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September 30, 2021 8:00 am
Welcome to this edition of PowerPoint with Jack.
Later, the program will tell you how you can get a message series help. The first hears his message. The freedom to let go, that anger must be laid aside, let go there some scriptures that I will show you. For example, James 119 to 20 says no there's my beloved brothers, let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. If your goal is a follower of Jesus is to reproduce the righteousness of God, then you must be willing to lay aside anger Psalm 37 birthday is the clear commandment is were often commanded in the Scripture not to be angry. Refrain from anger and forsake wrath forsake Lenny go Fred, not yourself. It only leads to evil, and then the primary passage that I'm going to talk about today is Ephesians 4 Ephesians 426 says be angry and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil and then down to verse 30 and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, you, you want to know what saddens the spirit of God.
You want to know what hurts the heart of God. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you. Let it go, along with all malice and do what be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you.
The angry and do not sin is a strange versus you see as possible to be angry and not sin. There is certainly sinful and selfish anger.
They were to be talking about the day that we need to let go, but there is also what you could call a sanctified spirit directed anger that leads to righteousness.
Do not be angry and and and do not sin and be angry and do not sin. God expresses himself righteous anger if I did you know that in the Old Testament the anger of God. The wrath of God is mentioned over 600 times that God pours out his wrath and judgment upon sin and sinners. The Scripture says God is angry with the wicked every day. So anger is a God given emotion and passion. We all have the image of God and that includes holy anger from time to time. In fact, if you see sin and injustice and immorality or abuse or death terrorism. You name if you can look at that and see that and it not make you angry that there's something wrong with you.
Anger can be an ally when we control it, we ought to be passionate about some things in life are blind our hearts talk to burn our spirit should burn with passion for truth we should fight for those things which matter which matter to God.
So anger holy anger, righteous anger is a good thing is a powerful force for good. When it is disciplined and directed by God. But we know that so much of our anger today is not disciplined or directed by God but it is misdirected and often undisciplined by self. There's all kinds of anger. In fact, in the passage that we looked at earlier Ephesians 4 in verse 31. There are some categories for anger that are mentioned here because we we know everything from a slow burn to a seething rage to from irritation and frustration to the bitterness and wrath. Whether our anger is shout out our silently suppressed. We all have to deal with with issues of anger in our lives and in their that's why Paul mentioned herein. Ephesians 4.
These different kinds of anger. He mentions look at images, bitterness, which is anger turned inward, you could choose the word resentment.
It was just kind of walking away with an acid attitude in your life. Then there's the word wrath, which is a powerful expression of judgment. There is anger, which is a generalized anger within.
Then he uses the word clamor is valued word you're probably using in your vocabulary, but is a word to describe something that that we see almost every day.
Clamor outburst of anger and then there slander using our tongues to poison others or tried to fight others with the weapon of our tongues and then there's malice which that's that's hatred that's the actual desire to hurt somebody because you have malice, hatred in your heart so all of these categories here are are outlined to show us that we all deal with different levels and different kinds of anger now on my reading this read week. I I thought a lot about what causes so much a and I discovered that there are reasons for anger and increasing anger in our generation. There's there's fear.
People are angry because they are afraid there is injustice, whether it's on a publican national level, or a very personal level injustice. There is hurt, injury, someone injures you, someone wants to fight you, threaten you, betray you, there's just irritation and frustration, depression. Another problem of course because of anger is alcohol and drugs, whether it be illegal drugs or illegal drugs. The abuse of alcohol and drugs. Another reason people are angry. There's a lot of unrealistic expectations and so I'm pointing out that that we all have different reasons for our anger. There's different kinds of anger about whatever it is an uncontrolled and ungoverned anger can embitter you and insulate.
Yes, God cares about our temperaments. God cares about our personality when Christ comes to live in our lives.
