You didn’t get the job. You didn’t get the loan. The relationship didn’t work out. You don’t have enough money to buy the nicer item. What feeling do all these things bring up inside?
The feeling of disappointment!
Disappointment is a nasty fake friend that we get used to. “D” puts his arm around us and tells us that we KNEW what would happen. It tells us not to get our hopes up. It tells us not to expect anything in order to minimize the hurt. Disappointment places limitations on us, making us stay in our comfort zones while we watch others soar. And why do others soar? Maybe because they’re not afraid of facing the fear. Not afraid of banging into the wall even when a cruel audience is watching.
Maybe it was parents who warned us not to make a fool of ourselves and to only do what was considered “acceptable.” Maybe the warning was to never embarrass them. And because you were taught certain behaviors, pride put a chain lock on how far you were willing to go.
Disappointment is nothing but a bully! Disappointment loves to mock you.
But fast forward to someone telling you about how faith works. Faith means believing God will show up for you, that He’ll do a certain thing for you if you decide to believe Him for it. But disappointment begins to whisper that you need to protect yourself because it may not turn out good for you. Or pride warns you about taking risks. Next thing you know, you fold up that adventure and decide to shield yourself from more disappointment and dissatisfaction. You decide to walk away.
But God sees your heart.
He sees that you want to learn how to walk in faith. He sees that you want to learn how to get just one thing accomplished by faith and get the outcome you need and hoped for. He also sees your battle with disappointment and with self-protecting pride.
In Luke 4:18 Jesus says that the Spirit of the Lord is on Him to announce release to the captives, to deliver those who are oppressed, downtrodden, bruised, crushed and broken down by calamity.
Many of us are bruised and crushed by everyday life and the things that we have to deal with. We’re secretly looking for a sure thing. We keep thinking there has to be something better than what we’re enduring.
When you endure, it means you continue to exist in the same state or condition. It also means to experience pain or suffering for a long time with no change. And all the time, Jesus is there for you like a coach, waiting to help.
We don’t want to stay in the same pit, tolerating lack, stress or some bad situation. If we knew a way out, we’d exit. The Word of God is that way out, but you have to make a decision to learn how to work His Word until it works for you.
We’ve heard of people who have written “faith checks” because they believed they would have the money in the bank before the check was cashed. We’ve also heard of being arrested for fraud, too! Know that faith is not the same thing as mental hype. It doesn’t work that way. God NEVER asks you to commit fraud. He uses His word to help you build your faith to the point where it produces for you. He can help you change your words to His words until it starts building you up on the inside. He can show you how to shove disappointment down the mountain because there’s only room for one king or queen on your mountain.
Holy Spirit can help you get rid of pride as you wait patiently knowing God has never lied. He always performs His Word. He loves you with a crazy love. (You know God’s got that stalker love, right?) He is a father first and foremost and wants to see His kids develop in faith.
That’s your development area–faith. What is it? How do I get it? How do I work it? How do I know it’s going to produce results?
So start believing Him for something small. Find out what His Word promises you specifically regarding that need. Then begin to speak it out until it gets down on the inside of you. If it seems to be taking too long, ask Him what you need in order to keep going in faith. But don’t let pride and disappointment keep you locked in prison. It’s not as difficult as saying Wash Your Sister Sauce. Thank God and believe you receive an answer from the hand of your very own Father. He leads you every step of the way until your faith produces the desire of your heart.