Lately, with schedule pressures, forgetfulness and physical infirmity and weakness, I unwittingly within a short time adopted a critical spirit until I realized how it has changed my perspective of most everything I had to make decision on and my response to situations, people and work of God. I can say it was not glorifying to God while it lasted.
Thank God He opened my eyes and made me aware that I had fallen into a trap of a critical spirit for a short time. Everybody else and everything was not right and I had become critical where in the past I would recognise the good in most things and people as I have a “half full” rather than a “half empty” temperament and normally am encouraging rather than discouraging.
I praise and thank God I can say He has delivered me from that trap when I acknowledged and confessed my sin, 1 John 1:9, to Him and made right what things were wrong. Once again I can say at the start of each day ” Because of the Lord’s great love I am not consumed, for His compassion never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentation 3:22,23.
Now I can say again ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) , “He has turned my mourning into joy “Jeremiah 31:13, ” I can give thanks for He is good for His mercies are forever” Psalm 136:1,.
I don’t deserve His goodness to me but He gives me more than I can receive. God says to me – “If you don’t have what the world thinks it needs, you’re the kind of person I’m looking for. It is not your obligations to do, but a heart that wants to glorify Me in you and in the world.” He is saying “You are poor and hungry and I want to fill you, and feed you to overflowing so others through you may also receive the blessing.””I want to transform you as the spiritual reality across the world and around you is more brokenness among the drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes, homeless people, prisoners, street kids, porn addiction, broken homes, the sick and afflicted, the orphans, widows, senior citizens. The problems are overwhelming and the outreaches dedicated to these problems barely scratch the surface. There will be danger, difficulty, hardship, pressure, persecution, pain, trials and tribulations ”
No matter how dangerous God’s favor is, I don’t want to trade it in for an easy, comfortable life. I don’t want to be off the hook for trouble if it means missing His favor. My prayer is “Lord, I want my life to be meaningful for your kingdom’s sake. I know it can never be that way without your favor. Give me all that you have – trial or blessing, putting aside all fear I can say – Lord, our generation needs your favor. May you show it to us for your kingdom’s sake. ”
Thank God, when He looks on me, He sees straight into my needs, longings and fears, including the doubtful thought that “My life is too impossible even for God to straighten out. Things wont ever change for me. ” .. yet as I allow Him, He changes me.. yes, He can.. the impossibles are possible in His hands. Praise God. He changes my pessimistic outlook – He can. He changes my lethargic response – He can. He strengthens and empowers me to live as He wants me – in the power of the Holy Spirit, overcoming the stresses, worries and cares that would hinder me and rob me of His favor. Praise God.
He has helped me overcome a critical spirit. Glory to His Name. If God be for me, who can be against me. He is my Good Shepherd. He leads me from here to glory. Wonderful grace of Jesus.
Have you succumbed to a critical spirit and feel that you cannot be freed on your own? Confess, repent, call upon the Lord for His deliverance and empowerment and right whatever wrongs that can be made right. Accept His victory and move on in the joy of the Lord and in the power of His might. Will you surrender your life to God?
You have no choice. You should not remain with a critical spirit as it does you no good. The option is to remain miserable within yourself and to all around, and perform below standard service to the Lord which is not pleasing to Him.