Extremely interesting that the king was to write his own copy of the law. He was to read it but more than that he was to write his own copy. If God’s leaders here on earth right now would take into account the need to be in the in the Word on a daily basis it would make a definite difference in our ministries. How long would it have take to write your copy of the law. How much would you have to concentrate on what it said to make a faithful copy. Let us be known as men and women of the Book.


Complaining is a common disease among all people but seems especially prevalent among missionaries. Our God is looking for a thankful people. People who realize what a privilege it is to serve God. Things maybe different on the mission field where God called you but He knew that when He called you and He wants you to be thankful for what He is doing in your life. Complaining will soon kill your spirit and the spirit of all those around you. You are definitely getting more and better than you deserve.

The Sin of Complaining or Murmuring





I. It is an attitude

a. Resentment=We think that someone has done us wrong

b. Dissatisfaction=We do not receive what we want

c. We aren’t happy

d. We accuse others of having done something wrong

II. Complaining is like giving praise to Satan

a. We are commanded to give thanks to God 1Th_5:18 b. We are commanded not worry but to pray and give thanks Phi_4:6 c. Our praise and gratefulness is a sacrifice to God

Heb_13:15 d. What happens when we do the opposite of praising and giving thanks and start to complain and murmur against God?

III. Our Accusations

a. We are not satisfied with our salary Luk_3:14 or with what we have Heb_13:5 or the food and clothes that He has given us 1Ti_6:8 or our country’s governmentb. We are not satisfied with our spiritual leaders

c. We are not satisfied with our mate

d. We are not satisfied with our children

IV. How do we fix the problem

a. First recognize it as a sin Phi_2:14 b. Confess our sins

c. Learn to measure what we do have Phi_4:11 d. Meditate on the good Phi_4:8

e. Learn to thank God and others

Exo_18:17-27Steps to accomplishing the task that God has given you.

1. Realize that you are not able to perform it alone. Exo_18:18

2. You must learn how to choose leaders to help Exo_18:21

a. They must be capable

b. They must have character

1. truthful

2. not covetous

c. They must have a close personal walk with God

3. You must learn how to distinguish their abilities and place them in the right position Exo_18:21

a. some will lead over thousands

b. some will lead over hundreds

c. some will lead over fifties

d. some will lead over tens

4. You must be willing to allow them the freedom to exercise their gifts in their area Exo_18:22

5. You must be willing to train them to do the job you delegate to them Exo_18:20

a. teach them the lessons

b. show them how or the way

c. make them understand the work they are to do

6. You must be available to help with their problems and to provide further training on an ongoing basis Exo_18:22

7. You must never be to big to accept advise Exo_18:17

Gen_37:20 The thing that most aggravated Joseph’s brothers was not that he was their father’s favorite or that he had ratted on them but that he had a dream. People have problems with folks that have dreams and look for more in life than they have. They decided to kill him and then lie about what happened but look at the reason they give. Their thoughts were that if they killed him that they could see what would become of his dreams. They weren’t killing their brother they were killing the dreamer. They weren’t killing the dreamer they wanted to kill the dream. I wonder how many “men of God” feel inadequate to fulfill the Great Commission and for that reason must kill the dreamer and the dream of world evangelism so as not to feel that they have failed. Don’t kill the dream–learn how to live the dream.

Gen_33:14 In leadership and discipleship training the shepherd teaches us many principles that we must practice. First you must know the condition of your flock. Jacob knew that they were tender, had their young with them. He knew where they lived. He knew how their lives were. How can you truly train a man or woman if you do not know them personally? Jesus spent time with his men. It was not a classroom environment. It was not instruction but inspiration. Not only did he give them principles but he showed them how to put it into practice. He lived with his men. It was life on life discipleship. True discipleship is the teacher investing his life in his disciple. You can not descend from the heavenlys and deliver your message and ascend back to the heavenlis if you truly want to impact the world. Obviously you have to spend your time with the right people but you must spend and be spent if you truly desire to have a world impact.Not only does Jacob know the condition of his flock but he is careful in how he treats them. He will not allow himself nor others to overdrive them. How often have we tried to make the external man conform to what we believe he should be without investing in the inward man? How often have we tried to change a man from the outside in instead of the inside out? How often have we preached messages or given lessons that asked more than the tender were able to bear. So often we have a revolving door in our churches. Somehow we must stop this mistreatment or overdriving of our sheep.

Jacob as a shepherd knew that he had to lead on softly. He had to do what the children and the flock could endure. He knew that he would arrive at the desired destination but only if he moved at the right speed.

I am sure that no man of God has ever meant to hurt his people but so many times in our eagerness to be all that we can be we use our people to build our work rather than our work to build our people. As a young pastor I wanted my people to be good Christians. I wanted them to look the part and act it as well. I am sure that I had no idea how much I wanted these things for how it would make me look more than the good of my people but I proceeded to hurt people in more ways than I can explain.

I preached hard messages. I dictated how they were to dress, how they were to give, how they were to carry on every aspect of their lives. I didn’t lead on tenderly. I did overdrive them. Finally when the men came to see me in a group to tell me how I should be a little kinder and preach more than my few favorite pet topics I proceeded to tell them that I was God’s man and that I would preach what God told me to preach. There only concern was not that what I was preaching was wrong, but maybe the spirit I preached it in and the speed at which I wanted them to change. They didn’t ask me to change my convictions, they asked me to consider preaching more than just my pet topics. I was young, I heard the big boys talk to so I was right and they were wrong. I basically told them it was either my way or the high way. They took the high way. In my eagerness to have a product I could show off as a young dedicated pastor, I soon found myself without a salary and with a clean but empty church. I had asked a pastor friend what he thought and he simply said you’re obnoxious. His comment hurt so deeply that I couldn’t quit crying, but maybe that comment put me on the road to changing my philosophy of ministry. I still believe the same things but I know now the flock is tender and with young and I have learned to not try to over drive them. I once heard a great man of God say whenever you preach against sin, make sure there’s a tear in the corner of your eye, because your not against them but rather trying to deliver them from the pain that comes from the sin they are about to commit. Pastor, disciple, spiritual leader, please remember that they are but children and must be treated as such. We must only teach them what they are able to bare today. No one expects a six month old child to feed himself, dress himself, or even use the bathroom on his own. In our wisdom we understand where he is, and therefore have patience and tenderness as we watch them grow up. Pastor could I venture an opinion about what we preach. I know I am treading on dangerous waters but discipleship in my opinion is the place you say so many things that apply directly. Many of us are afraid of personal confrontation so we use a bully pulpit to beat on our people. What we would be afraid to say face to face we say to a crowd and hurt many people, and by the way we lose standing with our people, because many of them figure out what you are saying and to who you are saying it. The people side with the under dog and since you are publicly attacking a weaker brother or a brother who gets no pulpit time you may lose the confidence of your people. Why not develop discipleship in your church. A one on one relationship. Life on Life that changes people. How many times do we preach messages that are true and important but not applicable to the spiritual level of our people?