Sunday - June 17, 2018

Summer in the Psalms / Father’s Day

 

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.Cease from anger and forsake wrath;Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for theLord, they will inherit the land.Yet a little while and thewicked man will be no more;And you will look carefullyfor his place and he will not be there.But the humble willinherit the land And will delight themselves in abundantprosperity. (Psalm 37:7-10, NASB)

Today’s sermon and scripture is for everyone father,grandfather, every man in the room. AND, it is for everymother, grandmother, every woman in the room. It is ateaching that every person interested in living a Christianlife needs to consider and even those not interested inbeing a Christian could find value in. It is a sermon aboutanger, wrath, and letting furry kindle in our heart.Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads toevil doing. (37:8)

The focus of this teaching is for us to be aware of howanger/disgust causes permanent damage to our hearts andhands. Anger/wrath are not to be feared, but they shouldbe seen fully for who they are.It is natural to have a moment of anger, but it is notspiritually normal to be moved by anger to act without lovetowards others or towards yourself. - GDB2The warning is to not be gripped by….Anger - Rage / Wrath / Nose or FaceWrath - Fury/ Poison / burning angerFret - kindled / displeased / grief

The outcome is _________. (Evil as a movement or evil as amoment. Evil is an activity and evil is an intentional act.At the its worse the evil described here could be murder,physical or sexual abuse, imprisoning or in slaving another,or other gross and excessive physical expressions towardsanother. At the least it is lashing out, losing your cool,manipulating, giving the cold shoulder, isolating someone,bullying, or other emotional or mental abuses.

Something has to change?

“Cease”

Choice - Make the honest and hard decision toadmit your anger problem and choose to not beowned by it any longer.Wait / Receive or Inherit / Look / Be Humble / DelightCry out - Cry out to God and to others to help.God will give you the power and others can hold youaccountable to change.Matthew 5:21-22

 

Going Deeper in Faith -

 

READ -

Consider Ephesians 4:17-32. Really focus in and read

verses 26 and 31.

 

REFLECT-

* What are the things in life that most often make you

angry?

* What are the angry things that send you into rage orwrath against someone else?

* How does Ephesians 4 tell us to deal with that? (Hint:Read 4:20-24)

* Do you fear that your anger is a problem?

 

REPENT -

Father, I confess that at times I am angry. I get so angrythat I could hurt someone or do something that can’t beundone. I know this and I don’t like it. Help me. Free meby your Spirit to not be tempted or controlled by angry.Give me the mind and the spirit of Christ so that faith,hope, and love wins every day of my life. Amen.

 

RENEW/RESTART -

* Make a list of things that make you angry and a list ofpeople who can hold you accountable for those feelings.Choose to not be controlled by anger, but with the helpof God and the help of others to be free to live a happyand care free life.