I heard this great line from Joyce Meyers the other day…There’s no recession in Heaven. With the economy struggling the way it has and individually many of us right along with it, it would be easy to allow all the strife to rule our emotions. I know I have many times. I realized that if we are to enjoy a victorious life, a life which is full of God’s Grace and Mercy we need to stop complaining about what we don’t have and start thanking God for everything we do have. Complaining keeps us away from God’s Glory and allows the enemy to steal our peace. We can’t allow this to happen!!! No matter how big your mountain is, God’s power is bigger. No matter how impossible or hopeless your situation may seem, nothing is impossible for God. (see Mark 11:22-24) However, to be Plugged into this awesome power, God wants us to do so without complaining.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling and fault-finding and complaining.
How many times has God answered our prayers and before long we find ourselves complaining about the very thing that he Blessed us with. (my job is too far, my husband or wife is so this and so that, my child is wearing me out, my co-workers or employees are so annoying, etc…). As brothers and sisters in Christ we need to stop complaining and blaming and instead give thanks for all that we do have. I heard this week that if we were to stop for just a moment and count up all of our blessings, they will far outweigh the things that we complain about. So true!!!! Be slow to anger it only causes self-inflicted wounds.
If we want our prayers to be answered we need to be plugged into the network, God’s network!
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made to God.
Thanking God for all that we have, waters the seed that you have in your heart for a future more bountiful harvest. But be careful brothers and sisters that when we do so that we do so with pure hearts, without conditions, for our Lord and Savior knows our hearts. If in our hearts we are not thankful for what we have or hold contempt for someone else then why should God answer our prayers and give us something else to complain about.
Matthew 6:14-16 For if you forgive other people who sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
So what I learned was that complaining and fault-finding causes our Network to run slower (prayers take longer to be answered), allows viruses to infect our computers (devil stealing our peace) and threatens a total system crash (living out of God’s favor). So get plugged in, turn on the full Power of Jesus (the best anti-virus in the market and it’s FREE) and be a bright light that will see the Grace and Mercy of the Holy Spirit shining all around you. Be a Beacon that others can follow.
Dear Lord, thank you for all that You have given us, thank you for being with us in times of trouble. Forgive us when our actions and words were not pleasing to you. Give us every day a new sense of courage, strength, wisdom and power to not only face our challenges with thanksgiving but also to be a blessing to others. AMEN