THEME: MURMURING AND COMPLAINING
1 Corinthians 10:10-13
“And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
-The Israelites grumbled and complained against Moses and Aaron, and one generation died in the desert. During the Passover, they relied on the blood of the lamb smeared on their door posts and the angel did not strike them. We are reminded to examine the body and blood of Jesus even in our homes and we will have peace, protection and abundant life during these challenging times. Murmuring and complaining is also a cause for one to fall into temptations. We are thus called to stand on the word of God through faith and the Holy Spirit will help us to overcome all trials. There are different levels of temptations which are presented to different people. The temptations faced by Job could be termed as difficult to many, but God’s grace is sufficient. Temptations of pride could also be regarded as dangerous for they brought both great men and angels down. Satan the most anointed cherub fell because of pride. Likewise, king Nebuchadnezzar was dethroned because of pride. There are various forms of pride which include and are not limited to:- spiritual pride, pride caused by beauty, wealth, power etc. Pride grows gradually in our hearts and unnoticeably becomes a massive destructive tree. We are cautioned against pride which slowly erodes our dependence on God and degrades our relationship with men. Psalms 37:11 reminds us, “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” We are called to humble ourselves before the Lord and He will lift us up.
This is the day that the Lord has made, we rejoice and are glad in it. We thank You for giving us the grace to see this new day. Thank You for Your protection, provision, sustenance, peace, blessings upon our lives, families and nation. We come to Your feet with humility Jesus asking for mercy. Forgive us for the many times we have murmured and complained. We seek Your mercy for the many times we have harbored pride in our hearts and remove any form of pride from us. Fill us with Your fruit of humility Holy Spirit that we may enjoy peace and prosperity and inherit the land. May our joy be complete in You Lord. We rejoice in You always and declare Your salvation upon all the nations. May Your word gain root in our hearts that we may stand firm upon You Jesus Christ. Help us to overcome all temptations Holy Spirit. Heal all those who are sick and suffering, merciful Savior. We humbly ask You to comfort those who are mourning their loved ones, merciful Father. Remove the tide of COVID-19 from the face of the earth merciful Jesus. We seek Your wisdom even as the COVID-19 vaccine is being administered to us. Thank You for Your love and mercy upon us. You are the bread of life Jesus, teach us to administer Your body and blood that we may have life in abundance. Thank You for Your grace and wisdom dear Jesus. We praise You and glorify Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
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