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Very Angry

Very Angry

11 April 2009

Scripture:

Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he became very angry. (1 Samuel 11:6 NLT)

The power and anointing of God’s Spirit affects different people in different ways. Saul was moved with anger and rallied the people of Israel to rescue the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead from King Nahash of the Ammonites. God used Saul’s anger to begin defeating the oppressing Philistines and to begin the process of uniting the tribes of Israel into a nation.

God will use who we are, how we are, and what we are for his purposes if we will let him. But the more we allow him to change us by his word and his spirit, the more he will be able to use our passion to accomplish something of deep and lasting value.

Jesus was moved with anger and cleared the Temple of cheats and robbers. Jesus was moved with compassion and fed the hungry and healed the sick.

There’s no excuse for self-centered, self-serving expression of our passion. But there’s plenty of room for passion that moves us to fight injustice, defend the weak, serve sacrificially, and seek the lost.

Prayer:

Father, please give me a passionate heart like yours. May I be passionate about the things that stir your heart. May I express the passions you give me in the appropriate ways. Amen.

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