Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces
Jeremiah 23:29
 

I was praying earlier and I asked the Lord to give me a word. He gave me the word "Levi". Now I know the Apostle Matthew was Levi when his occupation was tax collector. However, the gentleman I was looking for was Levi in the book of Genesis.

As I started reading about Levi it astonished me at what I read. Here's a little history on Levi. Levi is the third son of Jacob. He was one of those that plotted against Joseph and sold him into slavery. While Levi and his family were living in Shechem his sister Dinah was raped but the rapist still wanted to marry his sister. Levi and His brother deceptively agreed and said they would be in agreement if the people would be circumcised. All the while they had evil in their heart and they never had the intentions of giving their sister to the Shecamites. Three days after the Shecamites were circumcised Levi and his brother Simeon attacked and murdered them all. When Jacob asked Levi and Simeon "Why would you do this and cause division in the land and cause so many to rise up against me and my household?" They responded "Should he treat our sister like a harlot?"

I think about this circumstance and it troubles me. If we look at this through a fleshly perspective we would say " I would of done the same." BUT, how are we supposed to look at this spiritually?

The bible says

"Be angry and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath.

Ephesians 4:26

What does that mean? How can I be angry and not sin?

The definition of "Anger" in Hebrew and in Greek is "nostrils" suggesting the violent, quick breathing—or even snorting—of an enraged person. "Rage," "temper," "wrath," "indignation," and "fury" all cluster around this concept of rhythmically snorting nostrils.

The definition of "Wrath" is the personal manifestation of God's holy, moral character in judgment against sin. Wrath is not impersonal or fitful like anger.

When I think of the word impersonal I think about times in my past when I became so angry that I didn't care who I hurt or what happened because of my actions. Levi expressed these impersonal feelings of anger by killing everyone. Levi's sister was wrongly done and because of my personal experiences I understand that this is a very touchy and complicated situation but ask yourself is fighting evil with evil the solution? Did returning the favor help the situation? Does revenge bring peace or does forgiveness bring peace?

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.

Therefore

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:17-21

When we hold anger and contempt in our heart towards another person we hurt ourselves more than anything. We hurt ourselves in our spiritual walk and in our physical walk. I don't know about you but when I would get extremely upset my body physically became sick and if I held on to that anger long enough it turned into un-forgiveness and depression. It hurts us spiritually because scripture says that if we don't forgive those that trespass against us then we won't be forgiven our trespass.

An example of that un-forgiveness and ignorance of God's word is written in Exodus

But the LORD Hardened the heart of Pharaoh; and he did not heed them, just as the LORD had spoken to Moses.

Exodus 9:12

I'm sure your familiar with the story of Moses and Pharaoh. Pharaoh was hurt by Moses rejection of joining him in his ruling. He was humiliated that Moses was choosing to side with the Hebrews which the Pharaoh looked at as weakly slaves and servants to himself. He had ANGER for Moses rising up against him. The LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart because of his continued resistance of God's plan for the Hebrew people. If Pharaoh had just let the Hebrews go none of the plagues, famine, and death would of happened. When we are angry we curse ourselves and those around us. The bible says

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.' 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.

Matthew 5: 21-22

That is coming from Jesus! He said that those who anger have already committed murder in his heart. That truly hit home with me and it made me want to consider my ways. Do I let my anger control me or do I control my anger? I know that every day I strive to become more like Christ. So, let's examine what kind of anger is acceptable and what kind of anger is unacceptable.

This next scripture is a perfect example of what we should do with our anger

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4: 31-32

Those words are hard to swallow sometimes. When we feel wronged and hurt by someone it's very easy to give into those negative feelings and express ourselves in a sinful and angry way. It's hard to turn the other cheek and forgive but, that is our duty as followers of Christ. We are to work towards restoring people into a loving and healing relationship with Jesus. Sometimes people lash out at others because that is all they have ever been shown throughout life. If we don't show them love and forgiveness how will they ever learn to be kind and come to know the ways of Jesus Christ?

