Daily Devotion

Be Free From Your Complaints
 
"Who has trouble? Who has misery? Who has quarrels? Who has a complaint? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has bloodshot eyes?"  Proverbs 23:29
 
When people face troubles, they react with either crying, anger, or complaining.  Life is full of them, and many times throughout the Bible, we are informed of the possibility of suffering.  Some things are brought on by our own doing as the consequence (good or bad) of a decision we made.  Some things happen just as tools of discouragement sent from the devil.  Some things are allowed to happen to test and strengthen our faith.  In the Bible, people were free from their complaints by exercising their faith.  In Mark 5:29, the woman with the 12 year hemorrhage was healed and the flow stopped by her faith.  Throughout the book of Job relied on his faith and in the end God restored everything he had lost.
 
"I'm not saying this because I'm in any need. I've learned to be content in whatever situation I'm in."  Philippians 4:11
 
This is a great verse, but, this IS hard to do.  It is hard to practice contentment when you are trying to do it alone.  We must die to ourselves daily in order to not allow our shortcomings, issues, and disappointments to dominate our thoughts.  We must purposefully use the strength that God gives us daily to remove negativity from our thoughts.  Because the only way we can survive and overcome our complaints–which, by the way in turn means to surrender them to God for His hands to move them–is to rely on God's power.  We all have things that we go through, or areas that we allow ourselves to fixate negative energy.  But by the word of God, we have grace!(2 Corinthians 9:8)  We can overcome with His power to lead us.(2 Corinthians 12:9, 10)  So be free from your complaints–give them over to God to work them out.  Be content and wherever you fall short, allow God to empower you.(1 Timothy 6:6)
 
"so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." 1 Corinthians 2:5
 
Have a wonderful rest of your day, be blessed and empowered today!  I'm working on giving my complaints and issues fully to God.  Because quite frankly, He is the only one that can change them or get me to a place where I can change them or they don't matter anymore.
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