Blind Bartimaeus for example. The man was blind and poor because he was sitting by the road begging for alms. Then, he hears JESUS and HIS Disciples passing by, and with a loud voice, he shouts, ‘JESUS, Son of David, have mercy on me!’. The disciples of JESUS tell him to shut up, and yet he keeps shouting until he gets the attention of Awesome JESUS, and HE calls him over (verse 49:). And when JESUS stops and asks HIM what he wants, he tells JESUS he wants to be healed, and he receives his sight on the spot (verse 52)! The truth is that if Bartimeus was not determined at that time to be healed, he may have died blind. That day JESUS was passing by was the last time HE passed that place before HE was crucified! If Bartimaeus had just kept quiet like others told him to, he would have died a blind poor fellow, and his destiny would have been wasted forever. Besides, this story illustrates that the end of a challenge or battle is determined by your desperation. GOD has already perfected and finished everything concerning your life at the cross (John 19: 30), so, you just have to reach out and grab what GOD has in store for you!

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Apostle Peter says that your light afflictions are just for a moment, and achieves for a greater eternal glory that outshines these problems (2 Corinthians 4: 17). This means that every challenge in your life should last just for a season. It should not last long at all.  Therefore, it is important to confront that challenge with the Word of GOD and other mysteries available in the Bible, early enough, so that you can be victorious while it matters. Imagine that Blind Bartimaues in the story above missed that amazing opportunity to be healed by JESUS, and only got pushed into the healing waters of Bethesda, and got healed when he was 75 years old – would the victory over blindness be as sweet being healed while much younger? What can a man of 75 who is just seeing with his eyes for the first time achieve? His youth has been wasted, and his body and mind may have aged. So, it is important to get desperate on time, and be proactive in attacking that challenge, so that you can receive your victory while it matters.

What Forces should you apply to your life to move it forward?

  • The Name of JESUS: the Bible says that the Name of the LORD is a strong Tower, the righteous runs into it and are safe (Proverbs 18: 10). Moreover, at the mention of the Name of JESUS, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that JESUS is LORD (Philippians 2: 10-11).
  • The Word of GOD: Paul says,

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (KJV).

  • The Blood of JESUS: This is always the last card or resort. The Blood is very powerful. Remember the Passover night when the Israelites left Egypt? GOD had instructed them to kill lambs, sprinkle the blood on their doors, so that when GOD’s Angel of Death was passing by, It avoided the households of Israel (Exodus 12: 6-7; 12-13). This Angel struck down first-born of every household in Egypt, except the households of Israel where the blood of lambs was shed and used to anoint the doors. This ‘blood of Sprinkling’ was the last method that finally got pharaoh to agree to let GOD’s people go (verses 31-36). And this mystery still works today.

What does it take to get Biblical mysteries to work in your favour? First, you must know who you are in CHRIST. You must understand your position in CHRIST. If you don’t, you will continually be a victim. Secondly, you must search GOD’s Word to find the Mysteries (like the Blood of JESUS) and Promises that GOD has made available to fight every battle. When dealing with the devil, you cannot afford to be complacent or to show mercy. Thirdly, get desperate, and be determined that the siege is over! Fight the battle before it destroys you!

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Finally, if you don’t confront that challenge, you cannot conquer it! if you don’t address that problem, it will redress you. JESUS says in John 10: 10, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (NIV).’

Therefore, there is no reason for the devil to triumph over you. Why? JESUS says in Luke 10: 18-19,

18So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you (NIV).

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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