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What Are You Doing with Your Anger? – From His Heart – March 20

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR ANGER?

For the churning of milk produces butter, and pressing the nose brings forth blood; so the churning of anger produces strife. 
Proverbs 30:33

Any college football team knows about rivalry games.  There are just some special match-ups where the stakes are higher and the emotions run hotter.  That is especially true concerning the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners.  Texas-OU weekend in Dallas in October often sees fan fights as the animosity toward one another runs as deep as the Red River.

Obviously, these “fighting fans” let their anger run amok.  They churn their anger, work themselves into a frenzy, and, no doubt, regret the strife that invariably ensues.  Anger is like that.  If you churn it and turn it over and over in your mind and heart, you will see harmful, hurtful results.  Many have been murdered because of churned anger.  If you don’t believe me, just ask Cain and Abel.

SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH ANGER?

God never wants us to churn and chew on our anger.  To churn and chew on anger is as foolish as rolling around in Poison Ivy.  Surely no one would do that, right?

Perhaps you are angry toward a boss who mistreated you, or a spouse who betrayed you, or a relative who abused you, or a dad who wasn’t there for you, or a coach who cut you, or a teacher who embarrassed you, or a former friend who stabbed you in the back.  When that person’s name is mentioned in conversation, you can feel your stomach start to churn and begin to taste the bitterness in your mouth toward that terrible, horrible, hypocritical person.  Inflicting harm on that “evil” person sure sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?  Surely God would want you to take the bull by the horns and get even, right?  WRONG!

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord”(Romans 12:19).

GIVE YOUR ANGER TO GOD!

Anger typically comes about because something happened to you or someone you love that you did not like, did not want, or did not think was right.  Yet, God in His providence allowed it to touch your life.  Therefore, when you feel anger welling up inside of you, instead of churning it, chewing on it, and letting it produce strife, give it to God.  You can choose His grace to help you in your time of need.  His grace, the desire and power to live for Christ and rise above, is sufficient for every situation you and I will ever encounter.

Are you angry today?  Are you churning your anger?  Is the rancid butter of strife, discord, resentment and disharmony starting to ooze out of your life like pus from a boil?  (I was extra graphic here on purpose to help see what God sees when you churn your anger.)  Put down the churning-stick, and give your anger to God.  Let Him repay those who have wronged you.  Choose His grace, and allow the Lord to take the ashes of your hurt and anger and turn them to gold.

PRAYER

Dear Father, I have been holding on to anger, churning it, and chewing on it … and I need to stop.  I confess what I have been doing is a sin, and it is very displeasing to You.  Forgive me, Lord.  By faith, I put down the churn-stick and turn this situation over to You.  I choose Your grace to help me rise above.  Bring back the joy, Lord, as I walk in the light with You.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen!

Love,

Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries


Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online.  Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.

Living your ’Now’ with the next world in mind – Experiencing LIFE Today – March 20, 2020

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. — C.S. Lewis

Believers in Jesus live on two planes of existence simultaneously. Don’t worry, I’m not about to go science fiction on you. (Actually, this is even crazier than sci-fi!) The truth is that we live in Christ… and we also live in Dallas/Phoenix/London, or wherever. We are in Christ spiritually, and yet we are in our physical location, living our lives with work, family, and other commitments.

Yeah, it sounds nuts, but the New Testament is full of this dual reality. Consider Paul’s salutation in Colossians 1:1-2:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae.

Notice the four words at the end of this verse. IN Christ AT Colossae. He is saying that they are in Christ, but that they are also in Colossae. How can someone be in both places? Think about what Paul wrote in another letter, 2 Corinthians 4:18:

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

The words temporary and eternal are key here. The world we live in can be seen; it’s physical and visible, and we interact with it continuously. It’s also temporary. It’s here for a while, but then it will go.

Then there is the invisible world. It is Christ and all that comes with Him. He is our purpose for being, the reason we go about things in the physical world.

We like to compartmentalize and sort things. That’s why label makers and organizing software sell well. But we can’t compartmentalize the eternal and the temporary. The two are interchangeable for believers. We live in both right now! And if we’re paying attention to the eternal, our temporary life will show it. 

Jesus, thank You for putting eternity into my heart. Thank You for the timeless perspective You give me. Help me live in such a way that my temporary life points to Your eternal work! Amen.

Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.

Hit the Jackpot – Ed Young Television Devotional – 3/20

Ed Young Television Devotional

Hit the Jackpot

And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Acts 4:29

THINK

The gamble we choose to make is so often determined by those we choose to listen to. Like a high roller, we want to go for the big win. And we place our bets based on what is influencing us during the game.

In the game of life, when we gamble with God we listen to people above God. However, when we gamble FOR God, we listen to God above people. And there is no better voice to listen to in directing us as we risk and gamble each day.

Who are you listening to when it comes to the advice about the gambles you make? Listen to God first and foremost. And take the risks He has for you. Because when you do, you will hit His jackpot!

PRAY

Thank God for His direction and voice in your life. Pray for the wisdom to not only hear God’s word, but to take action and place the bets He has in store for you.

ACT

Take a relational risk today. Invite someone to join you at church this weekend – someone who has never been to church before. Don’t worry about their response. Simply focus on God’s call in your life to place bets for Him!

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