Merry Christmas? Or is it?
I thought now would be a good time to remind everyone to BE THANKFUL! and stop complaining – sure there are things to complain about, and YES, there are people to complain about (hey, remember God made them) , but that’s not the way godly people should conduct themselves……
When the Israelites complained and murmured ( in Deut) the Lord became angry. By complaining, they were actually refusing to trust the Lord. They were ungrateful! Unthankful! Dt 6:16 says don’t test Him by complaining. Again in Numbers 11:1; The Lord heard the complaints and His anger blazed and destroyed them, as in Duet, complaining is defined as revolting against God.
Let’s clear up some things first because I know many of God’s people and His prophets voiced their complaints and grievances to God – and that’s okay – there’s a different kind of complaint that just tells the Lord how you feel and what you’re going through and there’s a complaint that’s a constant whiny, self serving, selfish, unthankful, unfaithful, always coveting complaint like an annoying dripping faucet …blah blah blah blah blah woe is me, blah blah blah life sucks, blah blah blah blah gossiping about others, complaining about the weirdos in your life, complaining that things aren’t perfect, complaining that people aren’t as perfect as you, complaining that you never have enough, why can’t I be like them, why don’t I have that, covet covet, unthankful ungrateful, faithless, untrusting complainer – the person listening to all this complaining would rather be alone starving in a hot dessert than listening to you complain. hahahaha- thats in proverbs….so true.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
We can air our grievances to God, sure, but the quarrelsome constant complainer described in Proverbs 21:19 is the complaining I’m talking about.
Philippians 2:14 instructs us to do everything without complaining, and even if it is worth complaining about. Doesn’t it take more energy to complete a task while complaining than just to complete it and keep quiet?//// plus it will keep your blood pressure down and keep you from aging so fast….
Jude 1 talks about the ungodly and mentions that they are grumblers and complainers , they live for their own desires – isn’t that the truth? don’t we complain because we don’t get our way. And why don’t we get our own way? Read James 4 if you want the answer to that, and besides that wisdom of truth, Jesus tells us to give up our own ways and follow Him.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. James 4
Expect more complainers….as per Jude 1:17 , in the last days, there will be more scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. They create division amount you and do not have God’s spirit in them.
THE JUDGE IS AT THE DOOR: Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. James 5:9. and remember we are held accountable for every thing we say – scary thought- that could take forever.
SHOW HOSPITALITY WITH OUT GRUMBLING -Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9 hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
but YOU are to build others up, be thankful for this day, Fix your thoughts on what is pure, holy, honorable, worthy of praise and sometimes you just need to be quiet.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Jesus was nailed to a cross, beaten, bloodied, mocked and He didn’t complain. He was silent.”He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” Is 53:7
For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. Mt 7:2
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Romans 2:1
Nehemiah 4-5, Numbers 14, Exodus 15-17, John 6, deut 6. Exodus