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Letting go of disappointment was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.
I had just come back home from having brunch with a friend. It was a delicious time of biscuits and gravy and deep conversation. While we were getting to know each other better, we were asking each other about past experiences.
As I was sharing with her about my past, I realized that I still had some pain there. I had some life experiences that I had not processed with the Lord, or surrendered to Him. I knew that once I got home I would need some time with Jesus to work it out.
When I got home, I went to the place that I process everything. It’s the place where I can let it all out. It’s my safe haven and my therapy. I’m a worship leader and musician, so for me this is my piano.
I started playing a chord progression and singing. I just sang out all of my hurt and pain and everything hard I had been through.
I finally came to a place where I had let it all out. I mean ALL of it! I didn’t think I could cry or sing anymore about it. That’s when it happened…
I felt in my heart the Lord speaking. I heard “Will you give me your disappointment?”
I thought, “sure that’s easy.” So quickly I decided to say it. I spoke out loud with my hands open in surrender, “Lord, I give you my…….” then silence. I physically could not say it!
I thought that was odd so I tried again. “Lord I give you my….” It happened again. I’ve never had that happen before where I physically could not speak something.
I decided to pause and sit in that moment. In my heart and in that silence, I released all the things that had disappointed me. The things that I had held onto for so long. Once I felt I released it in my heart, I decided to try and say it again.
“Lord I give you my disappointment.” Finally, I could say it out loud! I never realized how much I had let disappointment have it’s way in my life. It was my comfort zone and reason to hold onto pain, to hold onto the past and not move forward. That was all behind me and I had fully surrendered it to the Lord!
I felt so free after that moment that I wrote a song about letting go of disappointment and holding onto hope.
That’s what I want to encourage you to do today. What past discouragement and disappointments are you holding onto? I truly believe that holding on to these things can prevent and block us from receiving our breakthrough moments.
I want to encourage you to have what I would call a “piano bench moment”. Take a few minutes to release all of your discouragement, disappointment, and hopelessness to Jesus.
Then take another few minutes to receive the hope that Jesus gives us. It’s so much better and you will see your breakthrough on the other side of it.
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Satan is sometimes called the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10), but I’ve discovered he’s also an accuser of almighty God. Satan will do anything he can to drive a wedge between you and your loving Creator. He points a finger at God and accuses God when tragedy—or even just circumstances you don’t like—strikes. He suggests God doesn’t care about your problems. He blames God for not healing your sick loved one.
These accusations come as subtle suggestions—whispers to your soul that intend to make you bitter toward God because you feel disappointed, disillusioned, or deceived. Nothing is ever God’s fault, but the devil can surely introduce doubt, ask a well-timed question, or arrange circumstantial evidence to set God up.
Don’t fall for it. Satan is trying to get you to turn your back on the One who can help you through the disappointment, disillusionment, and deception. And if you are holding a grudge against God, He is ready to deliver you from the gall of bitterness. He’s not mad at you, even though you’ve been mad at Him. Here are some examples in Scripture of how the devil accuses God.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Gen. 3:1)
This accusation against God immediately led to the fall of man. Eve told the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’
“Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (vv. 2-5)
The devil accused God of lying to Adam and of withholding something good to oppress His creation. When God arrived on the scene and asked Adam what he had done, Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. But it all started with the serpent accusing God. The rest is human history. Mankind has lived in corrupted, sinful flesh ever since—because Eve believed a lie about God.
“Curse God and die!” That’s what Job’s wife told him when he was going through an especially painful trial where he lost both his children and his property. His wife, probably struck with grief and seemingly blaming God for not protecting the children, lashed out at Job and God in one sentence: “Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9).
Job didn’t fall for it: “He said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?’” (v. 10). In all this, the Bible says, Job did not sin with his lips. That’s a noteworthy verse because one of the first things we do when bad things happen is to sin with our lips. One of the next things we do is look for someone to blame. The devil is right there to accuse God.
Although God never does anything wrong and never needs forgiving, we can sometimes feel like God has betrayed our trust. We stood on His Word, believed with all our hearts, and still didn’t see good come to pass. That can leave us resentful, bitter, and unforgiving.
So, what are you supposed to do? Well, what would you do if you were mad at your spouse or a family member? Hopefully, you’ll get it out in the open. I can tell you this: He would much prefer you talk to Him about it than shut Him out. If you communicate with God, even if you are angry, He can reach you, help you, and heal you.
Ultimately, we need to repent for buying into the devil’s lies and accusations against God. But that repentance won’t come at a heart level until we’ve wrestled with God through the feelings of disappointment, disillusionment, and deception. So, if you are mad at God, be honest with Him. It’s not like He doesn’t already know it. Give Him your anger, and He will turn that anger into peace and a greater revelation of His sovereignty if you will let Him. Amen.
What quenches your fire for God? “Fire-killers” differ from one person to another, but everything boils down to one source: Satan. He is the ultimate fire-killer. And God won’t let him snatch what He started in you.
Here are some of the fire-killers that you need to protect yourself from.
99% of people in the church today leave because of offense. Many people leave the church because they were easily offended. What hurts you? Whatever it is, do a heart check. Ask the Lord to reveal the root of your offense. Is it pride? Bitterness? Unforgiveness? Or something else…
Offense is the Devil’s trap to cause your fire to die out. Don’t allow it to drive away your love for God and His people.
As Christians, we pray and fast for the things we need or want. But sometimes, we get disappointed because things don’t happen. It may not only be with God, but also with family and friends. Every time you get disappointed, return to His Word and remind yourself of His goodness and faithfulness.
How do you spend your day? We become so busy that we don’t have time to spend with the Lord. Sometimes we equate busyness with being faithful workers for the Kingdom. Busyness could be a result of intimacy, but busyness itself is not proof of maturity in God. Intimacy with God is better than busyness, even when it comes to serving the church or His people. Remember the story of sisters Martha and Mary:
“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:40-42)
If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy. What are the things that keep you too busy to sit at Jesus’ feet?
It’s not when you have stuff; it’s when the stuff has you. Sometimes having too much overwhelms us and make us forget God. The key is to surrender everything to God. From the smallest penny on your pocket to your vast selections of materials you have. When God has the right to take anything from your hand, you have the privilege to take anything from HIS pocket. As co-heirs with Christ, God gave us the right to be His children which provides us with access to His kingdom.
Life may be tough, but take heart, Jesus is with you! Be confident that whatever it is you are struggling with, He will always be by your side. You are not alone. Jesus is our good shepherd, and His Word is our shield from the lies of the enemy. Thus, it is vital to connect with God every single day.
Pray this to help restore your zeal:
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:12)
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This article is written by Chinine Badelles