It’s an expectancy.
It’s a bridge between what was and what will be. Something more. Something greater.
Having hope is in the Spirit is what being pregnant is in the natural.
When we conceive the truth of God, something comes alive in us.
1 Peter 1:3, Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
Hope breaks the cycle.
Everyone knows that when a woman conceives, the first sign is that the cycle ceases.
It brings about a change that is simultaneously common and miraculous.
Hope is mysterious. All the while there is growth and an expanding of our capacity…hope remains to be seen.
Romans 8:24, For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
It’s almost like, rather than the hope being the “baby”…it’s the umbilical cord, feeding the call of God upon our life, nurturing His purposes and plans until they are born.
In prayer on Sunday, a revelation came and I thought, “Why have I never realized this before?”
Colossians 1:27, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Christ in me…this is hope! The combination of the two of us together…is the hope of glory! It’s the constant expectation of something far greater than I could ever accomplish myself.
And as my friend Claudia was praying, she said these words, “Mary was great with child”. Immediately I felt the swell of something much bigger than I had ever before.
Mary was great with child but we are great with Christ, the man who died and was resurrected and lives! We are carrying something full grown. We are carrying the end of the thing rather than the beginning.
Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.