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Stop Complaining - Part 1

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November 11, 2021 7:00 am

Stop Complaining - Part 1

Fellowship in the Word / Bil Gebhardt

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Today on the Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ. Here's the beauty of it is all people are sinful.

The planet is cursed.

How much ammunition you have. There's always something to find out that's wrong. There's always something wrong. There's always something wrong out there. There's always something wrong in here. It could be the temperature today. Some of you complains about that. You see, it could be anything. It could be your in-laws. It could be your neighbors. It could be your colleagues. All you have to do is look at people you want to complain, you can spend your whole life complaining and that's the problem. Not only is it contagious, but it becomes who you are and sadly some of us become chronic complainers joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor broke your heart Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana Pastor Bill Gebhardt now again he shows us God's word meets our work. The word on the street is that this series the weight of your words is not been well received by you after last week's service site heard of at least one complaint if I can't lie I can't gossip and I can't brag what am I going to talk about. So with the thought that some of you are angry or at least disgruntled. I want to speak this morning on complaining and murmuring and angry words you see as Americans complaining comes natural to us. We complain about virtually everything from the weather to the White House from our Saints to those sinners. We complain it's an American right of passage but were not unique complaining is systemic to the human race as long as there's been humans.

There's been complaining in fact, it all began when God confronted Adam immediately after the fall in Adam's response to God was simply this, you know why it happened. It happened because of the woman you gave me. But nowhere in Scripture is complaining is merely as pervasive as it is in the book of numbers as Israel was taken out of 400 years of slavery and now on the way to the promised land. Would you open your Bibles the numbers chapter 14 Numbers chapter 14 the context of chapter 14 comes about because of the end of the course of chapter 13 and it's a very famous episode they sent their work ready to go into the land. It took about six weeks to get ready to go into the promised land, but they decided it would be better to send spies in first and so they did in verse 30 of chapter 13 it says Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said we should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we shall surely overcome it. A very positive report, but the men who had gone up with him said, we are not able to go up against the people for their too strong for us. So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying the land through which we have gone in spying it out is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. There also we saw the methylene, the sons of Enoch are part of the methylene and we became like grasshoppers in our site and so we were in their sight, so you get the circumstances now of a profile of complainers and complaining and were going to see characteristics that complainers have and I am sure because I know so many of you that a lot of this will cover you first one then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried and the people wept that night and all the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation said to them, would that we had died in the land of Egypt, or would that we had died in this wilderness. Why is the Lord bringing us into this land to fall by the sword are wives in our little ones will become plunder. Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt and so they said to one another. Let's appoint a leader and let's return to Egypt. There's a lot in those verses about complainers and complaining the first thing you see is this complainers ignore God's potential personal complaints ignores God's potential.

I wanted to think about that for just a moment.

These were people that saw God put all those plagues on Egypt. They saw the Egyptian army swallowed up by the Red Sea and now they're ready to go into the promised land and it aside.

It's much too dangerous for them to do. Secondly, complainers are often born with bad information. You see what the spies did was they gave them bad information.

Caleb and Joshua gave him great information. Hey, we looked it over. Looks great. Let's go get it. God promised but the other 10 gave them bad information and that's the way it is with complainers in our day and age it's a little bit different, but I noticed people who are chronically complaining about our culture about government almost always there information is based on some conspiracy theory and almost always, there is no merit to the conspiracy theory at all. But what's interesting about it is. Once they realize there's no merit about it they don't stop complaining.

They just simply latch on to another conspiracy theory and start complaining again complaining is so often based on bad information. Thirdly, complainers are quick to jump to the wrong conclusion you see their whole view is the conclusion is this were all going to die and so we need to go back to Egypt. Complainers often feel a tremendous sense of self-pity and these ones surely do all this is going to be terribly awful for us. But the truth of the matter is, is it. And there's another thing they have very bad judgment.

Complainers have bad judgment. Notice what they decide it would be the best thing to do. Let's go back to Egypt. Let's appoint a leader. Let's go back now, you saw the movie now.

Do you really believe that the Pharaoh would say you know I lost my firstborn son all Egyptians did we experience all the plagues and my armies at the bottom of the Red Sea. It be great to have you guys back.

I mean do you really think that would be how anybody would be thinking about that but that was their judgment. It so happens with complainers begin to see whether complaining is born in verse nine Moses is speaking, he said. Only do not rebel against the Lord and do not fear the people of the land, for they shall be our prey, their protection has been removed from them.

