Monday, March 02, 2009
The Dangers of a Critical Spirit
2 Samuel 6:15-16 "So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart."
2 Samuel 6:20-23 "Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death."
This passage has come up twice for me in 2 days. I think that's shows that it wants to be noticed.
Our evangelist preached on this passage last night... about the dangers of a critical spirit.
Michal had a critical spirit, and it limited her view of the blessings... he pointed out that she wasn't down with everyone praising the Lord, but up looking out a tiny window... a lot of times people with a critical spirit "know" that their view is the best one... it robs you from seeing blessings. David was doing all this for the Lord, and the Bible doesn't say at all the the Lord was displeased by any of what happened.
Secondly, it makes you become "bound by bitterness" Poor Michael was so bitter. She had such a rough life. But bitterness will eat away at you, and ruin you.
The third point was how having a critical spirit causes you to be "branded by barreness" people will notice something's not right, and distance themselves... your Christian life, your friendships... everything will suffer.
It was such a good message, I really needed it.
Then, today, I stopped by my friend, Kristi's blog, and she had the same passage for the same theme. EErie, lol. Here is the link to her blog about it.... http://kristi71.blogspot.com/2009/02/inappropriateness-or-personal.html