He wants to transform the way we think and therefore the way we act and so we need to let go of any addiction we have two anger. How you do that, we confronted we confess it, we can slow it and we conquer. I will show you how. First, we must confront our anger, you can't keep saying it's just the way I am. If you're a follower of Jesus, you have to see it and say it for what it is out.
It confronted for not just a weakness but a real and not just a simple emotional problem but a real problem for your likely caused it, losing it, you can lose everything if you are embitter in our insulate.
You can lose your health, you can lose your well you can lose your family you can lose your friends. You can lose your job, you certainly lose your joy, you will lose respect. You want your children to honor you as a mom as a dad and yet here running around in a way blowing it, losing it, you can lose your testimony because of anger at the in the neighborhood. Ask yourself why am I angry stop.
The Bible says these slow to anger, a wise person doesn't say everything the we are slow to anger, we put it off.
We we pray we wait, why mindset shall be why I'm angry. Again, if you know it can destroy everything you're listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham and today's message the freedom to let go. So many people are crushed.
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And don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop our E store. Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotion our website again is Jack Graham.so Archie now let's get back today's message the freedom to let go. I was reading regarding what it takes away hostility positions talk about the medical world talks about hostility and how it affects particularly the heart of the cardiovascular system, unresolved anger, silent rage outburst of anger put you at risk for heart attack. So when someone says his blood was boiling. That's real adrenaline begins to shoot through your system.
Your your arteries constrict an angry spirit of hostile heart can be fatal. In fact research at Duke University is shown that quote anger is a more accurate picture of dying young then smoking again you can you can lose friends and family. In Proverbs 1129 the fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left I could keep going. Talking to you about the danger of this stuff. What it does to you physically, emotionally, and certainly spiritual. Did you know for example that the Bible tells us that we are not even to associate with angry people. Proverbs 2224.
Look at make no friendship with a man given to anger nor go with a wrathful man. Some people are angry with God you got your finger pointed right at God because something happened.
You were injured you were hurt.
There was some injustice, some betrayal, some tragedy in your blaming God. That's like blaming the Fire Chief for the fire know the devil is a bully. He likes to pick fights walk away. Have you blame somebody else. The world is on fire for sure their suffering and there is evil but is the result of rebellion and sin not by the hand of God. And when you are in trouble when you are in in tragedy in your life. Don't don't blame. He's the one you need you need his help. I promise you.
God is loving God is good God is just, he's going to bring out even of tragedies will ultimately triumph you need to hang on and hope and trust in God even when you we are having a hard time doing say, like Job, Lord, even though use lately. I will trust in you. Anger and what anger can do to you is ultimately sink in and one of the words that we haven't used a lot in this series is a stronghold, a stronghold is when a certain sin or kind of behavior becomes addictive or it grips you will not let you go.
That's a satanic stronghold.
It can be an emotional bondage in your life, and these strongholds must be torn down and they can be, and they will be in Christ, but you have to be willing to confronted his finger and confess it, God commands us not to be angry and if God commands is not to do something he enables us to keep that commandment God would never ask you to do something that you couldn't. So yes, you can confront your anger. Yes, you can confess I guess you can by God's grace control less you hang on to your hay and you become caustic and bitter and angry old person you know there's nothing there's nothing more disturbing then to see him miserable angry older adult who just held on through the years to all the stuff and unforgiving, unrelenting judge mental caustic attitude that makes everybody around the miserable. But hey, teenagers can have that same entity you want to be that kind of person. In fact, Ephesians 426 says you want to control your anger. Don't let the sun go down on your breath less you give place or opportunity to the devil.
Don't let the sun go down on your resto before you go to bed before you go to sleep with you. Your angry, you need to sell it with whoever you are angry that all possible, but certainly settle it in your own heart, because if you go is wise. You go to bed angry, bitterness starts to grow and you give place the Scripture says there to the devil that means you invite the devil in and so when you get angry and you don't settle it.
