Sunday, February 17, 2019—Mike Teel, Pastor
FATAL DISTRACTIONS: Unravel Anger. . . Before It Unravels You
FOCAL PASSAGE: Mark 11:12-18... Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. 15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)... “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.
HOW DO WE DEFINE ANGER
1. WHAT IS ANGER?
It means “to grow hot” and “flared nostril”.
2. PHYSICAL EMOTION
Anger can also be an enjoyable sin.
HOW DO WE HANDLE ANGER?
1. NEGATIVE WAYS PEOPLE HANDLE ANGER
TOXIC WASTE METHOD:
VOLCANO or SPEWERS METHOD:
PRESSURE COOKER or STEWERS METHOD:
2. UNRAVELING ANGER… Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)
Should we ever get angry?
3. ANGER IS NEUTRAL
Notice the important concept in this verse. Anger is not necessarily a sin.
A FEW ANALOGIES OF ANGER
Anger like poison will begin to collect and concentrate and gradually destroy us from the inside out.
Genesis 37:3-4, 19-20
SHORT - CIRCUITING ANGER
1. AFFIRM THE RELATIONSHIP
2. NEGOTIATE WITH “I Feel” STATEMENTS
3. GUARD YOUR VOLUME LEVEL!
4. ESTABLISH RESOLVE
5. RELEASE THE PERSON
LIVE IT OUT
> Who or what has been the source of anger in your life?
> How can you demonstrate that Christ is Lord of your life in these areas?