We’re talking about a topic that I pretty confidently say affects all of us. It’s our grumbling and complaining. My hope today is that the Lord would fill us with joy no matter our circumstances and we would rejoice always and give thanks in all things.
As believers we can do this and how do I know this – because as it says in Philippians 2:13 – it is God who is at work in you.
So let’s dig in, and I pray that as we start our time together today, you will pray for the Lord to give you a thankful heart.
Why does it seem grumbling and complaining is so tolerated within our Christianity? Sometimes I think we tolerate it because we don’t always think of it as sin since it is so commonly practiced among us.
We grumble about the weather, our government, our churches, our circumstances and so many other things that truly are trivial in light of eternity.
“there is some addictive level of satisfaction that comes from engaging in copious amounts of complaining that keeps us coming back for further feeding at its trough.” ~ Ronnie Martin
“Complaining is an internal deception that gives way to a verbal reality. It’s believing that we are entitled to something better than what we’ve been given. It’s saying on one hand that we believe God is not really in control, but then being dissatisfied with His choices when we believe He is. It lacks logic. And it’s addicting.” Ronnie Martin
“Preferring anything above Christ is the very essence of sin. It must be fought.” ~ John Piper
“We have moved from the emotions (desire) and the intellect (deception) to the will… Christian living is a matter of the will, not the feelings. I often hear believers say, “I don’t feel like reading the Bible.” Or, “I don’t feel like attending prayer meeting.” Children operate on the basis of feeling, but adults operate on the basis of will. They act because it is right, no matter how they feel. This explains why immature Christians easily fall into temptation: they let their feelings make the decisions. The more you exercise your will in saying a decisive “no” to temptation the more God will take control of your life.” ~ Warren Wiersbe
“Complaining will seem increasingly ugly when you let the beauty of God’s Word transform your words.” ~ Ronnie Martin
Scripture & Resources:
1 Corinthians 10:7-10
1 Thessalonians 5:18
2 Peter 1:4
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Stop Your Complaining: From Grumbling to Gratitude by Ronnie Martin
A 12 Point Cure for Complaining – Eternal Perspectives Ministries
Tortured for Christ the Movie – the Story of Richard Wurmbrand
Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth