When we last talked in regard to giants, we left the last six of our "battles" with the fact that giants can be conquered IF we dwell in God's Word.
Anger, resentment, doubt, procrastination, failure, and jealousy are giants in our life. They can all be conquered by our God in his Word.
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ANGER is a giant that manifests itself through us in society today.
In many cases it is an uncontrollable emotion that causes harm to people whether physically or emotionally. Sometimes it causes more harm to the individual who directs his/her anger toward another individual.
- Ephesians 4:26a Paul said, "Be angry and do not sin"
The greatest example of this thought has to be Jesus in the temple. He never was angry about His stuff, but He was angry about the worship of God being obstructed by booths and tables. His response was an example of sinless anger, or as we sometimes call it, "righteous indignation".
There are some ways in dealing with anger that will help us not to be defeated by it.
- First, do not nurse your anger.
As the apostle Paul stated in Ephesians 4, do not nurse your anger. In other words, do not dwell on anger as it will turn into resentment which turns into bitterness. If we release it our Lord the giant will be defeated.
- Secondly, do not converse about your anger to another person.
That causes corrupt communication to come out of your mouth. If you talk about your anger with other person, then you keep anger fresh in your mind.
- Thirdly, Paul says in Romans 12 that you should heap coals of fire upon that person's head. In other words be extra nice to that person.
RESENTMENT is a situation that many people find themselves in today.
When people find themselves in a state of a high degree of bitterness and many times it was caused by resentment.
If you look at resentment according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, love thinks no evil.
- One way to look at this is that God does not keep records of our sin if we are in Christ.
Perhaps, an example of resentment would be if a person wronged you in some way you would keep bringing that wrong up over and over again. The only person that suffers psychologically and physically is the one that harbors resentment.
- We pay a high price if we choose to possess resentment in our lives.
Basically there are five ways among others that we can live free from resentment if we want to live free.
- Think about it, is it worth the obsession?
- Write it out in a journal as to why we are resentful.
- Work it out; in my position as an assistant principal if something became a problem I worked it out by rehearsing music.
- Pray; talk it out with Jesus.
- Get over yourself and give it up.
Your life free from the giant of resentment will be healthier.
DOUBT can either be a positive motivation in our life in order to make us dig deep to prove a truth, OR it can make us very cynical.
Very often, if we are alone for a period of time, we start to feel so isolated that doubts begin to rise within us. Many of our doubts linger because we have just kept them inside. We need to redefine our faith if a doubt has cast a cloud over a belief.
In order to fight the giant of doubt, we have to do several things to force Satan to back off.
- Admit your doubts personally to yourself or a trusted friend.
- Be clear about your doubts and where did you doubters come from. Turn your doubts into items of prayer.
- God waits to hear from you.
- Be willing to read writers that are Christian writers an order to find answers.
We must be willing to seek and find our answers.
PROCRASTINATION is a dangerous giant because we fail to act on what we know.
Many times we have good reasons for our inaction's, but other time it is just laziness. I feel that Satan's favorite word is tomorrow. Whether it is your salvation or service after salvation, Satan wants you to put it off.
Not only does procrastination rob you of opportunity for service, it also robs you of the opportunity to be successful. Do no put off doing anything that needs to be done today. You have no guarantee about tomorrow.
FAILURE can be a private or it can be made public when one is a nationally known individual.
- Life is filled with failure, whether presidential, corporate, or personal.
The problem exists when one does not know how to handle failure. He or she may not be able to recover and many fall into depression.
If one is able to learn how to profit from failure, he or she can move on to accomplishment. In my estimation, one should "fail" forward which allows them to benefit from looking ahead in life.
David Jeremiah wrote the following, which originally came from a Wall Street Journal advertisement,
- "You failed many times. Although you may not remember, you fell down the first time you tried to walk". Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat? Heavy hitters who hit the most home runs strike out a lot. R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in NY caught on. You should worry more about the chances you miss if you don't try!
Paul in 2 Corinthians 4, and I urge you to read this chapter, has covered what you need to face when it comes to failure. He states that you need to face the reality, reason, and results of failure.
Perhaps the greatest way to defeat the giant of failure is to strive to received Jesus final words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant".
JEALOUSY when it is self-centered is a giant to be avoided. It is a sin that eats at the insides of a person.
This last giant on my list can erode the peace and joy that is gained by conquering all the other giants.
- Jealousy can be a problem in the areas of possessions and wealth.
God has blessed many Christians with wealth, and many have learned to give gratitude to God. However, generally speaking, jealousy and envy have an easy time of causing trouble among the wealthy.
- Power is something that causes problems as power invites power.
In Numbers 12, Miriam and Aaron were jealous of Moses' power. In the Gospels and Acts we read that the Jewish leaders were jealous of Jesus' power and influence.
Power circles can be a problem in the church. Two characteristics of jealousy, in a large number of cases, is that it destroys others, as well as, ourselves.
Like many of the other giants we have discussed, jealousy is a personal choice.
- We need to face jealousy and renounce it as a sin.
We also need to reaffirm God's goodness to you and take an inventory of God's blessings to you.
Just as I sited scripture in the first six giants in Facing Giants Pt 1, I am going to cite scripture involving these last six.
ANGER: Proverbs 15:1, Romans 12:19, Ephesians 4:31
RESENTMENT: 1 Corinthians 13:5, Ephesians 4:32, Hebrews 12:15
DOUBT: Isaiah 26:3, Isaiah 59:1, Hebrews 11:1
PROCRASTINATION: Psalm 90:12, Proverbs 27:1, 2 Corinthians 6:23
FAILURE: Psalm 37:24, Habakkuk 3:19, Philippians 1:6
JEALOUSY: Proverbs 10:22, Proverbs 14:30, 1 Peter 2:1-1
Next time we shall look at, "Messages to Others"
Posted on Fri, January 15, 2010