Sunday Sermon // You’ve Got the a Wrong Guy :: Anger

You've Got the Wrong Guy // Anger

[ECC Jackson Lake Pastor, Gary Thompson, on Covington Campus]

 

We often think that God only uses perfect people. Since we mess up, we feel disqualified to minister to others, or even call ourselves Christians.

Even after becoming a believer, the Apostle Paul still had flaws. And he prayed/asked God to remove that weakness three times.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)

God's power works best when I am weak. I need Jesus to lean on.

God's grace is greater than my greatest weakness.


The Bible is filled with marred and messed up people:

Moses – weak speech

Samson – weak obedience

Esther – weak position

David – weak moment

Saul – weak leadership

Thomas – weak faith


My (Gary's) weakness: uncontrolled anger.

1. Uncontrolled anger was hurting my family.

Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. (Psalms 37:8 NLT)

Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back. (Proverbs 29:11 NLT)

2. Uncontrolled anger was hurting my ministry.

Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. (James 1:20 NLT)

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26, 27 NLT)

3. With God's help, I can change.

But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. (Colossians 3:8 NLT)

There has to come a time when you are so sick of yourself and your weakness that you cry out to God. We have to hit that bottom and realize we can't do it on our own.

  • Ask God for help.

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. (James 4:8 NLT)

  • Yield to Jesus each day.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (Colossians 3:12-15 NLT)

  • Involve others in your journey.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16 NLT)

God's grace is greater than my greatest weakness.


Resources available:

Celebrate Recovery – every Thursday at 7:00pm

Counseling 770-787-2301

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