I am praying God’s blessing upon your life today in spite of any difficulties you may be facing. Jesus said in the world you will have tribulation. Paul said that he had learned how to be abased and how to abound. In other words, there will always be something going on in our lives to complain about. Take the Israelites in Numbers 21:46 for example. They complained about the water they didn’t have. They complained about the manna they did have. Like them, we complain about what we have and what we don’t have. Sometimes we even complain about situations we’ve created ourselves. Proverbs 19:3 says, “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.” Sound familiar?
However, Philippians 2:14 tells us that we are to do EVERYTHING without complaining. Have you ever thought about why God would make such an absolute statement? If we look at I Corinthians 10:7-10, He points out examples for us to follow regarding the avoidance of evil. He lists Idolatry, sexual immorality and complaining in the same passage. Therefore, He sees complaining as being on the same level as idolatry and sexual immorality! Furthermore, upon thinking deeply about what it means for us spiritually when we complain, you’ll find that it’s very destructive in nature. Let’s look at some reasons the enemy’s “spiritual weapon of mass destruction” should be banned from our lives:
- It destroys our perception of God. When we complain, it’s as if we are telling God that His timing and judgment are poor. We are effectively tearing God down without realizing it. Therefore the enemy is secretly eroding our perception of Him through the words that we speak, hear, and receive into our own hearts.
- It destroys our faith. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” When we hear ourselves complain, we hear ourselves talk about what we have in the present and end up destroying our faith to believe for the situation to change in the future. We need to talk about what we want and not what we’ve got if we want to receive good things in our lives.
- It destroys our witness. Complaining, especially in front of unbelievers, can cause us to be a stumbling block. If we are negative, the unsaved will not want what we have as believers. Also, depending upon what you are complaining about in the moment, God’s reputation may be destroyed. Philippians 2:14-16 says, “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.” Therefore we need to definitely curb the complaining in front of unbelievers.
- It destroys our future. Job 22:28 says, “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” When you complain, you may be prophesying negative things into your future. For example, I Corinthians 10:8-10 relays how the the Israelites were “destroyed by the destroyer” as a result of their complaining. Therefore, if you want your future to be bright, refuse to complain about your life in the now.
As you can see, complaining will open the door for the enemy to wreak havoc in your life. In John 6:43 Jesus told the Jews, “Stop grumbling.” Could he be saying that to you today? We complain so often that it’s become automatic, and we don’t even recognize when we do it. Therefore, let’s repent and ask the Holy Spirit to convict us when we complain about ANYTHING. When we pray for Him to empower us to control our tongues and stay in a mode of thankfulness, only then will we get the victory over complaining in our lives.
Has the Holy Spirit convicted you about complaining lately? What is He saying to you? Leave a comment below.
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