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Good Solid Fuel

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,” Ephesians 4:26 (NKJV)

Have you ever watched a Space Shuttle launch before? It is absolutely fascinating to see everything needed to get the shuttle into orbit. It all starts with the shuttle — known as the Orbiter Vehicle — being attached to one large external tank (ET) and two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs). 

The thrust to lift the shuttle comes from the two SRBs and three main engines on the shuttle.  The engines are being fed fuel from the ET, but the SRBs are like two big flares or Roman candles in that they are solid fuel, and cannot be shut down unless they are fully burned up.  So to stop forward momentum once these SRBs have been started they must be jettisoned from the shuttle, which is exactly what happens just before the shuttle reaches orbit.  

As I think about this process, I cannot help but to draw a parallel to how our emotions and actions work together as human beings.  The way I see it, every one of our actions has a certain fuel propelling it.  There are good fuels (motivations) and there are bad fuels (motivations), and these fuels are all manufactured in our mind and they are stored in our heart.  The basis of these fuels is our thought life.  This is why it is so important to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and to cast down anything coming against His Word (2 Cor. 10:5).  

Let me give you a picture example using the Space Shuttle.  If the two SRBs were never attached to the shuttle, would it have ever even got off the ground?  Absolutely Not!  And if the two SRBs were cut loose anytime shortly after lift off the shuttle would have lost all forward momentum and the mission would have failed. 

So, let’s call these two SRBs “Unforgiveness,” and “Bitterness.”  Now using the same basis from the example above, let’s ask these questions. If we never allowed our mind to entertain unforgiveness or bitterness, then what are the chances that we would even get into an argument with someone who has hurt or offended us?  And even if we started to think about ways to retaliate or snap back, but then decided to cut those thoughts loose, wouldn’t the animosity and bad feelings fall to the ground like a jettisoned SRB?

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today?  Make it your goal to sift through all the thoughts as they pass through your mind.  Get rid of the ones you know to be coming against what God has told you to do, and replace them with the good solid fuel contained within His Word.  Don’t let the sun go down today before you choose to cut loose any bad SRB’s driving unforgiveness or bitterness in your life.  Hey, it’s okay to be angry at the sin, but we must purpose within our minds and hearts to love the sinner. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Eph. 4:26 can you see how anger and sin are so closely related?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anyone in your life that you need to forgive?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to forgive those who have hurt you.  Lay them at the Lord’s feet today as an offering and pray for Him to open the eyes of those who have hurt you so they may see their sin as He does.  

PRAYER: Father, thank You for forgiving me.  Thank You for Your amazing grace, and unfathomable mercy. Help me to see every area where I have allowed the bad fuel of my thoughts to drive sinful behavior.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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