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.

Christ Is Coming Soon. Are You Ready To Meet Him?

Are you a Christian who is into social justice? Or, is your heart in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ? A Christian who is into the culture, black lives matter, is in deep sin and will be ashamed at the coming of Jesus Christ.

Imagine Jesus comes while you are supporting the democratic party who advocates for the killing of babies, are pro-LGBT, are anti-God, and also support other types of immorality. What will you say to Jesus?

(Luke 1:46-50) Mary Declares That Without God, She Can’t Get Saved

[Luke 1:46, BSB] “46 Then Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,”

  • In verse 45, Elizabeth said to Mary that she is blessed because she believed in the Lord’s words to her that it will come to pass. Mary’s reply was to exalt the Lord for using her to bring about the fulfillment of His will.

The word “magnifies” means to declare someone great. Mary, from deep within her soul, acknowledged that the Lord is truly great because God has showered her with His favor. 

[Luke 1:47, BSB] “47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!”

  • Mary recognizes that God is her only Savior and without Him, there are no possibilities to have your sins forgiven. In Matthew 1:21, the angel tells Joseph that Mary is going to give birth to a Son who must be named Jesus because He will save His people, those who believe in Him, from their sins. Mary declares God her Savior and Jesus is declared the Savior of the world in the Book of Matthew. It is clear that in Matthew 1 and Luke 1, Jesus is identified as God.

A religious institution teaches that Mary was sinless and that she ascended into heaven like Christ. Not only is this unbiblical, but it is demonic and puts Mary as a goddess, making her followers into worshiping a false god. 

[Luke 1:48, BSB] “48 For He has looked with favor on the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.”

  • God favors the humble because those are the ones who submit to His Word and do His will. Mary understands that the baby inside her womb will be very special, and since she was chosen to bring into the world the Messiah, the Savior of the world, she will be called blessed.

[Luke 1:49, BSB] “49 For the Mighty One has done great things for me. Holy is His name.”

  • Mary does not fully comprehend the significance of her Son’s purpose. The Son to be born will be the answer to the plague that is killing humanity, which is sin. This sin is sending countless of people to hell. Jesus is the answer to this problem.

[Luke 1:50, BSB] “50 His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation.”

The word “fear” does not suggest a fear that one has for a dictator who is cruel and evil. But, it means to show respect and honor to the One [being Jesus Christ] who is in control of all things, and because of Him, you exist, having an opportunity to receive eternal life.

  • When a person wants to change his life of sin, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit and understands that he needs Jesus, that person fears the Lord by wanting to respect and honor God with his life. The fear of God keeps you from sin.

By loving devotion and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns aside from evil.

-Proverbs 16:6, BSB

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