Summary: Working with frustration is a key factor in turning our potential into something actual

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Divine Frustration – Psalm 139:23-24

Intro.: A few weeks ago, I touched on the issue of God ordained frustration and said that I would go more in depth another day. Today is that day. I will also again touch on how we need to turn “potential” into “actual”, specifically in reference to words of prophecy that we have received. Prophetic words are filled with potential. A nuclear bomb is filled with incredible potential, but if it is never detonated it has no purpose. It’s one thing to receive a prophetic word but quite another to experience it’s fulfillment.

I. Conditional Prophecy vs, Unconditional Prophecy

A. Personal prophecy is conditional

NOTE: This is true whether any conditions are implied or stated in the prophecy itself

1. Conditional prophecy relates to the possibility, not the inevitability of fulfillment

NOTE: This where many people get hung up. They think that just because a prophetic word was spoken over them, it is a done deal. They often sit back and just wait for it’s fulfillment & then get mad at God when it doesn’t happen or they say the messenger must be a false prophet.

2. Conditional prophecy can be delayed or even cancelled depending on two things

a. Our response to the prophecy

b. Our capacity to align our hearts & lives in lifestyle obedience to the revealed Word of God

B. God’s overall plan for mankind is unconditional prophecy

1. Unconditional prophecy may be adjusted but can never be prevented from coming to pass

because it depends upon God Himself, not human response.

II. Working with Frustration

A. Working with frustration is a key factor in turning our potential into something actual

1. I like frustrated people

2. They are one of the hopes of the church

3. Most people are frustrated because they care about something

NOTE: However, these people have a distinct responsibility to the Holy Spirit to use their frustration for the correct purpose. Remember: frustration is allowed to provoke us to intercession.

B. The Holy Spirit will direct our frustration into meaningful prayer which then becomes passion

1. Passion then releases prophetic empowerment to the people of God

C. If people misuse or misdirect their frustration it will be used to sow discord, strife & division

2. These people become a dissenting voice rather than an intercessory or positive prophetic voice

NOTE: Frustration will reveal our true heart and release an impartation that is either negative and destructive or positive and empowering. When we are “squeezed” whatever is inside will come out!

D. People often leave their thoughts unguarded, especially when they are experiencing frustration

1. When we allow our thoughts to run unguarded, our flesh usually usurps God’s purposes

2. By reigning in our thoughts, we reject the potential for divisiveness to occur

E. Cause and Effect

1. God is the cause of righteous frustration - the effect is whatever is released through Jesus

2. Frustration Stage One: Frustration is sent to change us into the image of Jesus

3. Stage Two: when frustration causes us to “stand in the gap and intercede” for others

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