Complaining Displeases God

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The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years because of their grumbling and complaining, so how much longer are we going to allow ourselves to starve to death in the desert when God is calling us to the land of more than enough, the land filled with blessings, and the land which His Word promises?

Our journey will always be filled with stress and challenges; in fact Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have troubles.” What we choose to do in these seasons of troubles will define us and will test if we believe in the promises of God. Right after Jesus tells His disciples they will have troubles, He says, “But take heart, for I have overcome the world.”

Jesus speaks these words to His disciples after they had already forsaken and deserted Him, so they carry an extra meaning here; one that we must not miss. How many of us have proclaimed Jesus with our lips, but denied Him by our lifestyle? Imagine how the disciples must have felt when Jesus returned and you will begin to see how this passage points to the contrast between the life that all must lead, which is a life in this world, and a life that all do not lead, which is a life in Christ. All must live in the world and thus have trouble, but people may also live in Christ, and when they do, they have peace.

Our tendency to complain about our circumstances is an epidemic that has spread like a virus attacking each host; until it can leach onto the next person we dump our load on. I once read that people are garbage trucks driving around looking for someone to dump their garbage on. Instead of being victors in Christ, we have allowed ourselves to become victims of our own circumstances. However, if we would take our problems to God, He promises in Jeremiah 31:25: “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

If we are not careful, our tendency to complain opens the door to sin. Venting to God is completely fine, but if you are complaining to someone about something or someone they have no power to fix, you are sinning. Complaining is focused on finding faults, while wisdom is focused on finding solutions. The only thing complaining really does is show others how much you are not in control. For some, they believe language was created out of a deep desire to complain, but it was truly created to bring glory to God, and if we are all being honest, we always have far more to praise God for than we have to complain about.

Our complaining, when left unchecked, quickly leads to both self-pity and eventually rage, but when you take your worries to God, He will put His thoughts in your mind and He will put His song in your heart. Rather than fearing your inadequacies, rejoice in the Lord’s abundance and remember when you are weak, He is strong. He is a comforter to the brokenhearted and He promises to supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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Living Above Your Circumstances

God vs. Satan

When things seem to continually go wrong in life, we must continue to trust God. When the reins of life slip from our fingers and we are no longer in control, we must still continue to trust God.Live a positive lifeYou see our response to adversity has the potential to lift us up above any challenge we may come across. Unfortunately, the natural human response is to turn to negativity and start complaining. This mindset only leads deeper down the rabbit hole to depression by darkening our perspective.

Instead of complaining, we should be crying out to God and we should be thanking Him in all things. I realize this can be hard to do, especially during times of great loss and suffering, but if you are already in the habit of looking to God in the good and the bad, it will be much easier for you to lean on and trust in God’s plan when disaster strikes.start next chapter in lifeRemember that Satan is waiting for the opportunity to inflict the most damage in your life to take you out and that can easily happen the longer life is grand and God gradually takes a back row seat in our priorities. However, with an attitude of praise during times of turmoil, you will experience an unfathomable peace regardless of what is going on in your life.

Many times in life, we have not because we ask not, so what we must never forget is the Spirit of God dwells inside every believer and His power is infinite. As we pray, praise, and trust God, we channel that power to move mountains and do miraculous things.lion-and-lambThe problem arises when we try to do things on our own with our own strength, which is finite, because Jesus tells us the main reason He ascended to heaven was so He could send the Holy Spirit to be our helper and ever-present help in time of need. In life, it is not by might or by power, but by the power of the His Spirit says the Lord Almighty.
CaddyshackOur joy in trials and tribulations is something we must also guard especially in seasons and chapters of life that seem to have no end. Our joy is not dependent on our circumstances; true joy is the by-product of dwelling in God’s presence. The joy of the Lord is our strength, so any adversity we face should not negate joyous living, in fact, we should consider it pure joy! When God is first in our lives, we can find joy even during the most difficult trials and circumstances. Even though we don’t know what tomorrow may bring, God does and our breakthrough or miracle may be right around the corner.

We must walk by faith and not by sight and in II Corinthians; Paul actually says we are to live by faith and not by sight. When we worry about whatever we are walking through or what may happen, we deafen the voice of God in our lives. Where does our help come from? It comes from the Lord and He is waiting for His children to call out to Him and to trust Him in all things. We must entrust God in every area of our lives because His ways are so much higher than our own.
Don't let things bring you downIn all things we should rejoice, for this is the day the Lord has made and we are to be glad in it. If you can wake up and start the day with that as your first thought, I promise your days ahead will be far better than your latter. It does not mean you will no longer face adversity, but it ensures that God is with you in whatever and whenever something or someone may attempt to steal your joy, so always remember to give thanks in all circumstances and God will never forsake you.