TITLE: CONTROLLING YOUR MOUTH
TEXT: I THESS. 5:18
INTRO: Out West, a cowboy was driving down a dirt road, his dog riding in back of the pickup truck, his faithful horse in the trailer behind. He failed to negotiate a curve and had a terrible accident.
Sometime later, a highway patrol officer came on the scene. An animal lover, he saw the horse first. Realizing the serious nature of its injuries, he drew his service revolver and put the animal out of his misery. He walked around the accident and found the dog, also hurt critically. He couldn’t bear to hear it whine in pain, so he ended the dog’s suffering as well.
Finally he located the cowboy --who suffered multiple fractures--off in the weeds. "Hey, are you okay?" the cop asked. The cowboy took one look at the smoking revolver in the trooper’s hand and quickly replied, "Never felt better!"
Many people lose out on the glory and power of God in their lives because they have an attitude problem. They do not know how to handle adversity without complaining.
ILL. “Ya’ll pray for me the devils been riding my back all week”(No weapon formed against me shall prosper)
A negative attitude can steal your joy and rob you of your blessings. We sing the old song “I went to the enemies camp”. Many of us are our worst enemy. Satan is sitting their saying I never took it you dropped it.
And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and
the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of
the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the
uttermost parts of the camp.
27"...How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me?
28..as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:
29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all...from twenty years old upward, which have murmured against me,
30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land,..."
Numbers 21:4-6 (MURMURING BROUGHT THE FIERY SERPENTS)
4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."
I. MURMURING BRINGS DESTRUCTION TO OUR LIVES
A. COMPLAINING IS DESTRUCTIVE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
1. Numbers 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
2. Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
3. Many of us don’t have a daily devotional, we have our daily grip and grumble to God time.
- God it just is not fair
· They don’t have to go through trials
· They don’t deal with problems like I do
· They don’t struggle like I do
- Maybe they don’t because they don’t complain