…let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe;

_Hebrews 12:28 (RSV)

Don’t be a complainer!

Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word, But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the Lord.

Psalm 106:24-25

“One of the greatest enemies of an abundant, victorious life is our attitude. Many don’t realize how powerful their attitude is. A negative attitude is to a blessed life what a snake in your bed is to a good night’s sleep.

Our attitude is a combination of the thoughts of our hearts, our vision, our words and our self-image. Those who have a negative attitude poison the environment around them. They steal the faith and joy of others. They are always criticizing, gossiping, finding fault and killing the dreams of those who have them. They are seldom happy and always blame others or blame circumstances for their problems. A negative attitude opens the door to the enemy.

A negative attitude cannot enjoy a life of faith. Faith can’t dwell in the heart of a scorner.

Those who are negative are seldom teachable. Any word of teaching, exhortation or encouragement is often met with criticism or an explanation of how their situation is “special.” The teacher “just doesn’t understand” what the negative person is going through. When you hear these words, know that you are dealing with an attitude that is blocking the flow of God’s grace.

Negative people seldom if ever hear the voice of God. They are too busy listening to themselves complain.

Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Romans 1:21

A darkened heart is the fruit of complainer. As a result, there is no light, no wisdom, no peace and no positive future for that person. A complainer is unthankful. They choose to not recognize the blessings of God and the potential of faith and grace.

Make a choice now to cease all complaining, grumbling and criticizing. Can you do it? You have the fruit of the Spirit, so yes, you can!

Galatians 5:22-23

Thanks to Barry Bennett for these wise words.

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