Anger is a Problem
Anger, in and of itself, is not sinful, but anger is a problem for just about everyone.
Proverbs 15: 1, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
Anger is usually demonstrated by blowing up (the ventilation of anger), or the clamming up (the internalization of anger).
The Bible says do not let the sun go down on our wrath or anger. We are told to control our anger, to direct it toward the problem rather than toward another or oneself. Consider your mate, children, and others important enough to control your anger. Let me ask you, is the emotion packed into your comment appropriate for the crime?
Few things are sapping the strength of the church of Jesus Christ more than the unreconciled state of so many believers.
Celebrating Mother's Day
Proverbs 31:10-12 & 28, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Her children arise up, and call he blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
On May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
Let me take time to make a tribute to mothers, for without them life would be truly empty. God has given the role for mothers in the Word of God, and I thank my Lord for all mothers who have followed His plan and have become Godly mothers. Someone has said that mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. Others have said that men are what their mothers make them.
I believe that what a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the grave. I believe that the toughest, most difficult job God ever assigned any individual is that of being a wife and mother. Take a look at Ephesians 6:2 & 3, “Honour thy father and thy mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” No gift that you give to your mother can compare with the gift that your mother gave you!
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Matthew 28:5 & 6, “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
What does the resurrection mean to you? Does it mean a spring break, new suit of clothes, time with the family, or is it your very hope of eternal life? To me it is the gospel I preach. I Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
So what have you decided? What does the resurrection mean to you? Everyone must decide. Was the resurrection a hoax or was it history?
In the Bible we find others who have decided about our Lord. The innkeeper decided to leave Him outside. Herod decided to murder Him. Peter decided to follow Him. Mary decided to worship Him. The Rich young ruler decided to leave Him. Judas decided to sell Him. Pilate decided to wash his hands of Him. Stephen decided to die for Him, and Paul decided to live for Him. What have you decided?
I Corinthians 15:17 & 57, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Don’t let this Easter pass you by without looking back to the cross upon which He dies, the tomb in which He laid and that glad morning on which He arose!
The Best Is Yet To Come
Revelation 21:1, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”
For the child of God, this life is good, but the best is yet to come. God has shown us in the Bible that one day there will be no more Satan, tears, death, sorrow, crying and no more pain. Not to mention, that paradise will be restored and God has prepared a holy city for us in which to live.
John 14:2 & 3, “In my Father’s house there are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” One of the things we have to look forward to is seeing Jesus and living with the Creator of the universe. Romans 8:18, “For I reckon the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with thee glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Remember this the next time the going gets to be a little rough. The best is yet to come!
Above Every Name
Philippians 2:9-11, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under earth: And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
What think ye of Christ?
To the artist, He is the one altogether lovely and to the architect, He is the chief corner stone. To the astronomer, He is the sun of righteousness and to the baker, He is the bread of life. To the builder, He is the sure foundation and to the carpenter, He is the door. To the doctor, He is the great physician, and to the farmer, He is the sower and the Lord of the Harvest. We could go on and on, but what think ye of Christ?
It has been said that about 40 billion people have lived at one time or another on the face of this earth and all share one thing in common. They will have to answer that question, “What think ye of Christ?”
Zechariah 4:10, “For who hath despised the day of small things?”
We may feel small and insignificant in God’s sight or even man’s. But we are reminded that God works with the weak, foolish and the base things of this earth to get His message out or to fulfill His purpose.
In God’s instrument case we find a rod for Moses, and a sling for David to slay the giant. Also, God has used a little lad’s lunch to feed 5,000. We see Him one time use a little mud for medicine to make a blind man see.
Gideon, a great man of God, was the smallest boy, from the smallest family, from the smallest tribe, was chosen to do a job for God. The Apostle Paul was one of the great apostles. His name means small. Why does God use little things? Well, in I Corinthians 1:29, we find these words, “That no flesh should glory in His presence.”
Do not despise small things, for God uses them!
Proverbs 16:32, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth
his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 25:28, “ He that hath no rule over his own spirit
is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
We would do well this day to catch the message I am prescribing for you. That message
is that we learn to live above the circumstances of life. That problem or person that would
cause us to be angerd or lose control of our emotions is not worth it. We are at the mercy of
anyone who could make us angry.
There are many people, Christians as well, living at the end of their rope, ready to
explode at any time because they have no control of their spirit. The help that we need can be
found in Ephesians 5:19-21, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto
God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to
another in the fear of God.”
It is hard to get a person down when he is filled with the Spirit of God, singing unto the
Lord and giving thanks for all things!
Be Thou Clean
Luke 5:12-13, “And it came to pass when he was in a certain city, behold a man full
of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt,
thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be
thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.” Leprosy represents sin in the
Bible and we find a man who was full of leprosy. Notice in our scripture it says, “behold a
man.” I am glad they didn’t give us his name because it doesn’t make a difference. God saves
whosoever will come unto Him. Notice also it says, “he was in a certain city.” I am satisfied to
know that God works in all cities, not just a few. This man had probably tried every cure for
leprosy that was available. Now he comes to Jesus, the proper source.
Jesus Christ has the answer to all of life’s problems. Not only is Jesus the proper source,
but he is the proper force. He had power to heal this man by saying three words, “Be thou
clean!” Then Jesus set him on the proper course. Verse 14 says, “And he charged him to tell
no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as
Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.”
We need to go to Jesus to be cleansed of our sin and let Him put us on the right course