Wednesday, March 16, 2011
REFUSE TO COMPLAIN!
Lately, I walked into a hospital to agree in prayer with some sick folks and I was so changed by what I saw. I began to think about the goodness of God in my life. Many a times we take things for granted. God is just merciful and faithful.
It’s so amazing how so many times we slip into the realm of complaining without even thinking of it because we are so used to it. Many Believers don’t pray, they simply complain on their knees and think they have prayed. They say words like “Lord, why do I have to wait for this long?”, “Lord, when would you come to my aid, can’t you see how much I have suffered this thing?” and so on. God responds to faith and not complaints or tears. Complaining is never the will of God for His children. In fact it a sin to complain! For the Israelite, complaining made a 40 days journey that of 40 years and they [those who complained] even died not seeing the Promised Land. Complaining never pleases the Father. It makes us do stupid things. It starts in the mind and ends on the lips. It all begins when we refuse to think of and be thankful for what the Lord has done but meditate on what has not yet been done.
Always overcome the temptation to complain because it’s a sin. Worrying and complaining are identical twins they both produce doubt – the enemy of faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Heb. 11:6, NKJV). We must fight these from our lives with all earnestness. How do we do that? Simple! Always think of things to be thankful for. Don’t just set your attention on things yet to be achieved. We have the power to choose our thoughts (Phil. 4:8). For every one reason the devil gives you to complain, you must give yourself a hundred and one reasons to be thankful to the Lord! Thanksgiving turns your prayer requests into a praise report. Thanksgiving gives you a shout in your spirit! Never let the devil steal your shout – it’s your note of victory!
When you forget the goodness of God, you tempt and limit Him in your life (Ps 103:1-7; 78:40-43). I strongly believe that Psalm 103 can help you live a thankful life everyday. There’s so much to be thankful for. We can’t thank Him enough. The thankful life is the victorious life! For the thankful one, miracles happen everyday! He lives the wonderful life (Ps 71:7). The life of ‘what manner of man is this?’ The Christian life is the wonderful life – a life of unending springs of wonders! Don’t be perturbed by the present mishaps in the world. Jesus says for us to look up in moments like this (Luke 21:28). Hope this edifies you. Blessings!