Recently, I shared a word on my daily prophetic devotional, PowerPoints with Curt Landry, regarding managing personal anger issues. Over a two-week period of time I took a look at the difference between righteous anger and offense.
Join me now as I review these notes below.
Acting on anger has consequences.
So often we do not understand that habits and patterns of anger affect us spiritually, physically and emotionally. It also affects those around us in these areas as well.
“God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”—Psalm 7:11
When do I use the Sword of the Spirit?
As Believers in Christ, we must understand that the ‘Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God’ is only to be used to destroy the works of the enemy, not to beat up others. It is important to remember this when we respond to someone who has angered or offended us. We are not wrestling against a person or group of people, but against principalities that are working to discredit us by pushing us to lose our tempers and behave inappropriately.
“So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the Lord had commanded.”—1 Kings 11: 9-10
What do I do when I’m angry?
We all become angry and lash out at times. It is part of human nature, but when this happens we need to be quick to repent and seek forgiveness from those we’ve hurt. It is so important that we understand that responding in anger can severely wound others. We must sincerely repent before it’s too late, so that the damage can be quickly repaired.
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.”—Psalm 37:8
Healing generational iniquities.
Many times, anger is something we’ve inherited from our family tree. The deep roots of anger may go back several generations and be displayed in similar situations throughout the family history. This cycle, if not broken, can wreak havoc for decades. Curt gives specific help in dealing with generational iniquities so that we may experience healing and freedom from those curses.
If you have to walk away… do it.
Whatever it takes to keep you from lashing out in anger; maybe that’s stepping back and counting to 10… maybe it’s walking away for a much longer period of time. Whatever the case, it is extremely important that we do not come into agreement with anger. Grace will never cross the bridge of anger.
“For as the churning of milk produces butter, and wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife.”—Proverbs 30:33
Our words have power.
We must understand that our words have power; they affect the atmosphere, good and bad. As Believers in Christ we will be held accountable for every word that is spoken. The choices we make with our words can have an impact that lasts into eternity.
“Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.”—Ecclesiastes 7:9
Choosing to bless and not curse.
Anger will empty the barn of your blessings. It is a choice—if we choose to respond in the Spirit, we reap blessing; if we respond through our soul with anger, we reap curses—basically, we reap what we sow.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”—Galatians 5:22-23
Letting it go.
It is important to remember that enemy will try to rehash an offense over and over again. Once the embers of Anger have been put out, do not allow the offense to come again. Forgiveness is key. As is praying for those who despitefully use us.
“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”—Colossians 3:8
Anger creates more anger.
We must understand that the people we surround ourselves with will have an impact on our own behavior. Have you ever noticed that angry people make you angry? Be mindful of who you allow into your sphere of influence, because it has an effect on your mind, will and emotions.
“Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another.”—Ephesians 4:25
So many struggle with anger… we must extend grace.
We must understand that anger is a common issue for many. One of the reasons I have created this PowerPoint series in fact, is because so many have written me and asked for advice in dealing with this very real struggle.
“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”—Thomas A. Kempis
“‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.’”—Mark 12:30-31
If there were ever a thief that comes to steal and destroy, it’s anger. As I close out this special PowerPoints series review I want to invite you to join me daily for my prophetic devotional, PowerPoints with Curt Landry. You can receive this daily prophetic word via email.
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