It is okay to be angry at things that are unrighteous and blatant disregard for the truth in God's word. How we address the situation is what determines if in our anger we sin as well. Jesus was angry with the moneychangers and animal sellers when he cleared the temple. His anger was justified because He was protecting God's house of worship. They were endangering the holiness of the Temple by making it a place of business instead of place of reverence to God. He was also angry at the Pharisees.

"And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts,"

Mark 3:5

What form of action did Jesus take after these feelings of anger?

He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

Mark 3:5

Jesus still provided love and healing for the man with the withered hand! God wants us and children in his kingdom to reflect the image of Christ by being fair, just, and merciful. We are to walk humbly loving one another with our whole heart. It is okay to feel anger towards a person's sin and it is even okay to speak out against that sin but, we should also take action into helping that person to Christ. Instead of expressing hostility towards them.

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1: 19-20

So let's summarize the differences of righteous anger and unrighteous anger

  • RIGHTEOUS ANGER
  • Being angry for the right reasons such as untruth and sin.
  • Anger should target sinful behavior and injustice.
  • Take proper action. Jesus was grieved over the sin because of His love for the Pharisees It had nothing to do with hatred or ill-will.
  • Anger SHOULD NOT control us. We should control our anger.
  • We shouldn't allow our anger to go past a certain point. There should be no grudges held.
  • Our response to anger should be to always accomplish God's will which is to lead those in sin

    to Christ because that is the same action Jesus took. As followers of Christ we should look to the Word of God to understand healthy and unhealthy anger and to exam ourselves and become more like Christ. God can help us with anger and direct it and use it in ways that benefit the Kingdom.

If we choose to ignore God's instruction and give into our anger it can only lead down a destructive path of unrighteousness.

Jacob's dying words to his son were

"Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place, Let not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel."

Genesis 49:5-7

What heartbreaking words to hear from his dad. How much more should we not want to hear those words on the day of judgment because of anger that we could not let go of. How much more should we want to set aside that unrighteous anger and help that person that is in sin to know the redeemer of ALL.

For God so LOVED the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

I hope this message will give you the motivation to think before speaking, to pause before taking action the next time you should anger. I know it truly hit home with me and I will be applying it to my walk with Christ from now on. I love you guys! If you need prayer please feel free to comment below. You don't have to tell me the exact need if you're not comfortable with that. I would love to pray for you and I also would love any feedback if this has helped you! Go with God!

Sincerely,

Sarah

Scripture references from www.biblegateway.com and The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible NKJV

Definition references from www.bibletools.com Strong's definitions

Levi references from The New Spirit-Filled Life Bible and The Nelson New Illustrated Bible Dictionary

 

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11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12Then shall you call upon me, and you shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. 14And I will be found of you, says the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive. Jeremiah 29: 11-14
Today, has been an especially special day for me and I have to give God the Glory for it.

A couple of years ago God kept giving me a scripture and it was Jeremiah 29:11. I use to think that it only applied to my own salvation but lately God has been showing me that it's not just for that part of my life.

My brother and I have always been really close. Throughout our child-hood he was always protective of me. We always came to each other when we needed someone to talk to and I was always there to have his back if he needed me to. I loved him regardless of his faults.

When I was on drugs He had been on them for some time. He is the person that introduced me to the drug Meth. I never had any clue that He was on anything like that. I knew about marijuana and I knew about drinking but, I never knew about Meth until I tried it for the very first time.

When God delivered me from Meth I learned to "HATE" the drug because it destroys everything in it's path. It takes away your joy, your desire to live, and it ultimately destroys everything in your life.

When I stopped using, the relationship with my brother changed. We weren't as close. It didn't mean that I didn't pray for him because, I prayed for him daily and still do. I had trouble with looking back and I didn't understand why he would have offered his baby sister a drug that would have killed me if I had went further into it.

Something I had to realize is the person you "were" before the drug is not the person that you "become" while on the drug. He would have never given that to me if he had been sober. Like I said, it takes away your love for anything because it ultimately consumes you.

So, I have been clean now for two years and I went to visit a church and share my testimony. I had one week to prepare and pray. I always ask the Holy Spirit to help me. To quicken me. To strengthen me for whatever is to come. I stayed in the word a lot that week.

