God Said To Master Your Anger

6 “Why are you angry,” said the LORD to Cain, “and why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you refuse to do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires you,b but you must master it.”

-Genesis 4:7

The Greek word for “master” is mashal, which means to rule, have dominion, reign, gain control [Strong’s#4910]. God wants us, the believers, to gain control of our emotions when it gets stirred.

When we are not obeying God’s Word, He will not accept our sacrifices. Rejection from the LORD will naturally get us angry. However, the LORD’s rejection is just and right because we are not living according to His standard, as found in His written Word.

How can we master anger? The first thing is to revisit what the LORD told Cain in Genesis 4:7, which was, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” Living right in the presence of the Lord is the first step to take. The only way to know how to live right is to get to know Him through His written Word daily.

Anger gives Satan a foothold and an entryway into your life to defeat you.

26 “Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set upon your anger, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

-Ephesians 26-27

Jesus tells us a way how to overcome temptations that can spur our temper or any variety of ways to fall into sin or give the devil a foothold.

The word “temptation” means to be put to the test or to go through a trial.

41 “Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

-Matthew 26:41

Prayer keeps the person who has believed in Jesus, humble, and in constant dependency upon Him. God will only respond to a person of prayer. Prayer also keeps our faith strong, showing the level of our faith in the Lord, read Luke Chapter 18, below.

1 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray at all times and not lose heart: 2 “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept appealing to him, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’

4 For a while he refused, but later he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect men, 5 yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice. Then she will stop wearing me out with her perpetual requests.’ ”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to the words of the unjust judge. 7 Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help? 8 I tell you, He will promptly carry out justice on their behalf. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

-Luke 18:1-8

Two men who couldn’t be defeated by the devil were Job, a man of integrity, and Daniel, who was treasured by God.

Job and Daniel were men of prayer, which kept their faith in the LORD strong and unmovable.

JOB

4 Job’s sons would take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 And when the days of feasting were over, Job would send for his children to purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for all of them. For Job thought, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

-Job 1:4-5

DANIEL

10 Now when Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house, where the windows of his upper room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

-Daniel 6:10

The only way that we can master our anger and our bad temper is by obeying the Lord Jesus Christ through His Word and staying in communication through prayer for strength. We can read the Scriptures, but without prayer, we can’t live it out. We can pray, but without reading God’s Word, we won’t know what to pray for and how to live. Both are essential, and you can’t do one without the other.

How The Lord Helped Me To Overcome Lust

Lust Starts When One Is Young

As a young boy, I sometimes struggled with lust. My cousins would rent an x-rated movie and watch it at my house. After becoming a believer in Jesus Christ at the age of 14, I was changed from within (born again). Nonetheless, the devil would hit me with it to stumble and sin against the Lord. In recent years, the temptation would come my way to hit me. I would fight it, but sadly, sometimes I would lose the fight.

When I Almost Died

To go back to 2008 or 2009, I can’t remember the exact year. I was in my car having lunch. What I really was doing was taking a nap. Suddenly, I felt my heart palpitating. I knew that it was the Lord doing it. I couldn’t understand how I knew it, but I did. I just felt that the Lord was very angry with me for falling into lust, not reading or praying as I should, or living in righteousness. At the moment that my heart was palpitating, I knew I was going to die. I kept asking the Lord in my head, “please Lord no, please Lord no.” Then, it stopped.

My Conviction That Helped Me Overcome Lust

The experience I went through in the car scared me immensely. After that incident, I didn’t fall into lust for a long time. Sometime later, it started again gradually. The attacks being images were placed in my mind so that I would fall into lust. The fight ensued until my conviction. My conviction occurred several years later, when my wife found out, I was greatly humiliated and convicted at the same time. I repented with deep sorrow and tears. After my repentance and my new conviction, my life wasn’t the same, as you can imagine. I remember going outside and seeing women dressed very provocatively, it didn’t faze me one bit because of what the Lord did in me. My conviction is still as strong today as the first day I was convicted.

The Aftermath

I am very grateful to the Lord for my deliverance, but the devil would attack my wife and torment her with the videos and the images of the women she found out that I watched when I fell. Porn causes havoc to one’s marriage if not treated to overcome it. Another thing that occurred to me was lying. I became that which I despised. My wife would ask me penetrating questions that were very embarrassing for me to disclose, and I would fall into lying to avoid feeling humiliated. The sin of lust is very humiliating, especially when one has to share it, knowing that it won’t make things better, but it must be done for one’s conscience and to move forward by being opened.

