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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Whine (05/23/13)

TITLE: Spirit of Thankfulness
By darlene thompson
05/28/13


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It seems like all of us can whine whether we are enjoying good or bad times. When we whine, we lose our peace, joy and patience. As Christians, whining is destructive for our spiritual lives and destroys our testimony.

Whining began in the Garden of Eden when Adam complained about Eve giving him the fruit. Cain was another complainer because his offering didn't please God. Although Moses had seen God's power, he fell into the complaint trap. The Israelites found many ways to whine whether it was about their food or the land of milk and honey.

Joseph's brothers complained because he was their father's favorite. They were so upset they sold him into slavery and lied to their father. David voiced his complaints in Psalms 2:1; 12:1-2; and 22:1. Job offered his complaints to God but did not sin.

Philippians 2:14-15 and I Peter 4:9 challenges us not to grumble or complain. We are to be "blameless and pure" in God's eyes. Complaining causes us to fight and quarrel because of unfulfilled desires.

It's not wrong to complain to God but it is wrong to complain about Him. If we do, we face His judgment and punishment. We must repent, turn to Him and ask Him for forgiveness and cleansing. We must ask God for a new heart. As Christians, let us stop whining and fill our hearts with thankfulness. Let us be filled with thanks and honor our Father who freely gives all things.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/31/13
You did a nice job with this devotion. We are told to give thanks in all situations. It's not easy to do, but our mindset can impact our relationships with others and with God himself. The verses you selected really drive this message home. Good job.
CD Swanson 05/31/13
Powerful and intense devotional that we all can appreciate.

God bless~
Genia Gilbert06/03/13
Your writing does encourage that spirit of thankfulness. How we need to cultivate it! Good references and good writing.