After typing the devotionals about resentment, I spent some time confessing my own. I wrote my words down in my journal as I said them. “Lord I ask You to forgive me for the emotional energy I have spent by grousing about something I have no control over.”
Grousing is not a common word in my vocabulary so it gave me pause. As I thought about the word I looked up the synonyms. Do you ever complain, whine, grumble, murmur, bellyache, object, protest, or gripe?
Numbers 11:1 is a verse that we need to keep in our present thoughts. It says, “Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused…” This verse should stop us in our tracks.
Repurpose means to reorient, or give something a different way of expression. How then do we healthfully use our emotional energy? We need to reclaim it and reroute it to glorify the Lord. All thoughts have an intention behind them.
When we start to complain in our mind, we instead immediately reroute it to praise. “I praise You Lord, that You are in control of this situation. I praise You because You are trustworthy, and I can trust You to work this out for my good.”
Praise lifts our thoughts through truthful affirmation, rather than lowering them through negative defamation. We praise His character, rather than defame someone’s actions that we don’t agree with.
Defaming another, who is made in God’s image, even in our thoughts displeases the Lord. It is a form of cursing. Guaranteed, if it is in our thoughts it will come out of our mouth unexpectedly. It is spiritual slander.
Complaining is an expression of hidden resentments. There is a lot of emotional energy expended, that not only causes inner defilement, but diverts God’s purpose for our lives. We are created to praise Him.
Complaining is satan’s counterfeit to praise. When we entertain thoughts against anyone, ourselves, or our circumstances, we are playing right into satan’s plan. 2 Timothy 2:26 says, “And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
Not! We must fight against this insidious way that we have been caught up in. We do that through renewing our mind with His life-giving truth. When that truth becomes our daily experience, it will influence and empower our thought processes.
Inner truth will help us repurpose our emotional energy. Think about this. When you worship, where is your focus? When you spend time basking in His Presence, what are your thoughts? Our focus and thoughts are only on the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says that when we gaze upon Him, He will take us through inner transformation. The verse says, “…are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Hebrews 11:27 Amplified says about Moses, “…but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible.” Praise will lift us above the things that we have no control over, to gaze upon the only One who is in control of all things.