Bible Study & Devotional 345
Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 29:22 AMP An angry man stirs up strife, And a hot-tempered and undisciplined man commits many transgressions.
James 3:16, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Proverbs 17:19 AMP “He who loves transgression loves strife and is quarrelsome; He who [proudly] raises his gate seeks destruction [because of his arrogant pride].”
2 Corinthians 12:20, “For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:”
🔴 Can’t Get Right?
written by: Torrie Slaughter
If you have ever watched an angry person trying to get out of a building, then you’ve probably giggled when they started pushing on a door that required pulling. The statement ‘blind with anger’ is real, one can not see what is plainly displayed, yet we allow that emotion to dictate our action. Why?
Well, it’s convenient; anger, fury, rage has a set of behaviors and patterns. They are easy to follow standards that destroy relationships or property, and our flesh loves it! We are the big bad, “you don’t want to mess with me,” person that keeps people at a distance.
Hmmm, that doesn’t sound as appealing, does it?
We are relational because God made us, so if we have not surrendered to His will and follow his command to love, every relationship or material blessing will eventually fall away.
But there is good news if we decide to follow Jesus.
Our anger issues can become yesterday’s news. The Holy Spirit can overtake the fleshly desire to storm away if we slow down and process. That type of mindfulness takes practice and participation to understand that what we are fighting against is spiritual, and our actions have consequences. So before you react in anger, I pray you will take 30 seconds to pray; ask the Holy Spirit to help you fight the embarrassment you are experiencing. Petition the Lord to deliver you at that moment. Yes, it is challenging to walk with peace and love when every fiber of our flesh wants to retaliate. However, let us ask for strength to handle it as Jesus would through prayer. Remember, nothing is impossible for God!
Prayer: Lord, help me to be self-controlled when I cry to you in distress. Please help me become emotionally balanced by seeking the guidance of your Holy Spirit. I stand before you, Lord, submitting to your ways and acknowledging my shortfalls. Amen
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Saturday, December 11, 2021
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.