It was very awkward for me at first to share it, but eventually, I did. I should have confessed everything right from the start, something that I regretted not doing.

Demonic Dreams For Entryway

Satan has even tried attacking me with lust in my dreams, but even there, it is blocked. I will tell you one of my dreams.

“I was dreaming that I was watching a show of some sort. All of a sudden, a woman got naked. In my dream, I saw myself putting my hand on the screen to block the image from seeing it.”

I had about three more dreams somewhat like it.

Victory Over Lust

I can confidently say that that conflict in my life has been won. If you are a man and you are struggling, being tempted by the enemy, to fall into lust, unceasing prayer is the answer. My mistake was that I didn’t cry out to Him every day until my deliverance. What I mean is, that I needed to get on my knees and seek the Lord with tears, asking the Lord to convict me. Conviction by the Holy Spirit is what delivered me, which is very powerful, life-changing.

3 But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints.

-Ephesians 5:3 HCSB

16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

-Galatians 5:16-23 HCSB

Without self-control, no one can overcome any fleshly temptation. Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that only can be obtained through a Spirit filled believer. You have to be saved first. Only by the power of Jesus Christ can you overcome.

Pornography Attacks All Age Groups

Pornography doesn’t look at age or discriminate against it, even an old man who was 78 years old, while in his dying bed with heart failure, confessed his continued struggle with it. A testimony from Pastor John MacArthur found here, just click on the link Dealing with Private Sins

Satan’s Weapon For Men

Satan’s weapon and tactic for men are to fall into pornography because the devil knows that God created all men with the desire to have a wife for companionship and intimacy [Genesis 2:22-23, HCSB]. The purpose of pornography is to eventually get you into an affair to destroy your faith and family. Once your family is destroyed by having the father in shame with his wife and children, then the devil will have free rein for the rest of his family with no more protection. A father is the protection of his family. The father is the one that must have a strong faith in the Lord, guiding his family and building their trust in the Lord. 

The Sanctifying Work Of God For Holiness

God is sanctifying all genuine believers because He doesn’t want to catch you in the act of watching pornography or even committing physical adultery when He raptures His church. Jesus will make sure to convict the hearts of His children to repent for a commitment to live in holiness.

35 Some of the wise will fall so that they may be refined, purified, and cleansed until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.

-Daniel 11:35, HCSB

Taking Precautions

If your computer and phone are where you seem to stumble in, then give yourself restrictions. Don’t take your phone to the bathroom so that you can cut off any opportunity for the enemy to tempt you. Tell a Christian friend whom you trust to have accountability. Prayer and reading of God’s Word daily will keep your faith up so that you can have the strength to fight those temptations. Take all of the steps that I mentioned, and it will be a great start in moving in the right direction for your deliverance with the Lord’s help.

(Luke 1:51-55) God’s Sovereignty Over The Human Race And The Abrahamic Covenant

[Luke 1:51, BSB] “51 He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who are proud in the thoughts of their hearts.”

  • The phrase “performed mighty deeds” refers to execute righteous judgments upon those who are living in disobedience to God’s Word.

Pride dwelling in a person’s heart keeps them away from coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ for salvation. Pride just means to make one self-sufficient who looks down on others, especially God, with contempt towards Him like those from the atheist’s community who show irreverence by claiming that God does not exist. 

[Luke 1:52, BSB] “52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has exalted the humble.”

  • The phrase “brought down rulers from their thrones” refers to make an arrogant king, acknowledge that God is sovereign over all of His creation. We see this in Daniel Chapter 4 with king Nebuchadnezzar.

[Luke 1:53, BSB] “53 He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty.”

  • God alone sends rain upon the earth and makes the crops grow for food so that we may live. God gives wealth to whom He wishes, and in turn, takes away their wealth. All the wealth on earth belongs to God.

[Luke 1:54, BSB] “54 He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful,”

  • The phrase “His servant Israel” refers to all of the Jewish people who came from Jacob, whom God renamed Israel.

[Luke 1:55, BSB] “55 as He promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever.”

God keeps all of His promises, that is why Israel is helped to this very day and will be saved at Jesus’ second coming.

  • The promise that God gave to Abraham was the coming of the Messiah to save the world from sin. God chose Abraham because He knew that he had a heart that was going to be devoted to Him. God took Abraham from his pagan family to transform him into a righteous man to establish his line to bring the Savior [Jesus Christ] of the world [John 3:16].

16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say, “and to seeds,” meaning many, but “and to your seed,” meaning One, who is Christ.

-Galatians 3:16, BSB

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.