The call to Play Angry stems from the idea that Believers often live unintentional about seeking Bible ground to deal with life. Instead we are apt to accept a passive (almost suffering) position in our difficulties and live without zeal or zest; accepting with mute resistance (as Mr. Shakespeare puts it) “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” Well at Restart church we’ve had enough of that. We take off the blinders and recognize the active insurgency of an intelligent, cruel and malevolent spiritual enemy (often called demons or fallen angels) whose mission is to steal our motivation, speak lies to (and about) us, to torture us with our past and blind us to our inheritance in Christ. We are tired of it and we are not going to take it anymore! We are going to focus ourselves and Play Angry. We are going to use spiritual strength to meet the enemy on the battleground of our mind, will and emotions.
Guilt emerges as one of the most complicated and devastating arenas for the Believer to maneuver in. Guilt stifles our productivity and robs our sense of meaning and significance. Consequently it is vital to stand firm on Bible ground when examining guilt. Simply stated: guilt is the domain of the devil. God does not deal in guilt; God deals in conviction. God speaks and says: “Hey, you are heading the wrong way. Turn around!” (The New Testament word for “confess” means to turn around – we are to confess (admit and agree) we were heading in the wrong direction). Once that happens, we are cleansed (as proclaimed in the verse below) from ALL unrighteousness. What’s missing from the word “all”?
But we have an enemy with malignant intentions. He works to bog us down with the past and force us to relive the guilt and shame of our former actions, all with the transparent goal of distracting us into impotency. The devil does not want you to be an effective example of a Believer. Satan and his crowd wants you crippled up and dulled to spiritual matters.
Key Bible Verse
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…
1 John 1:9
There are two things to remember about guilt. First the facts of the event, and secondly your attendant feelings. Facts are just so. Facts often confer culpability and blame-worthiness upon us. The thing happened; and we had some part in making things difficult. No sense arguing with facts. At this point we must do what we can to “make amends”; to ask for forgiveness, or to make restitution with the injured parties. Romans 12:18 says “if possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”
Feelings about the event are a completely different matter. Feelings often foster self-reproach, self-condemnation, and waves of shame. At this point it is decisive to remember a few things: Feelings are always selective and may or may not be completely factual. As a result, feelings provide rich soil for self-deception. What is the truth about a person who is deceived? They do not know it – that is the definition of the word… Guilty feelings may strangle and isolate you when in fact you are not left alone by God. In fact guilt thrives when we neglect God’s forgiveness. We must do what we can with the facts (as stated above). But then must use our will to remember the Truth about God’s view of forgiveness – that in Christ our forgiveness is total and complete. Once this truth settles in, we must direct our willpower to Play Angry and capture our freedom to live life apart from guilt.
This lesson is vital to all who walk the Jesus Path. We are to apply the power of the Spirit of God in us to control of our mind, will and emotion and view ourselves in Christ as God does. As Paul wrote: “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). Let’s Play Angry against our guilty feelings…
- I will not be distracted
- I will not be deterred
- I will not be slow to listen
- I will Play Angry
- I will be excited about the Word
- I will be engrossed in the Word
- I will be expectant of the Word
It is the Word of God which will heal your feelings. Time with your Bible will bring rich returns and permit God to (as He states in Joel 2:25) “Make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten.” Thank you for visiting with Restart church. I pray your understanding has been fruitfully fed as a result. Lord bless and keep you!