April 30–Spiritual Dwarfs–Part Seven–GRUMPY

Every Spiritual Dwarf is a LIAR. Each of them DENIES some TRUTH of GOD.

Hear GRUMPY as he speaks his Lies: “That person makes me so angry! Everything he’s doing is just to make me crazy and make my life more difficult! I can’t stand the way that person acts! Who does she think she is to do that to me? I am so sick and tired of all the crud that keeps getting dumped on me! I am flippin’ done with always having to be the mature one! I am so sick and tired of always having to make sure that everything gets done–IF it’s going to get done right!  At home! At work! Everywhere! I never get a break! My boss, my kids, my spouse treat me like I’m their personal slave! They’re idiots! I am so totally ticked off at all these stupid, insensitive, selfish people that are making me and my life so miserable! Somebody’s going to be getting an ear-full from me today! And it’s about time! And that stupid driver who just cut me off! He better be watching his back! Arrgghh!! I just want to slap somebody!!!”

GRUMPY (do you recognize him?) denies the PEACE and JOY of GOD and denies the POWER of THANKFULNESS to our GOD.

GRUMPY snarls and shouts inside our heads, stomps around in our brains, and, then, spills out of us in ugly, unloving, self-centered, self-elevating, cruel, cutting, biting, badgering, defensive and destructive ways!

GRUMPY is not easily hidden! Even if most of GRUMPY’s brain stompin’ thoughts stay inside our heads–we’re still letting him rule and wreak havoc in us.

GRUMPY is seen in the way we move–walking away, turning our backs, stomping around, slamming cupboards and car doors, hitting and kicking the wall! GRUMPY loves to take over our body language (often going right to hand gestures!). Crossed arms, tense shoulders, defensive-offensive posturing, hateful expressions, clinched jaws and those eyes–with their judgmental rolling and looks that could kill–are just a few of GRUMPY’s special trademarks!

GRUMPY is known in our words. Words that inflict pain, guilt, shock and diminish the esteem of all those around us.

And GRUMPY is known in our silence.  Silence that is cold and unkind with just as much power to inflict pain, guilt, shock and diminish the esteem of all those around us.

YES! GRUMPY is a powerful Spiritual Dwarf. And he must be killed for our sakes AND for all those people around us who fall victim to our venomous words and actions whenever we let GRUMPY rule our heads, our hearts and our mouths instead of GOD!

God tells us HIS TRUTH: God is the Prince of Peace. He calls us, as His children, to let the peace of Christ rule our hearts. To rule every aspect of every relationship. To rule all of our ways and all of our words! And we are to focus our attention and all of our actions as if we are doing them for our Lord Jesus–and giving thanks to God in all things. We are to be ruled by the PEACE and JOY of GOD and the POWER of THANKFULNESS to our GOD!

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievance you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…you were called to peace.

And be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3: 12-17

 God tells us HIS TRUTH: God makes us new–right in the very core of our attitiudes! He provides us with a new self–and with that God empowers us to be more and more like Him–peaceful, loving, kind, forgiving. We must choose to let God’s Word of truth fill us and direct us so we will choose His ways in everything we do. We are to be ruled by the PEACE and JOY of GOD and the POWER of THANKFULNESS to our GOD!

To be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness…

In your anger do not sin…Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4: 23-24, 26, 29-32

God tells us HIS TRUTH: God gives us His power and His strength to live according to His will for us. And God calls us to peace, joy, prayer, gratitude to our God no-matter-what! We are to be ruled by the PEACE and JOY of GOD and the POWER of THANKFULNESS to our GOD!

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

…the joy of the LORD is Your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

To kill GRUMPY (and we must!) we must trust our Sovereign LORD’s Eternal Truth: We, as believers in Christ, have been given the Holy Spirit of the Living God so that we may choose–continually and constantly–to live in the PEACE and JOY of GOD and the POWER of THANKFULNESS to our GOD!

And when we live there–GRUMPY is killed! WHEW!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane