A couple weeks ago (or maybe it was last week, I can’t remember!) I shared with you all my struggles with food. And after fasting (and praying with a couple sisters) I have been strengthened AND DELIVERED. Yes! It’s true, we have victory over sin and death through Christ Jesus. So I just wanted to update you all on all of that, and also share another sin that I am working toward repentance. And that sin is Complaining. Yes, complaining.
Complaining is a very dangerous sin (in my opinion) because it is often excused and overlooked by man. But we KNOW (according to the old testament), that grumbling (expressing our discontentment in a soft but sullen manner) and complaining (boldly expressing our dissatisfaction or annoyances) kindles the anger of God. It annoys Him.
The Lord can not stand doubt, or ungratefulness. And He’s shown me that all discontentment stems from pride and worldliness (and how doubt insults Him). So, I’m diligently working on this. I’ve even created a complaining journal—where I record every time I complain and what I am complaining about. Ironically, I haven’t complained yet (I started my journal earlier this week). And it may seem silly but making it through 1 day (let alone a few!) without complaining is literally a work of God for me. So I give Him ALL the glory. I think the idea of the whole complaining journal just made me aware of the fact that I do complain and it held me accountable. I planned on reviewing what I recorded throughout the day, each night because I wanted to acknowledge (and be ashamed of!) how petty and foolish my complaints were.
So I encourage you to also give the complaining journal a try (if this is something you also struggle with) because You WILL overcome (this sin and any other sin) if you repent and if you abide in the holy Spirit.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13, NLT)
Amen? Amen. So let us glorify the Lord, even with our attitudes. Because who would want to serve a God whose people are always seeming full of lack and downcast?
A few scriptures to consider:
(1 Thessalonians 5: 14-18) “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.“
(Philippians 2:12-16, NLT) “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing,so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
*For those of you who love and enjoy the bible like I do, here’s the story about when the children of Israel’s complaining made God (and Moses!) so mad that He burned up their camp and plagued them with quail. This account is found in Numbers, chapter 11.