Bitterness can begin to grow is why the Bible says don't let any root of bitterness. This is Hebrews 1215 and 16. Beware lest any root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble that it may defile your soul bitterness what is bitterness is repressed anger is ongoing anger to begin to see that ultimately if you don't deal with it. It can even turn to malice or hate you and Colin hate because you're blinded by the bitterness blinded by the tears and he begins to impact you every day because now you're in bondage it in it impact your identity in your mentality, your personality, and even your spirituality and just keep fanning the flames of this fire. You become profane.
Romans 314 says their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness you get better start profaning profanity is a clear sign of anger in the heart immorality. Anger causes them around insured bets. Hebrews 1215 says, beware lest you have this really bitterness that it may defile your soul within it speaks of immorality so confronted facet and control and and conquer it. How the gospel the answer for anger is the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is forgiveness for giving undeserving but repentant people. Forgiveness is the key to breaking this change when Jesus died on the cross he spoke with bloodied lips. These words to the very men who were crucifying father forgive them for they do not know what they did and so Ephesians 432 says that we are to forgive as we as Christ has forgiven us to forgive means that you release your right to dwell on the offense. Forgiveness is giving up my right to hate you for hurting me for some of you. Anger and bitterness is the chain hanging around your neck and with that chain you are dragging around for your life. The person who offended you, but when you get free in Jesus. When you let go check you cut it loose along with the offender now. Forgiveness is often misunderstood, forgiving and letting go, does not mean you give up on justice. In fact, you can seek justice while at the same time seeking forgiveness. You can seek legal action under the law while at the same time forgiving letting go, does not mean giving up your rights to justice, but it does mean you leave justice to God. Verse 19 of Romans 12 says, beloved, never avenge yourselves, but I believe it to the wrath of God, for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the God will do a much better job of repay and on repentant offender than you possibly could rise above the revenge because revenge only brings you down to give up on getting even.
Because if you're just getting even your bringing yourself down to the level of the person who offended you, you can trust God to make things right.
You can he will. Forgiveness is not the same as for getting for getting the FSS that's impossible. God would never ask you to do something impossible. What he so what about that person said when God forgives. He forget that doesn't mean that God has some kind of holy amnesia and totally forgets about it.
Of course, not when it says God forgets it means he chooses not to remember and he chooses not to hold it against and so to forgive is not the same as forgetting it doesn't mean you enable sin. Forgiveness is not enabling sin or in any way endorsing the center. You must always be truthful in confronting sin. That's what God does. Forgiveness is letting go is like one person said I let the prisoner go free, and when I did I realize the prisoner was me. You set yourself free. When you forgive.
Forgiveness you see is leaving justice in God's hands is letting go and moving on in your life in the power of listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham and today's message the freedom to let go determine the stress of life feels overwhelming.
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And don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop our E store. Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.March pastor. What is your PowerPoint for today. I would say first and foremost that God those emotions of anger and agitation and irritation just negativities so often grips people's lives. I would say that don't allow any excuse to keep you from avoiding the issue in your life if you are habitually angry and if your emotions are out of control. You need to first on the problem. Confess the problem the old excuses of well is just in my bladder. That's what my mother or father used to do, or someone hurt me. None of these excuses will do followers of Jesus, live at a different level that we live by a higher standard. James 119 to 20 says let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. I want to honor God with my life.
I want to please him in all things, and certainly my emotions the way I express myself the way I control my temper that is a way that I can honor God and please him, whether you struggle with anger or worry or overspending are lost. Whatever your chain you need to confronted, confess it and asked by the power of God spirit that he will help you control it may sound impossible but it is possible by the power of Jesus working in the end that is today's power. Remember when you give a gift to PowerPoint will see Dr. Graham's eight message series help as artifacts, call 1-800-795-4627 187954627 also text the word PowerPoint 3131 PowerPoint 231. Join us again next time. Dr. Graham brings a message about how you can persevere in the Christian life. When you walk Up on PowerPoint with Jack PowerPoint with Jack Graham is sponsored by PowerPoint ministries