Taking the Dis out of Discontentment

You Got Dissed?

Being dissed is feeling disrespected or rejected by someone.

The enemy wants us to feel dissed and alone when we go through times of sorrow and discontentment. We must remember the promises of God when we go through trials. Psalm 30:5, “…Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”

Dis-Contentment

We must learn to turn our discontentment into contentment.

Times of discouragement and discontentment will come. It’s part of life but how you handle those situations will make all the difference. To really deal with this issue we need to understand how to avoid it and also what to do if we find ourselves stuck in the pit of discontentment.

Warning signs that point toward discontentment ahead

As I look back on times of discontentment, I recognize that more often than not discontentment crept in slowly and it was disguised as something a little more innocent. So I want to share 3 sneaky tactics the enemy uses.

Disappointment- Happens when your expectations are not met

Discouragement- Means: to demoralize, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, frustrate, unman, unnerve, throw cold water on. Discouragement can come from yourself, someone around you and also from the Enemy.

Doubt- a : to lack confidence in : distrust b : to consider unlikely

What makes you discontent? You might say it’s my husband or my kids, it’s my small house, it’s my job or maybe it’s your ministry.  It may seem like that is what makes you unhappy but it’s not true. This is hard to say but the cause of my discontentment is me!

The enemy will use disappointment, discouragement and doubts to bring us down, but ultimately it’s how we choose to handle discontentment that determines whether we joyfully endure or we allow these things to derail us and take us off course.

That being said, life can hand us some very difficult blows. There have been times when I felt justified in being discontent, like I had a right to be unsatisfied and unhappy. Maybe you feel like that right now! Will you trust God enough to let Him in so that he can bring healing and restoration?

Read 1 Samuel 1:1-8

Here we see a woman who had reason to be unhappy and unsatisfied. We read here of the trials and discontentment she faced and we will also see her example of how she dealt with her pain.

Hannah’s Discontentment

But Hannah had no children, The LORD had closed her womb.

And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the LORD had closed her womb.

She provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.

Her Husband didn’t understand “Am I not better to you than ten sons?”

Read 1 Samuel 1:9-20

How Did Hannah Deal With Her Discontentment?

So Hannah rose up and prayed unto the LORD

Then she made a vow

She poured out her soul before the LORD.

So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad

They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD

She fulfills the vow she made to the Lord (21-28)

Conclusion

When Hannah was discontent she went to the temple and poured out her soul to the Lord. Take a few moments to spend with the Lord and reveal to Him the areas in your life were you have been discontent or unsatisfied.

Vow to change your attitude. With the Lord’s help you can change. Don’t continue in the same pattern of discontentment. Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you.  

John 14:16, He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever the Spirit of truth.

Now go and Walk in the Spirit with Joy

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Kim S.

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