We have all experienced anger at some point in our lives, and it can be a real problem. Though it starts as a harmless feeling, it can quickly grow into something dangerous that's hard to control.
But with God's help, we can learn how to deal with our feelings and walk in His peace.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
At the root of anger, there is a spirit attached to it which in turn over time can open the doorway for infirmities in your body. The "spirit of infirmity" is a demon who causes sickness, disease and physical pain. The Bible is clear that spiritual warfare exists.
Ephesians 6:12 says, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." And, from Luke 13, it is clear that evil spirits can sometimes cause physical maladies. Luke's reference to the "spirit of infirmity" indicates that, at least in that one case, a demon had been granted power to inflict a disability.
New studies argue that regular feelings of anger increase the likelihood of heart disease and that within two hours of an outburst, the chances of a heart attack or stroke are at higher risk.
Anger doesn't come out of nowhere. It's an elevated emotion. In one degree or another, anger is our response to whatever triggers you to react. The trigger for anger could be anything. It could be from family, friends, someone at work or even a complete stranger. Anger is a response to being offended, hurt or attacked. Words, smells, actions and anything else trigger the anger and in some ways reminds us that we were once hurt or could be hurt. In a strange way, anger is trying to protect us, but it is often an epic fail. Past wounds or past actions form the perfect framework for the spirit of anger to work with and these could trigger a rage anywhere on a scale from 0 where it just blows over us or a full 10 where all hell breaks loose. Anger sits in the subconscious waiting to rise to the fore.
Past hurts and injury bring about tremendous anger. Things associated with accidents, physical or sexual abuse, anything painful, some emotional incident or just simple verbal abuse. Everything can be a trigger and where there is past hurt there is often hidden anger. These past hurts or soul wounds, when not healed by Jesus are the perfect playground for the devil and open up the gates for him to torment us. Matthew 18:23-35 demonstrates this perfectly. Those with these wounded souls wounds often become annoyed, upset and angry about the slightest thing, things that would not phase us normally.
Today, growing numbers of people feel offended by things said and shared on social media, being cut off in traffic or just unrewarded for something we believe we should at least be recognized for. Silly things all around us offend us, even being disrespected by a loved one. The opportunity for an offense in life is almost endless and if these things trigger anger then it should be recognized that inner healing and deliverance is required.
We might not like the idea that we need some internal help. It is ugly and even embarrassing but it is pain that must be dealt with.
So how do we fight back, Right Now?
First you need to be honest with your anger, not just honest but brutally honest. Recognizing you have an issue is the start and asking yourself if you have done anything to reduce the impact of the inner rage inside you is next. Do you often overlook how damaging your anger may be on someone else? It may feel great to have your outburst but others are nearly always offended. A careful look in the proverbial mirror will tell you everything.
Once you know you have a problem it can be dealt with. The next step in your process of mastering control over this spirit to discuss it with others, especially those closest to you. Don't be afraid of admitting you have a problem and how you know your anger manifests itself. Be open and be candid.
Second, have an honest discussion with your mate, or others, about how
you and they express anger. Be candid about how anger is expressed and felt by yourself and how you feel it affects others.
Having expressed yourself and spoken about the anger you will need to decide on how you wish to treat your anger or intervene to control it. Wishing and hoping it will just change won't work. Many of us complain about our behavior and admit our problems but in the vast majority of cases nothing happens and things remain the same. Action is needed.
The action you need to take needs to be good, solid action not half-hearted, easy-on-yourself action but true tough love. Big action leads to big changes and if you are serious this will be your solution. Expect good things, expect that emotional stability returns in all areas of your life and begin to feel accepted and appreciated again rather than feared because of a dormant eruption.
The final step in dismantling this demon is to set boundaries. Healthy boundaries create a safe place where anger stands little chance of being woken up or triggered. You will find with these boundaries that the dust settles and home and life, in general, become peaceful and beautifully predictable, surely this is what everyone seeks.
Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control. The message of Christ has no space for anger at any level, not even petty grudges that just irk us.
We are encouraged to stand on the knowledge that God has shown us pure grace when we deserve the very opposite. We need to let this seed of truth inspire and encourage us to follow a path of justice, mercy, and humility on everything facet of our lives.
Timothy Tomlinson Ministries
If you or someone that you know is angry and would like a free consultation to begin the process to be set free please contact us.
Timothy is an anointed minister, evangelist and teacher. Timothy’s passion is to see freedom for the brokenhearted and to set the captives free in Jesus name.