I hope that your week is starting off well.
Can you believe that we are in the month of August? There are only four months left in 2015. This poses a few questions that we should ponder over. Most people start the beginning of the year with a list of things that they are going to change. How have you done with your list?
How have you grown? Do you see that you have made progress in your spiritual journey? Are you closer to Jesus now then you were in January?
If not, this is a good time to start. You can’t take back time that has passed but you can start now. You can be intentional about your journey and growth. Don’t waste your journey.
Next Sunday is the last sermon in our Heroes series. I hope that you have enjoyed this series as much as I have.
Here is a little recap of what our summer series has looked like:
- Spiderman – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – Paul says that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. There are commandments that the Bible says that we should obey. Spiritual maturity is defined by our obedience to Scripture. There is power in you that will help you accomplish everything that God has brought forth in your life to accomplish. Don’t waste it. However, with that power comes expectation of how to use that power and live with it.
- Superman – Kryptonite – Fear is the Christian’s kryptonite. Fear can trainwreck progress. Fear can cause you to freeze, become apathetic, complacent, and stagnant. There is only one thing that is the prescription for fear. Faith. Faith and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. You cannot be filled with both faith and fear at the same time.
- Iron Man – Armor – You are perfectly equipped to live the life that God has set before you. Your armor is custom fit just for you. My armor will not fit you and your armor will not fit me. However, your armor is not effective if you do not wear it. Laying your weapon down and putting your armor on the coffee table leaves you open for every single dart, bullet, grenade, and missile that the enemy wants to launch your way. You must know your armor and your weapon. God will fight your battle but you have to hold the weapon.
- Daredevil – There Is A Different Way To See – We live by faith not by sight. Faith means that you trust God even when it doesn’t make sense. You trust God when you know that money in your account is low. You trust God when you can’t see around the next corner. You trust God at all times, not just when you feel like it.
- Captain America – The World Has Changed – We live in a world that increasingly wants to distance itself from churches, pastors and anything that remotely has to do with Jesus. What does that mean for us? Nothing changes. God is still God. Jesus is Jesus. The gospel is still the means that God uses to save people and He does that through His church. Nothing changes. In fact, knowing the opposition that we face should challenge us to be more bold and confident, not in our own ways and methods, but in Jesus.
- Thor – False Gods – Anything that you attribute more value or worth to than God is an idol. Who or what do you serve? Where do you spend your money? Do you not give to the church because your heart is far from God? Anything that takes priority over God is your idol. God is a jealous God. If you are truly God’s child, your Heavenly Father will relentlessly pursue you to get you back even if that means destroying the idols that have captivated your heart.
Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: James 1:18-21. The title of this sermon is: Anger Is A Choice. This is week 8 in our Heroes series.
What makes a character like Hulk someone that people enjoy? People love Hulk’s catchphrase, “HULK SMASH!”
Is there something fun, exciting, or cool about watching someone get so angry that they erupt in a rage and destroy everything around them?
We know that the angrier Hulk gets, the more powerful he becomes. His anger gives him increased focus for a short time. However, if he gets too angry, he can lose all focus and he becomes a loose cannon that lets his rage takeover.
Every person in the world will deal with anger. It is an emotion; and like all emotions we must learn how to deal with it in a way that is beneficial and not destructive.
Anger expressed in a unhealthy way has resulted in some very tragic events:
- verbal and physical abuse of a spouse
- verbal and physical abuse of a child
- physical abuse of elderly patients in nursing homes
- road rage
- going postal
Anger that is suppressed and not properly dealt with leads to a person who can go from 0 – to a 100 in a heartbeat.
There is nothing funny, entertaining or amusing about a person who does not know how to handle anger. A person who cannot handle anger usually lets anger boil over into selfishness, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred or resentment. All of which cause our prayers to be hindered. In other words, God does not listen to the prayers of his children when their hearts are not pure. Jesus said in Mark 11:25: “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Anger is a God-given emotion however, because of sin, our anger can cause us to be out of control.
Anger can cause us to have a clouded and warped view of our circumstances because our perspective is not clear.
Anger can be influenced by:
- negative role models in your family
- unmet expectations, desires, or demands
- personal experience in relationships
- the inability to control outside forces
Anger is not sinful. How anger is handled may or may not be sinful.
If you are a Christian, you have been forgiven of the greatest of offenses; knowingly, purposefully, and unrepentantly transgressing the law of our Holy God. Yet, we are slow to forgive others when they sin or transgress against us.
We usually get angry when people do something that we consider offensive to us, but even the biggest sins or offenses committed to us are nothing compared to what we have done to Jesus.
Proverbs tells us to not be friends with a person that is easily angered.
Colossians 3:8 tells us, “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”
The gospel manages our anger.
James 1:18-21 Receive with meekness the implanted Word.
John 8:37 One of the saddest verses in the Bible, Jesus said, “my words find no place in you.”
Is it ever right to be angry?
Yes. But that is another sermon.
To be sure that the Word is implanted in you, there has to be a place for it. You have to be submissive to it, knowing that the Holy Spirit uses the Word to transform your mind, will, and emotions.
May you always be saturated in the Word of God.
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