Righteous Indignation

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be you angry, and sin not, let not the sun go
down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil”.  Being angry is not always
wrong.  A good example is when a bully is trying to take advantage of someone, and
they get to the point that they get tired of being bullied, the stand up for themselves and
the bully will leave them alone.  New flash:  the devil is a defeated foe, trying to bully
people into thinking he still has power over them, when John 16:11 says “the prince of
the world is judged” also Colossians 2:15 says “having spoiled principalities and powers,
He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it”.

I Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walks about, seeking whom he may devour”.  Meaning that the devil can’t devour
everybody.  Only the ones that don’t know the word, or don’t apply their authority can
the devil devour, but you have been given authority (Luke 10:19), you have to exercise
that authority.  The Bible says “submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil
(meaning fight against), and he will flee from you.  Colossians 2:8 says “beware less any
man spoil you (stripe you of your goods) through philosophy and vain deceit, after the
tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.  The devil has
established so many false christs and false religions, to confuse people into thinking
they are saved through these false means.

Matthew 11:12 says “from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven
suffers violence, and the violent take it by force”.  We live in a battle, satan is trying to
take us out (devour us), and we have to fight the good fight of faith.  We are in a war
and have been enlisted in the army of the Lord.  Matthew 21:12-13 says “and Jesus
went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple,
and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves.  
And said to them, it is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but you
have made it a den of thieves”.  Some people think because Jesus is love, He is a softy,
but not so.  Paul got angry with the fortune teller (Acts 16:16-18) “and it came to pass,
as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us,
which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:  The same followed Paul and us,
and cried, saying.  These men are the servants of the Most High God which show to us
the way of salvation.  And this did she many days, but Paul, being grieved, turned and
said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.  And he
came out the same hour”; he didn’t get angry with the girl, but with the spirit that was
controlling her.  People will tell you that Christians are supposed to turn the other
cheek, but sometimes it takes righteous indignation to clear the air.  Psalms 82:6-8 says
“I have said, you are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High.  But you shall
die like men, and fall like one of the princes.  Arise, o god, judge the earth, for you shall
inherit all nations”.  God warns some will fall as mere men, but God wants us to arise,
because we have inherit all nations.  Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift of God in him (II
Timothy 1:5-7) “I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in you, which dwelled
first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded that in you
also.  Wherefore I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which is in
you by the putting on of my hands.  For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of
power and of love, and of a sound mind”.  Paul said “I have fought a good fight, I have
finished my course, I have kept the faith” (II Timothy 4:7).  We have to do the same, stay
on course and not let anything or anyone turn you from what God has set for you to do.  

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places,  Paul tells us how to handle ourselves (Ephesians 6:10:18) “Finally, my
brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor
of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not
against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take
to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
having done all to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and
having on the breastplate of righteousness.  And your feet shod with the preparation of
the gospel of peace.  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in
the Spirit, and watching thereto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”.  
Jude 20 says “But you beloved, building up yourself on your most holy faith, praying in
the Holy Spirit”.  Our fight is not in the natural, our fight is with the word of God.  Things
that you tolerate, won’t change.

Remember Jesus defeated the devil in the wilderness by saying “it is written” then
quoting what went against what satan was trying to do.  What are you saying?  
Remember Proverbs 18:20-21 “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his
mouth, and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.  Death and life are in the
power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. Open your mouth
and speak what you want in your life.  Be like God and call those things that be not as
they were (Romans 4:17).  Saying is the number one way of releasing and activating
your faith (Mark 11:23) “For verily, I say to you, that whosoever, shall say to this
mountain.  Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his
heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall
have whatsoever he says”.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: October 27, 2006
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