WHY RIGHTEOUS ANGER IS BIBLICAL

God called Believers to have righteous anger many times in the Bible, and this commandment remains to this day. Many Believers consider anger to be a sin, calling upon verses such as James 1:19 and Psalms 37:8, claiming that any form of anger is unbiblical. It is unwise, however, to disregard what else the Bible has to say about anger. In this post, we will understand why righteous anger is not a myth, but a commandment from the Lord.

Let’s begin with differentiating the two main types of anger. There is Biblical anger and foolish anger. Most Christians will rebuke foolish anger, but make no difference between the two, incorrectly marking all anger as a sin. This is not the truth. It is a sin to be angry at someone after you have forgiven them, and it is a sin to be angry over small problems that can be easily solved. Foolish anger is rooted in sin and human desires. Righteous anger, unlike foolish anger, is rooted in the Father’s love. Righteous anger will agree with the Lord’s Word, and should not based on our personal opinions. When Jesus threw the people out of the Temple, that was not based on His personal emotions. That anger was legal anger because they were going against the Lord’s Holy Word. 

When Christians bring up Jesus being angry, they will remember how he flipped the tables in the Temple. This is not the only time Jesus, or the Lord, showed righteous anger. The Lord was angry at the Pharisees for their hardness in their hearts (Mark 3:5), He is angered by the mistreatment of orphans, widows, etc (Exodus 22), and He is angered by the worship of idols (Exodus 32:10; Deuteronomy 6:14-15; Judges 2:13-14; Ezra 8:22). I have heard Christians say, “Well, we aren’t God, so we can’t be angry like Him!” In response to this, I ask, has Jesus not called us, as Believers, to be like Him? 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 John 2:6, John 14:15… there are countless verses telling us to resemble Jesus. The Bible calls us to be angry but not sin (Ephesians 4:26) We can understand, then, that Jesus having righteous anger is not a sin, and while we, as humans, are sinful by nature, we can still follow His footsteps. Just as the Lord calls us to love our enemies, it is impossible to do such commandments alone, but when we draw closer to Jesus in fellowship, it is possible to do as He wills. Righteous anger is not a sin, but a commandment that we must draw closer to the Lord and His Word to fully grasp and exercise as He wills.

Righteous anger often calls Christians to action: like righteous anger over abortion, over the slaughter of Christians in foreign countries, over discrimination, and many other issues occurring today that are biblically unjust. Righteous anger is anger out of love. The Lord warns us not to be lukewarm. If we love, love with all our heart as the Bible commands, how could we not be angry? Jesus is angered because He possesses more love than even we can contain. Love is not love without anger, because if you don’t get angry over unrighteousness, how can you be loving the Lord, His Word, or people? It is Biblical to be close to Jesus, and feel what He feels–and He feels anger. If we feel that, too, and act out of love, we are not sinning. If we grow closer to Jesus and feel things that aren’t so mushy-gushy, that is not a sin. The truth is, true love, Jesus’ love… it is not always feel-good. 

In conclusion, the Bible commands us to be slow to wrath, to be angry and sin not, and not let our anger consume us (Ephesians 4:26). It is possible to do God’s will, no matter how impossible or contradictory it may appear at first glance, when we dig deep into His Word. Without a solid understanding of who Jesus is and what He commands, it is easy to let anger consume us–just as Satan wants. However, the closer we draw to Jesus, and understand that He gave us the emotion of anger, that He will also guide that emotion if we allow Him. Let us be hot, and not cold or lukewarm, with love for Jesus and what is holy, and not stand by in uncertainty because we don’t understand God’s commandments.

I pray this post touches you and if you feel moved to, feel free to share this and fight Satan’s lies. ♥ God bless.

Ang

 

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I REFUSE

I was nearing 30,000 words Monday for Camp NaNo. After really focusing my heart on the Lord for The Infidel Books, the words came pretty well and I felt that I wasn’t forsaking my plot and the foreboding for book 2 was a good start. I prayed hard to have faith when my doubts sounded so silly. I prayed God would guide my writing. I prayed to have confidence that even if this series only reached a select few people, that it would touch them, that God would only have the people HE needed to read it, read it.

Because of that prayer and trust in God, Satan has not left me alone. Do you know the feeling? When you know this is a thing God needs you to do–and no one else–but fears and doubts tug at you, trying to get you distracted and disheartened? You do, because we’re all human. But as Believers, we’re called to be BOLD. COURAGEOUS. 

I had finished writing a very, very painful scene that morning and found a song shortly after, called I Refuse by Five Finger Death Punch. I listen to them often, so this wasn’t out of this world weird. Still, it snagged my attention because of how, literally, spot on it was with the novel I’m writing. It almost freaked me out a bit. Here I was, worrying if what I’m writing needs to be heard or if I’m doing it right, and God just sends this song to confirm that, yes. Our words are needed. God gave us a voice not to be silenced. We have to make that choice because it will change things.

