Apostle Stacey Woods
Founder and Overseer of Impact Outreach Ministries
We all face disappointments and setbacks. Life is full of things that try to discourage us. Maybe you got bad news concerning your health, or perhaps a relationship did not work out. When we face setbacks, it is easy to get discouraged or lose our enthusiasm. Too often we are tempted to just settle where we are. However, if we are going attain God’s best for us, we have to have a bounce-back mentality. That means when you get knocked down, you do not stay down.
Get back up again. When disappointments come, you can shake them off and be confident that God will work out your toughest test for your good (Romans 8:28). When you have a bounce-back mentality, you know that adversity is not permanent. The scripture reminds us, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalm 30:5).” There is wonderful joy ahead if you can just see yourself on the other side of this trial. Keep standing, keep believing, and choose to have a bounce-back mentality because you are coming out better off than you were before.
Life is full of situations that are designed to be a setback. However, your setback is only a set- up for your come back. You must have this determination, and declare to yourself, “I refuse to loose, I refuse to give up, and I refuse to give in.” Sometimes we get a second chance, and sometimes we do not have the option of going back. In those times, you must simply resolve to move forward.
Here are three steps you can take to get up, get over it, and move on:
(1) Forgive what others have done to you. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32).”
(2) Forgive yourself for what you’ve done. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (Philippians 3:13).”
(3) Believe that when you repent, God has truly forgiven you and act on it. “I, [even] I, [am] he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins (Isaiah 43:25).”
You can look forward to God’s promises, “Beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3 NKJV).” So in God’s strength get up, get over it and move on.