Philippians 2:14 Do everything without complaining or arguing…
Okay, ‘hands up,’ do you agree this is one of the most difficult scriptures in the Bible?
Yes, of course, it is, but God is not going to put something in the Bible if it is impossible for you to do. This scripture only becomes impossible when you think you have to do it, all by yourself. In fact, 1500 years of the Law of Moses revealed it is impossible to do it by ourselves. Only one person could – and that was Jesus.
The reason this verse is not impossible today is that we have two very powerful helpers: God’s Word and His Spirit.
God’s Spirit lives within you. God’s Word teaches us how to live. And God’s Spirit and His Word become the power within you that help and enable you to live this life.
Philippians 4:13 says“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Without Christ it is impossible. With Christ it is possible.
So what “key” does God’s Word teach us that will enable us to ‘be grateful and never grumble.” The key is your “thinking habits.”
If we carry When & Then thinking, it is impossible to ‘Do everything without complaining or arguing…’ When & Then thinking is this: “When something good happens, then I can be happy.” Or “When something bad happens, then I am going to be unhappy.” Clearly, When & Then thinking is not the way the Bible trains us to think.
Happiness is a choice; it is not based on feelings. It is training yourself to choose happiness, even when you don’t feel like it.
Can I encourage you to develop the four essential habits that will train you to think and live the way God wants you to? What are these habits?
1. Daily praying
2. Daily reading your Bible
3. Weekly attending church
4. Regularly fellowshipping or connecting with other believers in a connect group.
These habits will build a consistency into your spiritual life that brings strength into your spirit. You are growing your spiritual man, rather than continually feeding your fleshly man (Romans 8:5-8).
If you find yourself struggling with your feelings, temptations, and behaviors of the flesh – worry, fear, anger, selfishness, can I gently ask: are you doing these four habits?
Asking for prayer is not the answer. You have to make a choice to engage in all four habits. That’s right, it must be all four. Anything less than all four will create spiritual gaps that will allow your flesh to complain and argue.
Make your choice today!