Ephesians 4:26-27 KJV “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.”
How many murders have been committed, how many marriages have split up, how many friendships have ended because of uncontrolled anger?😡 If we go to bed angry we are leaving the door wide open for sin (Satan) to come in and snatch us! More on that later.
The other day I felt myself getting very angry with a coworker. What the person was doing was very wicked but I was getting too angry about it. It felt like an outside dark force was trying to take control of me. It was. I began to pray fervently in my mind screaming, “Lord help me! It feels like I’m falling! Don’t let me fall Lord! Don’t let me give in to anger!”😫 I was praying silently in my mind but I was screaming to the Lord in my heart. I kept on praying and lo and behold that evil spirit of anger went away.😊 I started feeling like myself again. I knew Jesus had helped me and that I was under demonic attack. I prayed for my enemy as our Lord instructs us to and kept asking Jesus to help me make it through the day without blowing my top. I was in a real fight but not with that human being who was provoking me on purpose. My fight was and is with myself, and the evil spirits that use people to provoke us. (Ephesians 6:12) Jesus got me through that day without losing it. He is so awesome, isn’t He?😃
If you are a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ you can relate to what I’m talking about. You go through the same things. The evil one constantly strives to gain residence in our lives in numerous ways. One way is through sinful anger. Satan wants to live not just with us but IN US.😲 He wants to possess us. Getting angry at evil and wickedness is not a sin. But if the Devil can get us to go over the top and get too angry, remain angry, become bitter, unforgiving, unloving, and the like, he has succeeded. We have given him a place (a residence) in our lives. What a terrible thing to open the door and invite the Devil in. He will not be a pleasant guest. You will not enjoy his company. He is filled with fury because he knows that he has only a short time left. (Revelation 12:12) Allowing him a place in our lives through uncontrolled anger means pain, misery, depression, and destruction.
Cain is the poster child for uncontrolled anger. He became angry with his brother because God showed favor to his brother Abel and not him. God saw that Cain was distraught and lovingly warned him. He encouraged Cain to repent and he too would be exalted. What God said next I find very interesting:
Genesis 4:6-7 HCSB “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent? If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, SIN IS CROUCHING AT THE DOOR. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
“Sin is crouching AT THE DOOR! Its desire is for you, but YOU MUST RULE OVER IT.” God told Cain that sin was crouching AT THE DOOR and it wanted him, to devour him like a hungry lion. A door is an opening that allows entrance from one place to another. Cain through his anger had unwittingly invited sin (Satan) at his door. Sin was about to take him like a crouching lion. God saw what was happening in the spirit realm and warned Cain about it. God is also warning us too when it comes to sinful anger: “YOU MUST RULE OVER IT.”
Unfortunately Cain did not listen to God’s loving warning. He left the door wide open. Hence sin (Satan) walked right on in and influenced Cain to murder his own brother.😢 Just as he took the life of his brother Abel sin had taken hold of him. Cain’s life was a total mess after that. He was cursed by God the rest of his days. (Genesis 4:8-12 KJV)
If we go to bed angry we are leaving the door wide open for sin (Satan) to come in and snatch us!
“YOU MUST RULE OVER IT”
Rule over sinful anger or sinful anger will rule over you. How many relationships amongst brethren since Cain and Abel have been destroyed due to wrath? Jesus is lovingly warning us just as God warned Cain that anyone remaining angry with a brother/sister is in deep trouble and needs to repent:
Matthew 5:21-26 HCSB “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you, EVERYONE WHO IS ANGRY WITH HIS BROTHER WILL BE SUBJECT TO JUDGMENT. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Fool!’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You moron!’ will be subject to hellfire. So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. FIRST GO AND BE RECONCILED WITH YOUR BROTHER, and then come and offer your gift. Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you’re on the way with him, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. I assure you: You will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny!”
Some have opened the door wide for Satan to come in and snatch them away just like Cain.😞 As Jesus says they, “Will be subject to Judgment,” not subject to mercy, unless they repent. A person who is not merciful to others won’t experience God’s mercy:
James 2:13 HCSB “For judgment is without mercy to the one who hasn’t shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
1 John 3:11-12, 15 HCSB “For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another, unlike Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.”
WOW! This is serious! God says that EVERYONE who hates his brother/sister is a murderer just like Cain, and that person does not have eternal life residing in him/her. Repent please if you have any animosity in your heart against a fellow believer while there is still time. Don’t let Satan trick you into throwing away eternal life. And over what? Someone else’s shortcomings?😲 Nah, we have to be way smarter than that! We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) All of us miss the mark. Showing mercy to others who anger us, hurt our feelings, etcetera, proves that we are fully aware of our own sins too.
God mercifully warned Cain about his sinful anger against his brother. He is warning us too. May we not end up like Cain (cursed) because he ignored God’s warning and murdered his brother. Sin snatched him away like a kidnapper. He was gone like a lost child. Please, please, please repent to God if you know you have resentment in your heart against a brother/sister or anyone. Beg God with all your might to heal your heart. Our Father indeed hears such prayers.😊
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Luke 12:52-53 HCSB “From now on, five in one household will be divided: three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Who is a better parent than almighty God? Nobody comes close. God is the perfect Father, and He’s like the perfect Mother rolled all into one.😊 Yet some of God’s own children in heaven rebelled against Him. God’s children on earth the first humans created (Adam and Eve) also rebelled against Him. Humans for thousands of years and wicked angels have been rebelling against God constantly. That’s a whole lot of rebellion!😞 And yet God still permits people to breathe His air? WHAT A PATIENT PERSON GOD IS!!!
