Paul’s Annoyance

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Paul’s Annoyance By Kirk Hunt

 

This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

 Acts 16:17-18 NKJV

 

The girl was possessed by a foul spirit. She could supernaturally see the who of, and what of, Paul and his ministry team. To Paul’s annoyance, she followed them around and disrupted their ministry of the true Gospel. Paul, vexed by the situation, responded.

 

It was all wrong. The innocent girl should not be possessed by an unclean spirit. The foul spirit told the truth, but in a way deliberately intended to disrupt the life and true ministry of Paul and the other missionaries. Something had to be done. In the name of Jesus Christ, Paul exercised power against the enemy.

 

Paul did not start a crusade against divination or diviners. Instead, he cast out the nervy devil that sought to block the Kingdom of Heaven. In a single stroke, he set the girl free, and re-opened the door to ministering the Gospel.

 

Believe it or not, your annoyance with that opposing situation is a good thing. It tells you where you need to start in building God’s Kingdom. Respond as Jesus would, no matter how annoyed you are.

 

Think:           The object of annoyance and frustration may be where I should minister.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to use my annoyance for building Your Kingdom.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2014, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Anger: Sometimes You Are Hot

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Anger: Sometimes You Are Hot By Kirk Hunt

 

When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables.

John 2:15 NKJV

 

This was no off-the-cuff reaction.  Jesus calmly thought out His response and actions.  He prepared.  Then He executed.  Jesus used His anger for a noble purpose.  Only the thieving merchants and corrupt Priests complained.

 

The merchants were violating the spirit and letter of the Mosaic Law.  Paying kickbacks to the High Priest was corruption, plain and simple.  Jesus refused to tolerate their open, cynical sin and thievery a moment longer.

 

There is a big difference between anger and rage.  Anger can be controlled, channeled and harnessed for positive use.  Anger fuels the determined, orderly, constructive actions of saints.  Rage drives the impulsive, chaotic, destructiveness of a mob.

 

It is too easy, and destructive, to be full of rage.  Not that it stops folks.  Rage blinds you to the real needs in the situation.  Rage blocks helpful, thoughtful solutions.

 

Jesus planned it out.  Jesus did it openly.  I imagine He stood around and waited for the Temple police (John 18:3) to conduct their investigation.

 

What are you angry about?  There is lots of blatant sin and cynical injustice in the world to be angry about.  Are you prepared to use that anger to fuel a thoughtful, constructive response?  It is easy to be a mob.  It is a little harder to be the solution.

 

Think:             Anger is fuel for doing the right thing, the right way.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me use anger to honor and serve You and Your people.”

 

 

Copyright © March 2014, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.