Skip a day ahead, I’m listening to the same song, and I realize something else. I refuse. I stopped matching the song to my novel and grabbed those two words with my spirit.

I refuse. I refuse to let Satan win. I refuse to be afraid. I refuse to let this go. I refuse to ignore God’s Voice. I refuse to doubt God’s Love. I refuse.

And when we make that choice, Satan has no power over us.

If you have doubts, don’t shove them away as silly, my friend. Pray. And you look those doubts and fears in the face and say, “I refuse you in the name of Christ.”

If you’re interested in beta reading The Divided Nation, here’s the sign up form, as well. ♥ If you have questions, let me know, and if you can’t sign up be can spread the word, I’d really aappreciate that!

God bless,

Angela

THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE

Discipline is a very important trait to have, and many Americans today disregard it. We do what we want, when we want it, how we want it, with little care of how it changes our lives–and the lives of those around us. We don’t care for discipline because it limits us. This is incorrect. This mindset is why we have so many ‘adults’ acting like selfish, greedy fools.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. – Proverbs 25:28

Discipline is important for everyone, but not everyone practices it. If you work a job, it takes discipline to go every day, do your best, and be honest with your fellow employees. If you are in school, it takes discipline to do your best, not cheat, and keep going till graduation. If you’re an artist, it takes discipline to write/draw/sing on the days you really don’t want to.

Truthfully, humans aren’t created to give things their 100% at all times. We need rest, breaks, and sometimes, reminders to why we do things. Not everyone wants to go the narrow, hard road, when the easy, comforting road seems just as satisfying. But this should be the difference between Believers and people who don’t believe in God–we should be an example of how important discipline is. What do I mean? I mean, when someone sees you, do they see a lazy slacker just like the rest of America, or will they see someone who is steadfast and determined? Discipline isn’t easy to obtain or practice, but what is worth having, is not easy.

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world… – Titus 2:12

For example (and there are SO many examples, just look around in your life!), if you’re an author, you know how much perseverance it takes to write a novel. Edit a novel. Edit it again. Send it to betas. Edit more. Find a cover, formatter, set up a blog tour. Publish it. And then market it. I mean, writing isn’t easy. I, for one, am glad it isn’t, because nothing meaningful is easy. It takes a writer discipline to write when we don’t feel like it, to ponder beta feedback even if we don’t care much for the opinions, and to market our books when we feel like marketing is even harder than writing 60,000 words in 30 days. But we do it. Why?

Because working hard for the glory of Christ is worth the blood, sweat, and tears this life will hold. Because standing strong in the Lord’s commandments (one being discipline, yo!) is worth more to us than sitting around and getting into trouble with the mainstream crowds. And this mindset doesn’t end with writers–it is for every person who works their best at their job when their boss is a wreck. It is for every student who pushes through subjects and does their best when other students slack off or focus on fleshly desires. It is for everyone who exercises discipline, even in ‘small’ forms, like making your bed if you’re not feeling well at all, or making your family breakfast when you’d rather be doing something else, or getting in your work-out when you just wanna binge Netflix. Guess what? Every little discipline act matters!

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. – Proverbs 13:4

Everyone has fleshly desires! Discipline is the decision to do what is best, not what feels good or is easy. And guess what? It hurts. It sucks. But it will pay off. And the reward will be better than anything you could imagine. So don’t give up, don’t lose faith, and don’t doubt the power of God’s will. As long as we are steadfast in doing as He wills, we will be rewarded.

Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. – 2 Chronicles 15:7

And another thing about discipline? It often looks like the slackers are getting the world handed to them on a gold platter, but remember that this world, and all the material possessions, glamour, and fame… means nothing. If someone is cheating at school, God sees it. If someone messed up at work and you get the fall, God sees it. Don’t despise evildoers–and since this, too, is easy to do, it takes discipline to make ourselves focus on Heavenly riches.

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. – Psalms 37:1

As we grow in Christ and continue to live, discipline won’t always (or ever) be easy. But have faith. Have faith that God will keep His promises, and we will be rewarded for doing as He bids us to.  When we are tempted to give in to fleshly desires, remember the reward in Heaven.

God bless,

Ang

TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE

How many fears, doubts, and lies do we let ourselves ponder every day? Sometimes, they don’t seem destructive. “I wish I wrote as good as [insert name].” “I wish I didn’t take so long to finish [insert thing].” “I wish I was thinner.” “I wish I wasn’t so stupid in [school subject].” “I don’t want to do this because I might fail.” “I don’t want to do this because people might think I’m silly.”

Let’s be real. If something matters to us, it is easy to compare ourselves to others, or doubt our abilities, or strive for perfection. If God has given us a gift, it only makes sense that Satan will try to break it in us and take it away. Why? Because God has given us those gifts to praise Him, glorify Him, and lead others to His Love. What better way for Satan to destroy the world and keep our voices silent than by making us doubt God’s ability to use us? 

