Pastor Steve Cassell
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Ephesians 4:26-27, Mark 3:5, Psalms 97:10, Proverbs 8:13, 1 John 3:8, John 2:14-17

Hello my beloved!

I know that the title has already caused a new wrinkle in some of your brain’s gray matter, but hang with me. This particular revelation freed me from many bondages that were inflicted on me by my former religious mentality. I also believe there is freedom here for you as well. A religious mind will constrict and halt the work of God in your life. The only thing I can find in searching out the scriptures that effectively limits God is us. I know that sounds like blasphemy but look for yourselves to see how the mistakes or unbelief of God’s chosen people caused God’s heart to grieve. One of the scriptures I guide my daily life by is Psalms 78:41 “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” By turning back (unbelief), they limited almighty God. I could stop this teaching right here and there is enough meat in that statement alone to chew on for weeks. I did. It took me a while to actually believe that verse of scripture. It was very radical to my doctrine. Thank you Jesus for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit that has made me free from religious bondage! If the Word of God ever challenges your doctrine then my suggestion is to quickly surrender your doctrine. I did, and will continue to do so. Additionally I have dedicated myself to taking all of the limitations off of God in my life, to the best of my knowledge and ability. This is probably one of the greatest and most influential choices I have ever committed myself to, please join me… (the journey is enormously exciting).

We are going to be discussing the delicate subject of anger. This will need a sure foundation so please keep all of my statements in context so as to not cause confusion or hardness of heart. This is an extremely powerful revelation and therefore requires a very high level of responsibility on our parts. Jesus said “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” in Luke 12:48, but he follows up by saying that “and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” This tells me that this revelation will throw the door open to our potential of reaching into other peoples lives and ministering unto them freedom and power. Praise Jesus for His grace. Romans 10:14 says “how shall they hear without a preacher…”

Anger. The word influences a vision of red faced, hot tempered, abusive, threatening and adrenaline controlled people. This is not too far off of the vision I am trying to invoke in you, only in a different direction.

I am going to take you a little deeper before I help you out.

Mark 3:5 “And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” This is not a misprint, my beloved. The Holy Spirit inspired this scripture and meant what He said. I do need to quickly point out that His anger was due to the hardness of their hearts, not their actions. Here is another one:

John 2:15 “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;” Now I want you to think about this for a minute. The scripture says He “made” a scourge of cords (whip). You do not fashion a leather and iron utensil in a few seconds. I believe He sat down, fashioned the whip in the way it should be and then rose up to accomplish its duty. One could only deduce that He, Jesus, was thoughtful and in full communion with the Father. Jesus Christ was the perfect image of God’s kind of Love, Mercy and Grace… yet he operated in anger. How do you reconcile this?

Let us look at our main text first:

Ephesians 4:26-27:

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”

This, I believe, is one of the most misunderstood, misapplied and wrongly taught scriptures in the New Testament. I have personally been in marriage classes where this scripture is used as a foundation to the atrocious lie that it is OK to be angry with your spouse, just as long as you do not go to bed angry. What a joke! If you are like me, even when you were being taught this it did not sit right in your heart. Why do we feel that this scripture somehow gives us the right to think evil in our heart towards another person AS LONG AS it is daylight out? Then everything is back to good if we confess and get right with them before the sun sets? What a strange doctrine we men can conjure up. Jesus made it clear that even an evil thought towards another person is equivalent to murder, giving new revelation of the purity and holiness of our Creator. Based on Jesus’ teaching we do not have the right to even retain a malicious thought let alone an entire day of mental arrows and darts at another person. ESPECIALLY our covenant spouse! God forbid! We men are commanded to love our wives AS Christ loves the church AND gave Himself for it, according to Ephesians 5:25. And the wives are to submit to their own husband, AS unto the Lord. I cannot see a place to reconcile how it is acceptable to be mad in the sunlight (but not in the moonlight) and still love the way Christ loves. Thank you Father that Jesus never submitted to being out of perfected love towards us and for us. Additionally I am SO glad that Jesus did not have this teaching… our atonement took place in the day time hours if you remember. Had Jesus been taught this lie we may not have had the gift of salvation available. Amen my beloved. Let us all move into the maturity of the people of God and no longer accept any illicit wrath or anger towards any other man, woman or child… forever!

