This message is about contrasting the sin of unthankfulness with having an attitude of thankfulness to God in all things. The Bible has more to say on this subject than you may think.
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Going through this life is like going down a river treading water, trying to stay above the surface. Thoughts of discontent or grumbling are like tying weights on your body. They pull you down. But there's something else you can do that will lift you up, right out of the water so you rise above the river. Above the chaos of life. Your life can be like that today.
The topic of today's podcast is a miracle cure. It will not only solve the problem of self-pity and grumbling, but it will solve a hundred other problems in your life. It will improve your physical health, your emotional and psychological wellbeing, and, in dramatic ways, it will improve your spiritual health and your relationship with God.
Even though God has made it clear how much he hates grumbling, we all still do it. And many times without a trace of remorse or conscience. And our grumbling takes one of three forms—negativity, self-pity, or hostility. In today's podcast, we'll see God's remedy.
Have you ever heard of a scandal where someone in the church, maybe even a church leader got caught complaining? Grumbling? I know you've heard people do it, but it's never considered a scandal. Why is that? Is it because the Bible treats it as a small matter?
The Lord calls us to be patient during trials and affliction, not just to simply endure them begrudgingly until they're over; but to actively anticipate the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. For He WILL come again!
1 Peter 4:7-8
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."
Matt and Alan continue and finish up Philippians.
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What does it look like to seek the things of Christ?
What does it look like to live like Christ is near?
What does it look like to offer a well pleasing sacrifice to God?
They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and the people of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily." 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, "At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?" 8 And Moses said, "When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord."
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, 'Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.'" 10 And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the...
In the second part of Pastor Tim's mini-series about putting off complaining with thanksgiving, we explore what a Puritan wrote on the subject over 350 years ago. Thomas Watson, in his book "A Godly Man's Picture, devoted an entire section on this particular topic. As we look at what Watson said, examine yourself and ask, "Am I a thankful person?" Whatever the answer is to that question, we all can use more gratitude in our lives, but how? How do we cultivate gratefulness?
Why is it so important for a Christian to give thanks, especially in all circumstances? Aren't there situations when we've legitimately been wronged that justify us bitterness and complaining? What we see is giving thanks (or not giving thanks) has a drastic impact on how we view God and see his hand on our lives. But it isn't simply enough increase the amount of times we give thanks, but we also need to stop our complaining. This is what our focus is on in this first part of our mini-series.