"If our heart is captivated by anything other than Christ, we aren't elevated to our purpose, we are frustrated with our circumstances."
The word "frustrated" is defined as feeling or expressing distress and annoyance, or being prevented from progressing to our rightful position.
If we are experiencing frustration or discontentment with life in general, maybe we need to step back and ask ourselves some tough questions. If we want to overcome our frustration and be elevated to the position as a woman, wife, and mother that God has for us, finding honest answers to those questions is the key. The first question to ask is, "What is captivating me and my time?"
As I pressed in to the Lord recently, I realized that my time was slipping through my hands like sand through my fingers. Lots of things were captivating valuable time that needed to be recaptured. As I continued to pray for wisdom, the Lord posed some even more challenging questions for me to ponder as a way to check my heart. The Bible says, "Where your heart is, there your treasure will be," If we are finding our treasure in distractions instead of the love of the Father and the love for people then we are missing the two most important commandments that Jesus taught. When we miss love, our heart can become distant and discontented.
Here are some questions we have to answer if we want to take back ground the enemy has stolen put our hearts back in the right location.
1. Do you love sleep more than you love meeting with the Father every morning? Jesus was only as powerful in public as he was intimate with the Father in private. The scripture says he stole away every morning to meet with the Father. If we want to captivate the world with the love of and light of Christ, we have to live in daily intimacy with him in order to walk in his power and reflect his glory to the world. Time with God in the morning is about renewing our minds and polishing our crown.
2. Do you love social media more than you love socializing in real relationships with people? Jesus socialized with people. He ate with people no one else would eat with. He healed people no one else would touch. He loved people everyone else hated. When social media came into our culture it changed how we relate to people, how we spend our free time, and how we even view ourselves. We can either use it or let it use us. Social media provides a captivated audience so use it for sewing seeds of good for God's kingdom. If we're not careful, it can rob us of the joy of relating and loving people. With the constant influx of information, we can find ourselves living in constant frustration because we are measuring our behind the stage lives based on the front stage performance people post on social media, despite the fact that most people only post the best parts of their lives or exaggeration of their lives. If we’re honest, if we're spending more time on social media than we are spending with real people, we are in an intimate relationship with a computer and there is nothing real, emotional, or loving about that.
3. Do you love being busy more than you love abiding in Him? Busyness is the enemy’s greatest weapon for distracting us from God’s business. Notice there’s only one letter difference between those two words. When Jesus was in the wilderness, Satan offered him three counterfeits to establish his kingdom. They were very similar to God's plan but they were substitutes for the real thing. If we're not careful we can find ourselves doing a lot of good things instead of the "God" thing our Father has for us to do. Notice again that these two things are very similar but they are just enough different to confuse us from the truth about our calling.
The next time you find yourself discontented, step back and do a self evaluation to see where your heart really is. If it belongs to anything but your first love, the Bridegroom of Heaven, then you could be falling for substitutes instead of the real love God has to offer you with himself and people.
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