An Unexpected Anger With God


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The Unexpected Journey Week #3
An Unexpected Anger with God
 
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring and how do we get through that? That’s the unexpected journey.
 
When you began your walk with Christ, we never thought we would be angry with God
 
We wonder if God is punishing us when bad things happen.
 
Anger can show up in many different feelings, but it stems from us not understanding the character of God.
 
When we go through life, we hit different life situations and we think God is “getting even with us” for our sins.
 
But the key lies in understanding the character of God and all that God has done for us.
 
We have to constantly be engaged in our walk with Christ to work through these situations. Going through the motions won’t work.
 
1) Our greatest problem
 
Our greatest problem stares back at us in the mirror. Our sinful nature and sins and following the examples and consequences of other people’s sins.
 
Romans 2:6-8 – “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.”
God can bring good things out of our bad situations, but we don’t always look at it that way.
 
We tend to think that God wants an eternal connection with us and He does, but that begins in the right now.
 
Matthew 5:17–20 – “”Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
 
Our greatest problem begins with our sin. Jesus took care of that on the cross.
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2) Our greatest opportunity 
 
We ask “is God mad at me?” No. He’s not happy with your actions, but He loves you.
 
Psalms 7:11 – “God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.”
 
Romans 1:18-19 – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.”
God’s wrath is against actions – ungodliness.
 
Sometimes we have to go through a process.
 
Hebrews 12:4-13 – “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”
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Discipline isn’t always punishment.
 
Going beyond takes risk and effort and discipline.
 
Psalms 100 – “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
 
3) Our greatest gift
 
Sometimes God gets our attention through difficult circumstances.
 
Titus 2:11-13 – “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,”
 
Jesus paid the price for our sins and our discipline doesn’t match what we deserve for our sins.
 
Romans 8:31-32 – “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
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Jesus loves you and He is the proof that God loves you.