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Russ Brewer

Rescued from the domain of darkness, transferred to the kingdom of the Son. Undershepherd of Grace. Husband of Corinne. Father of three. Chew-toy to Zeke...

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Jeremiah 11:11 says, “Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am bringing disaster upon them that they cannot escape. Though they cry to me, I will not listen to them.” This verse has always troubled me, even from my very early days in Christ. I can remember asking some Christians about it only a few weeks after I gave my life to the Lord. How is it that God would not accept a repentant people? How is it that they have gone so far from Him that He would not take them back? How can we say, “No sinner is so far from God to be beyond the reach of His mercy?” in light of this verse where God clearly says He will not accept these Jews back even if they repent. Well, here are some brief thoughts:

For one thing, we are talking about the refining judgment of God. We must remember that God is perfectly holy and loving. Likewise He is absolutely just. Thus, He will punish all sin and bring judgment upon all those who harm one another as well as His glory. The greatest harm we can do to someone else is to keep them from the life-giving, soul-nourishing person and presence of God. And that is exactly what was going on in Jeremiah’s day. The priests and leaders had forsaken God and taught the people to do so as well. Thus, nationally and individually, the people were thwarting themselves and even their descendants from knowing God.

Likewise, God must be of His word. He must be trustworthy. He must keep His promises. The doom they face has now been forecasted by Jeremiah through the preceding 11 chapters. For God to relent at this point would damage the credibility and reliability of the prophet. Deuteronomy 18: 20-22 explains that a true prophet will always be accurate in his predictions, if even one prophesy fails to come to pass, that prophet has spoken presumptuously. Thus, God must bring this judgment to pass.

Likewise, the unwillingness to relent here is speaking of the physical, literal judgment of God. While it is clear that there are spiritual implications to being rejected by the Lord here in this text, none the less, the primary unrelenting judgment to come is in the physical realm and will specifically be in the form of the Babylonians in 586 B.C.

Third, we are talking about national judgment, not necessarily individual judgment. Since the nation had perverted its ways, and since they were led astray by the false teachers and priests, the nation as a whole had gone over the edge. As a nation they were being judged by God. Yet, if an individual (such as Jeremiah and his followers) were to turn to God, God indeed would accept them back. We’ll get to this in a few moments.

Fourth, in polytheistic societies, the religious leaders don’t just call upon one god. Rather, they call out to all of them. We see this idea in verse 12, that the people will call out to a multitude of gods. Sure they would call out to YHWH but it would be a cacophony of supplications going to many gods simultaneously. God cannot respond with mercy in that situation. God is judging them for being polytheistic and it would be illogical for Him to relent of that judgment when they ask for His help in addition to asking another dozen or so gods for similar help. It just couldn’t be. For that matter, when we today syncretistically mix God in with a smorgasbord of religious ideas/philosophies, we are equally not going to receive His mercy and grace.

Lastly, we must place this passage alongside Jeremiah’s other words later in this book. For instance, the Lord speaks through him in 29:11-13 saying, “I know the plans that I have for you…plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Clearly we see, that when the individual is wholly and solely dedicated to God Himself, alone, then indeed He does respond in grace and mercy. God wants our sincere heart—“sincere” meaning unmixed, unalloyed—and God wants us fully and whole dedicated to Him. When we turn to Him, and seek Him with our whole hearts, He is loving and gracious to bring us into fellowship with Him.

Calling to God *alone* in times of trouble

Saturday, 31 July 2010 13:58 Published in Blog
Jeremiah 11:14 says, “Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.” Yikes! Here is another one of those verses that has always troubled me. It goes against our grain to hear such a solemn warning about God not hearing any requests for help. Yet, similar to yesterday’s post, if our heart is not wholly for God and Him alone, He will likely not act. I think there are some principles for prayer in the midst of trials here.

So often we face difficulty in life and we call out to God. The Jews were facing impending invasion and clearly would have been terrified. Clearly, it is right to call out to God in the midst of trials, but in this verse we see that calling out to Him with a divided heart will have limited effect upon His benevolence. As I mentioned in my last post, the Jews were filling their lives with religion and gods, but not the One true God. Just the verse before says, “Your gods are as many as your cities, O Judah, and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up… (Jeremiah 11:13)” So if these Jews did call out to God, they were calling out to Him and every other god they served. Clearly, God is not pleased with a multitude of religious activity. He wants us to focus on Him and serve Him only.

