Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka
There’s no better way for the enemy [Satan] to belittle our efforts than to send a spirit of frustration to taunt us. When we allow frustration into our thoughts, fear, anxiety, anger, a brokenhearted spirit, weariness, depression, hopelessness, and many other demonic strongholds join it.
Frustration can separate us from our blessings and even harm the faith or potential of the people around us. Frustration steals our joy, our hope, and our future. When we’re frustrated, we no longer feel an urge to thank God, draw closer to him, or sing his praises. Our attention shifts as frustration takes center stage in our lives.
The Holy Spirit cannot live in a temple that allows frustration to take over. The fruits of the spirit are joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, self-control, and faithfulness. None of these fruits can exist when we give into frustration and it becomes a stronghold in our lives.
We become overwrought with the idea that nothing seems to work out for us and we inevitably fail. Worldly failure replaces the fruits of the spirit. Our thoughts and actions follow the pattern of a frustrated life.
1. Have faith. Never give into frustration. If something isn’t workout out the way you think it should, take a beat, relax, pray, and allow God to intervene before it becomes a stronghold in your life.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
Hebrews 11:1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
2. Refuse to give a problem more time than it deserves. Putting your attention on the problem removes your attention from God and the answer to your difficulties.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
3. Get around it. If something is bringing you to the brink of frustration there is probably another way to handle it. Go to God in prayer for all your life’s challenges before you allow this stronghold in.
Psalm 1:1-3 BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. 2But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 3And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].
4. Be patient. Use wisdom in handling potential points of entry to frustration. It’s possible that a situation causing you frustration needs time for you to learn what it takes to fix it.
James 1:19 Remember this, my dear brothers and sisters: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and should not get angry easily.
Hebrews 6:11-12 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
5. Don’t allow failure to dictate your future. Nothing is too difficult for God. Go to Him for guidance, strength, and resolution.
Luke 1:37 But nothing is impossible for God.”
Psalm 62:5-8 Wait calmly for God alone, my soul, because my hope comes from him. 6He alone is my rock and my savior—my stronghold. I cannot be shaken. 7My salvation and my glory depend on God. God is the rock of my strength, my refuge.
8Trust him at all times, you people. Pour out your hearts in his presence. God is our refuge. Selah