Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”

  • Grumbling and disputing (other versions say arguing and complaining) are a sign of weak faith! Our sovereign God is in complete control of every situation and circumstance we face. When we maintain our joy and seek God when times are rough, others will see the true Light of Jesus in us. Our other option is to just blend in and react like the world without Christ does. It is pretty ironic that we pray for peace in our lives and then exhibit these two traits (which are the opposite of peace) while claiming to have peace because we have Jesus Christ in our lives. Imagine what your witness for Christ would be if you cut out your griping, arguing, and complaining. People have come to expect complaints and gripes but what if we removed them from our lives? Folks would want to know what was up. That would be the open door of testimony and your opportunity to share Christ. Let us glorify God by being a thermostat that sets the temperature, rather than a thermometer that reads it.
  •  How long can you go without arguing or complaining?
  • If you believe Romans 8:28, why would you complain or argue about what God is in total control of and has put before you for your own good?

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Forgive us Lord for arguing and complaining about circumstances or situations that you have allowed in our lives for our good and your glory. Please give us the strength and desire to joyfully obey your instructions. May you be glorified in all. Amen

Mark 5:18-20

“As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. While your family and friends are often the most difficult to witness to, they are also the ones who know you best. Changes in your life are noticed and will affect those who know you best, but they may not understand the transformation that Jesus has made in your life. Make sure that those you know understand what Jesus has done in your life. Who close to you, who do you see every day that you have not shared the Jesus that you claim with? Who have you told what Jesus has done for you? Who have you told about the mercy He has given you? Who have you told about the mercy He offers to them? Have your friends and family noticed a change

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Mark 4:35-41

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith? And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”” Notice the tie of fear to lack of faith. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior there is never a reason to fear. Fear is always a result of a lack of faith. Death, illness, money, other people, the future, the past, and uncertainty, are all things that people

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Mark 4:18-19

“And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” There are thorns all around us. Determine now to be fruitful today for God’s glory. May He be the object of our devotion and our continual focus. Are you letting other things in your life choke out the word of God which you have been taught? Is your soil deeper and richer than what is sustaining the thorns?

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Mark 3:34-35

“And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”” Being seated in a circle around Jesus means that our focus is entirely on Him. Are you in the circle with Jesus? By your actions, would Jesus consider you to be a part of His family?

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Mark 2:16-17

“And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”” When Jesus hung out with sinners, He had a message to share, and when He hung out with believers, He encouraged and taught the message they had already received. God will lead us to both groups according to His purpose for us. The group you are avoiding may be the ones who need to see and hear the message of Christ’s love in and from you. Pray before you make your decision on who you need to avoid. Are there people you have been neglecting because of their reputation? Does your conversation topic change depending on the group you are with or is your faith revealed in both groups? Matthew 10:32-33 “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I

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Mark 2:2-5

“They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”” Our does our heart compare to these men’s hearts when we struggle to even invite our friends to church, much less to share the gospel with them. The efforts of these friends demonstrated their strong faith in Jesus. We are saved by faith, encouraged in our walk by faith, assured of our eternity through faith, and at peace in all situations and circumstances when our faith is steadfast. When our faith is strong, we will have no hesitation about sharing our faith with those we encounter. Are you walking by faith? Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” 1 Samuel 2:9

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