In my life, I have found that often trials are tools in the hands of God to strengthen our commitment and devotion to Him and Him alone. God calls us to not look to anyone else or any other thing for deliverance. Often He allows the trial to persist so that our divided hearts might become purified and our focus becomes singularly upon the Lord Himself. This is how it could be said, “Whatever is not of faith is sin.” It is sin because if our hearts are not fully trusting in God alone, and if instead we are trusting and looking to other saviors that will provide the solution, then we are essentially engaging in the same heart as these Jews here. In all of our lives, there are times when we may “call” upon God, and yet we do so while also seeking other solutions and trusting in our own wisdom to see the problem solved. This ought not to be.

To God alone be the glory and to Him alone we ought to go. That doesn’t mean that we can’t be involved with the solution. In fact, there are so many examples in scripture where clearly God does want to involve us in the solution. Yet, I would say that often the duration and strength of the trial is specifically and intentionally gauged by God to teach us the skill of approaching the situation with a pure heart, seeking Him and following His paths towards their end. This is a spiritual skill/discipline that takes time and practice. Maybe God is using a trial in your life to purify your devotion to Him as you are working towards its reconciliation.

When you go to examine your life in this manner, ask yourself: What are you pursing? What are the issues in your life and where are you going for their solutions? Likewise, when the “issue” is solved, will God get all the glory? Will you be able to praise Him?

Moreover, know that He does not join with sin, and if your solution includes that which is sinful, then He is not part of it. So many people approach a problem with a willingness to include obvious steps of sin. Yet once we include these measures, we are involving other ‘gods’ in this problem and we risk God saying, “I will not listen when they call to Me…”

Why does it have to be this way? Ultimately because God is perfectly loving and good. He is the greatest thing in this universe. Thus, to allow us to be drawn away from Him to any other false ‘gods’ would ultimately be allowing us to harm ourselves. What parent is okay with their children putting their hands into fire? God, in His loving mercy, is seeking to protect us and provide us with the peaceful fruits of righteousness. Since God is the source of fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) then it would be unloving to allow us to wallow in the muck of this world when there are His pristine rivers to be enjoyed.

Here’s my prayer after studying this verse: Lord, examine my heart and show me my motivations. Purge from me any pride and trusting in myself. Purge from me any pursuit that does not lead ultimately to You as the source. Direct me into Your paths and into Your ways. Lead me to that which brings You all the glory.

The Solution to Emptiness of Life and Soul

Saturday, 31 July 2010 13:57 Published in Blog
Jeremiah 2:5 Thus says the Lord, “What injustice did your fathers find in Me, That they went far from Me And walked after emptiness and became empty?

All of us come to a point in life where we weigh our situation and conclude it’s empty. Often we hear of professionals who have reached the top of their game, having always pursued the goal to be the best, only to find that once attained, its pleasures are temporary and fleeting, empty. Whatever our measure of success in this world, all people at some point come to this same conclusion. There is a reason for this. It is not accidental, nor insignificant.

The people in Jeremiah’s day had come to the same realization. The entire society had become a fragmented, selfish, secluded people bent on self-gratification and self-pleasure. Yet with all their pleasure and gratification, they had become empty. God’s solution for them is the same solution in our day as well.

The Israelites, had drifted away from the Lord. God was no longer hip or vogue; He had been replaced by what was believed to be more sophisticated, promising sources of love, joy, truth, etc. Worse still, according to verse 5, this departure from God was not due to any true lack in His faithfulness to them. He had not forsaken them. He still was their protector and provider. He had been faithful and successful. Yet they went far from Him and followed after that which was empty. In so doing, they had become empty themselves.

The word empty here is the Hebrew word *heber* which literally means “breath” or “vapor” but almost always describes the nothingness associated with something that it is temporary, fleeting, worthless and empty (TWOT, 463a). Interestingly, this word is used in the Bible as a synonym for false gods (1 Kings 16:13, II Kings 17:15, etc.). These false gods were empty. The use of this word “empty” as a word for false gods underscores how all these other “gods” in reality were not only fictitious, made up, and manufactured but more importantly they were impotent and unable to do anything. Thus, the people forsook the God in whom they move and exist and have their being. They forsook God who had created them and given them life and determined the boundaries of their inhabitation. They forsook God who determines what is real, what is, abd what will be. They forsook the God who is full of substance, presence, reality and they blindly and arrogantly followed after that which is mere breath, vapor, and fantasy.