What is this scripture teaching then?

If you study the context (vs. 24-27) you will see that Paul is commanding us to never let the sun set on our anger for the stupid devil and his devices. This is the anger that Jesus operated in, and actually more often then you may think. We were once “enemies in your minds” towards God according to Colossians 1:21. We now have a new enemy… I say with conviction and determination that I absolutely and completely HATE the stupid devil!

Are your ears perked? I will confirm again, I hate the stupid devil and ALL of his devices!

You may think that I am close to the edge, but before you judge… read the scriptures that these statements are based in:

Psalms 97:10 “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.”

Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”

Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

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1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

Romans 12:9 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

If you are not seeing things differently with the “eyes” of your heart now, then your “eyes” need healing! The Word of God plainly states that we should hate evil. We should be righteous and bold. One of Jesus’ purposes was to destroy. Radical! We sometimes have a sunday school picture of Jesus petting some fluffy lambs in our minds eye. But I am here to tell you that in addition to Jesus perfectly displaying the love, compassion, mercy and grace of God the Father, He was and is a warrior. Look at the vision that the apostle John had of Jesus.

Revelation 6:2 “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

Revelation 1:13-17 “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.”

John fell as if “dead”. He literally fainted from seeing Jesus in His power. Here is the amazing part… John spent THREE PLUS YEARS with Jesus! They were intimate friends and associates in the ministry. John rested his head on Jesus’ chest at the last supper. Now, when seeing Him in his glorified body, John faints. Amazing. We have yet to fully appreciate the power of Him that resides within us… Now! 1 John 4:17 “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

Our Lord and Savior is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! He is the maker of heaven and earth! He is the beginning and the end! He is also in us! Right now as you read this sentence, the same creative power that formed the universe, that raised Jesus from the dead, that breathed life into Adam, that recreated you at the new birth… this same power is in you, on you and around you every moment of every day! Did not our Savior promise to “Never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) “even unto the ends of the world” (Matthew 28:20)? It dumb-founds me sometimes at the audacity of some Christians to ask Jesus in a prayer to “be near” or “come down” or “send your power” or any other religious blasphemy that is often uttered in unbelief and defeat! Since I have you on the ropes I’m gonna give you the knock out punch… Matthew 10:34 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” That is Jesus talking. Those words are in red in your bible. Look it up. I want you to see that scripture in your own bible. This is not out of context, the statement was not misinterpreted, or any other excuse. Jesus meant what He said. We are in a war my beloved!

Here is the gloriously exciting part about our war… We Win! Jesus has already obtained the victory for us, but we need to carry out the terms of the surrender and follow the last will and testament of the now risen conquerer. This is our assignment now.

How do we do this?

It is absolutely crucial for me to follow those statements up with this scriptures in Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Corinthians 10:4, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” and “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”. Paul follows up this statement in the next verse by explaining that the battlefield is in the mind. And then in verse 6 he drives his fervency home by saying we should “have a readiness to revenge all disobedience…” Please remember that we are dealing on the spiritual level and not on the carnal, flesh or physical plain. This is the difficulty in understanding this teaching. We are not dealing with the sinner, but the sin. Actually, we are dealing with the father of the sin and his influence over people. This enemy is defeated and should be treated like the loser he is! That is why the Holy Spirit tells us in Ephesians 4:27 to not give any place for satan to have influence. Again I say to you my beloved, it is OUR choice as to whom we will serve this day (Joshua 24:15).

I know that this is resonating with you because we all feel the intensity and pains of war in our minds at some time or another. I am not trying to tell you that these pains or problems are not really real, or to deny their existence. They are tangible and real, I know. I face problems in the same way and intensity you do, my beloved. The difference is I deny their right to STAY. I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11) is how I exercise His power to overcome! If this will sink down into your heart, your life will never be the same.