The Lord is with us. Do not fear them. You see what's motivating the complaining their freight that fear. They have maximum complainers you see that little bit in our culture right now because our culture appears to be at least either, it is or because of social media. It appears to be more dangerous than ever.

Just peers dangerous out there yet. I know what we do we complain about and we just complaining complainants born out of her own fear that often happens, but there's something else. Verse 10, but all the congregation said stone him with stones. There's a solution let's kill Moses and Aaron that I hope, then the glory of the Lord appeared in the tent of the meeting to all the sons of Israel and then we see this point in the Lord said to Moses, how long will this people spurn me.

How long will they not believe in me despite all the signs which I performed in their midst. I will smite them with pestilence, and dispossess them and I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they. Here's the most sobering part complaining invites God's judgment.

That's a sobering thought. You see, because God is basically saying this. If there's one thing I am at sovereign.

I am in control, and so when I complained one of my saying is not really in control.

You see, the other thing is not only my sovereign but I am holy if I tell you that I'm going to give you the promised land. My go to give you the promised land, whether they said now you're not you like it was in not really going to do it see God as affronted by that I am a sovereign, all-knowing God. That's one of the things is to make us distinct from everybody else.

The complaints I say this often but I read the end of the book we win. So stop it. You see it's always like this is bad. The sky is falling this about the sky is falling, a one day the sky will fall but will win season front against God, that's it complaining does. By the way, it's so chronic in this book, they started complaining. Remember when I got to the Red Sea. In Exodus, and they thought they were all going to go there and but in this book. This isn't like the solution, the bullet number should be called the book of complainers. That's what the whole books about it's about complaining make the complaint virtually all through the book they complain. In chapter 11 chapter 13 here in chapter 14 a complaint in chapter 16 and chapter 20 there still complaining don't have any water so God's as Moses hit the rock in the water. Then in chapter 21 God is supernaturally provided them heavenly food men and you know what they complained about it. Take this back to get back to the kitchen. I want something else for breakfast. I don't like this anymore. They complain the whole way through the book but it's not just an Old Testament problem is a problem in the New Testament is it's a problem in your life in my life told me not to Philippians chapter 2 in the text will then look at would start in verse 12, but there's a context again. The apostle Paul is trying to help the believers in Philippi like he's trying to help us and he basically wants to tell them that there's a way in which they should act which will be beneficial to them and beneficial to the rest of us. It'll work for everybody.

And so he gives four Commandments and the first commandment is in verse three we look at that last time we looked at it when it said Paul said do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit.

That's the first man do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, a network conceit is the word dog suck, or glory. Don't do anything from your empty glory.

You don't have worry it's empty but don't do anything.

Don't think that you have glory.

He said don't be selfish do anything with empty conceit, then secondly, with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.

That's the second commandment is going to work your face go to work for you and work for all that you have the regard everybody else is more important in you and you already now if you thought about sincerely about you. You thought about complaining that you where you mean I should consider everybody else is more important than me is not done. Do not merely look out for your own personal interest but also the interest of others. There he applies it only got for your own interest primarily, but look out for everybody else's interest primarily in the fourth commandment have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ, and it's an attitude of humility. Don't be selfish. You see, don't give yourself praise. Consider everybody else is more important than you are. Take their interest over yours. Humble yourself. Like Christ. Now they have a problem here. Same as we do. The Philippians didn't quite believe that you seek me think about this.

He's telling them to consider. Everyone else is more important than AR but you know what you're thinking, but they're not there not more important.

I am you see in Philippi like in any group of people, but in that culture. These people are more important than I am. You see on the success they're not successful. Some of these people were slaves that can't be more important than I am. Some of the might of been thinking I'm Jewish you see how the son of Abraham.

How can some Gentile be more importantly what what I consider him. You see, we have no trouble looking out for number one. We really struggle when it comes to looking out for everybody else is our priority. Paul assumes what they're going to do verse 12 so then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work in you both to willing to work for his good pleasure. Wow, what is really saying there's look, I know this might seem really hard for you to do. But you know what God's working out and you, God will actually work this out and you these things not being selfish considered everyone else is more important than you have in the humility of Christ looking out for other people's interest, work that into your life. But Paul understands the Philippians like he understands you and me next verse do all things without grumbling or disputing. He knew that complaint. He knew that complaint.

