Word of the day

A 12 POINT CURE FOR COMPLAINING

Complaining is unbecoming of the true Christian and yet we are proficient at it. The cure is found in these verses. In Christ we are never hopeless or forsaken. Every trial has meaning. Meditate on this cure in order to change both your language and your heart.

1. GOD COMMANDS ME NEVER TO COMPLAIN.

Do all things without complaining and disputing. Philippians 2:14(NAS)

2. GOD COMMANDS ME TO GIVE THANKS IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE.

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

3. GOD COMMANDS ME TO REJOICE ALWAYS, AND ESPECIALLY IN TIMES OF TRIAL.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Phil. 4:4; Rejoice always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16; Count it all joy when you fall into various trials. James 1:2

4. I ALWAYS DESERVE MUCH WORSE THAN WHAT I AM SUFFERING NOW—IN FACT, I DESERVE HELL.

Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins? Lamentations 3:39 Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:2-3

5. IN LIGHT OF THE ETERNAL HAPPINESS AND GLORY THAT I WILL EXPERIENCE IN HEAVEN, THIS PRESENT TRIAL IS EXTREMELY BRIEF AND INSIGNIFICANT, EVEN IF IT WERE TO LAST A LIFETIME.

The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Rom. 8:18; For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:19

6. MY SUFFERING IS FAR LESS THAN THAT WHICH CHRIST SUFFERED, AND HE DID NOT COMPLAIN.

Who when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when he suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. 1 Peter 2:23

7. TO COMPLAIN IS TO SAY GOD IS NOT JUST.

Shall not the Judge of all the Earth do right? Genesis 18:25

8. FAITH AND PRAYER EXCLUDE COMPLAINING.

I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

9. THIS DIFFICULTY IS BEING USED BY GOD FOR MY GOOD AND IT IS FOOLISH FOR ME TO COMPLAIN AGAINST IT.

And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

10. THOSE MORE FAITHFUL THAN I HAVE SUFFERED FAR WORSE THAN I, AND DID SO WITHOUT COMPLAINT.

…and others were tortured, not accepting their release, in order that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. All these, having gained approval through their faith… Hebrews 11:35-39

11. COMPLAINING DENIES THAT GOD’S GRACE IS ENTIRELY SUFFICIENT.

My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

12. THE GREATEST SUFFERING, THE WORST TRIAL OR DIFFICULTY, CAN NEVER ROB ME OF THAT WHICH IS OF GREATEST VALUE TO ME AND MY GREATEST JOY, NAMELY THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39



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Building great relationships
 
 

-Because Jesus is our friend, He protects us.

-Scripture is full of images of protection. God is described as a shield, a keeper, a fortress, refuge, and shelter. He is a hiding place and stronghold. He is the pillar of fire who goes before the Hebrews as they flee Egypt. Because Jesus took upon Himself the wrath of God stored up for us, He becomes our Shelter and Refuge. He is our great Defender.

-Jonathan was a genuine friend to David. When Jonathan’s father, Saul, planned to kill David, Jonathan warned him and helped him escape.

-Can your friends count on you to protect them from evil people?

-Are you willing to fight for your friends”

-Are you willing to be hated for the sake of your friends?

-A lot of great people destined for greatness have been destroyed by friends who failed to protect them from their adversaries.

-Why would one keep quiet and listen to destructive gossip when their friends integrity is being torn apart?



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Building great relationships
 
 
Jesus sacrificed His life for our sake. Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to die in our place on the cross. Even when we were His enemies and lost in sin, He still willingly died for us.
-Are you willing to sacrifice for a friend?
-Are you willing to go without so that your friend can have?
-Are you willing to sacrifice your time, your resources and even reputation for the sake of your friend?


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Building great relationships
 
Jesus displays unwavering love for all people.
There is nothing which man can do that can alter the love of God for him.
Even though we are undeserving and horribly flawed at our best, He loves us with an unchanging, and everlasting love.
He places no limits on His great love for man.
Do we love our friends with conditions?
Is our love for others dependent on a list of factors or like that of Jesus?
God desires that we love others as He loved us.
 


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Building great relationships
 

-What a joy it is to find a friend that doesn’t turn and walk away from us when we have hard times, or when we down, His Name is Jesus.

-Jesus is a steadfast Friend.

-There will never come a day when He isn’t there beside us to keep us, guide us and to comfort us.

-He is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother!

-We must be deliberate to stand by our friends despite what is happening in their lives or what negative stuff others have said about them.

-The prodigal son lost all his friends when life was tough.

-Be the Steadfast Friend. One who can be counted on at all times.

