Date: January 29, 2019 (Training)
Bible Text: | Betty Swann
Series: Pillar Eight
years, and Elijah, who had been dead for thousands of years, both appeared on a mountain with Him and talked to Him about His upcoming death and what was going to happen. That was a pretty big thing to have happen.
Sometimes right after you have had a really big high, you are not guarded or protected enough. Then something can happen and you totally lose it. All of your Christianity goes out the window. Even then Jesus was in control of His anger and in control of getting fed up with them. The Bible says, “When they arrived at the bottom of the hill a huge crowd was waiting for Him. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said ‘Sir, have mercy on my son for he is mentally deranged. He has fits and he is in great trouble and he often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples but they couldn’t cure him.’” Jesus had already told them, “You are going to be able to do everything I do,” just like He tells us we can do everything. I want you to think about that when you are being challenged to step out in your faith and believe more than you have ever believed, and to believe things in the Bible that you have never believed in, God wants you to have faith, belief and trust. According to this, He can get kind of fed up if you do not. He gives you every chance in the world. At some point, you are just going to have to do it. “Jesus replied, ‘Oh you stubborn, faithless people. How long shall I stay with you?” Basically, He was saying “How long do I have to put up with you?” “Bring him to me.’ Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy and it left him and from that moment the boy was well.” Are there demons today? Absolutely, there are. They have not gone anywhere. They have always been and always will be until they are all cast into the lake of fire at the very end. “Afterwards the disciples asked Jesus privately, ‘Why couldn’t we cast that demon out?’ ‘Because of your little faith. If you just had the faith of a grain of a mustard seed, nothing would be impossible. Nothing would be impossible if you had this kind of faith.” Have you ever seen how tiny the mustard seed is? It grows into a tree that overshadows all of the other trees when it gets big. Jesus was so put out with the disciples.
We have talked about Jesus being angry. We have talked about Him being indignant. Now we are going to talk about Him being troubled and sad. It was when Lazarus died. It is the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept.” He cried. What did He cry about? There are a lot of sermons on what He did. Everyone has an opinion on it. I believe that He just loved them so much that He was sad that they were sad, and He was crying. Some people say He was crying because they did not get it. He was the resurrection, He was the life. Anyone that believed in Him would live forever. Why were they not understanding and accepting that and moving into that? He became very troubled. That is a negative emotion.
One emotion worse than any of the negative emotions, He had profound grief and sorrow. You cannot say Jesus was depressed because I know He did not get depressed. Right before Jesus was crucified, He looked at Jerusalem and said “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem. I have wanted to gather you like a mother hen gathers her chickens but you would not listen, you would not do it.” He had grief and sorrow. Another time was in the Garden of Gethsemane. He said “Oh God, if I don’t have to through this, if there is any way to stop it, Lord please help me.”
How do you control your emotions? Pray ahead of time “Lord, you know I have a problem with anger. You know I have a problem with depression. You know I have a problem with getting indignant when things are not right. You know even my grief gets out of control. Lord prepare me.” One time a man taught me something that was so wise. He said, “When you know you are getting ready to lose it in a situation, back up and put a flag in your mind. When this flag pops up, I am getting ready to lose it. It will keep you from going the whole distance and losing it. The flag will stop you.” That has helped me so much. One of my pastors taught me that. How do you learn to control your negative emotions in God’s way? First, you do not deny that you have them. You go to the Lord and be very honest. You can say, “I am so angry. I am so depressed. I am so frustrated.” Do not deny it. You have it. Denying it does not help you deal with it.
Go to the Lord first and tell Him how you feel. The second thing is to identify them clearly. What is it you are really feeling? Are you basically feeling fear? Is that your root problem, or is it anger? Maybe it is injustice that is making you so angry. Identify it and know exactly what is going on. Then get God’s wisdom and His power to help you. “Lord, if you don’t help me, I am going to lose it right now.” I nearly had that happen one time. Someone challenged me on my faith. I knew the Bible was saying it was true. This woman pushed me almost to the breaking point. I thought, “Lord, if you don’t help me, I am going to slug her.” I am not even a fighter. I have never even thought about fighting. People can push your buttons to the breaking point. What do you do when you go ahead and lose it and you know you should not have? Maybe it happened because you were tired, worried, or frustrated. You go to God and say, “Lord I did it again. I know that you had the emotions that I have. I know you conquered them. I am not conquering mine. I am back again. Help me again.”
I want to lead you in a prayer right now. If this lesson has touched you, just close your eyes and say this. “Lord, I want to conquer these negative emotions, especially self pity. Help me Jesus. You are the only one.” If you do not know Him, say “Come into my heart and change my life. Jesus, I need you for everything.” God bless you. I hope you have a great day.
QUIET TIME QUESTIONS
1. Who is the main person in this lesson?
2. Briefly describe what they did for God.
3. What scripture about this person is meaningful to you and why?
4. In what ways do you find yourself relating to this person or their experience?
5. How does this lesson influence your thoughts about God or the way you walk out your beliefs?
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