Don’t complain!!! Most especially don’t complain or murmur or allow yourself to remain in the company of those that want to complain about leadership. Do not align yourself with this form of rebellion. If you do, you are flowing in the same demonic spirit that caused the earth to open up and swallow a people. (see all of Numbers 16) This is how my morning conversation with the Lord and my daily Bible reading began.
Some of the other verses that spoke to me today along these same lines and as I will explain below were:
“The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.” ~ Proverbs 11:6
“Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.” ~ Psalm 54:2
“And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.” And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? Behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marveled. – Mark 15:3-5
“Then Pilate said unto them, why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly. Crucify Him. And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. – Mark 15:15
God has really let me know without a doubt that He has indeed given “ear to the words of my mouth.” He has been speaking about my words, the words of others, and not aligning myself with words of others but aligning my life with His Word only.
The Lord wants me to check and deal with what I allow into my heart, be it the words of others and/or my own thoughts. He wants me to be careful and purposeful regarding what I allow myself to meditate on. The Holy Spirit has shown me specifics in my life that create and allow an atmosphere of sin to develop. This kind of environment breeds thoughts in my head and an attitude in my heart that eventually leads to words coming out of my mouth that displease Him.
I noticed while reading in Numbers that is said the sin of the “children of Israel provoked the Lord.” I believe although He is a God that loves and is long-suffering, that we provoke Him so much. I am incredibly thankful for His mercy.
I also found it interesting that the Lord told Moses to warn the children of Israel to not align themselves with the complainers and the murmurers, to separate themselves from them, lest they fall into the same judgement. SEPARATE YOURSELF! It is a now Word as much as it was a Word for that day.
As all of this regards me personally, I know that I need to take control of the tongue and speak words that are light and purposeful. Everything, even the words of my mouth and my thoughts, should mirror a Christlike life and as our example of being purposeful, we do have Christ –
In the scripture above, when Christ did not address the Chief Priest or Pilate to address the accusations of the people, His silence was very purposeful. I believe that Pilate surely came to a place of regret that he was “willing to content the people” when it came to his moment of decision. I think, if we aren’t careful we will find ourselves standing before the throne of God guilty of that same thing and it could be the consequence of a snap decision…a decision we did not think through before we spoke or acted. A decision that bears fruit or regret.
Each person will be accountable for their own words, thoughts and deeds and as it said in Proverbs today, transgressors will be “taken in their own naughtiness.” I have definitely had my warning. Help me Lord to conform to your Word so that I can be like You. Help me to check my decisions and base them on Your pleasure and Lord help me to have a heart that is not “willing to content the people” when it hurts You. That is my prayer.
A few of the ways we use words that displease the Lord:
- Words of unbelief
- leading others to murmur
- evil report
- denying Christ
- aligning ourselves with any of the above
Thanks for reading. I know I kind of rambled on this post but these are some of what the Holy Spirit spoke to me today through my daily reading of the One Year Bible. So, what has the Lord been speaking to you today?