Eph 4:26 - BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, NASU
Mark 3:4-5 - And He said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?" But they kept silent. 5 After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. NASU
Jesus, according to Mark, was angry with the Pharisees attitude in regard to healing on the Sabbath. Jesus was there to heal people and it didn't matter to Him if the healing took place on the Sabbath or not. The way I have said it for years is like this: "It is never wrong to do what is right."
What mattered to Jesus was a good deed was done and this glorified God.
I believe this to be a very important issue. You must identify what causes you to become angry.
Many people have called Jesus' anger "righteous indignation". I have no problem with anyone calling His anger that.
The question for us is "Could our anger be called righteous indignation"?
Driving laws in our country have been changed because Candace used her anger in a positive way.
The apostle Paul said, we can be angry we just can't allow our anger to lead us into sinning. Candace allowed her anger to be used in a positive way.
So maybe you have been cheated or robbed in some way as Candace was robbed of years with her daughter. It is okay to be angry but don't allow your anger to become sin.
The best solution is learning how to ventilate properly.
Let's say you are driving and the person driving the car in front of you is going to slow according to you. How are you going to ventilate what you are feeling?
You can get closer and do what they call "riding their bumper" or when you get an opportunity to pass you cut back in real close to them to let them know you don't appreciate how they are driving.
You could think and say to yourself is God trying to slow me down to save me from a serious accident up ahead?
One passenger who was supposed to be on ValuJet Flight 592 from Miami to Atlanta where all 110 people on board were killed. He said, he was yelling and screaming at all the cars that were in front of him for not driving "fast enough" according to him.
He said the realization of the crash hit him hard as he stood in the airport and heard the report of the crash of ValuJet Flight 592. All those cars that were in his way were now the reason he was still alive.
James 1:19-20 - But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. NASU
I hope you have an anger free week, but if you don't then be angry but don't sin.
Think On These:
"Anger" is one letter short of danger.
For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.
Striking while the iron is hot maybe okay, but don't strike while the head is hot.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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Luke 22:40 - When He arrived at the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
The Prayer That Changes Things
We have all been informed to pray this prayer. This isn't the first time we see this command as we read our Bibles. It is also found in Matt. 6:9-13 and is a part of what is known as the model prayer: Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name….13 'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. NASU
This is a very interesting command in this way.
If we pray it we may never know the temptations that we were able to avoid. Think about it. We pray not to enter into temptation and the Lord answers our prayers and we don't enter into temptation.
How are we going to know what temptation(s) we avoided?
I guess when we get to heaven and we are informed do you remember praying for temptations to be avoided? Yes, well here is the temptation that was coming to make your life miserable but you avoided it because of your prayer. WOW!
You see that Prayer changes things and there really is no way we would ever know to what extent.
Temptations Are Strong
Before you and I ever sin we are tempted. We must remember the temptation is NOT the SIN. It is only when we allow the temptation to defeat us that we will enter into sin. Again, temptation is not the sin. It is only an avenue that will lead to sin if we allow it.
You and I both know that temptations have defeated us. They were stronger opponents than we thought. Some temptations have no affect on this person but totally devastates another. No alcoholic, or drug addict ever thought their first temptation to try the substance they are abusing was going to lead them where they are now.
Imagine if they would have been praying, "Lord, may I never enter into that temptation." I think we all know there are some temptations going to come our way, but when they come if we have prayed to overcome them we will be the victors and not the losers.
You know the temptations that defeat you. So pray for those temptations specifically to be avoided.
Temptations Defeat The Disciples
Jesus is in the Garden before His crucifixion and He tells His disciples "to pray that they may not enter into temptation." We know they don't pray. They go to sleep and then the temptations come their way. We will see Peter shortly denying three times that he even knows Jesus. While the other disciples run for their lives.
You Can Defeat Your Temptations
I believe we can defeat our temptations. I also believe they will be easier to defeat if we have prayed like the Lord has told us.
Think on These:
A person falls into temptation because he is unwilling to stand up against it.
By yielding to temptation one may lose in a moment what it took a lifetime to acquire.
When you flee from temptation DO NOT leave a forwarding address.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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