Everyone faces disappointment from time to time. It’s part of life. But not everybody handles disappointment with success. For many of us, disappointments control us, overtaking our feelings, emotions, and decisions….leading us to live a life filled with hopelessness and despair.
There are 5 important truths to keep in mind when facing disappointments in life. Understanding these truths will change your mindset forever. So let’s take a brief look at them:
1. Disappointment is a weapon Satan uses to steal the dream and vision that God placed in your heart. His primary goal is to make us quit believing and expecting those God-inspired dreams and visions to actually come to pass. Remember how Joseph’s prophetic dreams caused his brothers to get so angry that they wanted to kill him? Why? Because Satan was using them to stop Joseph the dreamer from giving birth to those dreams.
Satan really isn’t after you directly. He wants to destroy the dream God gave you. He knows that when you begin to actually walk out your dreams, you will be extremely dangerous to him and his strategies to defeat you.
Joseph eventually was used by God to save His chosen people. If you remember that the disappointment you face isn’t directly against you, but against God’s destiny for you, it will give you greater determination to not give in or be controlled by disappointment. [James 1:1-3]
2. Disappointment gives you an opportunity to stand back and evaluate what you are disappointed about. Is it really from God? Many of us have godly ideas and thoughts of what we want to see happen in our lives, but not all godly dreams and visions are for us personally.
They may be wholesome and seem to have great potential to bring success in your life. But if they are not from God, (not engrafted into your spirit) they will cause you to waste valuable time. You will be constantly caught in the same cycles of disappointment over and over again for the same things. Allow the disappointment to give you the chance to take a second look to see if what you are hoping for is from God.
3. Experiencing failure in life doesn’t mean that the dream, vision or prophetic word is wrong. Many times it’s a sign that the strategy needs to be changed. Example: God spoke to me about taking back America, one city at a time. So I decided that Sarasota, which was about an hour and a half away from our church, would be the place to start.
After about six months I became disappointed because there wasn’t much fruit. The Lord told me my vision for America is correct, but my strategy was wrong. So I immediately stopped the work in Sarasota, followed God’s strategy and very quickly I experienced awesome fruitfulness.
I’ll continue speaking about strategy and the rest of the truths concerning disappointment next week. I believe that by understanding these truths, your life will change. Remember, not all disappointments are focused on God’s dream and vision in your life. Some are because we don’t have any direction from God, and some disappointments come because we are following our own lustful desires.
Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” You were created for God’s purposes…. not your own. Find out the “reason of your being”. When you do, disappointment will never win in your life again.
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