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Lose The Frustration

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Lose The Frustration

There is a level of frustration that comes with following Christ, with being born-again, it arrives not only from the actions and inactions from within ourselves, but from those that we associate with. The ones that we perform, or do not perform, can be recognized and modified by willfully submitting to the will of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Rom. 7:19) Over time we come to recognize these faults, if you will, we ask the Lord for mercy and strength to bear them, to part with them, and then, as usually occurs, we go about our business of serving until we part ways with the Lord, so to speak, because of those deeds not done for His glory. That is the lifelong, personal frustrations that we deal with.

I cannot say just how much of that personal frustration will remain after we are glorified, the Lord did not make us robotic, so to speak, in the first place, and free will is a determining faction in the course of our lives. It is a much different topic when we discuss those that we meet, those that we associate with, some that we know and love, those that also have the same amount of free will in these matters that we do but have determined not to serve the Lord God with their lives. They bring upon us a completely different form of frustration.

We try to reach them for Him, we speak to them of the futility of a life without Him, of the eternal punishment that awaits all who deny Him, and they will not listen. “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) Every single person in hell right now if they could read these words would understand exactly what has just been written here, they understand the wasted life they led, they understand Hebrews 9:27 perfectly well, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

We know their end, we are heavenly minded, we have been blessed by the Lord with the knowledge of the truth, and we are seen as fools in their eyes. Being able to live in each passing moment offers the opportunity for a man to believe that life is long, and there is time to kill today, that death is many years away, and the decision, if it is to be made, can be made at that time. The problem is that they do not make that decision for Him, for they do not know the day of their death, and the world’s call grows stronger as we age, our hardened hearts do not become one of flesh (Eze. 36:26) by remaining in the world.

Those people you know will remain a constant frustration to you as long as you are witnessing to them, if you do not continue to speak of His glory, they will not bring up the subject of their eternal state, they will simply be glad that you stopped speaking of Him, that you have stopped being concerned for their souls. Here is where you must make a decision, at this point you will need to determine who it is that you serve. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

This means not becoming close, personal friends with those in the world, they are the wicked, (Prov. 6:12) and light has no place with darkness. (2 Cor. 6:14) If you do as the Scriptures say, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Matt. 7:6), then you will lose them as friends and acquaintances, and that is not something most people want to do.

The Lord will take second place to no one, and He will not share with any the place that rightfully belongs to Him and Him alone. There is only one way to lose that frustration level in this area, and you know what it is. There will be no viable excuses for inaction in this area on your day of accounting.

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