SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/21/15- “Anger” (Ephesians 4:26-27)
Premise Question: What’s the problem with being angry, and is it even a sin to be angry?
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT)
And when you become angry, about something or at someone, release it and refuse to allow the anger to be the controlling factor that influences the way in which you are going to respond, for if you are controlled by your anger, then you’ll end up reacting, rather than responding and it will not ever produce anything that’s good. So, don’t ever let the enemy of your soul, the devil, gain traction or a foothold in your life, by holding on to your anger at the end of each day. Empower yourself and others, by releasing it before the new day arrives! (Ephesians 4:26-27 PDCP)
Bottom Line: “Anger:” A spiritually debilitating disease and condition, all to often, found and allowed to flourish and operate in believers, and with their own reasoning, justification and rationalization perpetuating and validating it; that when left to its own devices, will only produce devastation and destruction, leading to ultimate death! The problem with anger, is that it will never produce a harvest of righteousness, for it doesn’t have the capacity to do so. And, when left on its own, to foment and fester, will create an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, manipulation, mistrust, confusion, and will then attempt to govern and operate through coercive control. An angry person, thus, should not ever expect to produce a harvest of righteousness, even if they are in “the right” about something, for when anger is allowed to be the controlling factor, in a person’s life and decisions, it will always lead to sin and sin will always ultimately lead to destruction and death. It’s always more blessed to be righteous than right! Walk in release, for when you are adamant about claiming your rights,all you end up doing is starting your unholy fights! Some might want to point out that Jesus was angry when He went into the Temple and turned over tables and whipped and threw out the money changers, (John 2:15) but, His anger came from a sinless, righteous, Holy indignation, which we obviously don’t have and never will have, because of our sinful nature; therefore, we are strongly encouraged, that when we are angry, for anger is a normal human emotion and we will get angry, that we are never to hold on to our anger, allowing it to foment, fester and grow, with devastating results. Rather, though, we are to release our anger each and every day, making sure that, by the end of the day, it is gone, without any residual lingering effect, that would influence and impact the next new day. An angry person will not be able to have a new beginning, a fresh start, to begin the new day. Now, is it a sin to be angry? No, but it is a sin when we stay angry, becoming an angry person who operates and lives life out of their anger! Angry people are not happy nor pleasant people to be around and are actually dangerous, as well as being( diseased) contagious! Stay away from them! Don’t have anything, or as little as possible, to do with them! (Proverbs 29:22) And, refuse to allow anger to control you, in any way, shape or fashion, but choose to release it each and every day, not allowing it to foment and fester, as a pollutant in your innermost being, producing roots of bitterness, (Hebrews 12:15) eventually polluting your entire body, soul and spirit, as well as, those around you, leading to devastation, death and destruction. Anger, if not dealt with and released, will produce death, while releasing anger, will create and produce an atmosphere of love, joy, peace, trust, stability, and establish a thriving and flourishing righteous life for everyone. Blessings…
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The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. (Psalm 25:14-15 NIV)
The Lord discloses and imparts His mysteries and secrets to His confidants, those whom He considers trustworthy, because of their faithfulness shown towards Him, by honoring, revering and respectfully worshiping Him; He enters into an agreement with them, by enacting, establishing and giving them a deep understanding and awareness of His intent and divine purpose for them. Therefore, let it be known, that my focus, with rapt attention, shall at all times be, constantly upon the magnificent majesty of The Lord’s power, grace and mercy, for it is He and He alone, that can set me free from all of my falterings, failings and falling into a pit or being tripped, tricked or trapped and ensnared by the enemy of my soul; He The Lord is our best, greatest and only hope, for apart from Him there is no other. (Psalm 25:14-15 PDCP)
This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. (Isaiah 48:17 NIV)
Stop whatever you’re doing right now, put aside everything and everyone else, and pay close attention, listen to the message that The Lord God Almighty, who is your Redeemer, your Deliverer, the Holy One of the Chosen, who has obtained your release from captivity and removed the penalty of sin, which is eternal separation from His presence, even death, hear what He says; “I am The Lord Your God, there is no other. I am The One who imparts wisdom, knowledge and insight to instruct, teach and train you in ways that will bring the greatest benefit to you, in your life, I am The One who leads, guides, directs and watches over you, as you journey upon the path and the way I’ve chosen for you and that you should choose to travel on, while here, in this world.” (Isaiah 48:17 PDCP)
The Lord is either Lord of all, or He’s not Lord at all! It’s one or the other, not something or anything else, nor does it fall somewhere in between…It’s All or Nothing at All!
Here is an acrostic for LORD, which illustrates whether or not He is THE LORD of our lives.
LORD-LOVE, OBEY, RELEASE, DEVOTE!
LOVE The Lord and love others, as He loves you, leaving your sinful ways and evil practices behind.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37, 39 NIV) Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. (1 Peter 2:1 NIV)
OBEY The Word of The Lord, obliging to live only by it and for Him.
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: (1 John 2:5 NIV) I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 NIV)
RELEASE others, as you have experienced the release of The Lord, walk in release towards others.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:12, 14, 15 NIV) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV)
DEVOTE yourself fully to becoming a disciple of The Lord.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42 NIV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV) Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10 NIV)
Doing and being actively involved in Loving The Lord, Obeying His Word, Releasing others, as we have been released and Devoting ourselves completely, are all strong indicators that truly He is The LORD of every part of our entire lives…He is then, The Lord of All!