What to do when you feel stagnant and frustrated

Piece_of_the_bridge_1Self- confidence, mixed with an inner sense of being special, makes you feel good about yourself – a sensation that boosts your capacity to achieve. Consequently, whatever erodes your self-confidence will hamper your potential for success.

For instance, have you ever had the following thought go through your mind? "If you are so smart and special, why aren’t things working out for you?" You’ll agree that it saps your self-confidence and demotivates you – particularly if there’s ample evidence in support. Its a crippling thought; and you need to effectively neutralize the paralyzing power of such thoughts.

How?

Quite honestly, I know of no other way out except to turn to God in prayer!

Keep it real

Begin by admitting your frustrations before God.

Yes, get real with Him. He knows how you feel anyway!

Its ok to feel frustrated by a sense of failure and stagnation. I see nothing wrong with that.

You and I were designed for progress and increase. Thus you feel frustrated by stagnation and barrenness.

There’s no point living in denial and pretense.

Yes, just keep it real

Admit your frustrations before God. Then ask Him to show you a token of His goodness.

Here’s how David prayed it:

"Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me." (Psalms 86:17).

Its absolutely hard to maintain the kind of self-confidence that drives success when nothing appears to be working in your life.

I don’t care how strong anyone is, we all need visible manifestations of God’s goodness to keep us going; thats what David’s prayer above is all about.

That your joy may be complete…

It’s very difficult to be fully joyful if your most strategic and critical needs are not met; and, by the way, this is not my idea. I got it from Jesus Himself.

"Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." (John 16:24).

Here, Jesus draws a direct link between having your prayers answered, and the completeness of your joy.

A woman that’s unable to bear a child after several years of marriage – and in spite of her best efforts – might have a smiley face; but deep in her soul is a nagging sadness.

That godly man that’s unable to provide for his wife and children may have a glow on his face when he smiles in conversation with you. Yet, deep in his heart lurks a painful sadness that eats him up every day.

Lets face it, we need tangible fulfillment of our fundamental needs and aspirations in order to experience fullness of joy.

So, keep it real with God and pray:

Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me." (Psalms 86:17).


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3 thoughts on “What to do when you feel stagnant and frustrated”

  1. Thanks Pastor, I gree with you – it’s hard to be fully joyful, when your most critical needs are not met, when you’ve not yet seen the manifestation of the answers to your prayers. Answered prayers make our joy complete.

    But I don’t think it is true to say it’s ok to be frustrated by a sense of failure and stagnation, and that one is unreal and living in denial and pretense if he didn’t express or acknowldedge it.I beleive we need to live by higher realities. God’s word regarding our situation is absolutely true, even when all our outward circumstances and “evidence” or “realities” show the opposite – failure, stagnation, defeat. If someone tells me that I’m in denial or pretense, regarding a particular negative situation I’m going through, I simply tell the person that it’s better to refuse to believe the temporary and false ‘realities’, than to deny the genuine reality of God’s truth, even if it is temporarily hidden.

    If God’s word says so, we should be joyful for we are successul, even when nothing appears to be working in our lives. The Bible says, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him” (Heb. 10:38). By the time God comes to manifest the answer to our prayer, let Him find a level of faith and joy in us, so that He makes it complete. Otherwise if our joy and self-confidence is premised on the things we’ve already touched, we will be miserable until we get answers to our ever increasing list of prayer needs.

    Rejoice in the Lord always. As the good prophet says, “”Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour” (Hab. 3:17-18).

    In other words, not even stagnation and frustation can take away his joy and self-confidence in God.

    God bless and thanks for the good work.
    fret Kitimbo

  2. “Otherwise if our joy and self-confidence is premised on the things we’ve already touched, we will be miserable until we get answers to our ever increasing list of prayer needs.” This is quite true, Fred. Thanks for your comment.

    Remember, this article is primarily for the individual who is already feeling frustrated. ‘What to do when you feel stagnant and frustrated.’ A person who has developed his or her faith in God and is walking in what you rightly called ‘higher realities’ would not feel frustrated by the temporary adversities of life. As you say,’not even stagnation and frustration can take away his joy and self-confidence in God.’

    But for those people who aren’t there yet – and those times when even the strong do feel frustrated – this post provides a comforting encouragement not to feel guilty for feeling so; but to admit it before God and get help.

    May God bless you too.

  3. I can’t describe how much this has helped. Not only hAve i been dealing with confusion and frustration for about 4 months i had lost hope God would help my aituation. You to answered with clarify another troubling question ive had sice 1984. Its impossable to express the gratitude i have. The only thing i no to do is to intensely pray for you and ministry.

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