Transformational Truths

How To Experience The Most Effective Disinfectant

Germs, Germs, Everywhere there are germs!

We want to be rid of anything that causes us to be sick. “The global Disinfectant Products market is forecast to grow at a rate of 7.1% from USD 17.93 billion in 2019 to USD 30.11 billion in 2027.

With this focus on infection and getting rid of what causes infection, we need to consider this concept with an eternal perspective.

In this article, I want to help us to see sin is the real infectant we need to be dis’ed from; to make known the only effective disinfectant; and to provide a prayer we can daily pray to get rid of all infectants.

The Real Infectant

Sin is the real infectant. It is what pays with death. “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23). It is what separates us from God and His high standard. “For all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.” (Romans 3:23)

The Only Effective Disinfectant

The hymn, Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus, speaks well to the only cleansing agent that takes away our “infectant”.

The Prayer To Pray

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:24-25

  • Search me – Turn the light on. 1 John 1:7 as we walk in the light as Jesus is in the light, just being with Him in His presence will cleanse us from all sin.
  • Know me – Change my inner man and thinking. Mark 1:15 says we should repent (change our mind) and believe the gospel (Jesus is the only way to be disinfected from sin).
  • Try me – Test my endurance to stay close to God. James 1:2 says we should be joyful when we have hard times to go through because they are ensuring we’ll endure.
  • Inspect me – Make sure I have nothing of decay. Job 23:10 enables us to pray for a thorough inspection by trial so that we will have an end result of worth and value.
  • Lead me – Guide me day by day in truth. John 16:13 explains the Spirit of God uses the word of God to guide us in the reality of life here and forever.

In Summary

This is not an encouragement to stop buying household disinfectants. It is an encouragement to put some attention on the eternal disinfectant necessary to be free from sin, cleansed from corruption, and day by day be led to everlasting life.

Written By: Anne Gurley

Transformational Truths

HOW TO HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY

Is it possible to have peace and be angry? We are told in Ephesians 4:26 to be angry and sin not. Do we have permission to be angry? How can we have peace when we are angry?

Ephesians 4:3 says we should endeavor always to keep unity with the Holy Spirit with peace which connects us together.

Doing this is outlined in the scripture and because of the Holy Spirit it is very possible to have peace when you are angry.

Let’s look at some surrounding scriptures which will help us.

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27

Anger is an annoyance, perturbed-ness, irritation. It should not be avoided, it is a legitimate emotion. It should be addressed. The feeling of anger is real. It should not be oppressed or depressed. It should be faced. Clearly the scripture would have said, “DO NOT BE ANGRY” if being angry was the problem. Being angry is not the problem. The problem with God is the sin that is generated because of the anger that is acted on.

Just like any other temptation we have like lying, cheating, killing, etc., anger is a temptation to sin. It is an opportunity to “give place to the devil”. When we give place to the devil, we “distrust” God, “distort” who God is, and “challenge” that God is in control. The sin is not the anger. The sin is the distrusting, distortion, and challenging of God.

So what should you do? You are angry. You are fuming. Your top is about to explode. You must do something. What can be done?

Instead of focusing on the source of your anger (person, circumstance), focus instead on God. Be still before God. Tell God that you are feeling angry and determine to trust God, see God for who He is, and not challenge God’s purpose in allowing the circumstance or the person’s actions. Remember that you are seeking God’s approval, not man’s. Seek God for contentment, safety, good, and to make the situation “right”.

If anyone ever had a “right” to be angry it was Jesus. He may have felt angry at the soldiers who were torturing him, but he did not sin. Instead, He kept trusting God and letting God be the judge of the situation. He did not allow Himself to determine the guilt of the offenders.

Why is it so important to not sin when we are angry? We don’t want to lose our light. We don’t want the sun to go down. It is not just a physical sunset at dusk. Instead it is the light of our countenance. It is the source of our strength, our ability to see, and the gladness of our heart. When we sin when we are angry, the light of our life goes out. We are left in the dark because we have distrusted God, distorted God, and challenged God’s authority.

Choosing not to sin when we are angry, creates the peace of God within us. The Holy Spirit “bonds” us with God in unity. That is how we do not lose our peace when we get angry. It is because we keep the light of our gladness of heart toward God. It is because we are “safe” in His arms. It is because we have unity with God through the Holy Spirit.

If you are one who is prone to sin when you are angry by distrusting God, distorting God by setting yourself as judge over God, or challenging God’s ability to make anything good come out of what has caused you to be so angry, STOP! Be still. Wait upon God. Entrust yourself to Him. Give Him time to work on your behalf. Acknowledge your anger to God, and He will direct your steps in the way of peace.

Do not allow the sun to go down on your anger. Do not lose your light. It is when you have the light, you’re able to see clearly. Don’t lose your trust in the Lord because of your circumstances or the people in your life that make you angry, annoyed or perturbed.

Written By: Anne Gurley