October 21, 2020

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Overcoming disappointment for the Christian

Do you contend with disappointments in your life?

Even if you’re a Christian, life can deal you so many dashed hopes that eventually you may be letting the enemy build a false belief system in you. You can become discouraged and negatively affected by the failure of your hopes or expectations.

But you and I don’t have to stay there. What’s required is a new way of thinking. We need to replace negative thoughts with declarations of biblical truth. Counter the lies, half truths, and self pity with hope, trust, repentance, satisfaction, and trust. Doing these things will defeat destructive thinking. It’s also an effective form of resistance of the one who seeks to tear us down. As scripture says, “resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Declarations to Counter Disappointment

Declare this: I am pleased and satisfied in all of God‘s provisions for me. I know that when I walk closely with the Lord, He is able to provide his fullest blessings & protection for me. I am so pleased that Jesus came to the world and offered himself a sacrifice that I may have life. What boundless love! I am so pleased at having the Holy Spirit live in me, comforting, helping, and empowering me. I trust in all of God’s promises. I am living in God’s shelter now, so there won’t be disappointments anymore. And Jesus promised me a “life more abundant.”

The declarations above represent a view of life that are more in line with God’s perspective and are inspired by the following verses.

Bible Verses:

Jeremiah 17:7-8 CSB

[7] The person who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed. [8] He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.

Proverbs 16:3 CSB 

[3] Commit your activities to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT

[11] “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. [12] In those days when you pray, I will listen. [13] If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

Romans 4:20 CSB

[20] He (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

John 3:16 CSB

[16] For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 1:14 CSB

[14] The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.

Galatians 5:5-6 CSB

[5] For we eagerly await through the Spirit, by faith, the hope of righteousness. [6] For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love.

Psalm 91:1-2 CSB

[1] The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. [2] I will say concerning the LORD, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust…

John 10:10b, 11 CSB

[10b] I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. [11] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Thoughts on this book:  I found the information in Glory Days, by Max Lucado to be an eye-opening and rousing boost to my faith and my expectations of what I can and should expect moving ahead in my journey with God. Biblically sound expectations are a healing antidote to disappointment. This book will help open the door to a new life.

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