The past couple of days have proved to be a little.....well.....out of the ordinary for me. I am, by nature, a very positive upbeat person. But, I let my guard down. Ever done that?
And I THINK I just used this scripture in my last post....
How quickly I got my eyes off of God's promises and onto my circumstances. And I moped around all day, unmotivated and unproductive. REALLY, I know better.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:18.
Luckily, for me, it didn't last long.
My mom gave me an article to read yesterday, so as I was sitting in the pick-up line at Logan's school, I opened it up. And, as usual, God began to speak to me and show me the error of my ways.
I'm so thankful He loves me (and you!) enough to do that.
Apparently, I had allowed unfulfilled expectations and our temporarily less than perfect circumstances to cause disappointment - which I then allowed to come in and set up camp for a bit.
The article said..."Disappointment is not just a sad, emotional state of mind; deep disappointment can actually sever our hearts from faith. It is the enemy's work. Demonically manipulated disappointment can actually "dis-appoint" a person from God's destiny for their lives" (Francis Frangipane).
It's naive to think that we will never get disappointed. That is, unfortunately, a part of life that we can't escape. It's in those times that we have to grab hold of our faith like never before, keeping discouragement, unforgiveness, and/or bitterness from taking up residence! It's also in those times that God can do a work in us beyond our comprehension - a work sure to benefit and increase our preparedness for a future season.
Anything and everything that tries to bring us down or halt our forward movement is such a lesser thing when compared to the King of Kings! We just need the right perspective. And we have to stay alert and aware.
I began to wonder....if this happened to me so quickly, how many other people who are going through trying times are stuck in this place? How many people have sunk even further and allowed deep disappointment to come in and sever their hearts from their faith?
Are you there?
Has disappointment found its way into a secret chamber of your heart, robbing you and keeping you from God's plans and purposes for your life?
Maybe you just got there.
Maybe you've been there for a while.
Or maybe you didn't even know you were there.
F.F. also said that disappointment cuts us off from our vision, and without vision a people perish.
Have you lost your vision? Is it hard for you to remember the dreams and promises that God once gave you?
Don't accept the power of disappointment in your life. Recognize it when it comes, and tell it to hit the road, Jack!!
Remind yourself how good God is!
Decide TODAY, right now, to renounce disappointment. Forgive, repent, or do whatever you need to do to return to your Redeemer! Be set free and move forward into your destiny!
Don't allow disappointment to "dis-appoint" you!!
God has great plans!!