Saints & Struggles: Moses
Pastor Justin Miller
“It’s not about CONTROLLING our emotions – it’s about bringing our emotions under God’s control.” In this message, Pastor Justin Miller walks us through the all-to-real struggle we call ANGER. There is so much strength in being real about our emotions and submitting them to God. We encourage you to be brave in allowing God to see your hurt and fear as you trust in Him!
- To be a Saint is to be in the struggle.
- God wants us to know these struggles because their struggles of yesterday are our struggles today.
- We overcome our struggles through the power of Jesus Christ.
- Struggles (bad things) can and will happen to good people.
- May people look great on the outside but are struggling on the inside.
Exodus 2:11-15 New International Version
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.
12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” 14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.
We all get angry – sometimes we are justified been when we act out of anger the results are never good and probably not what we intended.
James 1:19020 New International Version
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
When we act in anger we usually go astray.
It is not a sin to be angry.
Ephesians 4:26 New International Version
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
Don’t act on your anger.
The real challenge is, “What do you do with your anger?”
Ephesians 4:29 New International Version
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Our works must be rooted in God’s will.
If you want God’s, will you have to do things His way.
If you believe someone in your life is sinning or in error, bring it to their attention.
Where are you directing your anger?
Jesus says if you harbor hate in your heart, that you’re just as guilty as if you had murdered them.
God doesn’t need you to overreact, He needs you to be ready and rested.
God know you can’t give what you don’t have.
Don’t be afraid to step back from a situation and seek God’s help.
- Anger is never alone; it is always a secondary emotion.
- Anger is almost always caused by fear or hurt.
- Anger is often a cover-up.
- Be brave enough to bring your anger to God.
Numbers 20:6-12 New International Version
6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7 The Lord said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” 9 So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
There is damage when we don’t control our emotions.
Faith and frustration go together.
Low frustration means we do not trust God.
We are not called to play God, we are to trust God.
Obey God, leave the consequences to God.
Trust God. Trust that He has everything under control.
Submit your emotions to God.
Obedience to God brings blessings.
God invites you to bring you anger to Him.
Be bold, be courageous. Stop listening to the darkness and know that you are worthy and by the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ you have been redeemed.
Always and forever, God Loves You No Matter What!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
The week of 10-17-21 through 10-24-21
Wednesday, October 20th, Not Your Mama’s Bible Study presents J.D. Greear
The Book of Ephesians
Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.
Pastor and author J.D. Greear walks through the powerful words of Paul. In 9 sessions, J.D. digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it’s going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.
Complimentary dinner starts at 6pm, study starts at 6:30. Be our guest.