Disappointed

James 4:6-8(NIV)

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

In life, there will be disappointments.  There is a saying that to avoid disappointment, then don’t expect too much from other people.  It’s tough not to be disappointed when I find out that two different repairs on my vehicle in the last 6 months from a dealership and from an independent mechanic now has problems.  I’m not saying they were incompetent with the work.  Anything mechanical can break down.  The issue is the inconvenience of having to go back to two different places to rectify the problem.

Part of Jesus’ ministry on earth was to release those who were oppressed by the devil.  Some who were possessed by Satan were freed by Jesus.  Many of those who suffered through many disappointments found hope when they encountered the power of Jesus.  Through Jesus, you can fight Satan’s attempt to keep us depressed and disappointed.  If I find Satan after me, I need to resist the devil and he will flee from me.  Jesus provides us with the power to resist Satan and to fight him off.  It all starts with submitting first to God.  Without submission to God, then resisting and fleeing from the devil can be futile with our own efforts.

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