THEME: DONâ€™T MURMUR, DONâ€™T FAINT
TEXT: Deuteronomy 20:3, Proverbs 24:10
20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
â€œAnd in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews. â€œ(Acts 6:1)
Many people murmur about a lot of things â€“ the church, pastors, leaders and even the brethren. They murmur about the attitude of the brethren and sometimes stop coming to church. From there, they even backslide and cite the character of others as reason for their backsliding. Sometimes, their reason for murmuring may be genuine, but one obvious danger about murmuring is that it siphons the anointing â€“ presence of the Holy Spirit. When someone murmurs and complains, the heart becomes defiled and polluted and therefore uninhabitable for the Spirit of God.
Murmuring can lead one to death and hell as we can see from the examples of the children of Israel that left Egypt with Moses. All those who were eighteen and above, that left Egypt with Moses, never entered the Promised Land â€“ except Joshua and Caleb, because they murmured. They never entered into Godâ€™s rest. In the same way, all those that murmur and complain, do not enter into testimonies because the condition of their hearts bars the Spirit of God from coming in to work in their lives. Avoid complaining and murmuring no matter how genuine your course might be.
Sing spirit filled songs unto God and thank Him for everything He has accomplished in your life and then take the following prayer points.
1. O God, I pray; purge my heart of complaining and murmuring, in Jesusâ€™ name.
2. Every spirit of murmuring and complaining assigned to pollute and defile my spirit and cause the presence, glory and power of God to depart from me, be gone, in Jesusâ€™ name,
3. Let the spirit of self be uprooted out of my life, in Jesusâ€™ name.
4. Any demon assigned to kill my joy; be destroyed, in Jesusâ€™ name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA