6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: A sermon on dealing with anger and frustration in a godly way



Story of man in Philly

Man in front of line was passed by guy on shoulder

Next stop light he shot him to death

We've heard stories like this pop up all over America

We are hearing new words to describe anger:

- Computer Rage

- Road Rage

- Air Rage

- Drive-bys

- Going postal

- School Shootings

However, anger is not something new:

- Anger made Cain kill Abel

- Anger made Saul lose his throne

- Anger made Moses smite the rock

We recognize, however, that anger is only an outward sign of something deeper.

When we were kids, we sang the song:

"If you're happy and you know it clap your hands", etc.

This song shows us that our internal world shows up in our external world.

In other words...

...The condition of the soul man...

...shows up on the physical man

We are a nation whose emotions are on edge

People are...

„« strung out

„« stressed out

„« burned out

We have phobias...

„« fears

„« syndromes

„« disorders

„« diseases

Everything gets on everyone's nerves

Abuse and neglect has left a generation of fragmented people...

...with holes in their soul

...not knowing where to turn

Most people have turned into complainers / whiners / and quitters

EXAMPLE: We see it in the church

- One of the most common terms used today among psychiatrists is LFT


- Some fuses are shorter than others

- It's like they have no equilibrium

- When they get mad, it's like...BAM...RIGHT NOW!

- They go from real happy to real mad...RIGHT NOW!

- They're never equally -- balanced

- Hot or Cold

- One thing sets them off

- One thing goes wrong and they're mad at everyone

- Like the Grinch stole their Christmas!

- Others seem like they don't have a fuse

- They show no emotion at all

- Because if you spend all your time burying and hiding wrong emotions, you will eventually desensitize all emotion

- And, you walk around like a stone

- Ephesians 4:26

"In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry"

- Be angry

- God is saying, I won't deny you the right to have emotion

- But, I don't want emotion to have you!

- Managing your emotions are the sign of being emotionally and spiritually mature

- I am supposed to have emotions

- It's my emotions that touch God

- We have a God who is touched by the feelings of infirmities (brokenness)

- Not all anger is a sin


1. Sudden Anger Needs To Be Controlled

Proverbs 14:17

"A quick-tempered man does foolish things..."

Proverbs 15:18

"A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel."

- Break up furniture

- Break up relationship

- Things said that shouldn't have been said

- You're a time bomb

- A jack-in-the-box

- You're angry because of something in the past that hurt you

- And anytime someone gets even close to that hurt,

- ...you explode

„« Explosion hits a lot of things and people around you

- You can control it...

EXAMPLE: Phone rings / you're in a fight / hello

Step One - Confess it

Step Two - Submit to God

Step Three - Stay aware and stay away

2. Sinful Anger Is To Be Condemned

Matthew 5:21-22

21. "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, `Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.'

22. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, `Raca, ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, `You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell."

- If we are angry without just cause

- Or anger that is seeking revenge, it is sin

Romans 12:19

"Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord."

- 'Raca' -- is a term of insult and vindictiveness

- It's sinful anger when...

1. Toward a person (we wrestle not against flesh and blood)

2. Without justifiable cause

3. Seeking vengeance

4. Breeding Bitterness

5. And, ultimately not forgiving

3. Stubborn Anger Is To Be Conquered

- Anger that stays and won't go away

- It doesn't matter if you've counted to 10 or 100!

- Ephesians 4:26

"Don't let the sun go down on your anger."

- Some have had the sun go down every night for 30 years

- And the curse grows deeper and wider

- Holding on to hurts / grudges / bitterness

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