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213. Barriers to Breakthrough // Part 4: Overcoming Complaining & Negativity

213. Barriers to Breakthrough // Part 4: Overcoming Complaining & Negativity

All of us are designed for breakthrough. But then why don’t we experience it? Why do prayers go unanswered? Why do miracles not happen? This series explores the various ways we limit God and the barriers that prevent God’s Word from coming to pass. Join us for part 4 of our series, where we delve into our fourth barrier: complaining, negativity, and speaking words of death.

Bible Verses

Philippians 2:14-15 NLT “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Numbers 11:1 NLT “Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the LORD heard everything they said. Then the LORD’s anger blazed against them, and he sent a fire to rage among them, and he destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp.”

1 Cor 10:10-11 NLT “Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites. And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.”

John 6:41-43 NLT “Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”  But Jesus replied, “Stop complaining about what I said.”

James 5:9 “Do not grumble against one another, brothers so that you may not be judged. Behold the judge is standing at the door.”

1 Peter 4:9 “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. So care for each other love each other, help and serve and don’t complain when you do it.”

2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Topics Discussed


  • We should do everything without complaining.
  • Complaining doesn’t have to be taught. We are born with a nature of complaining.
  • Complaining is a form of victimhood mentality.
  • When we complain we are believing the lie that we are victims.
  • Complaining is placing the blame on other things or other people.
  • Complaining questions God’s goodness.
  • Complaining is unhealthy discontent and dissatisfaction.
  • Complaining focuses on self and limitations.
  • Complaining ties to gossiping and slandering others.
  • Complaining discourages us and makes us settle for less.
  • There is judgement tied to complaining.
  • We complain because our hearts are not healed.

Freedom from Complaining

  • The correct attitudes are gratitude, thankfulness, praise and worship and prayer.
  • God’s will for you is for you to be thankful and joyful in all circumstances.
  • Remember past victories and what God has done for us.
  • Remember that God is our helper, and He brings solutions.
  • Invite God into every situation you are facing.
  • God is not angry with us; Jesus intercedes for us.
  • We should be focused on the promised land, not the problem and the challenges.
  • When we stop complaining, you will stand out and your life will be a testimony.
  • We have to make the decision to not complain.
  • We must be aware of our complaining.
  • We must take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ.

Places Complaining is in the Bible

  • Moses and Israel in wilderness – Numbers 11-14
  • The people complained about hardship and the Lord heard everything they said.
  • The Israelites tested God through their complaining.
  • Other examples of complaining: Job, Jonah, Elijah
  • People complained about Jesus because they were offended and walking in unbelief.

Power of Your Words

  • We can speak life or death and we will reap the harvest of the words we speak.
  • We are called to speak life.
  • When we complain, we will reap a fire of destruction.
  • Our words have power.
  • Our negative words and complaining will prevent breakthrough from happening.
  • It is our responsibility to partner up with God’s Word with our mouth.
  • What you confess is what you will possess.
  • What you say is going to happen to you.

Powerful Quotes

“Complaining prevents us from receiving breakthrough.” – Caroline Harries

“We miss out on God’s faithfulness because we focus on the problem in front of us.” – Caroline

“The Lord hears everything that is said.” – Colby

“The Bible is impressively honest and transparent.” – Colby

“Complaining can twist our thinking.” – Colby

“Complaining propels you backward.” – Caroline

“Grumbling and complaining are detrimental.” – Caroline

“What you confess is what you will possess.” – Colby Harries


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