Monday, May 6, 2013

it is very serious…

the answer to the question can i conquer complaining is yes so let’s look at what the bible says about how to stop it.   now the bible says, do everything without complaining and arguing. how do you do that?

first of all, admit it is a problem.  just admit it is a problem for you, not for other people, but for you.

proverbs 28.13 (lb), a man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful.  but if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance. 

often the most difficult part in learning how to handle complaining is recognizing it in yourself.  if someone recorded you for a week, what would it reveal about your speech?  how much time do you spend griping, grumping, complaining, arguing, and saying, “life stinks”?  you’ve got to admit it’s a problem for me.

some of you might be saying, i wish my teenager would read this.  they need to hear this.  no you need to hear it.

notice the two words, “admit” and “confess”.  listen, complaining isn’t just a bad habit; it’s a sin.  we need to confess it.  it’s a sin; it’s serious. 

complaining was the sin that kept the israelites out of the promised land.  GOD destroyed them in the desert because they grumbled.  seven times, scripture says, “they murmured”.  and GOD said, “ok, one more time around the desert” and finally HE said, “ok guys, just die there”.

the reason the children of israel never got into the promised land was because they were complainers.  that’s how serious GOD says what we’re talking about is.  admit it! 

just a thought from the front porch…

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