This One's For Your Critic

August 7, 2003

This One’s For Your Critic – “I’m not quitting!”

1 Corinthians 15th Chapter
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.  58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye
stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye
know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Beloved of God! I’ve
got a message that you need to give your critic. You know the person I’m talking
about——-that person you refused to give a right to speak into your life.
This is not your pastor who is mandated by heaven to give you direction. This is
not your spiritual accountability partner who helps keep you focused on where
God wants you to go.  I’m talking about your critic: that self-appointed
individual who has been commenting on what you are doing, how badly you are
doing it, or what you are getting ready to do and why it won’t work.  To
further show you “the critic,” let me step back in time for a brief

When I was growing up, one of the most popular answers to the
question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was “President of the
United States.”   I never heard little Johnnie say, “I want to be the
President’s critic” even though it was easier for him to become the President’s
critic than the actual President.  Another profession that is overly
populated with critics is the office of Pastor.  I’m sure that more members
have pastor “over lunch” than they have him/her “over for lunch” because it’s
easier to talk about the one doing the job than to do the

Critics fill the barber shops, beauty salons and “lazyboys” of
this world while not even making an inkling of a change for the better in their
corners of the world.  Sure, we are not all called to be the President of
the United States or the pastor of a church, but I don’t believe that anyone was
called to be critic for either as well.  Now, don’t misunderstand what I’m
saying here.  Correction is a good thing, from the right people.  But
there is a difference between correction and condemnation.  Correction
should launch you or relaunch you in the right direction.  Condemnation
attempts to shoot you down before you get off the launching pad, while you are
on the launching pad, or anytime you’re in flight.  Please let me take a
quick moment to touch on condemnation.

Webster’s dictionary defines
condemnation as this: an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on
someone or some group.  Now when an individual opens his/her mouth and
speaks words of failure, doom, or destruction over your life, he/she is
summoning evil to bring those things to pass.  As this person tells you,
“you can’t do it,” he/she is summoning the demons of doubt to show up and
overtake your faith — I don’t care how spiritual this person thinks he/she is or
acts like he/she is.  If you don’t believe me, then I’ll break it down like
this.  If your critic tells you, you will fail at what you know God has
called you to do, what supernatural source is he/she summoning? 
Angels?  Jesus said, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house
cannot stand” (Mark 3:25).  So that should tell you that heaven is backing
you; it’s hell that is attacking you.

Now, why would anyone want to “stop
your launch?”  All you want to do is fulfill the calling of God on your
life.  The truth of the matter is your critics want you to miss it just as
badly as they are missing it.  There’s probably so much misery,
disappointment, anger, frustration, jealousy, and defeat in their lives, and
they simply want to pass those things on to you. Now what did you do to get all
of this?

The first thing you probably did was hear from God!  But
it’s not the first thing that upset your critics; it’s the second, which was,
“You went and did what He told you to do!”  You got on the road called
destiny and the cowardly critics sat by the wayside trying to tell you every
reason you should not and could not go.

57 But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The reason your
critic has so much to say about what you do is because you are on your way to
victory.  In this chapter, Paul writes to his brothers in Corinth. 
The resounding message he gives them is, “don’t quit.”  Paul is encouraging
them to keep on in their ministry efforts because there is nothing but victory
in Christ.  I share that same message with you today.  The road God
has set you on will lead to victory.  Don’t let the cowards who chose not
to take the road deter or detour you.  If you have stepped out on the faith
of what God has told you to do, then you are not responsible for the outcome;
you are responsible for the obedience. Just handle the obedience and God will
handle the outcome!

My brothers and sisters there is no better way than
to close with this:

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast,
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that
your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

God will not forget where you
are, especially if He sent you there!  Most importantly, if He sent you
there, He surely is not going to leave you there!  Even better, if you
haven’t stepped out to go where God has told you to go, then you must know
this…  God won’t send you where He wants you to go if He hasn’t already
been there to make preparations!

So this day, we no longer run from the
call of God on our lives. God did not call us to criticize others.  We are
to comfort, console, cheer up, and cheer on our brothers and sisters, not be
cowards and condemn them.  Remember this: cowards run from their destiny,
but conquerors overtake their destiny —— You are more than a conqueror through
Him who loves you!

Love In Christ,