It appears that loved ones turning on one another is a part of life. It happened to God so why can’t it happen to you or me?🤔 The sooner we come to grips with this the easier it will be to handle when your loved ones turn on you. I didn’t say it will be easy. I’m only saying the sting of betrayal will be less severe when what Jesus says about family ties is accepted. (Luke 12:52-53) Jesus tells us plain and up-front that family members will turn on each other. Some will be for Him, and some against Him. Even the most dearest of ties cannot escape the cut the word of God makes which is sharper than any double edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12)
WHO REALLY IS MY MOTHER SISTER OR BROTHER?
Mark 3:31-35 HCSB “Then His [Jesus] mother and His brothers came, and standing outside, they sent word to Him and called Him. A crowd was sitting around Him and told Him, “Look, Your mother, Your brothers, and Your sisters are outside asking for You.” He replied to them, “Who are My mother and My brothers? ” And looking about at those who were sitting in a circle around Him, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! WHOEVER DOES THE WILL OF GOD is My brother and sister and mother.”
Jesus says those who do the will of God are His real kinfolk. While on earth He placed them above physical ties including His own mother Mary.🤔 For our own spiritual well being it is imperative that we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
I was talking with a father of 6 grown children the other day, I don’t know the man from a can of paint (physically), but (spiritually) I do know him though it was my first time meeting him. All we talked about and did was encourage one another in The Lord like we knew each other for years. He’s my brother, and I hope to see Him again soon. He was sharing with me that one of his son’s was lying heavy on his heart and was the most challenging of all 6 of his children. He then said something to me that an old lady told him: “When your children are small they lie in your lap, but when they grow up they lie on your heart.” How profound. I’m sure many parents can relate to that. But so can many sons and daughters who care about their parents. Family ties are some of the strongest bonds which is why they hurt so much when they are broken. The Devil loves dividing families.
THE REAL CHALLENGE
Luke 6:27-28 HCSB “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
When you and I are betrayed (even by family members) JESUS SAYS apply the above passage to them. What a challenge!😢 You see, the real fight with any human being on earth is the fight with ourselves, not those who betray us. Will I be controlled by my flesh, or will I submit to God’s Holy Spirit no matter what is done to me? That’s the real challenge! I know, what they did to you was foul, it was aweful, I know. So was what I did when I backslid against God!😲 So was what I did all my life before God revealed himself to me. That’s a whole lot of rebellion I commited against God!🤔 And yet He still forgave me and you! WHAT AN AWESOME, PATIENT GOD!!!😃 To continue enjoying God’s mercy and forgiveness a condition must be met. It is stated in the next passage:
Matthew 6:14-15 HCSB “For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.”😲
It doesn’t get plainer than that. There are conditions to God’s love, yes. Saying that God will always love His children unconditionally is an error. Look up in any dictionary what the word, “Condition,” means and see for yourself. IF WE DO NOT FORGIVE OTHERS WHO WRONG US GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE US, PERIOD.
HOW DO I FORGIVE?
Yes, I know forgiving others isn’t always easy. But in order to do so we must first agree that God is right. We must believe Him (faith), that He knows what He’s doing when He tells us to forgive that rapist, child molester, murderer, adulterer, liar, thief, that terrible father, that horrible mother, that thankless son or daughter, etcetera. We must remember that we have sinned against God too. None of us are immune. (Romans 3:23) By right God can destroy all of us because all of us are sinners.😲 If you do not believe this truth and think that you are less sinful than other people you are self-righteous. You may not know it but you are. We’ve all been guilty of this at some time or another. (Luke 18:9-14) Believing that your sins are not as bad as other people’s makes it nearly impossible to forgive them unless you repent. I would like to share with you a quote from a brother made in the 17th century:
“There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who believe themselves sinners; the rest, sinners, who believe themselves righteous.”
Blaise Pascal “Pensées”
Right said Fred!😊 It’s the truth.
Knowing the truth is one thing putting it into practice is another. The best advice I can give from personal experience on how to forgive others and deal with betrayal is found in the passage below:
Mark 14:38 HCSB “Stay awake and PRAY so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Pray, pray, and pray some more!🙏 “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” There are times it’s so hard dealing with being mistreated. Your emotions are saying one thing and the Holy Spirit is saying another, it’s a real war inside. (Galatians 5:17) That’s the real challenge, the battle within yourself. The only thing that gets me through those moments is prayer, real heartfelt prayer. Begging God to help you not give in to your emotions, pleading with Him for help to conquer your fears, literally crying to God, “HELP LORD I FEEL MYSELF FALLING!!!” and telling Him how weak you are works wonders. This reminds me of a time apostle Paul had a thorn in his flesh that weakened Him so much he begged the Lord three times to take it away. The Lord’s answer to Paul and Paul’s response are quite amazing:
CHRIST’S POWER PERFECTED IN WEAKNESSES
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 KJV “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
One would really have to be spiritually mature to thank God for and take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, going through rough times, persecutions, etcetera. Paul learned what his tough times and weaknesses was doing for him: perfecting him with the strength of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ power is made perfect in our weaknesses. And we certainly have His grace. When we are persecuted, reproached, betrayed, and the like know that Jesus is there with us. He knows what it’s like, He went through it all Himself, remember? Yes there are many hurtful situations in this life but the more a diamond is cut the more it sparkles. And the heavier the cross the heavier the crown👑 Hang in there, don’t give up.
1 Peter 4:14 ICB “When people insult you because you follow Christ, then you are blessed. You are blessed because the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is with you.”
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