To recap; here are the main outline points from yesterday (See Freedom From the Spirit of Anger-Part 1 for more on each point):
1. The Bible mentions both personal and impersonal spirits.
2. We must “try” the spirits coming from our and other people’s spirits to make sure they are of God.
3. There is a great possibility that we may not realize it when our spirit is putting off the wrong spirit.
4. Victory in the area of the spirit others sense coming from you is more important than victory in the area of actions others see you doing.
5. There is no Biblical justification for either anger or a spirit of anger.
Continuing the sermon Freedom From the Spirit of Anger by Dr. S. M. Davis; we finally address a couple of the statements that Christians often use to justify their anger.
Two questions that are commonly asked by people who defend anger are:
1. “But didn’t Jesus get angry?”
- The following words occur a total of 584 time in the Bible: Anger, Angry, Wrath, Wroth, Fury, Furious, & Indignation. 470 of those times (80%) appear to be God’s wrath (Numbers 11:10, Joshua 7:1, 2 Samuel 6, 1 Kings 14:15, 1 Kings 16:33, Isaiah 30:27, etc.)
- The only time that the Bible says that Jesus used anger was in Mark 3:5: “He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.”
- Jesus seemed to get angry most at hypocrisy. Twice Jesus seemed to be angry when he cleansed the temple (John 2:12-25, Matthew 21:12-17). Jesus seemed to get angry at the Pharisees in Matthew 23.
- Isn’t Jesus our example? In most areas; yes he is our example. But there are a couple of things that Jesus did; that if we are wise, we probably won’t try:
1. Jesus, in a weakened state after 40 days of fasting was lead directly in the presence of Satan to be tempted. Jesus proved that He is God; we would probably prove that we are not God. Only two chapters later (Matthew 6:13) Jesus said that we should pray “lead us not into temptation” The best way to deal with temptation is to stay away from it.
2. Another thing that Jesus did that we should not do; is use anger. God’s anger is spiritual and produces justice. Man’s anger is carnal and produces injustice. God can righteously get angry; and then righteously take action that man cannot righteously take because man isn’t God.
- The purpose of wrath is vengeance. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19 (KJV)
- Vengeance is not given to us. Ezekiel 24:7-8
- If a parent spanks a child while angry; he has not disciplined the child. He is carrying out vengeance upon the child. He violates Genesis 18:19, Luke 1:17 which require that a parent be just. This can easily cause a child to be disobedient or rebellious.
- When a man is defending his family he needs courage and discernment not anger. Angry people act out of rage instead of reason.
- Anyone who says anything in anger will probably say the wrong thing. But if they do say the the right thing; it will probably be said the wrong way. (Proverbs 14:17)
- What are the results of an angry spirit in the pulpit?
- Continual strife among pastor and deacons, pastor and people, and people and people.
- Empty pews and people going to churches that don’t preach the Bible.
- A plague of anger is spread throughout homes, businesses, and society
- “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” Proverbs 22:24-25
- Vengeance is being handled by someone not Biblically qualified to handle it.
- It causes us to lose the battle to spread God’s truth among the nations of the world.
- The fruit of the spirit is most powerful when it is presented with the fruit of the spirit; not anger. (Love, Joy, Peace, Long suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance).
2. “How about the verse that says, “be ye angry and sin not?” Ephesians 4:26 (KJV)
- Notice first the number of clear scriptures that say to get rid of anger completely. One of them being only 5 verses away.
- Notice secondly that the Greek verb tense for “Be ye angry” is a present-passive imperative.
- Present = Now
- Passive = You are being acted upon
- Imperative = Command
- Meaning= There are going to be times when you feel something or someone working on you to make you angry. Recognize that! Don’t let it happen. Don’t sin by getting angry.
- You may not be able to stop the initial emotion you feel that leads you into the sin of anger. But you can with God’s help; refuse to be angry, to express anger itself, or allow anger to deepen and turn into wrath.
- The problem with the world’s reasoning that its okay to get angry:
- Anger is not something you can properly control. You can’t have “a little bit” of anger. You cannot have a little adultery, a little idolatry, a little murder, or a little anger.
- The world’s reasoning about controlling anger causes us to miss God’s way to control anger.
- ” It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” Proverbs 21:19 (KJV)
10 Steps to Conquer the Spirit of Anger
- Recognize the problem and its seriousness.
- Desire the victory enough to cry out to God.
- Repent of the sin.
- Confess the sin of fore-fathers and ask God to break any curses coming down the generations.
- Ask God to take back the ground Satan has taken because of anger.
- See the connection between anger and lust in Matthew 5:21-32.
- Watch for people and things that are gong to come your way to make you angry.
- Purpose to enter the presence of family members and business associates with praise.
- Ask God daily to fill you with the Holy Spirit and to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life.
- Make yourself fully accountable.
This sermon (both Parts 1 & 2) caused me to completely change my views on anger. For most of my life; I believed that I had every right to be angry for the bad things that have happened in my life. I used the exact arguments that Dr. Davis addresses in this sermon to justify my anger. I said to myself (and others), “Jesus got angry so it must be okay.” I most often am told that it is okay to have “righteous anger,” or “anger is not a sin but what you do when you get angry can be sin,” “you have to release your anger in a healthy way,” etc. I lived and believed these statements and I never stopped being angry! I never got over my anger so it turned into bitterness (I will address a sermon on bitterness in the near future). And now I am the wife and mom who is angry and bitter.
Only by God’s grace did I recognize the ugliness my heart and only through His power am I slowly changing. I started to look at my anger as sin. So now I know that I am wrong and that I need God’s forgiveness every time I get angry. I am not judging anyone else to determine if anger is sin for everyone. Maybe it isn’t; I don’t know. That is between each person and God. I just know that God’s Word spoke to me on a whole new level when I heard the message of this sermon. It wasn’t until I started facing my anger as sin and stopped justifying that I began to really dealing with my problems with anger. Don’t get me wrong. I still have a long way to go. I still have to break all of my bad habits and start replacing them with new ones. This is still a daily struggle for me but God is the Potter and I am the clay. He is still molding me and making me into the woman that He sees in the completed picture.
Freedom From The Spirit Of Anger by: Dr. S. M. Davis
I would love to hear your thoughts and stories if you have ever dealt with anger in your life!
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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Anger Series Index page.
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