The Examination of Sanctification: Anger and Abuse

Three states of man: 1: Natural Man { - Self-Rule -hardened heart - God is our number one enemy --> this leads to death and the wrath of God }

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2: Christian Walking According to the Flesh { -self-Rule with "input" at times from God -deeds of the flesh -Christ is in our life but we are not living in humility and obedience to him --> produces pain and chaos }

3: Christian Walking According to the Spirit { -Christ rules -life that isn't about us but focuses the gospel and the mercy given to us through Christ --> produces the fruit of the spirit - a heart for service and love for others, motivated out of obedience and love to Christ }

2 --> 3 happens in times of repentance 3 --> 2 happens in times of acting out of fear

Types of Anger -

- desires thwarted (is it a lust? Am I willing to sin to get it?) - passive anger - aggressive anger

Satan's Seduction: (Genesis 3:4-5)

You can't trust God. He doesn't have your best interests at heart. You can be your own God. It's no big deal.

Abuse = using something outside of its intended design, (or misusing them), and is by definition undeserved.

What is the purpose of all creation? Bringing glory to God. So anytime that I do not give God glory in my relationships and interaction with nature, I am abusing them / it.

Because of our sin, we all have broken God's law, all abusing one another and being the recipient of abuse.

"When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be my light." - Micah 7:8

God's heart toward the abused: "Oh Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; Yu will strengthen their heart; You will incline your ear." - Psalm 10:17

The problem of responsibility in abuse: Abused victims often take responsibility for what is not their fault (the undeserved abuse) but then neglect to take responsibility for what is under their control (the victim's behavior / words / lifestyle).