led by the Spirit
“…because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
One of my goals that’s going to keep me running my faith race to the finish is to have the testimony of Christ: “I only say what my Father is speaking, and I only do what I see my Father doing.” I am in awe of this truth! Jesus is absolutely our perfect example of being led by the Spirit.
And do you know that Jesus never complained? The Bible states clearly that He was without sin (2 Cor. 5:21). And, by the way, complaining is sin! To understand God’s heart concerning our murmuring, let’s take a look at a familiar scene following God’s mighty deliverance of His people from captivity in Egypt.
The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt?” How long will they refuse to believe in Me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “How long will this wicked community grumble against Me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say: In this desert your bodies will fall- every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against Me. Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected… Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. For forty years- one year for each of the forty days you explored the land [of Canaan]- you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you'” (Numbers 14:11, 26-34).
“All that for some minor complaining?” you might ask. But we need to understand: when we complain about a person or a circumstance, we’re complaining against God. We are saying, in essence, “This thing is too hard or unfair, and there is nothing that can be done about it!”
Complaining is the fruit of unbelief. This is what makes our faith so confusing to the lost in the world. We call ourselves “Believers” yet we are constantly confessing unbelief every time we complain!
I understand! Complaining comes naturally! I, too, was a natural-born complainer. But when I was reborn, the new nature of the Spirit of Christ took up residence in Me, and I am no longer a complainer! And when I am boldly walking in step with the Spirit, my mouth speaks only what the Father is speaking.
Now there have been times (plenty of times) when the natural Renee tries to make a presence and operate in unbelief. She has partnered with Satan and issued complaints to any ear that will listen. But, like I said before, I have a race to run. And if my goal is to arrive at the finish line, I’m not going to accomplish that while complaining. I would defeat my own self in that state. I would become so discouraged and downtrodden by all that things that I exalted above God. My God would be so small and my problems so big… who can run hard in that state?
Just knowing that complaining is a sin against God is enough to cause me to seek deliverance, but we should also heed the warning in the Numbers 14 passage above. The very words we speak actually can come into effect in our lives! That is why God’s Word states that there is power of life and death in the tongue.
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but, if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live… (Romans 8:13).
Glorious Father in heaven, You have called us into sonship in Christ. We take hold of the abundant life found in You and turn away from the scheme of the enemy to steal, kill and destroy. Forgive us for complaining, thereby showing our lack of trust in your being Lord over everything. We vow today to be doers of Your Word and servants in the expansion of Your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Remind us, Holy Spirit, that we are to abide in the presence of God, because we know in Your presence is fullness of joy and a complete absence of complaining! In Jesus’ name, Amen!