Saturday, November 19, 2016

When We Feel Frustrated

Philippians 4:10-13

Thanks for Their Gifts

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. NIV Bible Gateway.com

   During Seasons of frustration, a natural reaction is to blame circumstances or individuals. When we find ourselves hindered from achieving our goals, discontent may be triggered by external forces, even though the root cause often is internal. Then we sometimes make changes-such as quitting a job, ending a friendship, or moving away-in an attempt to spare ourselves further dissatisfaction. But that's not how to find genuine peace. When frustrated, we must determine the cause. Discontent has three internal roots:
   One is the inability to accept ourselves as God created us. The talents, personality, and physical attributes we've been given may not be what we desire, but they are exactly what we need to follow God's will for our life. Dwelling on what we lack or what we'd change distracts us from serving Him.
   A Second root is a reluctance to deal with our past. We may have painful memories or recall mistakes that brought us heartache. Only when we admit their impact and confront any resulting emotional or psychological issues can we move on in peace.
   The final source of frustration is a refusal to deal with behaviors or attitudes that are outside the Lord's will. Holding on to an ungodly spirit or a bad habit will often lead to the useless practice of repeatedly trying to justify ourselves to our heavenly Father and those around us.
   The human solution for frustration-changing our external situations-will fail every single time. The only way to truly uproot our frustration is by relying on God for the strength to grapple  with its source. 
Stanley, Charles F. "When We Feel Frustrated." In Touch: Daily Readings For Devoted Living June 2016. Atlanta: In Touch Ministries.  page 26.

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