Disappointment is a man-made feeling and emotion. It does not come from God and anytime we feel disappointment or regret, it is something we were taught by the world and is immediately capitalized on by the devil. The world is always looking for who is at fault or what has caused something. Placing blame and what seems to be a never-ending pursuit of the parties at fault keeps us from focusing on what we can learn from our mistakes. We must have faith that no matter what, God is here to carry us through. Yes, we can make decisions that negatively affect us, but the greater truth is, no matter what part we play, God is always on the other side offering forgiveness and wisdom. We do not have to live in places of pain and regret and when we find ourselves replaying our failures we should pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal all of the ways He is working in our lives. Disappointment can also lead to self-loathing, blame and guilt. So how should we deal with it? It can be such a slippery slope and once we’re on it, it is very hard to get off. It’s like a movie playing over and over in our heads and the only way to stop it is to change our focus. Things may not have turned out the way we planned and we may also begin to find or search for how we played a part in the failure. No matter if we are the cause of things going wrong in our lives or have been wronged by someone else, victory lies in our power and authority to maintain a God perspective and keep pressing towards God’s purpose and plan for our lives. The devil will relentlessly try to keep us stagnant and reliving our trauma for as long as He can. Paul reminds us in Phillipians 3:13-14:
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
We are not supposed to dwell in the past, even if the past is in the last 10 minutes. There is so much freedom in the revelation of deliverance and God’s grace. Although we are not to think of God’s mercy as a way to live in perpetual sin, He does offer us forgiveness and the gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us around the things that trip us up in life and provides revelation about how those things keep us out of the promise and provision of God. Life is not about trudging through all of our fears, doubts and sin. We are here to live in the image of Christ, free, joyful, and prosperous and constantly learning how to keep pressing towards the mark. If we feel like we are wading through the muck of our failures and shortcomings, God is throwing a life line right now to pull us out of the enemies grasp and into all He is calling us to be. We must accept this incredible gift and through faith and prayer begin to choose at every turn to trust God and not operate on our own accord. We all have a second, third….hundredth chance at succeeding, but we must choose in this moment to trust that God’s forgiveness is real and He looks at us with love and longs for us to grasp who and Who’s we are. Release every fear and doubt and walk in new revelation.
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