“Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire was quenched.” Numbers 11:1-2
Did you know that complaining can open the door for sickness and disease to come upon you? It sure can! It can also hinder you from receiving your healing.
God takes our words very seriously. In Matthew 12:37 Jesus showed us the power of our words when He taught, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” The words of our mouth have more power than you may have realized.
1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Satan would like nothing more than to destroy your life through sickness and disease. However, he cannot just devour anyone that he wants to. The scripture tells us that he is seeking those “whom he MAY devour.” In other words, Satan needs an open door into your life before he can afflict you with sickness and disease.
The Scriptures are very clear on the fact that your words can bring a blessing or a curse upon your life. In 1 Corinthians 10:6 the apostle Paul tells us that the Old Testament stories were written for our example. In verse 10 of the same chapter he warns us, “nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.” It was their ungrateful attitude and negative words that opened the door to destruction.
The devil is the “destroyer” that Paul is speaking about. In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that he comes to steal, kill and to DESTROY. In Ephesians 4:27 we are admonished, “nor give place to the devil.” God is not the one who gives the devil an entrance into our lives, we are! Always remember, God will never teach us using things that Jesus has redeemed us from. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, not to use the works of the devil.
We need to do a regular inventory of our words. Have you been speaking negative or complaining words? If so, repent and ask the Holy Spirit to take charge of your mouth (see James 3).
Confession: Lord, please forgive me for complaining. I will no longer give the devil a place in my life through my mouth. I choose to rejoice and give thanks in all things!