Daily Devotions

Disappointment That Distracts

EndOfRoadAnother thing that can distract us from mandate is disappointment. Disappointments can distract us from purpose.  I think some of our greatest battles start with disappointments, and disappointments come most often because we have erroneous expectations or misbeliefs.  For example: if we believe God’s will is for us to live trouble-free, then we set our expectations accordingly.  That’s a misbelief and mis-expectation.  It will never happen.  Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation.”  The only way out of tribulation is to be out of the world.  Misbeliefs, even if they sound like truth, will lead us down a dead-end road into a downward spiral.  If we believe that God’s will is to have trouble-free lives, when there is trouble we will come to one of three dead ends: 1) Accusing God of falling short on His side of covenant, leaving us to live in anger and a sense of betrayal;  2) accusing self of doing something wrong and missing God’s will and smothering ourselves with self-examination and self-judgment;  or 3) accusing the devil of singling us out so that we live in the torment of self-pity and believe we are a helpless victim.  That view of ourselves actually positions us to be a victim and invites more trouble.  God’s will is not being trouble-free.  He would have never allowed the snake in the garden if that were the case.  God’s will is that we step on trouble and overcome it every time it rears its head!
(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple-Part 2“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)

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