Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, January 9th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 69)
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 inching toward my lips is a loss of self-control waiting to happen. I used to think I could handle irritation, like I deserved a good rant 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 doing it, too. Why should I be the only one not to complain?

Most businesses caved in to my heated demands, just like a big-mouthed drunk at a bar wanting more. They agreed with my petitions to shut me up.

Most of my bad acts were during my B.C. years. But I'm still tempted to fault-find and finger-point, therein falling off the wagon of gratitude.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Could you be a complaint-a-holic? Truthfully, I know some of you are, because I've witnessed the evidence.

Consider four things to remember: 1. God allows every hard condition. 2. Why? Character grows under pressure. 3. He takes your complaints personally and does not condone pubic griping. 4. You become a poor witness of Him.

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 good hearts, mind and words.
3. Decide to re-submit your life and will to Him.
4. Cross-examine your words and conduct fearlessly.
5. Admit and confess your wrong words to God and men.
6. Express your readiness to get rid of complaint.
7. Ask the Lord humbly to remove this shortcoming.
8. Consider those you've most harmed by complaining.
9. Show them kindness and gratitude now and forward.
10. Continue close watch on your words diligently.
11. Pray ceaselessly for God's Kingdom and His guidance.
12. Share The Way of your transformation with others.

We become grateful without ceasing. Thanksgiving and praise work miracles. Soon, complaint will cease and desist its reign.

To Be Continued...

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

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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