1. There are Grumblers Among Us

2. Grumbling Distorts Our Godward Call

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? — Matthew 7:9 (ESV)

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? — Romans 8:32 (ESV)

‘They have dealt corruptly with him [Yahweh], they are no longer his children because of their blemish; they are a perverse and crooked generation.” — Deuteronomy 32:5 (ESV)

Your circumstances are an occasion for your grumbling, not the cause of it. — Paul Tripp

3. Grumblers Must Grab Hold of The Gospel of Grace

Since the word of life is the source of life for the church, the existence of the church depends upon a firm grasp of the word of life. If the word of life is lost, the church will be like a black hole rather than a shining star in the world — O’Brien

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:35-39

4. The Gospel Turns Grumbling into Gratitude

Application

  1. When you find yourself grumbling, before you ask what’s wrong with your circumstances, ask, “What’s wrong with my heart?” “What do I believe I deserve in this situation?”
  2. Pray as much for your faith and trust as you do that God will change your circumstances.
  3. Meditate often on the amazing love of Christ for you. Study the Word to know the Word so you can live in the good of Word
  4. Bear with the grumblings of others as you’d want them to be gracious with you. Listen more, talk less.
  5. Don’t become the grumble police for others, but gently help your brothers and sisters hold fast to the Word of Life – help them see grace in their lives that they’ve overlooked and point out where God is at work
Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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