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the danger of complaining sermon

Chicago: Moody Press. How Can an Omnipresent God Be in Hell if that is Eternal Separation from God? the nation of israel has committed a great harm. Paul here was referring to both his and the Philippians’ suffering for the Lord as a sacrifice (Phil 1:27), and he may be alluding to the possibility of his future death as the drink offering. It can damage or even destroy your relationship with God, your relationships with other people, and even with your relationship with yourself. Although it was done in private, God heard it! Some of us may not complain outwardly, but we are bitter inwardly. Sermon Title: The Danger of Complaining Text: Numbers 11:1-35 Main Idea: As we return to the book of Numbers, we find that Israel's journey to the Promised Land is underway. The word “clothing” just means covering so it could refer to clothes and shelter. People should look at believers and see a stark difference. A failure to see good in our lives 3. Complaining isn’t harmless sport; it’s serious sin. My craving for the Word began in this church. I dismissed it as a gimmick. Get Started. B. I think it is their imperfections that should make us honor them even more. Romans 12:1 similarly teaches that believers must seek to live as acceptable sacrifices to God. Blessed be the name of the Lord,” he shined like a star in the world (Job 1:21). Besides this, more than once the Israelites surveyed post-Exodus conditions (Exodus 15:22, 24; 16:2, 3, 7, et al.) COMPLAINING. We live in a world and society that is prone to complaining. Had I? They sin and make mistakes just like everybody else. 1 Hughes, R. K. (2007). Older saints in this congregation model a lifestyle of prayer and perseverance under trial. ", Rev. The word “pure” means unmixed. It’s His way of nudging me back to my first love — and keeping me there. (Ephesians 4:29-30). It is an affront to God. People look at my daughter and immediately say, “She looks just like Greg.” She has many of my features. 1, Christians grow in godliness by becoming blameless. We complain about the worship, the sermon, the seating, the lighting, the offering, the leadership, the members, and anything else we can complain about. A desire to go our own way C. Complaining is a sin and can lead to our destruction D. 1 Corinthians 10:6, 10 ** I got the info for this sermon from Jeremy Sprouse from Dublin, Texas In their intense craving for meat, they probably ate the meat without properly cleaning and cooking it, thus subjecting them to sickness and disease, C.               Memorial:  “Kibroth Hattaavah” [Graves of Craving], III. Where can I get meat for all these people? If I allow her to continue this practice, she will not only complain about us—her parents—she will complain about her teachers, her boss, her husband, and ultimately God, potentially leading to severe discipline. Why do we need another one? To this day, I ask Him to “renew a steadfast spirit in me” (Psalm 51:10) when I want to quit. I squirmed. ), 8. He says to God, “The woman you gave me, gave me the food and I did eat.” When God asked him if he had eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge, he didn’t respond with, “Yes.” He responded by blaming God and the woman for his failure. The truth is, I've done most of my spiritual growing during the hardest and most painful times of my life. It means that no charge can be sustained against a person. They instead look just like the world which is characterized by not glorifying and giving thanks to God. Moses became so burdened by the people’s complaints one time, he simply asked God to let him die. He is sovereign. Like Adam and Eve, you will spend your time looking at the one thing you don’t have or don’t like instead of the many blessings given to you by God. There are many things that happen every day that we could murmur about if we let ourselves go there. Philippians 2:14 isn’t one of them. The believer’s life is to be absolutely pure, unmixed with sin and evil.”4 Paul said in Romans 16:9, “I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent [pure] about what is evil.” Not only must we seek to be free of wrongful actions but we must seek to have right hearts before God. (Philippians 4:1), For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Complaints arise from the fleshly nature of our heart. Complaining shows: 1. I gathered this from two well-known verses: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6). They must seek to be pure in their motives and actions. The word “blameless” does not mean perfection, but it does mean that a person is practicing holiness. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. We see this blamelessness in Paul as well. Application Question: What are some areas that you are often tempted to argue and complain about? In one sense, the moon is no different than us. What practical steps is he calling you to take? Complaining isn’t harmless sport; it’s serious sin. To some this may seem selfish, but Scripture teaches that those who teach us, especially our elders, will one day give an account for us before God. B. If God isn’t in control of everything, why pray? That is the type of light Christians are to manifest in this crooked and depraved world. Complaining is dangerous business. — Eyes Fixed on Jesus — a creative reminder of where my focus should be. The men who spied out Canaan had returned to Israel’s camp and reported that the Promised Land had giants. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. Every commercial says, “You need this!” “You need that!”  Therefore, we live in a society not content with anything. How do we learn contentment? (recognize and admit the grief you have cause God, others, and yourself), 7. And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. A few weeks before revival, the pastor distributed bracelets printed with the letters E. F. O. J. The trials of life have caused me to press in to God. Paul gives further reasons for us to not argue and complain. This should not be the character of a child of God. Like anxiety, their erosion is too great and their weight too heavy; I must share them with God. Can God change your life? It's easy to complain. John 3:19-21). Let us remember the time Israel was at the border of the promised land, and how they sent ten spies to survey the land. Paul implies that one of the reasons we should not complain and argue is for our pastors’ joy—so they may boast on the day of Christ. Daniel 6:4-5 says this: At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. When God delivered them from slavery in Egypt and they went into the wilderness, they complained about a lack of water (Ex 15) and a lack of food (Ex 16). Why should thankfulness characterize believers? Scripture teaches that God is in control of everything. This spiritual amnesia — forgetting God’s deliverance and provision — is a deadly disease. One of Satan’s first temptations was to get Adam and Eve discontent with God’s plan for them. The word “stars” can also be translated “lights” as in the ESV. Most Christians are up and down in their spiritual life based on the events that happen. 2 Barclay, W. (2003). Like I said before, it's easy to complain. This tendency began at the Fall. Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their forefathers? The men who spied out Canaan had returned to Israel’s camp and reported that the Promised Land had giants. We get rid of a complaining disposition by learning to trust God more. It can damage or even destroy your relationship with God, your relationships with other people, and even with your relationship with yourself. Complaining and strife robs us of God’s blessing and grace. And throughout their time in the wilderness, they complained against Moses and God. But they really aren't worth the effort it takes to get upset and gripe about it. Paul says this is one of the things we must get rid of as we work out our salvation. We can be content with what we have because we have God. 3 MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2001). Not only does it blind us to all the ways God has graced us, but it also spreads to others. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!”, B.                Jude 14-16 “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.’ These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.”, 2. Judgment & Pride (Numbers 12:1-6). We're used to instant gratification, getting what we want when we want it. Complaining comes from different sources: I. It is dangerous, even for those who claim Christ. Am I completely cured of chronic complaining about the church? Christians grow in godliness by being without fault. The people were receiving manna from heaven, but they decided that they wanted more variety in their diet. How do you deal with a sinning professed believer who is not a church member?

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