Summary: We must remember that God hates grumbling and complaining.
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September 11, 2016 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We must remember that God hates grumbling and complaining.
Focus Passage: Numbers 11:1-6
Introduction: I’ll never forget the time, when I came in the sanctuary, just before preaching that the first or second person I greeted said, “Are you trying to freeze us out in here?” The very next person I greeted said, “Do you think you could make it any hotter in here? I’m dying!”
I. Complaining Bushwhacks
a. God detests complaining
b. It causes more stress
c. It assumes God doesn’t know what He is doing and you know better
d. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)
II. Complaining Distracts
a. It takes your eyes off of God and puts them on your own perceived problems
b. You forget what God has done for you
c. It doesn’t solve a problem
d. Whining and complaining all the time is a very bad testimony
e. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:8-9 ESV)
III. Complaining Attracts
a. Vs 1 says that the fire of the Lord burned the outskirts of the camp
b. Weak or easily influenced Christians will jump on the bandwagon of grumbling and whining
c. Complaining gives Satan an opportunity to feed the complaint
d. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6 ESV)
Application/Invitation: Confess and repent of a complaining spirit and ask God to fill you with gratitude and praise.