Expectant Hope and Joy Are the Fuels For Acceleration
by Katie Barker, Tweed Coast, Australia
We are entering a time where there will be many in the Body of Christ who will enter a time of acceleration. “Expectant hope” and “Joy” are the fuels that will propel you into this acceleration and will give you strength and endurance for the journey. The Lord is also bringing divine organization and divine alignments in this time of acceleration and advancement.
Recently the Lord gave me a vision of a runner and I knew the runner represented a Believer in the race of faith. Hebrews 12:1, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus the Author and Perfector of faith.”
The runner was on a path with a very bright light in the distance and the runner had unwavering focus on the light ahead, which I knew to be Jesus. They were steadfast on keeping their eyes forward, looking at the path before them, which was their destiny.
Proverbs 4:25 (NASB) “Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.”
Initially the person looked to me to be like any other runner but as they began to run I noticed they were wearing shoes with rockets on the bottom of each one. Bursts of fire were coming out of each shoe as the person ran. On the bottom of one shoe were the words “Expectant Hope” and on the bottom of the other shoe was the word “Joy.” I also noticed the runner had supernatural strength and endurance, and was moving at super speed. They just kept running and running and didn’t seem to be tiring. I knew expectant hope and joy were the items fueling the person’s run. More than that, I knew the Lord was showing me these were the things fueling the speed and acceleration of the runner, as the running was moving at increased speed.
In the vision the Lord then drew my focus to the watch on the runner’s arm. I noticed the time on the watch was 12 o’clock. At that time I also saw many other runners with rocket shoes join the original runner on the path. They too had supernatural strength and endurance and were running with the same focused vision on the light ahead. I knew the runner was aligned with the others. The number twelve represents perfect governance and divine organization. I believe the Lord is saying He is bringing divine authority and also divine alignment with others which will further increase the acceleration and advancement of Believers.
In the vision the Lord gave me the shoes were fueled in a powerful way by Expectant Hope and Joy. They were rockets and caused propulsion of the runner as they kept their focus on the light, who is Jesus. The Lord wants to fill you with expectant hope.
Romans 12:12 (TPT), “Let this hope burst forth within, releasing a continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times.”
The next twelve months will be a time of much change and acceleration. It will be important to keep your focus on the Lord and commune with Him; to seek Him and His presence. God wants us to expect Him to move in our lives and He wants us to have an expectant hope. This is the kind of hope that has a confidence and assurance to it. It is not a “wish” that something will happen but is instead a confidence in knowing it will, and to stand with expectancy for it to come to pass.
Hope in Scripture means a strong and confident expectation. Our God is a good God and wants to be gracious to us. He wants us to be expectant of the good He wants to bring to our lives. We can have confident hope as our hope is found in God and He is faithful. When you know that God has a plan and purpose for you, you can have expectant hope for your future as you know it will be glorious.
Isaiah 30:18 (AMP), “Therefore the Lord waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them].”
Psalm 62:5 (NASB), “My soul, waits in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.”
Romans 15:13 (NASB), “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB), “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to you a future and a hope.'”
As we have confident hope, joy flows from us, regardless of our situations. This year joy will be the other fuel that accelerates us and gives us strength and endurance. As we commune with the Lord and seek intimacy with Him, we are filled with joy. As we abide in Jesus we are filled with His joy, and we have fullness of joy. The Word of God tells us the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52). We too can be continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit as we press in and draw near to Him.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB), “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 16:11 (NASB), “You will make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; in your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
John 15:11 (NASB), “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
We are entering a time of acceleration. I believe the Lord is going to align people this year in a way that will accelerate His plans and purposes like never before. Expectant Hope and Joy will be the fuels that will accelerate people in their destiny as they spend time in His presence and keep their eyes fixed on Him. (Sourced from the Elijah List go here.)
Katie Barker is the co-founder of Bring the Fire Ministries along with her husband Aaron. They live on the Tweed Coast of Australia with their four children. Bring the Fire Ministries is about bringing revival fire to the nations. It is about ministering to others through the power of the Word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Katie has a heart to encourage Believers into a deeper relationship with the Lord and see them walk in the fullness of their identity and inheritance in Christ. Her desire is to see believers understand their kingdom authority and position, use the spiritual gifts they have been given and impact their areas of influence for the Kingdom of God. She also has a heart for revival and to see the Body of Christ united and awakened.