Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Gratitude
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your Statutes.
Psalm 119:71 (NKJV)
For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son Whom He receives.
Hebrews 12:6 (NKJV)
I am a recovering complaint-a-holic. Just one sip of complaint entering my mind is a loss of self-control waiting to happen. I used to think I could handle a righteous rant, like I deserved a good gripe for my day's trouble.

Like it would never get the upper hand on me, like I could tell people what I thought they did wrong, because everybody else was complaining, too.

Most businesses caved in to my heated demands, because they wanted to avoid a public scene.

Most of my bad acts were during my B.C. years. But I'm still tempted to fault-find and finger-point.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Could you be a complaint-a-holic?

Consider four things to remember: 1. God allows every irritation. 2. Why? Character grows under pressure. 3. He takes your complaints Personally. 4. Rancor doesn't represent Him well.

So if you might be called a grumbler, here's a twelve-step recovery plan:*

1. Admit you can't stop complaining by your own strength.
2. Believe Jesus Christ restores our hearts, minds and mouths.
3. Decide to re-commit your life and will to Him.
4. Cross-examine your conduct relative to His.
5. Confess every ungrateful gripe to God and men.
6. Express your heartfelt desire to stop complaining.
7. Ask the Lord to remove this shortcoming from you.
8. Consider people you've most harmed by your mean words.
9. Show them kindness and gratitude moving forward.
10. Maintain a close watch on your words moving forward.
11. Pray ceaselessly for God's Kingdom and His guidance.
12. Share The Way of constant gratitude with others.

## The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Gratitude (Part 69)

* Based on the godly Twelve-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous:

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

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