Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Danger of “Gongusmos”

Philippians 2:14-16
Our world is filled with complainers.  In every area of our lives where we are affected by the actions of another there are those who cannot be made happy.  For the Christian, complaining is personally destructive, spiritually debilitating and only serves to make our witness to the world more difficult. 

A complaint to God is a lament

Complaining to men is the outward expression of inner discontent and a sign of rebellionagainst God’s providence in our lives.

Grumbling and complaining are signs of self-centeredness
James 4:1-3

grumbling in the soul will spread to a murmuring from the lips and eventually to acomplaining in public.
Complaining stems from bitterness.  Job 7:11
Murmuring is "indignant displeasure."
Five types of complainers found in scripture:

I. Boo Birds  Exodus 15:23-24

This is the attitude of Second Guessers.

I. Chronic Complainers  Exodus 16:2

Complaining is a demonstration of a heart of ingratitude
We speak our world into existence.  James 3:6
We change our world by changing our speech.  Proverbs 18:21

II. Lime-Lighters  Numbers 16:2-3

Spiritual pride was the downfall of these

III. Neglected Saints Acts 6:1

Jealousy created the first fellowship problem in the church..

IV. Lazy Workers  Numbers 14:36-37

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