I will be teaching on, Overcoming frustration.
The definition of frustration is defined as, the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something. The prevention of the progress, success, or fulfilment of something.
In other words, when your expectations are beyond your results. As believers, we face frustrations in many different ways and different areas. Some see it as a spiritual attack and others see it as others (elements) getting in the way of their destination.
I learnt more about frustration in Festival of Life through the teaching of Archbishop who shared steps in how we can overcome “strong-holds”, and I discovered that these same steps can be applied when overcoming frustrations.
- Recognise the presence of God
- Listen to the word of God
- Believe in the word of God
- Act upon the word of God
- Looking on to Jesus
In any situation, we need to recognise that there is someone beyond us and who knows everything and that is God. If we are able to recognise his presence, we can begin to invite him into our situation and lean on his word.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
What surprised me more was the point act upon God’s word until you see the result. I personally don’t do that. I hear a word, and I claim it, but a week later I forget. Instead of me to focus and drill his word until it is in me. I just focus on the frustration again when God has already provided the remedy, all I have to do is key into it.
Romans 10:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ
Hearing God’s word ignites our faith. As his word is true.
The bible also says that in
Isaiah 55:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
This is why meditating on the bible is important. Allowing God’s word to become a part of us. So when we face difficult situations, we can stand on his word without fear or doubt.
Out of all the steps on how to overcome frustration, the key point is to know where God is and instead of becoming self-conscious, focus on him and know that he is greater than whatever you are going through.
I hope you were blessed by this teaching, thank you for listening.