Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ from All For HIM Ministries! Donnie Ojemann, the “Emancipated Inmate” and “Warrior Husband” here reaching out to all those who are incarcerated yet set free in Jesus Christ right where you are.
This month I would like to share the message the Holy Spirit imparted to me to share with each of our All For HIM Ministry members. A message about something that affects everyone on sometimes a daily basis: Frustration
As humans dealing with other humans, frustration has become a part of our lives that we must deal with in a godly manner or we will fall victim to sin.
In Ephesians 4:26, our core scripture for this message, we find out what we are to do when we become frustrated: Be angry, but don’t sin.
The type of “anger” described here is not a murderous hatred in your heart for another person. If we have that kind of anger in our heart, we “shall be in danger of judgment”.
Matthew 5:21-22New King James Version (NKJV)21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”
Rather this is the frustration that warns us we are on a collision course with sin if we do not take Godly action immediately.
Warning: You are Frustrated and about to sin!
Moses fell victim to anger and sinned when He did not heed the warning of his frustration and disobeyed God. (Please read Numbers 20:1-12)
Numbers 20:8 King James Version (KJV) Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.
Now then Moses did everything as God instructed, almost.
- He picked up the rod
- He gathered the people
Instead of giving thanks “in everything” as we learn in
1 Thessalonians 5:18 King James Version (KJV) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Moses allowed his frustration to fester and give birth to sin. We learn that Moses had been harboring his anger towards the children of Israel for their behavior in verse 10
Numbers 20:10 King James Version (KJV) And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?
Who’s we? Did Moses have a supernatural mouse in his pocket? The last time I checked, God alone is the great provider, not Moses!
Numbers 20:11 King James Version (KJV) And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly,and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
God said “speak to the rock” not admonish the people “you rebels”. Nor was Moses to take credit for God’s glory, “must we fetch water…” Definitely not to strike the rock in anger to show your disgust with the people!
Because Moses allowed his frustration with the people boil over into his heart, he fell victim to sin. This sin did not just effect Moses alone but others as well, lets read:
Numbers 20:12 King James Version (KJV) And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
But there was still an underlying issue, Moses’ frustration had turned to anger in his heart and he was about to sin.
Moses & Aaron both lost out and would not be able to step foot into The Promised Land! This is huge, this is the very thing that Moses was “called” to accomplish by God Himself: to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and into Canaan (The Promised Land). Now these two brothers would never step one foot inside.
They went so very far, to finish short of The Promise…
Let’s face it, whether in prison, on the job site, at school or even at home we are all dealing with other people and they can be frustrating at times. It does not matter if the people that are in your daily circle are believers or un-believers we can still get frustrated. However God’s Word is clear, be angry but don’t sin.
James 1:19-20 New Living Translation (NLT) 19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
- Quick to hear the Word of God
- Think about how God’s Word would have you respond
- Then you will be slow to get angry because you have filtered what you have received from others through God’s Word.
You might be saying, “Well what if the other person has already lashed out in anger towards me?”
God’s Word has the answer for that too:
Proverbs 15:1 New Living Translation (NLT) A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
Brothers and Sisters let us follow God’s Word as He wills and not lash out in angry words provoking one another, but reach out with kind words. Take heed to the warning sings when we become frustrated and remember what God’s Word says about anger, “Sin NOT”!!!
Donnie W. Ojemann
Founder of All For HIM Ministries