Anger: When Your Temper Flares

by John Greene

“‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” – Ephesians 4:26-27, NKJV

anger-at-sundownIn the imperfect world that we live in, anger is considered to be a ‘normal’ emotion. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) Anger is a common life experience to all of mankind because of an imperfect spiritual heart condition. (Matthew 13:3-23; Mark 4:3-20; Luke 8:1-15; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5) Your expression of anger is typically rooted in your childhood experience, often modeled or patterned after how anger was expressed in your family. Anger is enforced and continued through conditioning and culture. In this way, anger and other attitudes are easily handed down through generations. This behavior can easily become a stronghold in your life and the lives of those around you. It can even directly affect your health and the health of others. (Matthew 5:21-22, 10:1; Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 12:21; Exodus 20:13; “The Truth About Anger“; “The Stronghold of Anger“; “Disease & Spiritual Roots“)

Anger is a conditioned behavior that is often evidenced through triggers. You may feel that you have been belittled or attacked. You may be angry because your life experience has failed to meet your expectations. You may be brought to anger because your personal beliefs, rights or values are being violated. You may be angry out of fear, because you feel helpless or powerless. (Matthew 5:44; Hebrews 12:15; Jonah 4; Proverbs 20:22; “Pursue Righteousness“)

prayerAnger isn’t always expressed openly. Instead, an angry person may become quiet and withdrawn, even depressed. (Matthew 11:28) The angry person may openly deny personal anger or recognize that they are angry. (1 Peter 5:7) Other times, anger rises up with other negative strongholds as hostile jesting, as an accusing spirit that exaggerates the faults of others or as a ‘short fuse’, rising up easily and with little provocation. (Ephesians 5:4) Anger can inspire procrastination or cause forgetfulness. It short-circuits love and consumes it. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5) Anger can also be expressed by rebelling against proper authority or by abusing alcohol or drugs in an effort to cope. (James 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:31; Psalm 37:8, 17-18; Proverbs 14:29, 15:1; “Forsaking Bitterness“; “Source & Solution of Temptations“)

stronghold lambRepetitive anger and associated emotional strongholds can become chronic, even easily afflicting personal health. Anger can cause disease and exaggerate the symptoms of other diseases. Because of a direct impact on health, managing anger is an important personal cause. (1 Corinthians 3:17, 6:19-20; Proverbs 17:22) The world [kosmos: the decoration of the world of man) will tell you many things about anger while failing to truly resolve the causes of it. Excuses are easily made and the importance of anger is commonly diminished. In this way, the leadership of this world and those that seek leadership in it oppress and pressure others into promoting many strongholds that harm. Through family and through various kinds of outside governance, anger and other behavioral strongholds are readily advertised and justified. That is the sorry plight of mankind. (Romans 12:1-2; “Facing Adversity in Faith“; “Breaking the Hold of Stress“)

angry-man-1Expressing repetitive and chronic anger can be managed. Many angry people are quick to explode with rage. An angry mouth is often the first fruit of this reaction. Other times, anger can evolve into physical violence. Since anger can be physically and spiritually deadly, you are wise to avoid it wherever possible. Having realistic expectations are helpful. Learning to slow down and consider your reaction is of great value. Take a deep breath and relax. Consider walking away and dealing with personal situations at a later time. Demanding perfection and instant gratification will only create more strife and frustration. (Colossians 3:8, Ecclesiastes 7:9; Proverbs 15:18, 16:32, 29:11; “Verbalizing Divine Protection“)

prayerSpiritually speaking, prayer is a valuable tool for those that are willing to use it. A continuing theme of scripture is the importance of prayer. (1 Timothy 2:8; James 5:13-16) Many Christians assume that they have the Holy Spirit in their lives as part of their profession of faith – or were told this by a pastor or church leader. (2 Peter 3:15-16; Proverbs 6:23) However, the Holy Spirit does not reside with those that constantly exhibit harmful behavior or those that choose to grieve Him. (Acts 1:8; Jeremiah 16:17; Isaiah 48:16-18, 54:7-8, 59:2; Deuteronomy 31:17, 32:20, Psalm 13:1, 44:24, 88:14) The Holy Spirit is a vital Helper, a Counselor that can help any open-hearted Christian to become more like the earthly example of Yahshua [Jesus] the Master. He is the One that helps you to understand scripture so that you can bring it fully into your life. You become new through the power of the Holy Spirit. Repentance or turning aside from evil is a key element in Christian life. More importantly, the Holy Spirit is a requirement as you walk on YHWH’s track of righteousness. (John 16:13-15) Rejecting or diminishing His power in your life will result in failure, even resulting in Judgment against you as you walk on the wide road to destruction.

