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My Big Fat Mouth

Week 1 - Complaining
May 6, 2018

Words are powerful. They can beat us down and lift us up. They wound and they heal. And the right words at the right time can be exactly what we need to hear—or what we need to say.

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Philippians 2:14-15 NIV
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.

Exodus 14:10-12 NLT
10 As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, 11 and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? 12 Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’” 13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Exodus 16:8
“...You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”

Numbers 13:27-33 NLT
27 This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! 29The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.” 30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” 32 So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”

Numbers 14:1- CEB
1 The entire community raised their voice and the people wept that night. 2 All the Israelites criticized Moses and Aaron. The ENTIRE community said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt or if only we had died in this desert!”

Have you ever had a “Let’s go at once to take the land” MOMENT & everyone shot you down…

THE COST OF COMPLAINING

1)    COMPLAINING OFFENDS THE HEART OF GOD.

 Numbers 11:1-2 NIV
Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. 

2)    COMPLAINING CARRIES SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES.

 Numbers 14:27-28, 30 NIV
"How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. 28 So tell them, 'As surely as I live… 30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home... 

What in your life do you complain about most?  

IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF YOUR LIFE, CHANGE THE DECLARATION OF YOUR LIPS. #MissionChurch #MyBigFatMouth

IS MY CONVERSATION HELPFUL OR HURTFUL?

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up.

Philippians 2:14-15
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life.

IF YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. 

IF YOU CAN’T CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE. #MissionChurch #MyBigFatMouth

Philippians 2:17-18
But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.  

Philippians 1:12-13
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 

1 Peter 3:10 NIV
For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

THE VOICE YOU BELIEVE WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE YOU EXPERIENCE. #MissionChurch #MyBigFatMouth

Philippians 4:13 NLT
I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. 

Psalm 103:2-5 NLT
Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5 He fills my life with good things. 

HE FILLS MY LIFE WITH GOOD THINGS!!

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

…For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

Response Questions:
What do you complain about most? Where do you most need to change your circumstances or your perspective?

Read Philippians 1:12-13. How could you, like Paul, flip your perspective about the struggles your facing?

What are some blessings you haven’t been grateful for lately?

How can regularly you turn these blessings into gratitude toward God?

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