Frustration: Satan’s Tool for Defeat - Mount Vernon Grace Community Church

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Frustration: Satan’s Tool for Defeat

Frustration: That is the best word I can use to describe the feeling I get when I listen to the news. We have an administration over their head in scandals, but there doesn’t seem to be any accountability. We are watching the US Supreme Court overstepping their boundaries of interpreting our Constitution and they are making laws that fly in the face of anything our founding fathers intended. (Just so you understand, our government has three distinct branches; executive, legislative and judicial. One branch doesn’t have complete authoritative rule. It was designed to have checks and balances. The US Supreme Court is the lowest branch with the least authority. This is why they are appointed rather than elected. They weren’t designed to rule or legislate, which is what they are doing. Unelected judges are making law. If this isn’t the case, why were they the final word in Roe v. Wade; why were they able to go against the will of the people and congress and overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, [DOMA]?)

     Abortion on demand at any point in the pregnancy; same sex marriage, (an oxymoron); NSA intrusion into every aspect of your life; troops being asked if they would be willing to fire on American citizens; enough ammo and war machinery being bought up by the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] to wage a 20 year war… I could go on and on with things I can’t believe we are even talking about. America; home of the free? I’m not so sure any more.
     We celebrate our independence on the 4th of July. I wonder just how independent we really are. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker said “… if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”  If you just take into consideration the moral collapse of our nation you have to wonder if we have ceased to be good. It isn’t just the homosexual issue that is disturbing. You don’t have to look very deep into our culture to find that heterosexual marriage means very little to the average American.  The number of marriages I perform as a pastor where the “Christian” couple has chosen purity in their relationship over promiscuity is appalling. Seldom do I counsel a couple that aren’t already living together or at the very least have “slept” together. What is sad is there seldom seems to be much remorse. You might expect this in the secular world but it is disturbingly common in the church world. (Frustrating).
     We have been morally dumbed down by Hollywood. Our children followed innocent little ‘Hanna Montana’ from her television set living room to her stage performance which amounts to little more than a glorified strip show. How many parents have the wisdom and courage to really monitor what their children watch?
     Let’s go back to the word frustration. [Def.: To bring to nothing; to prevent from attaining a purpose; to disappoint; to defeat; to baffle; as, to frustrate a plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or purpose.] There is nothing more that the enemy, (the devil; Satan), would want than for God’s people to be frustrated; to feel defeated; to be brought to nothing. When we look at the world around us it would almost seem as though we are defeated. It almost feels like the church has taken on a ‘if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em’ attitude.
     I have actually asked the Lord a few times over the last couple of weeks “why does it seem evil always wins?” It appears to win in the world and sometimes it wins in my own heart. It feels frustrating. (Refer back to the Definition.)  It feels like a giant that can’t be beat. So what is the answer - "can’t beat ‘em so join ‘em?" Absolutely not!
     “They that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers will wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which you have learned… the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise…” (II Timothy 3:12-15) We should expect adversity as followers of Jesus. But we should never quit. We must never let the enemy frustrate us; take away our hope and purpose. Now more than ever we need the wisdom and the power of the Holy Scriptures. We live in a time when ‘evil men and seducers are waxing worse and worse, deceiving and living in their own deception. Psalm 33:12 says "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."  The writer of Proverbs said "Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."  Our government started chasing God out of the public arena in the 60’s. It was about the same time that we began to exalt sin in our nation with abortion and promiscuity.
     It seems we are surrounded. It is frustrating! But wait a minute; if frustration means ‘to bring to nothing; loss of purpose and defeat’; then that is a word that needs to wiped from our vocabulary.
It is true that we can’t win this battle in Washington. (Talk about …evil men and seducers…) We win this battle the same way Jesus did, one person at a time taken to the cross. Jesus was surrounded by ‘frustrating’ people and circumstances. He didn’t attack through legislative bodies; he went after the heart of the people he came into contact with. He won them one heart at a time and look at the effect it has had, 2000 years later he is still changing lives.
     If you are a follower of Jesus you have the opposite of frustration working on your behalf. Jesus was surrounded by the same sin we are surrounded by, and what seemed like a devastating blow, he was crucified. All the demons of Hell must have danced at that moment. Jesus' followers hid in fear, then just went back to work. It was a ‘frustrating’ situation. Or was it?
     They put Jesus in a tomb that was borrowed off a rich man named Joseph. He borrowed a tomb because this was a temporary situation. Three days after a frustrating end to a three-year ministry his followers found an empty tomb because Jesus had risen from the dead. He defeated the curse of Satan and sin at the cross! He defeated the curse of death in his resurrection! We have nothing to be frustrated about. JESUS WINS!!!
     Look around you. We see our nation sinking into ‘politically correct’ insanity; rather than being ‘frustrated’, (see definition above), why don’t we see it as an opportunity to rise up and share the hope of a risen savior with a lost world?
     Can you imagine what would happen in our nation if followers of Jesus would quit depending on the ‘evil men and seducers’ in Washington to bring hope and change, (as one of their own said “How’s that hopy changy working for you?”), and we began to saturate our self with the wisdom and power of the Holy Scriptures, and we would cover this nation and our community with prayer, and we would get off the defensive and go on the offensive side of the battle and start inviting people to come to Christ?
     No matter what the news is telling me is happening, I serve a risen S,avior who still brings hope and change into a world spinning out of control. No matter what the NSA, IRS, DHS, FBI, CIA, ACLU or any of the political alphabet  might be doing our God reigns supreme; even above the Supreme Court.
     Do we want to quit being ‘frustrated’? (see Definition above) Live and share Jesus! He has always been the answer, he is still the answer. We are on the winning team!