As I mentioned last week, disappointment can easily become a way of life wherein we expect and even accept it happening regularly. But this mindset sabotages us and can eventually lead to depression, sadness and hopelessness. Let’s add to the three truths we learned last week:
4. Disappointment is one of Satan’s weapons, but it can be resisted if we are willing to recognize it and then engage in this high level of spiritual warfare. James 4:7 says we must submit ourselves to God AND resist the devil (come out against him).
We need to be aggressively on the offense, not on the defense. Resist comes from the Greek word antihistamine, which is what our bodies use to fight allergies. But how do we offensively fight disappointment? Glad you asked, because God gave us a weapon to defeat disappointment every time.
Satan uses disappointment to rob the dream, prophetic word or promise God gave you. That word fills you with the faith to expect God’s destiny to be fulfilled. It gets you up in the morning and encourages you to keep on keepin’ on, even when all hell is breaking loose.
That word is a spiritual weapon and when you speak it against the mountain of disappointment, it will crumble. Jesus taught this truth to His disciples in Matthew 17:20 and Mark 11:22&23.
When you speak the word that the Holy Spirit has engrafted in your heart, you’re releasing God’s presence and power. Prophesy your destiny (calling the end from the beginning) by speaking that engrafted word, and don’t let the devil talk you out of it. God is sovereign, but your destiny won’t come to pass until you release what God planted in your heart.
5. Step into your God-given destiny. After releasing the prophetic word God gave you, you must guard against the temptation to not go forward and pursue your dream. Although he was 100 and Sarah was 90, to fulfill God’s promise of being the father of many nations, Abraham still had to be intimate with Sarah.
If God gave a word to you about your career, marriage, ministry, your family or even a vacation; don’t just speak it— pursue it with all your heart! Don’t let any obstacle stand in your way. Years ago, I remember planning a long-overdue vacation. We packed the car with enough clothes for a week, but there was one problem: We had no money! I’d been prophesying to the mountain of disappointment and finally made up my mind to pursue it. That would seem ridiculous to most people, but God said He would provide for the dream He placed in me.
As we drove off, the car behind me kept beeping the horn until I recognized the driver as one of my congregants. I pulled over to see what was wrong and this dear woman said, “Pastor, God told me to give you this money. I don’t know what it’s for, but He told me you needed it.” Well, as you can imagine, it more than covered my family vacation!
Speak your destiny into existence…then step into your miracle! The Holy Spirit planted God’s word for your destiny in your heart. Receive that engrafted word as your top priority. Remember you and God make a majority. Disappointment never has to be a way of life ever again!
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