We’ve all experienced frustration at some point in our lives. While it could start harmless for no reason, it can quickly grow into something hazardous and difficult to manage.

I’ve never been one to get frustrated easily.  Those who know me best would describe me as low-key, and mellow. Yet, recently, I found frustration residing in me – little things began to bother me, for no apparent reason.

When you find yourself frustrated, what do you do about it?

In my recent experience with frustration, I learned that having this feeling affected my relationship with the Lord – not because of what I was feeling, but more so how I was handling it. My prayer life weakened, and with it, my joy diminished. I was letting an emotion take over, and trying to conquer the situation myself. It wasn’t until I took my concerns and frustration to God that I was able to discover a true peace.

Pastor Keith has preached on strongholds in the past. If we don’t take every thought captive, a stronghold could form in our mind.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5:

If you find yourself frustrated, start praying immediately. God gave us the Holy Spirit to empower us –  let Him guide you. Don’t try to go at it alone like I did initially. That will just equate to further frustration. Whatever it is you are frustrated with, give it to God – pray for that thing, person, etc. Tell Him why you are frustrated – He can handle it!  God wants us be honest with Him and express how we feel. He seeks honesty not superficial worship.

Remember, God is bigger than any of our feelings. He has given us the gift of self-control, affording us the opportunity to walk in peace and experience His love. Thank you Lord!