Summary: In this message we will discover truths of God that will set us free from ANGER. A much needed message in a world today.
Finding Freedom From ANGER
Good morning MGCC!
And welcome to the church of the living Son of God, our resurrected king! AMEN!
And welcome to week 3 of our series…
“Finding Freedom In A World That Seeks To Bind You.”
NOW - our 2 main theme passages are… (and hey, what to you say we memorize them) the following
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
To the Jews who had believed him,
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching,
you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
– John 8:31,32, 36
NOW.. let me ‘briefly’ recap where we have been so far in this series…
IN WEEK ONE…. we unpacked the path… to Finding Freedom from fear… (fear got any? what are you afraid of? What keeps you up, and wakes you up at night?)
• F - Fear God above all
• E- Evaluate your fear
• A- Attack your fear with God’s truth, and
• R- Remember Always That ‘Whatever Fear’ Is Surrounding You, God Is Surrounding It (God is >!!!)
You do not need to be afraid even when there is something to be afraid of, because Jesus is greater than your fears and He is with you!
AND – last week we unpacked the Path To Freedom From Worry… (worry, anxiety… got any?)
• C- Celebrate God’s Greatness and Goodness
• A- Ask God for help
• L- Leave your anxiety with Him
• M - Meditate on good things
• S - Start doing what you know
AND - Remember…
The path to freedom from worry, calms your storms, bringing the Peace of God into your life
(a peace that transcends, is beyond ALL understanding)
B/L MGCC – God does not want you, He does not want me, He does not want us… to be bound…chained up, enslaved, and held captive by fear and worry.
IN OTHER WORDS – He does not want fear or worry to be ur master.
HEY – checkout these words penned by the apostle Peter in the 2nd chapter of his second letter.
NOW – in this chapter he is warning the first century readers and us, about corrupt teachers who will come into the church, and lead people into false teaching and destructive and immoral ways of living…
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” - 2 Peter 2:19
People are slaves to what?
OKAY – here’s the deal…
This series is about you breaking the chains, finding freedom, and telling…
• Fear – “you are not my master!”
• Worry – “you are not my master!”
• Fear, Worry – “you do not control my life, you do not control my thoughts, behaviors and actions”…
• Fear, worry – “you are not the boss of me!”
NOW THIS MORNING… we are going to unpack the path to freedom from… from ANGER.
AND LISTEN – like with both fear and worry, this is an extremely relevant topic for the times in which we live. AMEN?!
SO - just a few verse and then we will pray in our time of study into God’s alive and active Word.
Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated—it can only bring harm. – Psalm 37:8
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check. – Proverbs 29:11
Don’t let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools. – Ecclesiastes 7:8
Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. - James 1:20
QUESTION - do you know anyone right now, that seems to be a little bit angry?
Raise your hand. It's crazy out there, right?
NOW - if you don't know anybody that's angry right now, the good news is you're not on Facebook, and you're not on Twitter, because this is probably, would you agree, maybe the angriest time of our lifetime?
I MEAN - people today are angry about so many different things, they are angry about…
• Wearing masks or not wearing masks
• Shutting down or opening up our country
• Acts of injustice, or at the way people are responding to acts of injustice
• Our current election chaos and insanity
• Schools being open or schools being closed
NOW - the word contagious has become a word that we have used more in 202 then any time I can remember.
I MEAN - as we deal with an extremely contagious virus, we’re both doing and being mandated to do, some things that wouldn’t normally do… like wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and stocking up on toilet paper