Are You Frustrated?

Many Christians are spiritually frustrated because they have frustrated the Gospel of Christ.

One of the things I work on all the time is not getting frustrated in life. If something doesn’t go the way I want it to, I get frustrated. If something happens that I don’t like or agree with, I get frustrated.

The most common definition of definition of frustrate is to induce feelings of discouragement. Many people get discouraged when something in life doesn’t go their way. I get discouraged at times also! When I do get discouraged, I have to remind myself that my hope isn’t in man or in things but that my hope is in the Lord!

In the Christian life, I believe many people get ‘burnt out’ doing the Christian duties that we hear about so often. They may get tired of doing Christian duties, they may feel like they are never going to reach that standard of Christianity that has been set by someone in their life, whether it’s their parents, a church or someone they look up to. Many decide since they can achieve the spiritual level required of them, they just won’t try any more. This is just a sad fact in Christianity today.

The reason many people give up on Christianity is not because they aren’t saved but because they have ‘frustrated the grace of God.’

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The word frustrate in this verse means to make ineffectual, to bring to nothing.

As a Christian, we have to realize that the grace of God is sufficient for us! We have to realize that there is absolutely nothing we can do for salvation. Salvation is through Christ and Christ alone. Probably my favorite thing about salvation is that since I have accepted Christ as my Saviour, I do not have to do anything to keep Christ as my Saviour. Once saved, always saved, no matter what!

What Paul is talking about here in Galatians is how they were confusing grace with the law and the law with grace. They are two different things but you have to have both to understand both! I wouldn’t know that I needed grace unless I knew that I didn’t measure up to the law.

What I do after salvation for Christ isn’t to keep my salvation but to show my love and gratitude towards Him and what He did for me.

If I think that my works after salvation do anything to keep me saved or make me any more righteous in His sight, than I have frustrated the grace of God and made it of none effect.

Christian, don’t get burnt out by getting frustrated at serving Christ! Change your mindset on why you serve Him! Don’t serve Him because YOU think you have to, to keep your righteousness. Serve HIM because you love Him and want to serve Him your gratitude for what HE has done for you.

If you are getting frustrated (discouraged) in your service to Christ, it may be that you are frustrating (making of none effect) the grace of Christ by trying to achieve righteousness through your own works.

Fret Not

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord , and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Delight thyself also in the Lord ; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord ; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Rest in the Lord , and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord , they shall inherit the earth.

For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.”

Psalms 37:1-10

Fret means to be constantly and visibly worried, to be in a state of anxiety or worry.

God tells us just in these 10 verses to fret not three times. God doesn’t want us to fret or worry or be anxious. He especially doesn’t want us to fret because of the world and the wickedness that’s in it.

In verse 1, God tells us to fret not because of the evildoers. God doesn’t want us to worry about the wickedness of the world. No matter how bad things get, God is still in control.

In verse 5, God tells us not fret because of those who prospereth in their own way. Don’t worry about how successful people are around you, most of them are out of the will of God for their lives and are living to be bring prosperity to themselves and not to serve God.

In verse 8, God tells us not to fret so much that we end up doing something we shouldn’t do. When you worry and get anxiety over everything, we don’t make the right decisions like we should.

“But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord : he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.” Psalms 37:39-40

At the end of the chapter, we see that the Lord takes care of those that trust in Him. Your worrying and anxiousness will bring you nothing. Just put it all in God’s hands and let Him care for you!

via Daily Prompt: Fret

When You Are the Weakest

When you are the weakest, that is when the devil will attack the hardest!

When you are weak physically, when you are tired, drained, flat out exhausted…the devil will tempt you with those worldly temptations and he will come at you hard!

When you are weak mentally, the devil will get you to start questioning God.

When you are weak spiritually, the devil will get you to turn from God and trust in yourself.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

1 Peter 5:8 KJV

The devil will always be attacking! He will always try to get you to slip and fall!

As a Christian, we need to be and stay strong in the Lord! We need to always trust and rely on God. The moment we start to weaken we need to run to God for strength! It is in those weak moments when the devil will attack the most!