Tag: Complaining

Seasons 

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Guest Blogger – Phyllis Grace

Seasons.

Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp feel to the air, the beautiful changing leaves, the fact that it isn’t so hot. I can wear a hoodie and sandals at the same time. And there’s also something in the air that I can’t describe, but it makes me happy.

I think many people enjoy this time of year, however I have been noticing how a lot of folks can’t let it go at that. If you mention the beautiful weather, they might agree, but they go on to say something like this, “Sure, it’s nice now but you know what comes next!” Yeah, I get that. I know winter follows fall and sometimes it’s cold and nasty. But, you know what? If I spend all my time dreading the winter, I miss out on enjoying fall.

Now comes the hard part. I realized that’s what I do when it comes to life in general sometimes. Instead of enjoying the place God has me right now, I begin to worry about what’s ahead and miss out on what He’s doing in the present. Not that we shouldn’t plan ahead and make wise choices to affect the future in a good way. But worry is wrong.

So, with His help, I plan to enjoy each day that He gives me, and the season of life I am in, as well as the beautiful season we are experiencing in Iowa right now.

I’m Not Getting Fed

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People sometimes say stupid things. Even Christ followers.

Agree? Of course you do.

Wanna hear a real stupid one?

“My pastor isn’t feeding me.” Or, “I’m not getting fed.”

Yeah?

Oh, I think I know what they’re trying to say. But it’s still stupid.

People who say such things are mainly attempting to sound “spiritual”. At least more spiritual than their pastor. And maybe they are, but it’s doubtful.

Spiritual people don’t need to be spoon fed. They’ve learned to feed themselves. Church attendance isn’t about having THEIR needs met, but about helping others in the body grow and become more Christlike.

“My pastor doesn’t teach the deep things of God.” And why would he? Would God lead him to teach things the flock isn’t able to handle? No. The writer of Hebrews mentioned that very thing.

“There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” (Hebrews 5:11-14 NLT)

Are you hungry for the meat and potatoes of the Word? You don’t have to wait until Sunday. How about reading the bible on your own? Come on, sit down at the table of the Lord and grab a bite or two.

Here’s another thought. How about praying for your pastor? I’m certain the pastor would appreciate it. Paul encouraged people to pray for him.

“Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 ESV)

Do you REALLY want to be fed? Try receiving the Word you’re getting, putting it to practice, and THEN watch what happens. But don’t be like the Israelites, who complained against God and pastor Moses. And why did they complain?

They weren’t being fed what they wanted! “…But the people grew impatient with the long journey, and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna.”” (Numbers 21:4-5 NLT)

Oh, those poor, poor babies.

What are you going to do about it?

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Alright! You say you’re sick and tired of the way things are in your life! I hear you! Your friends hear you! EVERYONE hears you!

What are you going to do about it?

You’ve complained until you’re out of breath. You’ve blamed other people, rotten circumstances, and even God (in a roundabout way) for all your problems.

But what are YOU going to do about it?

You boast about your faith in God, when things are going your way.
But when storm clouds come and cover your sky, such ugly words you say.
When will you rise and begin to walk, God’s high and holy trail?
God is for you, not against you, and His Word will not fail!

So, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO about it?

Maybe you could start by exchanging your old, calloused, bitter heart for a brand new heart of thanksgiving? Think so?

Be thankful for the friends you have, though you’ve tried to drive them away.
Be thankful for the breath you breathe, clothes you wear, and each new day.
Be thankful, because it’s the way to be, the way to look, the way to live.
Be thankful for a God Who is merciful, patient, and not quickly angered (like you are), Who knows how to give.

Yes, that’s a good thing to do!
A great place to start.
Give up your mess
And receive a new heart!

“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27 NLT)

“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.” (Isaiah 55:6-7 NLT)

Yes, that’s a great thing to do about it!

What Do You REALLY Have To Complain About?

NoComplainingWhat do you REALLY have to complain about?

A simple question, wouldn’t you say? But in case you don’t feel like answering, please allow me to answer for you.

People complain about EVERYTHING! Anything and everything, from A to Z!

Algebra, air pollution, attitudes and authors
Beer drinkers, bomb throwers, bread crumbs and brothers
Credit cards, cold days, commercials and collectors
Dark rooms, diet plans, deacons and disorder

Empty heads, early days, essentials and excursions
Finger flippers, fast talkers, fraud and fake excuses

God lovers, God haters, God, and God’s Own Son
Heavenly talk, hellish rot, the homely and the handsome
Idiot lights, ice cream cones, issues and the insane
Jaw breakers, joke tellers, jealous folk and Jane

Kmart, kissing kids, kooks and kennel keepers
Lamp posts, lollipops, lumpy spuds and leaders

Monopolies, missing links, motorcars and meatballs
Nasty smells, nosy neighbors, names and nature calls

Oral surgeons, ornery sisters, outdoors and off-key singing
Preened preachers, poor losers, pets and perspiring

Queen beds, quick-tempered dolts, quiche and quorums
Ransacked rooms, rotten moods, rain and Rick Santorum
Sweaty palms, shifty eyes, salt and situations
Terror plots, tater tots, tabloids and temptations

Underwear, uniforms, ugly and unfaithful
Vain egos, villains, vagrants and vengeful

Water beds, wasteful, wicked and weirdo
X’s, x-rays, xenophobic Americano
Yesterday, Yankees, yard birds and yews
Zodiac, zombies, zealots and zoos.

Those are just some of the things people complain about. But why?

Why do so many people seem to live a life of complaining?

Ultimately it boils down to this: they do not trust God!

In the Old Testament, the Israelites complained throughout their wilderness journey. They complained when they didn’t have water. God gave them water from a rock. They complained because they didn’t have food. God supplied food from Heaven; Manna. After a while, that which God supplied wasn’t good enough, so they complained about that!

They complained about their leaders (hmmm), they complained about their preachers (double hmmm). They probably complained when things were going well!

Complaining is a sign of the times… “These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.” Jude 16 NKJV

A few words from Paul…

“Do all things without complaining and disputing,” Philippians 2:14 NKJV

“nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.” 1 Corinthians 10:10 NKJV

Complaining reveals a lack of understanding of who God is, and what He said He could and would do. It says, in essence, “this or that which I’m experiencing isn’t right. I deserve better! I deserve better food, companions, things, friends, service…whatever. And it looks like God doesn’t care because He said everything I need, He would supply.”

BOO HOO!

Come on, people, what do you really have to complain about?

Think of the worst thing that could happen to you or a loved one. Just for a moment. Now, ask yourself, “in what way would complaining change that thing”?

Fact is, complaining doesn’t help, it only hurts. It reinforces the focus on the problem, and blocks faith’s ability to come to the rescue. It says, over and over, to your mind and spirit, “this problem, this situation, is too big for God.”

It also reveals a selfish side of the chronic complainer…

How about memorizing this description of God; especially when complaining seems like all that’s left to do (written by a guy who was no stranger to tough times)…

“‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. You show loving-kindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them — the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts.You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 32:18,19 NKJV

Complaining is more than just a bad habit. It’s a fist waved at God! It’s a choice, a decision, a way of facing unpleasant situations. It is SIN, and it needs to be conquered! So submit yourself to God, resist the spirit of complaining, remind yourself Who God is and what He’s promised to do, rejoice in God your Savior!

Complaining will get up and leave the area, when it loses its audience.

Bye!

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