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Day 19: Complaining and Unbelief

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 19, 2011


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“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” – Philippians 2:14-16

The biggest outward sign of unbelief is complaining.

From the time that Israel left Egypt until they reached the Promised Land, the constant theme was murmuring and complaining.

It got so bad that God burned the people with fire (Numbers 11:1-3) gave Miriam leprosy (Numbers 12), killed Israelites for complaining about food (Numbers 11), condemned all those older than 20 to die in the desert when they wouldn’t go into the promised land (Number 12-13), opened the earth to swallow up Korah’s household when he rebelled (Numbers 16-17).

They complained about food, water, and seemingly just about everything else.  Complaining is an ugly, selfish, sin-filled, arrogant, obnoxious, putrid and disgusting act. When we complain to God, we show our lack of faith and trust in his ability to remedy a situation or lead us through the situation.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). The word for impossible here is the same word used half the time to speak of “impotence” and represents that fact that it just can’t be done.

If your goal is to please God, stop complaining and just trust Him. If you think your situation is bad, there is always someone else worse off that still has the joy of the Lord.

God has blessed you with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3)… what do you have to complain about?

 

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