Overcoming Life’s Disappointments

Reference Verse: John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

As Christians, we are no longer walking towards victory but instead we are walking from a place of victory. There’s a huge difference!

If we allow Jesus in our lives, He will bring us to a place of victory.

In life, we will surely experience many attacks against our faith because nothing poses a greater threat to Satan than a person who has unshakable faith.

Daniel 7:25 warns that Satan’s job is to wear us out in our faith race. He is a relentless adversary dedicated to this cause.

Common causes of disappointments:

  1. Broken relationships
  2. Busy lifestyle
  3. Delay on God’s promises
  4. Emotional and financial problems
  5. God’s chastening
  6. Sickness, health and death

The good news is God knows in advance the totality of your life. He foreknows you including the challenges you will be facing.

Our job as believers is to, “put on the full armor of God, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6: 13-16).

Here are practical ways in which we can apply the shield of faith against our enemy:

  1. Understand where the source of your faith is (Hebrews 12:2)
  2. Apply the Word of truth and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God in your situation (Psalm 119:24-25)
  3. Find God’s purpose and build Kingdom character (Romans 5:3-4)
  4. Find contentment in adversity (Philippians 4:11-13)

Furthermore, Apostle Paul knew how wearying life can be. He therefore exhorts the believers in Galatia of the great harvest they will reap if they don’t give up – Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

This verse serves as a great reminder that no one is immune to discouragement. But when the going gets tough do we throw in the towel and fall short of the prize at the end? Or do we choose to keep fighting and persevere? Just because victory is not immediate doesn’t mean it’s not assured.

Christ our King is seated in heavenly places as a proclamation that ultimate victory over the enemy has already been assured

Summary text by Camille Quintela