Some of us might be saying, “Well, I don’t follow after any other gods!” True, you probably don’t have a statue of Buddha in your home, and you don’t likely chant the name of the Hindu god Om. But we must remember that the gods of ancestry were not necessarily like Zeus and Thor that we often imagine. Zeus, Thor, Baal, Om, etc. were just vehicles for a person to achieve some state or condition. It’s not that people wanted the statues; it’s that they wanted what they believed the statues could provide.

In all societies, people have a sense that there is something that is the source of joy, prosperity, success. How they get there may differ from people to people, but the route they take is essentially their religion. Thus, we are all are worshippers of something, even if we don’t have a statue or idol in our home. Our worship takes the form in focus, attention, etc. For instance, a person whose god is money will focus on it, dream about it, go to the altar and do what is necessary to acquire it. Likewise for love, power, success etc. The ancient people believed that their gods would provide the same goals that we have. Back then to have joy and prosperity you went to the god Baal; today you go to the Mall (those words rhyme!). Or you go the Movies or to the beach or to the golf course. We do that which we believe will work. In the ancient days, they thought gods were the sources of these things. Today, we usually look to people or objects to reach the same goals. Yet all these pursuits will not provide the true lasting joy/peace/prosperity/purpose, etc. According to verse 5, they are all empty and a life absorbed by them will always be filled with emptiness.

As stated in verse 5, the result is that having followed after things that are empty, the people became empty themselves. Every person takes on the character of the god whom he or she worships. Thus, when we follow after and chase after that which is meaningless and empty, when we seek and pursue that which is empty, we become empty ourselves. There is a silly-putty dynamic of lifting off the image of what we have been stuck to. Thus, if we are stuck to that which is false, empty, and fantasy we ourselves become that way too. The longer we stick to that image, and the most intense our commitment to that image, the deeper and more ingrained that image becomes on our soul. The more we chase after something which is truly empty, the more empty we become.

The parallels to our modern day are deep and troubling. Have we not forsaken the God of reality, the God who is real, awesome and mighty and have we not chased after that which is empty, a vapor, a fantasy? The net result is that we too have become empty. The anguish of our souls, and of our nation and our world are filled with despair. There is so much sorrow and depression due to this chasing after emptiness. No wonder the role and rate of vices in our society continues to skyrocket as people believe the lie of the world and chase after meaninglessness; only to destroy their own lives because they are crushed by the despair that come from finding nothing but meaninglessness in that which they have chased.

The answer to this emptiness is found in a total realignment of our life purpose and focus. Later in Jeremiah God says, ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." The answer to this emptiness is not chasing after more false gods, but with connecting with the one true God.

Likewise, Jesus said “Come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest.” He said “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Jesus said, “I am the bread of life and whoever eats of this bread abides in me and I in him.” These are not the idle words of a false prophet of old. These are the very words of God himself, who came to rescue that which was lost, to heal that which was sick, to mend that which was broken.

After high school I was sitting on the edge of a dock in a lake in Maine. I was with some friends who were a few years older. At the time I was running my store, making great money for an 18 year old, had a girl friend, a fun car. I clearly remember looking over the beauty of the lake and feeling utter emptiness. I asked the guys I was with, “Is this all there is? Is this it?” They didn’t have an answer. I left that trip even more depressed. But the, a few months later I received my answer as God used compounding tragedies to drive me to Him. In Him, I have found forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation. In Him I have found all the satisfaction that I was ever looking for.

You can see my note titled "The Ultimate Status Update" to find out more about being connected with God.

Eternal Life in the Old Testament

Saturday, 31 July 2010 09:19 Published in Verse Lists

Eternal Life / Resurrection in the Old Testament

 

Psalm 71:20 You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.(NASB95)

 

Psalm 73:24 With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.(NASB95)

 

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.(NASB95)

 

Hosea 6:1-2 “Come, let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him.(NASB95)

 

Job 19:25-26 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. “Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God;(NASB95)

 

Ezekiel 37:12-14 “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. “Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.’ ”(NASB95)

 

1 Samuel 2:6 “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.(NASB95)

 

