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by Dr. John Tetsola
Last month we saw how frustration cost Israel the Promised Land and left Elijah in the realm of unfinished projects. The unbridled emotion of frustration can sabotage your destiny. Let’s look at some principles to overcoming the frustrations associated with your call and see how we can neutralize its negative effects.
How to Overcome Frustration
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
1 Kings 19:9
THE FIRST WAY to overcome the frustrations that come along with your assignment is to separate the "legitimate” emotional feelings of frustration from its full blown negative response. The emotional feeling of frustration deals with the pain and agitation that stem from obstacles which hinder your assignment. But the negative response to frustration deals with the wrong behavior and faulty decisions made as a result of the frustration. Elijah was called to put Jezebel in her place, but instead he ended up in a cave. The problems that frustrate you the most are usually the problems God has called you to solve. And Jezebel proved to be one problem that Elijah refused to solve.
And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal…
1 Kings 19:14, 18a
THE SECOND WAY to overcome the frustrations of your assignment is to never justify your emotions. Elijah believed he had the right to feel the way he did, but his reasons were irrelevant. "I am the only prophet left.” Elijah arrived at a conclusion by false reasoning. Bring your emotions under subjection. Realize that frustration is a spirit that operates with other spirits such as anger, stress, irritation, and discouragement. Take authority over these spirits and rebuke the emotion of frustration before it leads to a full blown negative response.
THIRD, ask the Holy Spirit to put His finger on the cause of your frustration and accept His take on it. Then you will be able to move from earthly strategies which never work, to new divine strategies. God will never force His will on you, but He will set the record straight: "I have seven thousand in Israel, who have not bowed their knees nor kissed Baal.”
The Stillness Principle
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 KJV
FINALLY, you overcome the frustrations of your assignment by being still in God’s presence. Stillness is essential during times of frustration. Don’t be quick to react during this time. Elijah was alone, but he wasn’t still in his emotions. To be still means "to be calm and without agitation.” Frustration clouds your judgment. It magnifies the problem and makes the purpose of God small in your eyes. Exercise the stillness principle because only they that wait upon the Lord become renewed in strength. Remain quiet, calm, and fixed upon the God of your assignment without any agitation, and you will mount up with wings as eagles. You will run and not be weary, and walk and not faint.
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