RFWO DAILY GRACE SHOWERS
Dealing with Criticism.
Our Foundational Scriptures are taken from Numbers 12:1- 15 (AMP), “Now Miriam and Aaron talked against Moses [their brother] because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite woman. 2 And they said, Has the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Has He not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it. 3 Now the man Moses was very meek (gentle, kind, and humble) or above all the men on the face of the earth. 4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, Come out, you three, to the Tent of Meeting. And the three of them came out. 5 The Lord came down in a pillar of cloud, and stood at the Tent door and called Aaron and Miriam, and they came forward. 6 And He said, Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make Myself known to him in a vision and speak to him in a dream. 7 But not so with My servant Moses; he is entrusted and faithful in all My house. 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth [directly], clearly and not in dark speeches; and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses? 9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from over the Tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. And Aaron looked at Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous! 11 And Aaron said to Moses, Oh, my lord, I plead with you, lay not the sin upon us in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12 Let her not be as one dead, already half decomposed when he comes out of his mother’s womb. 13 And Moses cried to the Lord, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech You! 14 And the Lord said to Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed for seven days? Let her be shut up outside the camp for seven days, and after that let her be brought in again. 15 So Miriam was shut up without the camp for seven days, and the people did not journey on until Miriam was brought in again.”
Beloved, *criticism is the expression of disapproval of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes.* Criticism has two broad categories which are (i) Constructive criticism and (ii)Destructive criticism. I am going to focus on number(ii) but before then let me briefly highlight number (i). Are you still standing?
Beloved, (i)Constructive criticism is targetted at making someone that has made mistakes to see and realize soberly, his faults in a polite manner. For example, you could say: *My friend, this thing you did is fairly alright but there is a better way you could have done it to achieve a good result.* In this way, you would have generated interest in him to aspire to improve and be better. Anyone can be at fault – your husband, your wife, your children, your colleagues at work, your personal staff, your customer etc. We are enjoined to correct in love(Proverbs 3:12) and not by being harsh or using foul language like: *Yes, I knew you never get things right. You block head. I knew you will fail.* Such harsh comments will never make anyone pay attention to you. Are you still standing?
Beloved, (ii) Destructive criticism is aimed at dismantling the whole moral fabric of a man. You want to prove that you are better than everyone and nothing good can come from no other person than you. You want to prove you are *Mr. Know All.* This is the kind of criticism that God hates. *It is initiated by pride and fired by bogous high self-esteem.* I hope I have not simply described you? Are you still standing?
Beloved, our FS, illustrate how God dealt with destructive criticism. Recall that Moses, Miriam and Aaron were of the same parents(Exodus 6:20; 15:20). Miriam did not respect the anointing on her brother, perhaps because she felt she was his elder sister(Exo. 2:4). She then initiated gossip in the family and dragged their brother Aaron into it. It centred of the wife of Moses and they even queried the *spiritual level of Moses and wondered if they were not equals (verses 1-2 of our FS)*. But Moses *simply ignored them* and focused on his assignment. Are you still standing?
Beloved, as Moses ignored them, the God that said: *Touch not my anointed—*(Psalm 105:15), began to fight for him. People should learn to separate family matters from the calling of God. *Even when God called everyone in a family, there is still a heirachy.* This was the bitter lesson Miriam had to learn. The destructive criticism Miriam began in the house soon spread to the entire congregation that people murmured in their tents against Moses. Today, are you a victim of such home-made evil designs targetted to ruin your reputation and whatever you might be doing? If yes, God will fight for you. Are you still standing?
Beloved, when God intervened, He requested the brothers and sister to appear in the Temple. He went there to place Miriam and Aaron where they belonged, *associate ministers*. *He separated Minister from ministers.* He commended His Own Minister who by meekness simply ignored home-made mischief designed to undermind his integrity. By the time God was done with them, the *initiator of destructive criticism* became leprous. Aaron was quick to plead with the man that had the Mantle to pray for Miriam(Verse 11 of our FS). When Moses prayed, God responded she most follow the due process of treating lepers so that people can people will learn(verses 14-15 of our FS).Meditate on our Memory verse ahead. Are you still standing? *THIS MESSAGE CONTINUES TOMORROW*
1. Thank God for His Word and ask the Holy Spirit to expound it to you.
2. Are you the one that conceives and propagates blackmail from your house? Ask God to forgive you and amend your ways.
3. Have you destroyed destinies by sarcastic comments? As the Holy Spirit to convict you so that you can repent.
Thank God Who always answers all you pray for in Jesus most favourable name, Amen. *MEMORY VERSE.* “Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.(Matthew 7:1, AMP). Have a nice day. RFWO = Rock Foundation World Outreach.