I don't really like that I don't get that she that's the point I worked my whole life to be a success in being a success means are more important than other people. Everybody knows that pulse is not it's not the way it's going to work it's going to be something else. He anticipates with these people were going to do as he complaining is interesting, isn't it. When we complain we really saying when we complaining about. We have an unmet expectation there something that we expect doesn't happen and so because of that we complain now there's a couple things about complaining that are universal.

One is complaining is contagious.

You see if your complainer and you get around other people. Eventually, by the way, you know why it's contagious is because if you get around people who don't like complaining there's a handful of them somewhere. I'm sure they won't listen to you much gold politely walk away, but boy, if you find other people that want to complain with you all. Then you can just get into a group and start complaining.

And here's the beauty of it is all people are sinful.

The planet is cursed Sue look how much ammunition you have.

There's always something to find out that's wrong. There's always something wrong.

There's always something wrong out there.

There's always something wrong in here. It could be the temperature today.

Some of you will give your complaints about that. You see, it could be anything. It could be your in-laws.

It could be your neighbors. It could be your colleagues. All you have to just look at people you want to complain, you can spend your whole life complaining and that's the problem. Not only is it contagious, but it becomes who you are and sadly some of us become chronic complainers, pretty much, it's the identifying factor of our life. We complain about everything. How do you stop complaining. You see, what's the antidote to complaining to me now to Ephesians chapter 4 verse one, the apostle Paul says therefore I the prisoner of the Lord, you know that means these are these are both Philippians and Ephesians prison epistles, Paul wrote these epistles for them. Why was in prison and guess what he didn't do in one of them never complained. He was unfairly treated. Then unfairly arrested that unfairly incarcerated and could've been unfairly executed.

You know what he didn't do it in grumbling. Why believe that God is sovereign.

See believe that God is involved in every situation.

That's why the Lord said he sees this parable there's no situation so small that God is in very much aware of it.

So, notice what Paul says therefore I the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of your calling what you been called live like believers live like Christians walk in a manner worthy of being called children of God, and then he says this with all humility and gentleness and there's a word with patients with patients know what happens when we show patients what happens.

What's the result with patients, showing tolerance for one another in love. You see, if I have patients then I have tolerance and when I have tolerance that means, by implication, I can tolerate you.

You see, instead of complaining about you. I can tolerate you know some of you, see you, but that's patients. I can't. I don't have patients my parents that have patients. My parents told me my grandparents don't have patients were inpatient people while that's sad but that's why Christ died.

Okay your impatience is not a virtue of your family tree. It's a sin of your flesh, that's what your impatience is now you say why can't the word of God says I can turn with me now to Colossians chapter 3 Colossians chapter 3, another prison epistle verse 12. Here the apostle Paul says so as those who have been chosen of God as again as holy means set apart holy and beloved, we are set apart people that God loves. He said I want you to put on a heart of compassion and kindness and humility and gentleness, and there it is again patients right after patients what to say, bearing with one another is he bearing with one another this and if you keep waiting for people to meet your expectations and you decide I'll stop complaining when they start meeting my expectations, you will die complaining it's going to happen every day it's going to happen almost every way.

You see, what we really need to do in this fallen world is the show was. He says right there to show the heart of passion, compassion, kindness, humility and gentleness and patience, but it's even clearer if you turn with me now to Galatians chapter 5 Galatians chapter 5 and you will see that were completely without excuse when it comes to complaining and patients verse 22 of Galatians 5 pulses but the fruit of the spirit is the please understand say this all the time. He doesn't say these are the fruits of the spirit that would be our Debbie or plural. This is a singular verb. The fruit of the spirit is so when you have the spirit in control of your life.

This is what is evidenced in your life so don't say Bob pretty good. Two of those. I'm working on two or three of them and I'm probably below average.

On the other is not what he means is that when you're controlled by the spirit of God. This is what it looks like the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, there is patients kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law when you're controlled by the spirit of God. One of the things it is evident in your life as you are patient. If you are humble, gentle, kind and patient. Guess what you won't be doing complaining you see.

So when you are complaining, you have to ask yourself the question, what is this complaint come from. It doesn't come from the spirit of God. This comes my flesh is he someone is not meeting my expectation and I want to complain about pastor broke apart on the radio ministry of fellowship Lord, if you ever miss one of our broadcast or maybe you just listen to the message one more time. Remember the good a great website called one that's one and you can listen to Fellowship in the Word online at that website you will find on with today's broadcast but also many of our previous audio programs as Fellowship in the Word. We are thankful for those who financially support our ministry and make this broadcast possible.

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