I have been ministering out of the book of Exodus for the past month at my church: "Dont Forget to Say Your Prayers (IWC), a shameless plug, lol. There is a very long narrative concerning the children of israel's deliverance out of Egypt. Moses,the servant of the Lord had been chosen by God to be the one through whom this deliverance would take place.
After numerous demonstrations of signs and wonders, plague after plague, Pharaoah finally relased the Hebrews who had been enslaved for over 420 years.
After their deliverance through the Red Sea, the nation of Israel find themselves in the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt.
In Exodus 16: 2-3) the children of Israel begin to complain to Moses and Aaron. They said, " Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
Complaining is toxic. it contaminates both the complainer and everyone within earshot. sometimes we think we are helping by complaining. "If somebody doesn't say something, nothing's ever going to change!"- as though positive change can come farom negative words. We imagine we have contributed something worthwhile by our complaint. but complaining is what we do to avoid facing, dealing with and solving the problem. It is what we do instead of contributing to constructive change, and it makes us part of the problem instead of the solution,
The more you complain the more problem-focused you become and the more problem-focused you become the more you complain. Ultmately you complaining affects you more than anyone else. The Psalmist said, "I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed" ( Ps 77:3 NKJV). If no one else pays attention to your words, you do. Before you say them you think them. "Out of the aabundance of the heart the mouth speaks:" ( Mt. 12:34 NKJV).
and when you say them, you hear them and believe them just as you would the words of a trusted authority. Every time you repeat them you reinforce their power over you until eventually you make yourself the victim of your own complaints! Your spirit (attitude) will be overwhelmed, not by the problems and difficullties people bring to you, but as the self-inflicted product of your own complaints. So, " Do things with out complaining... that you may become blameless and harmless... without fault in ... a crooked and perverse generation, among you shine as lights in the world." ( Phil. 2:14-15 NKJV).
As my spiritual father, Pastor Massey said on this past Sunday: Grumbling is contagious, it is a matter of perception and it's a spiritual problem. it is a matter of submitting our will to the Lord and trusting Him. The Israelites complained about being in the wilderness, but the truth is that now they were free! Prior to their deliverance, they had been slaves for over 400 years. How could life be worse now than before? Complaints exaggerates the memory of the past. They exaggerate the problem.
Grumbling and complaining signifies that you have a gratitude problem Too many times we fail to thank God for delivering us, so then He has to try us and put us through a series of test to see if we can be trusted. That is why we have to be renewed in our minds through the reading of God's Word. We cannot allow the devil to trick and trip us up. Our souls are saved, but the Lord requires that we be transformed by the reweing of our mind daily. (Romans 12:1-2).
We will continue this message on complaining for the next two days. I hope you gained something that will release the power of God within you to refrain your lips from speaking negative thoughts. As Pastor Massey often says: "It is hard to praise God and raise hell at the same time." So do yourself a favor today, find something to praise God for today and be delivered from the sin of Complaining.
Be Blessed and: "Dont Forget To Say Your Prayers!