Frustrated?

frustrated_with_religion“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~Mat 11:28-30, MSG

Many Christians are worn out trying to live the Christian life. They’re trying to produce fruit, trying to do the right thing, trying to live up to the standard. But it’s just not happening. They feel like yo-yos – up one day, down the next. When they fail to perform they promise to try harder and then they fail again. Eventually they just quit trying.

And that’s when Real Life can begin!

Here’s the good news: Only One person ever lived the Christian life and it wasn’t you. Christ is your life. He wants to live His life through you so stop trying and start trusting. You can work or you can rest but more gets done when you rest.

Life is not meant to be a series of mountain-highs and valley-lows. You are seated in heavenly place with Christ! Religion would have you climb Mount Sinai and impress Jesus with your performance. But He wants to impress you with His. Religion says “Do! Do! Do!” but grace declares “It’s done! Done! Done!”

If you’re worn out, burned out, or just plain fed up, then you’ve come to the right place. What you misdiagnose you mistreat so let’s start by diagnosing the problem. Take a look at the table below. The posts listed in the left column will help you identify the source of your frustration. Then when you’re ready to throw open the windows and let in a little fresh air, check out the posts on the right. The good news of God’s grace will change your life – even if you’ve been saved for 50 years!

The Problem Some Solutions

If you want to know a little about my story, read this: How well did I understand grace before I understood grace?

“We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” ~Rms 5:2, MSG

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15 Comments on Frustrated?

  1. Frustrated Guy // November 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm // Reply

    Just awesome =)

  2. Frustrated TOO but starting to see some light // November 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm // Reply

    THANKS PAUL. Just reading this I could feel the tension in my body start to relax.

  3. thank you for lifting me up with your message.

  4. Rodney Noble Jr. // November 7, 2014 at 3:32 am // Reply

    I’m just fed up with self righteousness.

  5. Bradley Kastoor // December 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm // Reply

    Tnx for your teaching on grace it really helps me alot

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Paul for writing this, and Jesus for doing it all. Hallelujah, unending love, amazing grace.

  7. I just wanted to ask what Paul thought of Joseph Prince, who, I believe, through the Holy Spirit, lead me to this site.

  8. You got it right. But all organized religion does not demand self righteousness, as you claim. I find peace in the truth of the Bible as it is proclaimed weekly in the Lutheran churches of the WELS. Check out wels. net or whataboutJesus.com Eph 2:8,9 By grace are you saved through faith. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. That is what WELs churches teach and preach – always.

  9. christtalkblog // January 31, 2016 at 3:37 am // Reply

    Everybody talks about stop trying and start trusting.. It’s so easy to say, but how do you really do it..how do you stop trying to overcome sin..how do you stop trying to live out the Christian life, but at the same time doing your part in obeying God..

    • Good question, and one that is answered many times in the New Testament epistles. How to overcome sin? Short version: reckon yourself dead to it, said Paul. Don’t engage with it, don’t struggle with it, but reckon yourself dead to it and live to Christ. So many people get hung up on saying no to sin when they ought to be saying yes to Jesus. The first approach relies on willpower and is doomed; the second relies on Christ. But you are spot on when you say trusting is not easy. It isn’t. We have been conditioned to try, not trust. This is why we must labor to enter his rest.

      • christtalkblog // January 31, 2016 at 2:24 pm //

        Thanks…Its really difficult to differentiate whether you are not trying but trusting or whether you just don’t care at all.

  10. Robert Slominski // August 15, 2016 at 6:19 am // Reply

    Thank you Paul..freedom freedom and Grace upon Grace…
    The Christian hamster wheel can stop now…God bless you and your family…:)

  11. i once felt God;s forgiveness (after i saw a website saying we will all be saved). since then…after tasting the good word, and experiencing a physical healing and feeling God’s presence…i fell from it, went insane, and dont know how to find my way back…i used to bea blasphemer….i hated Jesus, but one day i became afraid …very afraid, i was baptized, went to church, studied my bible, but still struggled with sin. once i felt God’s grace….sin had no control over me, i felt drawn to resist out of honor to God…until i was led astray by thoughts in my mind, i started talking to spirits….i started seeing things…hearing things….SCARY THINGS!! i been in andout of the mental hospital..haD MANY INTENSE DELUSIONS, I BEEN TOSSED BY JUST ABOUT EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE, doubted the bible, questioned where tongues came from ( a thought came in my head…maybe they came from satan). i’m afraid i blasphemed the holy spirit. i once felt great love and compassion…couple times (God was melting my heart)…now i want to find my way back to that love…but i dont know how. is it too late for me? please say satan hasnt won….i was given over to an insane mind…but there have been times of renewing from that

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