Faith Child – Struggle with a critical spirit

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.

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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.

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12 Responses to Faith Child – Struggle with a critical spirit

  1. This is a very necessary topic to expound upon and I’m glad I read this post. Without question, God’s grace and mercy, if meditated upon in a sincere and biblical fashion, will soften the critical spirit that leads us into sin. However, I’m wondering if the author (or readers) could help clarify the difference between a critical spirit and critical thinking? How do we distinguish between the need to hold ourselves and others to a Bible-honoring standard and the kind of critical spirit that is the topic of the post?

    • ptl2010 says:

      Thank you Eric for reading and commenting.
      To keep it simple I have observed two differences between critical thinking and critical spirit.
      1. Process –
      a. Critical thinking is objective analysis – identifying the issue, gathering facts, analyzing for verification and confirmation, add learned perspective in experience and environment, consider plausible options, arrive at considered resolution and outcome.
      b. Critical spirit begins with a selfish or unbalanced personal, subjective negative or destructive perspective (usually because the one who has the criticial spirit is suffering from a hurt, depravity of love, security and control, and immaturity) – there is hardly verification of facts,often jumping to conclusion without substantiation, and focus on negatives is common. (congruent with giver’s mood, and emotional state)
      2. Outcome and Speed
      a. Criticial thinking – with process, outcome is more laboured, balanced, with pros and cons. May overshoot opportunity timeframe if too laboured… but mostly, resolution communication is timely and objectively given, with compromise or best outcome intent and achievement.. There usually is helpful contribution and resolution for the issue.
      b. Critical spirit – shoot from the hip, emotion fraught response, usually critical with discouraging impact on recipient and causes hurt and broken relationships with those most dear.
      Could be correct deduction, but seldom achieves right response and outcome because of unacceptable communication style to recipient who will automatically become defensive, a natural response to unfavorable, uacceptable challenge. There is usually no compromise but a seeming final judgement made against the issue in hand. Finally there is a stumbling block to be overcome with a greater problem than when first begun.

      This is what the Word of God says to those with a critical spirit:
      Romans 14:10 “Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. And so each of us shall give an account of himself – give an answer in reference to judgment – to God. Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.” (The Amplified Bible)

      God bless you and may He deliver all those who want to be delivered from bondage to critical spirit. Only He can provide the sustaining power to overcome the critical spirit.

      ptl2010

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  3. Praise God for the victory He gives us in Christ – whether a spirit of criticism or any other.
    I am reminded of a poem . . .
    All the water in the world, however hard it tries,
    Can never sink the smallest ship unless it gets inside,
    And all the evil in the world, the blackest kind of sin,
    Can never hurt you in the least, unless you let it in.

    Praise God that IN CHRIST we can say ‘no entry’ when the devil tries to gain entry through one of his many subtle ways and cunning devices.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Thank you Cloudwatcher for the very appropriate poem and reminder. It is true we hold the choice – whom we choose to submit to. We can say “No entry” and stay on the victory side. When we don’t that is when we end up in hot soup and need to call on The Lord to be pulled out. Better to stay out of the soup – no scalding and pain.

  4. I needed this post. I am guilty for the last several weeks of having this spirit. Lord forgive me and renew a better steadfast spirit within me. Thank you for this post.

  5. Amanda Beth says:

    Love that quote above, 4hispraise!
    PTL, I love how God humbles us and teaches us. Praising Him for revealing that to you. God bless you for His glory!:)

    • ptl2010 says:

      Praise The Lord, He saves, He keeps, He satisfies, Glory to Him…and He will do so for all those who trust Him and commit their lives to Him, Amanda. We serve a great and wonderful God.

  6. 4hispraise says:

    Fate says;”Whatever will be, will be” Faith says; “But it will be wonderful” (me)

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