Complaining is an Ugly Habit

Sunday March 3, 2019   Phone: 570.829.5216
Pastor David Miklas e-mail
Message: Complaining is an Ugly Habit – Tommy Dowling Text: See Lesson


Complaining is an Ugly Habit to Avoid and
Thanksgiving is Beautiful to Acquire


Bible Study Objectives:

1. To remind us that the habit of complaining is a serious sin that God dislikes very much: Philippians 2:14, Proverbs 6:19
2. To remind us that we should examine ourselves and make corrections: Psalms 139:23, Psalms 19:14, Psalms 51:2, I John 1:9

Expectations For Finishing Well In 2019: Luke 11:28, John 13:7



1. We are expected to live every day as an exemplary Christian: I Corinthians 6:20, Philippians 2:15, Matthew 5:16, John 10:27

2. We are expected to avoid the habits of those who complain/murmur/gripe/bellyache: Numbers 14:1-2, I Corinthians 10:1-33
3. We are expected to mark and avoid hanging with complaining people if we want to be happy: Psalms 1:1-2, Romans 16:17 
4. We are expected to mark those who do not complain and hang with them: Philippians 3:17, I Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 13:20
5. We are expected to accept responsibility for our actions and not blame others: Genesis 3:12, Numbers 14:3, Psalms 51:1-12 

6. We are expected to grow up and lay aside the childish behavior of whining and complaining: Ephesians 4:1-32, Matthew 12:37

7. We are expected to know that complaining grieves the Holy Spirit and can lead to a backslidden state: Ephesians 4:30 

8. We are expected to know that complaining only comes in when thanksgiving has gone out: Philippians 4:4-19, Colossians 3:15
9. We are expected to know that words always reflect the spiritual condition of our hearts: Matthew 15:19, Jeremiah 17:9
10. We are expected to know that salvation gives to us a brand new clean heart: II Corinthians 5:17, Psalms 51:10, I John 1:9
11. We are expected to know that there are times when leaders should respond and not ignore complaining: Acts 6:1-7
12. We are expected to know when to give feedback and when not to provide admonishment: I Samuel 25:37, Proverbs 26:4
13. We are expected to remember that a whining, complaining woman can make the home unbearable: Proverbs 21:19, 25:24
14. We are expected to place a governor on our lips before we speak and remember that loose lips sink ships: Psalms 39:1
15. We are expected to set a guard before our mouth so that when we speak our words will please the Lord: Psalms 141:3
16. We are expected to guard our hearts and walk circumspectly to ensure we are blessed: Proverbs 4:23, Ephesians 5:15
17. We are expected to know that our choice of words will fill our future with life or death: Proverbs 18:21, Galatians 6:7
18. We are expected to have a wise, merry, clean, and pure heart: Proverbs 16:21, Proverbs 15:13, Proverbs 20:9, Psalms 24.
19. We are expected to avoid having a wicked/proud/hard heart: Deuteronomy 15:9, Proverbs 16:5, Exodus 14:17, Jeremiah 17:9
20. We are expected to live with the realization that our next breath could be our last: Matthew 24:44, I Corinthians 15:58
Bible Study Summary:
The foremost battle we will ever face is the battle for the MIND. Sow a thought reap an action; sow an action reap a habit, sow a habit reap a character, sow a character reap a destiny/legacy/reputation that can never be erased or forgotten by those who knew us. Every moment of the day we must make decisions by beginning with the end in mind!  (II Corinthians 10:5)
Who am I?


I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command. Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me and I will do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want me to do something and after a few times. I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great individuals, and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intellect of a human. You may use me for success or failure; it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will lay the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
I am a habit. Habits are those things that we can do without even thinking.

The Above lesson was written by Tommy Dowling
a Sunday School Teacher for over 40 years.

If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon, right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.
Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

The following prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.” If you made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please let me know. Please send an e-mail to and I will send you some literature that will help you in your Christian life.
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In His Amazing Grace,
Pastor David Miklas
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