I want to dive a little deeper into one of our text verses:

Romans 12:9 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

This verse is telling us to “abhor” evil. The definitions of abhor are: to detest utterly; hate; have a horror of; to detest utterly; to hate so strongly it causes one to shudder…

This greek word translated “abhor” (apostugeo – G655) is only used this one time in the entire new testament. I believe this is due to its vile nature. The new testament writers did not use this type of brawling street language in their writings. This should clue you in to the power, veracity and intensity of its usage. Paul was boldly declaring that we should become unconditionally furious with evil! And this is just the beginning. Look at the clause before that one; “let love be without dissimulation.” How can we reconcile the word love and this word abhor in the same thought? The key is in the word dissimulation. This word is defined as: hypocrisy, insincerity, wavering, to hiding under a false pretense, fake… True God type of love, hates the things that hurt. Sin has an effect in your life more deadly then any poison or weapon. Paul said it emphatically in Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” What a powerful verse of scripture. This is how Jesus stated it in John 8:34 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Sin give the forces of evil an open door to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) you and the things in your life. This is the effects of sin. If you hate or destroy the root, you avoid the fruit. Praise Jesus! We have the power and command to avoid the trickery and deceit of the stupid devil. Not only avoid but also to hate to forces that have unabashedly and unmercilessly attacked, wounded, hurt and destroyed you and your loved ones. There is a recompense, my beloved, and the time is now.

We are the army of the Lord and our weapons are infinitely powerful and effective. We have an enemy who has earned every wounding and more. We have a God Who is commander in Chief and the wisest leader to ever command. We have battle tested and tried comrades on our left and on our right. Our battle plan has been laid before the foundation of time and it’s outcome has been pre-determined. Leading the charge is the Son of God on a white stallion with the Word of God proceeding from his mouth that consumes His enemies. We have a double edged sword in our hand and a pillar of fire burning our path. Ha Ha! Our enemies flee from before us (James 4:7) and we are as bold as lions (Proverbs 28:1) According to Revelation the battle will be so bloody for our enemies that the blood will flow 4-5 feet high for approximately 120 miles. It will take 7 years to clean up the carnage from our victory. When God wins a fight, my friends, the fight is won.

We do not have to wait until the end time to exercise our victory either. Jesus said to be of good cheer for “I have overcome the world” and according to 1 John 4:17 “as he is, so are we IN THIS WORLD”! If this has not put a new bullet in your pistol then your magazine is missing. We are to be taking this fight to the gates of hell, Jesus said to Peter (Matthew 16:18), not cowering in the corner, in the fetal position with soiled underwear. We are the ones prophesied about of old who will have the FULL armor of God and the Spirit without measure! We have been filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19 – and don’t ask me how, it puts a new wrinkle in my brain too…), and the Holy Spirit has filled us with His power (Acts 1:8)! The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, amen, dwells in you (Romans 8:11, 6:4, Ephesians 1:20 & 23, 2:5-6), and this Spirit is all powerful and all mighty! I cannot make this any clearer my beloved. We Win!

I challenge you to look at these scripture references and sow them into your heart. The heart is where the forces of life spring from (Proverbs 4:23). The heart is where the power resides, not in your head. These truths must be planted in the soil of the heart to produce fruit. The way you plant is by Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The more of the Word you put into you the more your faith activates. Praise Jesus!

To make sure that the correct focus is made plain I feel it necessary to summarize this teaching. God has commanded us to hate evil and the root of evil (stupid devil). We are NEVER to hate another person. Hating a person is equivalent to murder according to 1 John 3:15. Jesus taught the same thing in Matthew 5:44 where He said to love your enemies. This teaching coincides with those teachings, not contradicts them. This is actually very freeing to a person who is actively engaged in the “walk of love” that we as Christians should be pursuing diligently. If you always remember where the root of the actions of a person comes from, it will make the decision to “love all men” much more of a reality instead of an idea or impossible clique. In John chapter 8 Jesus was talking to the religious people of the day and told them “you are of your father the devil”. Jesus recognized that the root was the stupid devil and not the man. Jesus did not hate these men, only the fruit of their behavior that grew from “feeding” on evil. Again this shows how deadly it can be to “feed” on the influences of this world’s system. Please guard your eyes and heart from anything that can give the world a foothold in your life. Hate evil and how devastating it can be to you and your loved ones.

3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

Talk to you soon!

In the Love and Grace of Jesus,

Pastor Steve Cassell
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