1 Corinthians 10:10 - "Let us not murmur and complain as some of them also murmured and were destroyed of the destroyer."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 - "In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
The children of Israel continually complained about God's provision. As a result, they perished in the wilderness. As Christians, we are definitely commanded to rejoice and give thanks in all things (I Thessalonians 5:18). A lifestyle of continual praise is essential to pleasing God.
It is impossible to be a "complainer" and walk in the power of God's Spirit.
Questions for Reflection: Do you often gripe and complain about situations in your life? Do you fail to give thanks in all things and at all times? Are you filled with an attitude of gratefulness and praise or grumbling and complaining? Do you make excuses for your grumbling by saying, "I have good reason to complain?" Are you always looking on the dark sides of things? Do you trust God for supernatural joy or do you give in to murmuring and complaining?
Such an attitude is a major sin and blocks God's full blessing on your life. Friend, if you are willing to change, God will give you a miraculous joy! (You may also need to visit a godly counselor or doctor to insure that clinical depression is not a factor.) If you will praise Him, God promises to give supernatural joy in spite of difficult circumstances. Be specific about ways you need to rejoice and give thanks.
As we confess and forsake our sins of grumbling and complaining, we must always remember it is "Christ in us, the Hope of Glory" (Col. 1:27). As believers, we are forgiven and empowered only by the covenant of Christ's blood and His indwelling life. As we plead His precious blood and wholly trust in His fullness, victory is surely ours!
Ephesians 4:31 - "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice."
A tragic modem trend is the rising number of church fights and congregational splits.' What is the cause of this spiritual scourge? The most obvious cause is that the world's patterns have infiltrated the church. In today's society, people are so ready to fight, break vows or even sue at the drop of a hat. God intends for His church to be different! We are to be a place of healing and transformation, not a place to continue the bickering. Thank God, more and more believers are beginning to confess their sins and find a glorious victory. Beyond question, you can too! Please honestly answer the following questions.
Questions for Reflection: Are you guilty of critical, angry speech? Do you argue and fight with others? Do you tend to be irritable and cranky? Are you quick to raise your voice? Does your speech reflect an underlying anger and impatience with those around you? Do you speak unkindly to those in your family? Are you guilty of any form of gossip or slander of others? Do you speak evil of people behind their back? Immediately confess and forsake these serious sins of speech.
In confessing and forsaking our sins of gossip and slander, let us confidently claim the forgiveness and empowerment of the covenant in Christ's blood. We are fully accepted and justified in Him!