Ezekiel 27:1-14 Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “And you, son of man, take up a lamentation over Tyre; and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrance to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “O Tyre, you have said, ‘I am perfect in beauty.’ “Your borders are in the heart of the seas; Your builders have perfected your beauty. “They have made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; They have taken a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you. “Of oaks from Bashan they have made your oars; With ivory they have inlaid your deck of boxwood from the coastlands of Cyprus. “Your sail was of fine embroidered linen from Egypt So that it became your distinguishing mark; Your awning was blue and purple from the coastlands of Elishah. “The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your rowers; Your wise men, O Tyre, were aboard; they were your pilots. “The elders of Gebal and her wise men were with you repairing your seams; All the ships of the sea and their sailors were with you in order to deal in your merchandise. “Persia and Lud and Put were in your army, your men of war. They hung shield and helmet in you; they set forth your splendor. “The sons of Arvad and your army were on your walls, all around, and the Gammadim were in your towers. They hung their shields on your walls all around; they perfected your beauty. “Tarshish was your customer because of the abundance of all kinds of wealth; with silver, iron, tin and lead they paid for your wares. “Javan, Tubal and Meshech, they were your traders; with the lives of men and vessels of bronze they paid for your merchandise. “Those from Beth-togarmah gave horses and war horses and mules for your wares.(NASB95)

 

Daniel 12:2 “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.(NASB95)

 

Hosea 13:14 Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from death? O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion will be hidden from My sight.(NASB95)

 

Psalm 16:10 For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.(NASB95)

 

Psalm 86:13 For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.(NASB95)

 

 

Heaven is the place where God Dwells

Psalm 119:89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.(NASB95)

 

Psalm 113:5-6 Who is like the Lord our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth?(NASB95)

 

Deuteronomy 4:39 “Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.(NASB95)

 

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.(NASB95)

 

1 Kings 22:19 Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.(NASB95)

 

Deuteronomy 26:15 ‘Look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel, and the ground which You have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey, as You swore to our fathers.’(NASB95)

 

2 Kings 2:11 As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.(NASB95)

 

 

Being in God’s Presence is A Reward to His People

Psalm 73:24 With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.(NASB95)

 

Hosea 6:1-2 “Come, let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him.(NASB95)

 

Psalm 61:5-8 For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name. You will prolong the king’s life; His years will be as many generations. He will abide before God forever; Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him. So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may pay my vows day by day.(NASB95)

 

Isaiah 24:23 Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, For the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, And His glory will be before His elders.(NASB95)

 

Isaiah 66:20 “Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the Lord, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord.(NASB95)

 

Psalm 41:12 (NASB95) 12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever.

 

Proverbs 14:32 (NASB95) 32 The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.

 

1 Samuel 2:6 (NASB95) 6 “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.

 

Psalm 22:29 (NASB95) 29 All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.

 

Genesis 49:33 (NASB95) 33 When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people. The term gathered to his people – Gen 49:33

 

 

Psalm 49:15 (NASB95) 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me.Selah.

 

Psalm 48:14 (NASB95) 14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

 

Psalm 102:28 The children of your servants will settle down here, and their descendants will live securely in your presence.

 

Isaiah 65:17 17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.

 

Isaiah 66:22 22 “For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the Lord, “So your offspring and your name will endure.

 

Anger

Saturday, 31 July 2010 09:17 Published in Verse Lists

Worksheet on Anger


This assignment will take many hours over many days. It should not be done quickly or in one sitting. Preferably, it will become your devotions as you ponder God’s teaching.

 

  • On a separate piece of paper, or in a separate document, examine the following passages.
  • Read them in context and study their meaning.
  • Spend time meditating upon them.
  • For each verse, list as many observations as possible (there should be many).
  • Then prayerfully journal about.

1.      What these verse mean in general.

2.      What they mean specifically in your situation.

3.      What you must do to benefit from their teaching.

  • Return the list of observations and—if/when you feel comfortable—the journaling.

 

Prov 29:11,20

“A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.”

 

Matt 5:21-22

“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, “You good-for-nothing,” shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You Fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”

 

Romans 12:19-21

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

 

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”

 

Prov 25:28

“Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.”

 

Prov 19:11

“A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.”

 

Prov 15:1

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

 

Prov 15:28

“The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” / Prov 15:28 “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer.” / Prov 16:23 “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth and adds learning to his lips.”

 

Prov 16:21

“Sweetness of the lips increases persuasiveness.”

