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What Makes Us Angry – Pastor’s Discovery Class

Sermon on the Mount – Pastor’s Class

“Me Angry”

Matthew 5:21-26 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

 Two ways to deal with anger:

  1. We internalize it.
  2. We vent it.

 What causes us to get angry?

Unmet expectations – when our expectations are not met we often become angry and lash out at those who have failed us.

We have not dealt with issues in the past. When we walk in unforgiveness we have opened a door for anger to take hold of our lives. This is why Paul states that we should not let the sun go down on our anger (Eph. 4:26-27).

Unresolved guilt. When we walk in guilt and condemnation we also open the door to for anger to be manifested in our lives.

We feel abused or used. When someone continues to use us or abuse we often respond in anger. Whether than take our anger out on the one causing the abuse we often take it out on the one we love.

We are angry at someone else but we take it out on others.

We see wrongs done and we see others get away with wrong doing. When we believe that a person is getting away with sin or wrongdoing we can become angry.

There is a difference between righteous anger and anger.

Steps for dealing with anger:

  1. Realize there is an offense.
  2. Leave your offering.
  3. Go.
  4. Be reconciled.
  5. Then return and offer your gift.

Scriptures for anger:

Psalms 37:7-9 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.

Psalms 103:8-9 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.

Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Proverbs 16:32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 29:22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Ephesians 4:26-27; 31 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Colossians 3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

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Sermon on the Mount – “What Were You Thinking – The Power of Lust.”

Sermon on the Mount

“What Were You Thinking”

Matthew 5:27-30 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

In this passage Christ is once again dealing with the Pharisees righteousness. His intent is to show that it is not only the act that is the sin but it is the thought processes and the character of the heart that is just as critical. The reason this is important is that the physical act begins in the heart long before it actually is an action. By this I mean that too often we play out in our minds what it would be like to have item ‘x’ or to do whatever. The Pharisees taught that if someone thought lustfully about someone that no sin was committed because they never had actually committed the act.

Lust is defined as wanting something that one can’t have. Jesus taught that the thoughts of our heart, not surrendered to God, can become actions that wound and hurt others. But, as believers we must deal with our thoughts and emotions before they become actions.

Jesus wants us to understand that it is out of the heart that we respond to the stimulus around us. It is for this reason that we can desire something and yet know that it is very wrong all at the same time.

When we sin there is a process that takes place. We see this in Adam and Eve’s life, in Achan and in David. In each of these cases we see what will occur when we do not control our thoughts and emotions. In every one of these cases the process was the same.

They saw the apple, the gold and the naked Bathsheba.

They coveted the apple, the gold or the woman.

In each case they took what they coveted. Have you ever notice how much sin draws you.

And in the end they tried to hide what they had done.

But in the end each one were caught. God came walking in the cool of the day. The army of Israel was defeated at Ai. And David was confronted by Nathan…

To offend is the same word as a spring loaded trap. This is the reason that Jesus says that if our eye offends us or causes us to sin that we are to pluck it or if our hand causes you to sin then it should be cut off as well. If you do not guard your eyes and your life you will place yourself in the place where the trap of sin will overtake you.

It is for this reason that John states that we should (1John 2:15-17) – Not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

  How do we combat the lusts:

We take every thought captive by controlling what we see and what we read – 2Corinthians 10:3-6 – For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

We set up boundaries. Job said that he made a covenant with his eyes. (Job 31:1).

We meditate on the word of God. Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11.

We pray for God’s guidance and protection. The Psalmist said it this way Psalm 141:3  Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

 What we put into our minds shape and mold who we are and it shapes and molds our emotions.

Let me close with this. I recognize that in this room there are those of that are dealing with many different things. But there is one thing that you need to know. God loves you. There is nothing that we can do to stop God’s love. He loves us now as much as He ever will and that means even when we sin or we make big mistakes, He still loves us.

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