Did you feed your kids last night? How about the night before? When you fill your car up, is that a one-and-done thing … or … do you have to repeat that process about every week? Your iPhone? Can you recharge it once and that’s it for life or is it a continual process of recharging? How about your exercise or sleep?
Life is a series of recharging ourselves. You don’t sleep just once. It’s daily. You don’t eat once. It’s 3x a day. Life is a repeating process of drawing upon fuel. Spiritually, life is a series of continually recharging/refueling with the Truth.
READ Psalm 23. Do it every day for 40 days. Goliath came every morning for 40 days. He harassed them every evening for 40 straight days. Your enemy is coming at you every single morning, every single evening. Reading the 23rd Psalm takes 40 seconds. If you’re prayerful through it, it can take 4 minutes. Read it. Let it wash over you. Daily. You’re going to need it. It’s fuel for your soul.
The giants come. They come every day. They come every morning spewing their lies, heaping on shame. We must wake up every day to the present reality that Jesus has already won. We must link up to what Jesus has done, who He is in us and talk like He talks to us. And when we do, things change. Draw upon the Vine daily for your life source.
That’s the first step to taking the giant of anger down (and out) of your life. Here are some more…
1. Recognizing God was angry with us – Long before I was angry or betrayed, I betrayed God. I did not pick Him. I turned my back on Him. It makes God angry when our sin betrays His goodness and when our pride belittles His glory. On the day of God’s wrath, the world will see how angry God is over sin.
He is righteous. He is holy. He’s not just a little better than us. He’s perfect in every way, righteous through and through. The things we tolerate, He won’t tolerate. The things we watch in entertainment, He doesn’t watch. The things we let creep into our lives, He won’t let creep into His life because His righteousness burns in a flame of glory.
When God returns and walks into the room of contemporary culture, it won’t be pretty. When He walks in, it will evaporate all sin. It’s going to be a terrifying day.
Why? When I sin, I betray God. I belittle God by saying, “I’ve got this” – or – “I don’t need You today” – or – “This will meet my need faster than You will today” – or – “I’m going to take this short-cut because I don’t like Your path today” – or – “I’m tired and don’t want to dig in and fight today” … when I belittle the Glory of God or I betray God, it makes Him angry. We must realize this.
But, God’s grace has overcome His anger. Amen! Praise God!
“You forgave the iniquity of Your people and covered all their sins. Selah! You set aside all Your wrath and turned from Your fierce anger. Restore us again and put away Your anger forever. Show us Your unfailing love and grant us Your salvation.” Psalm 85:1-2
2. God has peace with us – He loved us but hated our sin. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. That is very good news for an angry world.
“At that time, you were without the Messiah … foreigners to the covenants of the promise, with no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing walls of hostility… when Christ came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away.” Ephesians 2:12-17
At the Cross, God made peace with His anger over our sin. As a follower of Christ, we know the day of wrath is not coming for us.
3. We believe God is our avenger – The giants must fall because they demoralize us and diminish the glory of God. How does anger do that? It causes us to rob from God who says He says He is – the One who will avenge all wrongs. If I believe God, I will let it go for God to deal with it. God will fix it. He will hold them accountable. Christ died so I can have peace with God and in that peace, I can make peace with others…
“Detest evil; cling to what is good… rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Do not repay anyone evil for evil… Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. If your enemy is hungry, feed them. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink… Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.” Romans 12:12-21
Repaying evil with evil never works. All it does is breed more evil.
If you extend peace, you’re saying, “Yes, I’ve been hurt but God is bigger. I got hurt but God healed me. I got hurt but thank God He made peace with me and at the Cross He gave me the power to make peace with you.”
Christians ought to be walking through the world offering a better model. I’ve known God too long to be bitter. Too long to not be walking in what He’s done for me. Too long to hold that grudge against you. I’m too forgiven to not forgive. Let go of your anger. God’s paid it all so you don’t have to carry this burden another day. Forgive them. Let them go. Trust the Father. Peace will follow. Selah!