Grumblers Anonymous

Paul writes in Colossians 3:15“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (KJV). Too many people grumble under their breath. Grumbling is a dangerous sin. The word “grumble” means “to show one’s unhappiness, to make complaining remarks under one’s breath, or to murmur or mutter in discontent.” Grumbling under our breath means that we are saying things we wouldn’t want others to hear. The Bible says a lot about grumbling, especially in the books written by Moses. Israel grumbled a lot: they were short on water, they didn’t like the wilderness, they thought that Moses was to blame for their predicament, and they missed the land of Egypt and wanted to go back. The older generation thought that God had let them down, and never saw Canaan because of their grumbling (Exodus 15:24,16:2,17:3; Numbers 14:2; 1 Corinthians 10:10; James 5:9)

How do you spot grumblers? There are at least three signs: a grumbler is never satisfied with what he has. Nothing is ever really enough, a grumbler always has an excuse, and a grumbler secretly believes that he can never succeed. In his heart, he believes the game of life is rigged. The cards are stacked against him, he is doomed to failure. Grumblers have a problem with God. They are mad at God. They think that they are not getting justice, while someone else is getting all the grace.

The cure for grumbling is found in three things. One is to thank God for all the blessings that you already have. The second is don’t judge yourself by the way God treats someone else; God is not obligated to treat everyone the same. And, the third is to remember that God rewards faithfulness, not production. The world looks for production while God looks at your motive.

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WATER BAPTISM… A fresh look…

Matthew 28:19… “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (KJV).

Romans 6:4… “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (KJV). The word “baptize” originally meant “to dip, to dye.” It described a process of dipping a garment in a vat of color to dye it. When the garment is pulled out of the vat, it has been permanently changed. That’s what Paul talks about in our text. A person coming to Jesus is likened to an old garment that needs changing. He is dipped into the precious blood of the Lamb and is totally transformed. He becomes a new creature (creation). If you have been baptized, you could testify that you have been “dipped and dyed.” Water baptism is a symbolic proclamation that believers have been buried with Christ and raised with Him. Water baptism symbolizes being immersed in one condition and coming out looking brand-new. This is what happens when a person gets saved. He has been dipped in the blood of the Lamb and now he has been newly transformed to be like Jesus. Now that you are saved (born again) you are different from when you were in your unsaved life. Your whole outlook has been altered. Go ahead and rejoice. Be thankful. You have been dipped and dyed.

Pastor George Belobaba

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