 

Prov 18:2

“A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.”

Prov 16:32

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he captures a city.”

 

See an example of listing observations on the following page:


Example:

Prov 29:11,20 “A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.”

 

Observations from Proverbs 29:11:
 

  1. There is a contrast between two people, those who are foolish and those who are wise.
    1. Fools are people who ignore God’s teaching and instruction.
    2. Fools are people who fail to succeed because they never learn.
    3. Fools are people who are losers in society.
    4. No one respects fools, there is no honor for fools.
    5. No one comes to fools to learn from them because they do not know anything.
    6. Fools are frequently judged in scripture.
    7. Fools do not regard God.
    8. Fools do not regard the consequences of their actions.
    9. Fools do not regard the wise counsel of others.
    10. Fools are sinful people.
    11. God is displeased with fools.
    12. God basically won’t use fools.
    13. God pushes fools into greater darkness because they will not heed the light they have anyway.
  2. Wise people love and honor God.
    1. Wise people know scripture and rightly apply it.
    2. Wise people fear the Lord.
    3. Wise people have the mind of Christ.
    4. Wise people have mastered themselves.
    5. Wise people guide and direct the people of God.
    6. Wise people make righteous decisions.
    7. Wise people love truth and hate falsehood.
    8. Wise people are useful to the plan of God.
    9. Wise people are sought for counsel by others.
    10. Wise people receive rebuke and correction with joy.
    11. Wise people are honorable in their actions.
    12. God leads wise people into greater understanding because they heed, live and teach the truths of God.
  3. There is one emotion that is felt in this verse: anger.
    1. Both fools and wise people feel anger.
    2. There are many things that cause anger and both wise people and fools undergo circumstances that cause anger.
    3. According to this verse, though both people feel the same emotion, how they handle their emotion is what differentiates them.
    4. One’s temper is the emotional, verbal, and mental response to something.

                                                              i.      One’s emotions can be filled with anger.

                                                            ii.      One’s words can be filled anger.

                                                          iii.      One’s thoughts can be filled with anger.

  1. There are two behaviors being mentioned in this verse: losing one’s temper and holding back one’s temper.
    1. Losing one’s temper means losing control of one’s emotions.
    2. Losing one’s temper means having something else control us besides the Holy Spirit.
    3. Losing one’s temper means saying/acting in a way we know displeases God.
    4. Losing one’s temper means at one point I had it, in order to lose it. By virtue of losing control of it, at one point I had control.
    5. Losing one’s temper is foolish.
  2. Wise people hold their temper back.
    1. Wise people have personal restraint when they are angry.
    2. Wise people could unleash their anger too, just like the fools, but they hold it back.
    3. Wise people control their emotions, their words, and their thoughts.
    4. Wise people have the Holy Spirit available for their resource.
    5. Wise people have the scriptures, wise counsel, a righteous life, to also aid them in restraining their anger.
    6. The notion of “holding it back” implies volition, the wise person is not at the mercy of their emotions, rather their emotions are under their own control.
  3. The goal of this verse is not to remove the circumstances which cause anger (though that may be a good thing too) but rather to align our response to those circumstances such that we are wise and righteous.
    1. Fools let the circumstance and the problem dictate their response.
    2. Fools let their own opinions, impressions, thinking dictate their response.
    3. Wise people examine the situation through the mind of Christ, through the lens of scripture, through the grid of righteousness. Wise people respond according to these other factors, while fools respond according to their own emotions and opinions.
    4. Wise people anticipate areas of concern (because they are wise) where as fools are constantly shocked by the problems they are in.
  4. Fools always loose their temper. We may not always lose our temper, which means that we are growing in wisdom.
    1. Complete fools are those who do these kinds of things every time. Completely wise people do the righteous thing every time.
    2. If we are growing in wisdom, we will see a growth in the frequency of our own victory.
  5. Losing our temper displeases God, whereas holding back our temper pleases Him.
  6. Losing our temper is more like Satan, the flesh, and the world, holding our temper back is more like Christ.

 

 

 

 

Alright, this is my second blog article

Friday, 30 July 2010 23:04 Published in Russ

Hey there,

I'm not sure I can be as profound as last time. Let me know if I succeeded!

Thanks much,

RB

Deity of Jesus Christ

Friday, 30 July 2010 22:33 Published in Resources
Here are some great verses on the deity of Jesus Christ:

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