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Dealing with Disappointment

Pastor Cassie Wilson
Dealing with Disappointment

John 16:33 ESV “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

DISAPPOINTMENT WILL HAPPEN….it’s a part of life.

DISAPPOINTMENT CAN LEAD TO DESPAIR

1 Kings 19:1-5 MSG “Ahab reported to Jezebel everything that Elijah had done, including the massacre of the prophets. Jezebel immediately sent a messenger to Elijah with her threat: ‘The gods will get you for this and I’ll get even with you! By this time tomorrow you’ll be as dead as any one of those prophets.’ When Elijah saw how things were, he ran for dear life to Beersheba, far in the south of Judah. He left his young servant there and then went on into the desert another day’s journey. He came to a long broom bush and collapsed in its shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all - to just die: ‘Enough of this, God! Take my life —I’m ready to join my ancestors in the grave! Exhausted, he fell asleep under the lone broom bush’”


HOW DO WE GET THROUGH DISAPPOINTMENT?

  • Don’t let it be wasted

Lysa Terkeurst says “Disappointment isn’t proof that God is withholding good things from us. Sometimes it’s His way of leading us home.”

  • Give Thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18 CEV
“Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.”

  • Find Joy

James 1:2 NLT
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

  • Stay Faithful

James 1:12 ESV
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to this who love him.”







Faith In Our Identity

Summer MixTape
Pastor Joshua Miller
Faith In Our Identity

Mark 10:13-16
13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.

15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

  1. Faith Like a Child- (Faith in who He is)

Romans 10:17
17 
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

  1. Faith In Who I Am- (What He says about me)

Jeremiah 1:5
I knew you while you were still in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart.

  1. Faith In What He Says- (No matter the circumstance)

Mark 10:13

Life of Legacy

Life of Legacy
Pastor Colton Rohr


HEBREWS 11:4 NLT
4
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.


GENESIS 4:4-8 NLT
4
Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced a man!” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel.
When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground.
3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.
6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
8 One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.”And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.


Habits create the condition of your heart.

1. Habit of
Sacrifice

2. Habit of
Gratitude

A.
Gratitude to God

Psalm 52:9
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.

B.
Gratitude to others

3. Habit of
Growth

How To Move

Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.



How do you MOVE from where you are to where God wants you to be?



1. UNCOVER Your PURPOSE


Exodus 3:1-10 (NLT)
One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. 3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” 4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. 5 “Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. 7 Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. 9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”



The enemy of your PURPOSE is DISTRACTION



2. UNLEASH Your PASSION



Questions to ask yourself:
- What breaks your heart?
- What would you do for free?
- What lights you up?



Exodus 2:11b-12 (NLT)
He went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. 12 After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.



The enemy of your PASSION is your COMFORT



3. UNLOCK Your POTENTIAL



The enemy of your POTENTIAL is your PAST



Don’t get caught in the REARVIEW



Exodus 3:11 (NLT)
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”



Exodus 4:1 (NLT)
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”



Exodus 4:10 (NLT)
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”



Exodus 4:13 (NLT)
But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.”

How To Burn Out

Cautionary Tales
Part 3
How to Burn Out

Numbers 20:1-12 “In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. 2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! 4 Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here? 5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!” 6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7 The Lord said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” 9 So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

How to burn out…

1. Shrug off the losses

Numbers 20:1 “In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 “There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    
a time to weep and a time to laugh,

2. Stay focused on the opinions of others

verse 2-4 “Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, “If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the Lord! 4 Why did you bring the Lord’s community into this wilderness, that we and our livestock should die here?”

Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

3. See yourself as irreplaceable

verse 10  “He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

4. Stop trying new things:

Four keys to avoiding burn out…

1. Walk with GOD

Exodus 3:11-12 “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, “I will be with you.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

2. Operate in your GIFTS

3. GET out of what’s comfortable

4. Don’t GO alone

How To Be Broke

Cautionary Tales
Part 2
How to Be Broke

Proverbs 24:30-34 “I went past the field of a sluggard,
    past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31  thorns had come up everywhere,
    the ground was covered with weeds,
    and the stone wall was in ruins.
32  I applied my heart to what I observed
    and learned A LESSON from what I saw:
33  A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
34  and poverty will come on you
like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.”

Three habits of broke people:

1. We LOVE our STUFF.

Proverbs 27:20 (NCV) “People will never stop dying and being destroyed, and they will never stop wanting more than they have.”

Ecclesiastes 5:10 NLT “Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!”

I Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with MANY GRIEFS.”

2. We LACK DISCIPLINE

verse 33 “A little sleep a little slumber a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief…”

Proverbs 21:20 NLT “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.”

Proverbs 13:18 “whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame…”

3. We LIVE for the NOW

Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8  yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

How do I get a right heart about money?

1. DEVOTE your heart to GOD.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. You cannot love both God and money.”

Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the Lord with your wealth with the first fruits of your crops.”

Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse”

Exodus 23:19
“Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 27:30
“A tithe of everything…belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 14:23 "The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives."

2. Develop a heart of GENEROSITY

Psalm 37:21 “The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers.”

Proverbs 21:26 “the Godly love to give.”