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Why So Angry?

Sometimes I think that Jesus could have probably looked like Thor. A man with a well built body holding a hammer. (Carpenters hold hammers right? 🙂 )

And there was a scene there in the movie where Thor got really angry that he overturned a heavy table inside their palace because he almost got crowned as the king yet it did not come to pass at that time. This made me imagine Jesus when he also overturned tables because of anger in what happened to their temple courts.

Two men. Jesus and Thor. They might looked the same externally and both got really angry but with different reasons.

Thor was furious because he did not get what he wanted badly, his fame and his control and his power. But Jesus got angry for a very different reason and motivation. He got angry for God’s glory in that temple. He was fighting for God’s honor and he cannot take it that some men would defile the temple. (John 2:13-16)

Now, when was the last time that you were really, really angry?

What do you think is the very root of your anger?

I believe we all can get caught trapped in this emotion called anger for many reasons. But whether you think its legitimate or illegitimate, here’s what God’s word teach us about anger:

In your anger do not sin“: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,…”      -Ephesians 4:26

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. -James 1:19-20

Here’s two things:

1. You may get angry and yet not sin

This is only possible if what drives you is honor for something that defiles God’s name. Jesus hates sin and hated what he saw in the temple! This may be very possible yet I believe its very unlikely because…

2. Human Anger is Usually Dangerous

Most of the time, our anger is often me-driven and it causes us to say or do things that we will regret and even be physically harmful to others. (e.g.We got angry because we did not receive what we believe we deserve, what we are entitled for or we have been overlooked or our ego may have been attacked or offended etc.)

Anger may not be totally bad in itself afterall…

But the next time our hearts get stirred up, the question that we should ask that man or woman in the mirror is why are you so angry?

 

Guilt-Driven Vs. Grace-Driven Fasting

Guilt-Driven says… “I SHOULD because I am a pastor, a small group leader, a full-time Christian worker and everyone’s eye is on me…I SHOULD set them an example.”

Grace-Driven says…”I COULD and I WOULD because I’m a follower of Jesus and I love to keep on looking up to Him as my my Ultimate Example”


Guilt-Driven says…“It’s an annual DUTY… I must GO THROUGH this! Urgh!!! Waaahu!!! I’m from Sparta!!! I can! I can! I can! I trust my 100% juice and my drinking a lot of  water!!! Waahu!!!”

Grace-Driven says…”It’s MY DESIRE to get to KNOW and EXPERIENCE God more personally and commit all my days of my life to Him even this year 2011… And wow! In Christ alone I really can!


Guilt-Driven says…“Oh I want to go water fast this time so God could hear my prayers More CLEARLY and would possibly answer my wants!”

Grace-Driven says…”I believe God is leading me to go water fast this time so I could depend on His enabling grace more and that I would clearly hear and know Him and rightfully respond to Him


Guilt-Driven says…“I’ll go absolute fast and will not eat UNLESS HE ANSWERS the way I wanted and I want results fast!” (Hunger Strike)

Grace-Driven says…”I want to grow in my faith, trusting God in his promises more so I can obey more and be really strong and successful in life with Him” (Humble Surrender)


Guilt-Driven“I’m actually fasting SO THAT GOD WOULD LOVE ME more and I would be more worthy to come to God”

Grace-Driven says…”Thank God! In Christ alone I am completely loved, secured, and accepted that there is nothing I could do to make God love me more/less. I’m fasting SO I COULD LOVE HIM MORE, training myself to always depend on Him in all things!”

 

 

(It can be so easy to forget about the Gospel and try harder to strive in life

in our own might and strength.

Yet His presence is with us and that is what gives us strength and joy to thrive! )

Happy fasting to everyone joining the 7 Day of Prayer and Fasting! Let His Great Grace AMAZE us more and more this year 2011!

On Transforming Nations

I just got home from Ed Silvoso’s conference at Victory Pioneer and Im just thinking through the things I’ve learned and heard.

Just this afternoon he shared with us that the heart of a nation is the marketplace and to transform a nation, we’ve got to bring the gospel to the marketplace. And the marketplace includes the businesses, education and the government.

Some Filipino leaders gave their testimonies on how they saw transformations taking place in our Armed Forces and even in the Philippine National Police and its really working! Police people are getting saved, generals repenting from their sinful lifestyles and some military leaders are ready to run for the upcoming elections with a renewed vision to bring change into the government system not by might but by sincere service and love for country and out of passion for God.

I was just thinking about that word “marketplace”.

I believe its where business happens, where real life happens, where real people interact and converge.

For high school and college students it would be their campuses (their co-students, even teachers, professors and school leaders and staff)

For businessmen and women its their workplace (their co-workers)

For public servants and government officials its their areas if responsibilities (their co-officials)

For actors and actresses its the show business (their co-artists)

For sportsmen and athletes its their sports world (their co-players)

For fathers its their own families (their wife and kids)

Pastors, church leaders and ministers has to really empower and equip the members of their congregation on becoming effective ministers and Christian leaders in their “marketplace”. Whether they may be students, singles, mothers, fathers, business people, professionals, taxi drivers, jeep drivers, or even security guards etc.

But what’s the main goal? For our nation to be a better place? So that everyone would be happy? So we could have a world with perfect peace and justice and so that we can live happily ever after?

I don’t know about you but for me whether I see that transformation take place in my generation or not I believe our focus should be to honor God with our lives and do what he calls us to do-to keep on demonstrating and proclaiming that great news of His saving grace in Jesus that really transforms both individuals and even nations-Make disciples.

I just believe that total transformation will take place when Jesus returns in our world to make all things perfectly new!

But as of now as we wait for Jesus’ return, we are to delight in Him, enjoy life in Him and with His people, honor Him and faithfully bring the gospel message to our own “marketplace”.

Yes believe God for national transformations and be expectant for great things to come but I believe we should all the more be expectant for His glorious return when He will make every nation totally new! (now this is happily ever after!)