November 16, 2019 CAC Living Water Devotional :- WHAT’S GETTING UNDER YOUR SKIN?
THE LIVING WATER CAC
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, November 16, 2019
– International Day for Tolerance
TOPIC: WHAT’S GETTING UNDER YOUR SKIN?
Read James 1:19-27
19. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
27. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
MEMORISE: So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (James 1:19)
That something is getting under one’s skin means that it is something irritating one, causing one to be angry. There are a lot of things that irritate one in life and cause one to be angry. Of a truth, anger is permissible in God’s Word to a certain level. The Bible commands us to ‘be angry, and do not sin’. How is this possible, or what does this imply? ‘Do not let the sun go down on your wrath’, otherwise, you would have given room to the devil (Eph. 4:26-28). This injunction is very important because ‘the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God’ (Jas. 1:20).
When people, things or situations, are trying to get under your skin, apply the James 1:19 principle. Be swift to consider the situation, objectively, i.e. based on what the Scripture says, or what Jesus would do in a similar situation. Don’t jump to conclusion, as it might be suicidal in the end. Then, take your time to think well before talking or reacting to the situation and the people involved. This would help you to be slow to wrath.
A woman once killed her pet (cat) that took care of her baby for her whenever she went to the market, because she wasn’t slow to wrath. On her return, she couldn’t find the baby in the court but saw the cat coming out of the room with blood in its teeth. She hurriedly concluded it had killed the baby, and rushed at it with a pestle, killing it, only to later find her baby under the bed with a large dead snake by the baby, which the cat had killed. What a regret! Don’t leave to regret the result of your impatience. Prayerfully remember on this International Day for Tolerance.
1. Lord, deliver me from the spirit of anger.
2. Pray for parents who are angry with their children, and so are not doing the right things for them, and vice versa.
3. Rebuke the unforgiving spirit operating among our leaders, causing endless rows among them, instead of lasting revival.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 51:35 – 52:33; Hebrews 10:2 – 10:22
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE