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November 23, 2016, 5:54 AM

This Thanksgiving, in Everything focus on being Thankful for all things.


Do EVERYTHING WITHOUT... grumbling. This Thanksgiving, in Everything focus on being Thankful for all things.

 

It seems that we live in a generation of people that are fostered around complaining. We find that there will always be those that just complain about everything that doesn't go the way they like it... When we do this and we are verbal in complaining we are voicing the Lack of Joy in our hearts... 

Complainers will always find something to complain about....
                  -Might be: Church, the service, the leadership, there own lives, the way things   
                     are  working, the people they are surrounded by, the people they are called to,
                      the area they are called to, there family, the weather, the wind blowing, the way
                      God Blesses others, the abundance of blessings that others have, ETC......
                                         (Boy this could go on for ever.........)

 

I mentioned in brief this past Sunday during service how the Israelites after being freed and on their long journey started complaining, seeming to forget all the good that God had already done for them...

To many times we focus on the wrong thing... If you would just stay focused on HIM and not what is about YOU, more would get done for HIM, which is what its all about in the first place.... Your called to worship, created for the purpose of serving and worshiping Him.

Its difficult to say you are fully committed to worship and doing it whole heartily, when you find yourself in a constant mindset of complaint, and bitterness.. Especially God's word says that HE orders our steps, that HE has a plan for us, and that HE is good...

God always called us to Love, to share Hope, and to be fully committed to HIM. 

There is always a positive way to look at things that you face, there is always a way to reflect Jesus in these situations. Such as if you are complaining about a particular church, stating "that church needs this, and needs that, they don't have enough help, so many people come with problems..." that is exactly why God placed you there, and instead of complain where God has brought you (like the Israelites) do your part to share in the ministry, share hope, joy and love to those that need it.

Be that positive light of Jesus to a dark and dying world.

God has a plan, and God never makes mistakes, trust Him and His plan.

This Thanksgiving, reflect on all that you have to be Thankful for. In the sum of this you should be able to quickly realize that God has been good to you. And that what you are complaining about is probably something you can in Love and Peace work to build, grow and help verses complaining against.

Blessings-
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Philippians 2:13-15 (NIV)

13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

Jude 1:16 (NIV)

16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

Numbers 14:2-4 (NIV)

All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Exodus 16:3 (NIV)

The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”


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