And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long. – Psalms 35:28

We all have little doubts about ourselves. We all allow lies from Satan to enter our minds. And guess what? Those lies can and do enter our spirit, too. That nagging fear in your soul? It isn’t that Satan pounded his way into your heart–you let him in. It is that easy. There’s no magical age we reach where we stop those voices. No Christian magically never has these lies from Satan stop entering their mind.

Choosing to live by faith is a choice. We choose every day to love Jesus. We choose every day to do a good thing instead of let our flesh win. And we can choose to listen to God’s voice… or listen to those ‘harmless’ little voices.

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. – 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

What happens when we listen to the wrong voices? We start having fears. Maybe they don’t seem big. “What if I never reach my dream? What if it is too big?” “What if I am not hearing from God?” We start doubting ourselves, but more importantly, we start doubting God. We doubt His faithfulness, mercy, and LOVE.

I strongly encourage you to dig into the Bible and find some of God’s promises. Whenever the smallest doubt or fear enters your mind, take it CAPTIVE. You are in control of your mind. You do not have to be defeated or tempted by Satan. Even the smallest voice can set up a wall in our spirit and a wall can block the Lord out. We don’t want that. So fight those voices with God’s Voice. Fight those voices with the Holy Spirit. Fight those voices with praise and worship.

Because after a time, a lot of small voices build up. A lot of small doubts or fears can weigh you down like chains. And the Lord says in Isaiah 61:1-3 and 61:10-11…

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified…. 

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

I hope you read all that, because there is the Voice of the LORD. Why should we doubt our worth or abilities when the Lord has already told us the TRUTH? We are not to believe the lies of Satan, that we’re not enough, that we’re stupid or slow, that we’re pathetic, that we’re pointless, that we’re unloved, that we have no future, that we have no meaning in the bigger picture–we will rejoice in the LORD because our future is in HIS hands. 

Whenever a doubt arises, remember God’s promise. Whenever you face fear, praise the Lord. This is such an important thing to do, yet no one does it. I’ve really been pressing into the Lord lately because I don’t want to just survive. I want to praise God! I want to help others, touch their hearts, encourage them to see God’s love. I don’t want to feel like my fight is worthless, or that the blood on my hands and knees from dragging myself through rocky paths will be in vain!  It won’t be because GOD IS FAITHFUL.

Remember what God has done for you! Remember every blessing. Make a list of things you’re thankful for today, or remember those moments where God’s love was like a crashing wave! Remember the things that shine light on being alive. And hold on to them. Because they matter. You matter. Satan cannot change that, ever, no matter how many little lies he slips into your head. Say it aloud: “Jesus has won.” Again and again, say that, and trump the lies away.

I don’t want to feel like I’m weak and hopeless or powerless. Because none of us are. We are strong in Christ. We have eternal life in Christ. We have strength and power given to us by Christ if we follow His words… and not follow Satan’s. The time of listening to Satan has come to an end. The time of pressing into Jesus and choosing to life in victory has come. What do you choose?

God bless,

Ang

 

LIVE IN VICTORY

I stumbled across this song last week or so, while reading my Bible and listening to Bethel’s Even If (All The More) by Jeremy Riddle. I hadn’t heard it before, though I’ve enjoyed Riddle’s music from Bethel for a while now, and was pretty moved by the message.

The lyrics that really grabbed my heart were…

Even when I feel defeat
I will live from victory
I will rise up and I’ll praise You all the more

It got me thinking about how often I feel tired, and defeated, and worried, and lost. About how often I lay fleeces before the Lord, begging to understand. About how often I yearn for a day of victory–a day where peace is there and I don’t have to fight for it. I’ve got the wrong mindset in the moments where I think of these things. A very wrong idea.

I am not looking for a day of victory because Jesus has already overcome the world. My Scripture verse for the year is John 16:33 and I just keep reminding myself of it daily… Because I do not have to wait for anything. I don’t have to wait for victory because Jesus has already won.

Jesus has won. Jesus will never be defeated.

My identity is in Christ. I’ll be defeated. Again and again. I’ll sin, make mistakes, fall down, fail… I’ll be torn apart by Satan because I love Jesus. The world will absolutely hate us. (Matthew 10:24, John 15:18). But doesn’t that make you bold? Courageous? We humans have the ability to praise Jesus and live in victory! We can do what the Lord calls us to do and have full confidence that He will never forsake us. Whatever pain befalls us, the glory that awaits us in heaven is bigger than any glory we could gain on this earth. Who can stand against us when Jesus has overcome the world?

We can live in victory every day, every moment, no matter what pain we face, because Jesus has won, and His love is far greater than any curses Satan or demons can tie us down with. We are free in the spirit through Jesus. We may grow tired, and bloody, and scared–but we must live in victory at all times. And what better way to show victory and love than to praise God? He loves to hear our voices… so let’s lift them up!

Even if my heart should break
Even if I’m still afraid
I will rise up and I’ll praise You all the more.

 God bless,

Angie