My husband, myself, and my kids arrive at the church on Sunday and the meeting goes better then any of us could have expected! My husband is filled with the Holy Spirit and The Lord allowed me to lay hands on several people.

This was the first time that the Lord had ever beckoned me to do this but, right before I stepped out into the isle to obey the Lord He gave me a picture of my brother. Not a picture of him in his current state but a picture of him as a Godly man and He was laying hands on people.

Immediately, this humbles me! I want you to know that my brother was the furthest thing from my mind that night. My mind was on God but God knew my heart and I believe with that image He promised me that He would deliver my brother.

I want to tell you that GOD remembers His promises! My brother was arrested not long after that. I was almost discouraged by this. I kept praying Lord have mercy! Lord, I know that the way he is living is so sinful but, Father please have mercy on him.

While he was in jail the Lord gave me a message for him. I had it mailed to him and my husband and I prayed over the letter and sent it.

Before he could get the message he bailed out of jail and he happened to call me! He said "Hey sis, What are you doing?" The next words that came out of my mouth I absolutely had no control over. The power of the Lord fell on me right there and I responded "Praying for you and I have a message for you."

God had told me to tell him that He was calling him out. God told me to tell him that He had never left him. That my brother had left Him when he chose to believe the lies of others and walk in sin.He was still there waiting on my brother to come back and pick Him up. God told me that He loved him. That He didn't see my brother the way he was now. He seen him for what he could be in Christ.

God told me that He could restore my brother's household. That when my brother had took his life into his own hand and had left God out that He had lost everything. God didn't do that to my brother. My brother did that to himself by submitting to satan and the flesh. He told me to tell him that He loves him and He was pretty much letting my brother know that it was time to quit being the cursed fig tree!

The Lord allowed me to minister to him and I know God works in mysterious ways! I was also able to give my brother a prayer cloth that I had gotten from my church. I want to tell you GOD remembers His promises!

My brother went out to eat with my husband and I today. You couldn't get him to do that a couple of months ago. He has been clean from Meth for a few months and He has the first job he has had in 4 years. His first response when I asked him to go to church a couple weeks ago was "No". Then, it changed to "One step at a time sis." Today, it was "I think we may come next Sunday." I just want to Praise MY God for that. I don't care if it is only for an instant. If this is the only time that I see my brother like this! GOD GETS THE GLORY for this moment in time.

The devil may eventually try to trip him up but, GREATER is He that is in ME then he that is in this world. IF that time ever comes I am going to declare the devil a liar because MY GOD made me a promise and He keeps His promises!

If anyone out there is discouraged and you don't think God remembers what He promised you. I'm here to tell you

BE OF GOOD CHEER THY FAITHFUL SERVANT! YOUR GOD IS ON THE WAY!

The last Sunday I was at church we had a joint service with another church. We arrived a little late but, you could feel the anointing when we got there. I went to the alter to pray to the Lord. I felt so broken and humble and I just wanted to cry out to my Father. A couple of girls came and prayed with me and when I got up. One of the girls told me that she wasn't going to come that night but, she knew why she had now. She looked at me and told me that God had promised me something. She said

I don't know what the promise was but, I do know that He promised you something and He is telling you that He is going to fulfill that promise!

I want to tell you that God is telling you that today. There is someone out there that God has made a promise to you and I want you to know God remembers all of His promises. It might not come to pass when we want them to or when we think they should. I want you to know that God's plan is perfect and when He answers that promise! OH HOW wonderful it will feel and HOW grateful we will be! God knows all and He knows when that perfect time is.

Just HOLD ON! God is fixing to show up and deliver that promise in a mighty way!

I love you guys so much! I want you to know that you are special to God and He has a special place for you in His Kingdom! Thank you so much for your time today! You have truly blessed me by taking the time to read this. If you have any prayer request or if this has helped you in some way please get in touch with me.

If you don't want to leave a comment you will find my email below. Go with God!

Sincerely,

Sarah

sarahrandolph95@gmail.com

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