Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”
Anger lives in the lap of fools, plain and simple. People who are always huffing and puffing are fools. Anger LIVES with them! Do we really hear what God is saying? Do we see why He says not to befriend an angry person? Because we’re befriending a fool. And we are associating with their anger too, which will ensnare us:
Proverbs 22:24-25 KJV “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: PRO22:25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.”
Proverbs 14:16 KJV “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.”
A wise Person runs from evil. On the contrary a fool is always raging, and is confident or secure in their anger. They wear anger like a garment and believe it protects them. They do not see how they’re temper causes them to fall.
WHERE DOES GOD’S WRATH LIVE?
John 3:36 KJV “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM.”
The wrath of God lives (abides) with those who do not believe in Jesus Christ.
REVELATION 6:14-17 “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. REV6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; REV6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: REV6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
Regardless of social status God’s wrath will be felt by the wicked. But there will be no place to hide. The underground cities, bunkers, and secret places in the caves will not be able to save them.
I once heard a young lady/preacher talk to a group of folks. She was putting in a plug for her new book she had written. She sounded much like these fluffy self-help prosperity preachers bragging on her own efforts etcetera. Then she told the audience of over 100 people, “God is not angry with you.” She kept repeating this phrase. I happen to know that the people she was talking to were not all repentant, born again, believers in Jesus Christ. These are the only ones who are saved from God’s wrath the Bible says. (Romans 1:18 5:9 1Thesselonians 1:10 5:9 John 3:17-21)
God’s word clearly says that, GOD’S WRATH ABIDES, or is always present, or stays with, or lives among those who do not believe in His only begotten son Jesus. This lady/preacher was only tickling the crowds ears and promoting herself and her book. They loved having their ears tickled of course. (2 Timothy 4:3 Isaiah 30:10-11) And as a side benefit the lady’s church group was going to feed the crowd a hot meal after the so-called church service was over. Hmmmm.
Let’s work hard and pray that more people will accept God’s love through Jesus Christ so that they can really be saved from God’s wrath. (Matthew 9:35-38)
WHERE DOES JOY LIVE?
Happiness is circumstances based. Joy is the peace of God that exceeds all circumstances and all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7) Joy is a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit! (Galatians 5:22) Hence it is not hindered by low human circumstances, just as God is higher than all and not impeded by human issues. Joy lives in the heart of those who trust God.
Ever heard someone say, “This person is going through such and such, how can they be so happy?” The answer to that question is JOY, which is given to the heart and mind that is stayed or steadfast on the LORD. These people are set on doing God’s will, and God protects/guards their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. They don’t have time to throw pity parties because of their circumstances. They’re focus is on The Lord. Not on how bad things are.
Isaiah 26:3 KJV “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
So, which would you rather have? Who would you like to live with? Anger? God’s wrath? Or Joy?
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