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Controlled Anger

Matthew 11:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not mourn.’

Jesus has made his final journey to Jerusalem. He had his triumphant day on Sunday, and now it is Monday. Jesus heads to teach at the Temple only to find it being used for making money at the expense of those who come to sacrifice for sins with the purchase of animals.

It says in Mark 11:15-26 about how Jesus cleared the Temple. We see Jesus entering the Temple only to find money changers selling animals for sacrifice. Now, for the Jewish people that was their way of taking care of sin in their lives through animal sacrifice. This is just as Moses wrote in the first 5 books in the Bible.

This makes sense, but here was the problem. This system had been set up as a ‘religious market’ for gain. The Chief Priests were also gaining from it financially. The Temple Court should have been a place to help the Gentile people find God.

Jesus gets so upset that he drives them out. He pushes over tables, knocks down cages, and pushes over pens holding animals. Money is thrown all over the ground. Animals are running free. There is chaos. He is angry because the Temple was a place for prayer for all nations and not just the Jewish people.

Jesus’ anger was not about him personally. He was angry because it was desecrating the House of God, His own Father’s House. This was controlled anger for the justice of people coming to seek God’s forgiveness and presence.

How is your anger? Is it controlled and not about you? Anger is a good emotion when controlled the right way.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you control your anger and show greater love.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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The Plumber

Matthew 7:24 New International Version (NIV)

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

I am always fascinated in how God works when he takes ordinary men and makes great things out of their lives. There was once a man who lived and did just that. His name was Smith Wiggelsworth. He was born in 1859 and lived to 1947. He was a man brought up during hard times.

He had to do manual labor at the age of six to help with the family income. He worked at pulling turnips. At seven he worked at a woolen factory for twelve hours a day. Then, he eventually became a plumber into his fifties.

He came to know Christ at 16 and helped with the Salvation Army. Later in life he got married and started a small church on the side. The Holy Spirit empowered him with the gift of healing. He struggled at unworthiness at being given this gift.

Later, he went to a Pentacostal Church and prayed for about four days and was filled with the Holy Spirit. He spoke in tongues. For Smith Wigglesworth, this changed his life trajectory. He walked away from his plumbing business and stepped into ministry.

He healed people out of wheelchairs, helped the blind to see, cancer was destroyed, and it is confirmed that be brought 14 people back from the dead. He went from being a plumber to an Apostle of Faith.

Smith Wigglesworth based his ministry on 4 key principles.

  1. Read the Word of God.
  2. Consume the Word of God until It Consumes You.
  3. Believe the Word of God.
  4. Act on the Word of God.

You might be asking today, “Why are you telling this story?”

I want you to see the importance of God’s Word. God’s Word brings wisdom.

Jesus is still in the discipleship business of using everyday, ordinary men.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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