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Don't be a Complainer!

Posted By at Wednesday, February 26, 2014

 

In Jude 16 we find some interesting insight into some people's behaviour that does not please God.

It says: These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.

That's an interesting list of qualities.

The word complainer is really two Greek words joined together.  The first word means to blame and the second word means your fate or lot in life.  The point is that complainers blame someone else for their lot in life. I find it amazing how someone can make wrong choices, and when they have to face the consequences of those choices, it is always somebody else's fault?

So, I have two pieces of advice for you on this. 

  1. If you are a complainer and grumbler, stop.  God is not honoured, and you are only showing that you are “walking according to your own lust,” not according to God’s Spirit.
  2. Stay away from people like that or you will end up being like them. 

Proverbs 22:24-25 Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.  

Their attitudes and mindsets will bleed off on you.  Did you ever throw a white shirt in the washing machine with red socks?  What happened to your white shirt?  It probably turned pink, didn’t it?  The red dye bled over into the white shirt, and the white shirt was no longer white.  It was now a colour of pink. 

Likewise, if you hang around with people who grumble and complain, their attitudes will bleed over into your way of thinking.  And the last thing you want to be is a grumbler and complainer like them.

Kenneth E Hagin used to say If you hang around with a dog long enough you end up getting fleas.

Think about that verse in Jude and meditate on these different versions for a while.

The Living Bible These men are constant gripers, never satisfied, doing whatever evil they feel like; they are loudmouthed “show-offs,” and when they show respect for others, it is only to get something from them in return.

Amplified Bible These are inveterate murmurers (grumblers) who complain [of their lot in life], going after their own desires [controlled by their passions]; their talk is boastful and arrogant, [and they claim to] admire men’s persons and pay people flattering compliments to gain advantage.

JB Phillips These are the men who complain and curse their fate while trying all the time to mould life according to their own desires. They “talk big” but will pay men great respect it if is to their own advantage.

The Message These are the grumpers, the bellyachers, grabbing for the biggest piece of the pie, talking big, saying anything they think will get them ahead.

Wow that says a lot, I'm sure you can think of some people like that where you are today. Pray for them.

Norman
 

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You Can Start Again

Posted By at Wednesday, February 19, 2014

 

I was reading in the book of James this week and noticed it said in James 5:11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure! You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord.

Look at Job, attending the funeral of his ten children, losing all his wealth and his health, listening to a wife with a tongue sharp enough to clip a bush. Yet despite all her dour words he didn't quit. We can learn from him! 'You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and seen the end intended by the Lord.'

Job focused on the end-goal, not the immediate circumstance.

Most peoples' problem is they want it all now. Like a that sign reads, 'Antiques manufactured while you wait.' But you know that life doesn't work that way!

There are times when giving up looks good and defeat seems inescapable and sometimes retreat may seem to be the only option.

The question today is; How will you handle these times?

David Ben-Gurion [The primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel] said this: 'Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. From this knowledge comes an inner strength that inspires us to push on in the face of great difficulty. What can seem impossible is often possible with courage.'

So whatever difficulties you may be facing today, draw on God's grace and keep on trying.

Mountains only seem so high looking from the valley.

The road to success always runs uphill; so don't expect to break any speed records.

The main thing to try, and if all else fails, begin again joyfully in His strength as Nehemiah 8:10 suggests.

Norman

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The Hands of Christ

Posted By at Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 

During the Second World War a church building in Strasbourg, Germany was destroyed.  After the bombing, the members surveyed the area to see what damage was done.  They were pleased that a statue of Christ with outstretched hands was still standing as it had been sculpted by a great artist centuries before.

On taking a closer look, the people discovered a falling beam had sheered off both the hands of the statue of Christ.

Some time afterwards another sculptor in the town offered to replace the broken hands as a gift for the church.  The church leaders met to consider the offer and decided not to accept it. They felt the statue without hands would be a great illustration that God's work is done through his people.

It's true, because in the church we are the "hands of Christ".

If He is to minister to the poor, it must be through our hands.

If he is to take care of the sick, it must be through our hands.

If he is to reach out to those who are lonely, it must be through our hands.

1 Cor 12:27 Together you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of that body.

Do you see something around you that Christ needs to take care of today?

He has no hands in the earth except yours and mine!

So go to it today.

Norman
 

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The Law of the Boomerang

Posted By at Wednesday, February 05, 2014

 

For those of you who do not live in Australia, the Aboriginal people of Australia have a weapon called a BOOMERANG. Some people have thought it to be a toy which, when thrown will return to the thrower because of it's curved structure. But it's really a weapon. When it's thrown accurately, it strikes its prey, (usually a kangaroo), and then returns to the one who threw it.

God is like a boomerang. It's in His Word. Isaiah 55:11 tells us that; God's Word does not return to Him void, but accomplishes what it was sent to do. When God speaks His Word, it enters the earth, brings healing, restoration, deliverance and salvation and returns to God who sent it.

God has given us His Word too. We speak it as God does, and it goes from our mouth to accomplish our desires in prayer. God's Word returns to us in testimonies and praise reports of God's power in the lives of other people.

When is the last time you sent out God's Word, His "boomerang," to change a world overcome by Satan's power? Use the Word today to change someone's life and bring glory to God.

In the Bible Jesus lays down a general principle for dealing with people. We’re not to deal with others as they deal with us, but we’re to deal with them, as we would like them to deal with us.

Matthew 7:12 In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.

This is how Christians should live their lives. This is known as the golden rule or the law of the boomerang! It doesn’t simply forbid malice and revenge, cheating and deceit. It does much more. It prevents the necessity of laying down endless little rules for our conduct in specific cases. It sweeps the whole debatable ground with one mighty principle. It shows us a balance and measure, by which everyone may see at once how they should act.

Is there something we wouldn’t like our neighbour to do to us? Then let’s try to always remember, that this is the thing we ought not to do to him.

Is there a thing we would like our neighbour to do to us? Then this is the very thing we ought to do to him. We are to act as if everyone treats us as God says we should treat him or her. The better our response; the better the outcome.

Go to it today.

Norman