-Make a commitment to stand by your friends even when stuff is not going well for them

-We all need Friends who will be there for us come rain, sunshine, darkness, pain, chaos, BE THERE!

 


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It is essential to be alone with God, waiting at His door, hearkening for His voice, lingering in the Scripture. No number of Christian meetings, no amount of Christian activity, can compensate for ” this still hour.”

The life around us, in this age, is one of rush and effort. It is the age of the instant this and instant that.” This feverish haste threatens the life of devotion to Christ… We must beware that Christian activities are not more important than with spending time in the Lords presence.


Day 6 Prayer & Fasting

The Spirit is Willing

“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  I want to do what is right, but I can’t.  I want to do what is good, but I don’t.  I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.  But if you do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.”–Romans 7:18-20

There’s an internal war that rages within each of us.  Paul describes this so well in Romans 7.  Though we desire to do the right thing, we don’t have the power to do so in our own efforts and we mess up.  The good news is that we don’t have to rely on our own strength to make right decisions.  We don’t have to be dominated by our sinful nature and end up doing the things we don’t want to do.  But the way we can live this kind of life is by yielding to the Holy Spirit and relying on the strength of Jesus Christ, not our own.

When we’re facing struggles, we must rely on God’s power alive within us through the Holy Spirit.  It is our job to lay down our stubborn fleshly will and yield to the will of God.  In that moment, the Holy Spirit will be there to help us.  Let’s learn to yield to and become totally reliant upon the Holy Spirit.

Make a decision today to yield to the Holy Spirit and lean on His strength, not your own, and to overcome obstacles of sin and selfishness in your life.  Surrender and release those areas to God, knowing He will help you.



Day 5 Prayer & Fasting

Grace & Truth has come down

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.–John 1:17

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a personal visit with God?  There is no need to wonder about what God is like or would say, because to know Him, we have only to look at Jesus.  In Jesus we have received grace, but there is even something more we have received: truth.

The kind of truth John spoke of in today’s scripture is not a list of laws and rules such as were given to Moses.  Make no mistake–the revelation of God through the word of the Law was glorious.  When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after receiving the ten commandments, his face shone so brightly with the glory of God that he had to wear a veil (Exodus 34:33-35).  But the word of the Law cannot compare with the word of life that has been revealed through Jesus!

In John 1:18 we learn that no one, not even Moses, has ever seen God.  But Jesus has not only seen God–He is God.  The truth that John was speaking about is a clear and unveiled vision of the true nature of God. Only when we see Him through Jesus Christ can we truly get a glimpse into His heart.  It is from a state of grace, not legalism, that we will find real and lasting transformation (2 Corinthians 2:7-18).

Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you see God through the eyes of grace and truth given to us in Jesus Christ.



Day 4 Prayer & Fasting

Agree with the Will of God

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

–Amos 3:3

In the heart of every believer is the desire to walk closely with God.  We know that He, too, desires a close relationship with each one of us.  A key to having a strong level of spiritual intimacy with God is living in agreement with His will for your life.

In Genesis 5:22, we read of Enoch and see that he consistently walked with god, for it says, “Enoch walked with God three hundred years.”  Enoch lived a powerful life.  he was a man who walked in agreement with God’s will and lived a life pleasing to God. (Hebrews 11:5)

The level of our agreement with God will determine the degree of closeness in our walk with Him.  It is one thing to know God’s will for our lives; it’s another to live in agreement with His will.  In order to enjoy the best life that God has for us, we must first understand that God does not change, but we sometimes must.  Let’s earnestly seek to know and agree with God’s will.  The level of our agreement with God will determine the degree of closeness in our walk with Him.  I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts.  But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition, there is no room for the Spirit of God.

Make it your prayer  today that you will walk in agreement with God and enjoy the life He desires you to have in Christ.



Day 3 Prayer & Fasting

Fasting Removes Unbelief

Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.  then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  However, this kind does not go out except through prayer and fasting.”

–Matthew 17:18-21

When we pray and fast, we don’t do so to change God or His will; by praying and fasting we are the ones changed.  Coming into alignment with God helps us overcome doubts and fears.  When we pray and fast, unbelief leaves .  It is when we have faith to believe that we can pray with confidence and know that “nothing will be impossible.”

When we pray and fast, we don’t do so to change God or His will; by praying and fasting we are the ones changed.  Ask God to strengthen your heart to fully believe Him and His word.  it is okay to recognize and acknowledge if you struggle with unbelief.  That’s the first step in allowing God to strengthen your faith and bring you into alignment with His plan for your life.  Do not limit what God can do by your unbelief.

Align yourself with God’s Word and will during this fast.  Release your unbelief.  Pray with confidence, knowing “nothing will be impossible” for you.




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