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 Complaining - 11/26/10

A Season of Thanksgiving and Praise without Complaining

November 26, 2010

The word of the LORD came upon me this morning with this message for the saints. Many, many of us have in recent days been celebrating hearts of thankfulness for all of the blessings that God has poured upon us -- as we should well do, for all good things come from Him. Let us be mindful to continue in the days, weeks, and months to come with these continued hearts of thanksgiving and resist the spirit of complaining.

God showed me that in most cases the spirit of complaining that often so easily overtakes us is not from Him, but rather a spirit of rebellion from the enemy. Godís preeminent providence and sovereignty over all things and is one of His characteristics that we donít fully understand or take seriously. He is often speaking to us through many of the things that we tend to complain about. Especially when it is a situation where we feel personally offended because some desire that we have is being denied. When we complain, we are in fact rebelling against God. Here are two examples of this that He showed me in His word, one being a case of rebellion and the other where a saint resisted the urge to rebel.

When the Israelites were brought out of bondage and led through the wilderness, at no point was God ever not in complete control of their situation. His sovereign hand guided, protected, and provided for them. They complained about Moses and rejected him. In doing so, they were in fact rejecting God and His blessing and choosing to worship a false god of their own creation. There is great power and a message in this example.

In the other example, God showed me a time in 2 Samuel chapter 16 when King David was on the run for his life from his son Absalom. As he and his mighty men of valor passed near Bahurim, a man named Shimei (who was a descendent of Saul) ran along side cursing the king and throwing rocks at him. In verse 9 one of Davidís mighty men (Abishai) offered to kill Shimei for cursing and insulting the king. But Davidís response in verses 11-12 is an illustration for us about being aware of Godís omnipresence and that through this situation, God may well be speaking. Instead of complaining or retaliating, David thought maybe God had good intentions for him through that situation that day. In his heart, David knew that to resist it would be to resist God. Thought not perfect, David had a heart after Godís own heart.

As we leave behind us this 2010 Thanksgiving holiday season, let us continue to focus everyday on being thankful for the wonderful things that God does for us everyday. Let us also resist the temptation to be quick complain, but instead to ask ourselves and ask our Father what He might be trying to say or do in this situation. For even situations that we find unpleasant or undesirable can in fact be great blessings if they are bringing us closer to the Father or furthering His purpose in His kingdom.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

May the Grace and Peace of the LORD be unto you

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© 2010 Gerald L. Prater

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