Working with the Holy Spirit always develops spiritual fruit, building a new person and casting off the ‘old man’. (Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:5-8) The fruits of the Spirit are part of the evidence of a Spirit-led life. (Galatians 5:22-26) The power structure of man often diminishes the Holy Spirit because they cannot control Him. Since leadership continually seeks to control you, they often deny or re-create the Holy Spirit (even ‘God’ and ‘Christ’) in their own image. The goal is to lower YHWH and His Power to something they can be more comfortable with. (Jeremiah 17:10; Psalm 37:8-9; 1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Chronicles 28:9; “A Mind of Envy & Competition“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“; “The Secret Weapons of Christians“)

70f9f-newmaninchristPart of becoming new in Christ is learning to recognize the stronghold of anger. Then, examine what is at the root of your anger. (Proverbs 14:12) Get help from others around you in dealing with anger. Your most valuable Counselor is the Holy Spirit. Learn to lean on the Holy Spirit and learn to listen to His voice. Pray often and get to know your Bible personally. Choose to deal with anger and other destructive emotions instead of ignoring them. Realize that anger is rooted in fear, which ignites what science calls the ‘fight or flight syndrome.’ (Philippians 4:6-7; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18; Proverbs 29:25; Psalm 34:4; “Attitude and the Disciple of Christ“) Work to resolve fears by choosing change, which will defuse the triggers of anger. You must actually want change or you may end up in this position:

“Not all that say to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ enter into the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven. To the contrary, he that yields the purpose of My Father in Heaven. Many say to Me in that Day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and in Your Name cast out devils and in Your Name yielded many miracles? Then at that time I will agree with the authority of Heaven, them I never knew. You! Depart from Me ministers of wickedness.” – Matthew 7:21-23, direct translation

in the cisternMany professed Christians are living on the edge of a precipice into destruction because they are unwilling to live as YHWH says, to truly seek His direction. As a Christian, you must be willing to apply the law of forgiveness. To forgive is more important to you than it is to the person that you need to forgive. This means that you don’t seek to regularly foster memories that continually promote anger. To forgive releases you from spiritual bondage, which allows you to grow in the Holy Spirit as you bloom in spiritual maturity. (Matthew 5:23-24, 6:14-15; Mark 11:25; Ezekiel 33:11; “How YHWH Marks His People“; “Spiritual Disease That Eats at Your Salvation“; “Listening & Doing as a Disciple“; “Living in the Now“)

toxic personality

Are you toxic?

Examine yourself or take spiritual stock of yourself. (James 1:22-25; Psalm 27:1; Proverbs 29:22) Remember that anger is poison, the opposite of love. Anger is a stronghold that based in fear and murder. (James 4:1-2; Matthew 5:21-24) Prayerfully consider how anger is affecting your life and the lives of those you love. Consider how you can deal with anger and defuse the triggers, the footholds that Satan and his agents have in your mind and heart. (Hebrews 12:12-15; 1 John 4:1, 8) Understand that anger is rooted in fear. Knowing this will help you to fight anger more effectively. Be willing to ask for help. You might need to ask other Christians for a helping hand. Know that you are not alone. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Proverbs 16:24) When you begin to suffer under the illusion that you are alone, Satan has you where he wants you. Know Who your Source is. (Psalm 9:9; John 6:64-69) Satan and his agents always seek to divide and conquer where disciples of Christ are concerned. He wants to divide you from others and to stop you from trusting in YHWH. Learn to depend on the Holy Spirit and trust in the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus], your Messiah. Whatever you do, Bible scripture is your mandate, a Word of YHWH that you must not turn from. It is your guide in all things. (Matthew 6:25-33; John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:6-10; 2 Peter 2:9; Proverbs 6:23, 12:25; Jude 1:24-25; “Wisdom & Waiting on YHWH“; “Doctrine is What You Do“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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