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Topic: Whine (05/23/13)
TITLE: Spirit of Thankfulness
By darlene thompson
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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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