Thursday, February 21, 2013

An Angry Spirit

I read this post at Raising Arrows. It was a post from 2011. I think it had been posted to Pinterest or something, but either way the Lord made sure I saw it. (UPDATE:  I found the post through this post at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home.) I definitely have an anger problem, and lately He has been calling me out on it because my anger and my expectations (the violation of which cause anger) are areas of my life that I have definitely not submitted to His will and control. The post at Raising Arrows linked to a sermon by S.M. Davis called "Freedom from the Spirit of Anger." In case you don't want to have to listen to it on your computer, I was able to download it and move it (click and drag) from "downloads" to an iTunes playlist on my Mac which has enabled me to have it on my iPod and burn it to a CD to listen to in my van. Pastor Davis's message is very powerful and even contains 10 Biblical steps to allowing God to remove your spirit of anger. Not sure if you have  a spirit of anger? The sermon helps you with that part too. If you even think you might have an anger problem, this sermon is worth checking out. He also did a sermon called "The High Cost of Anger," which was good as well. I'll have to try to find a link to it. 

The bottom line is that constant anger can poison a marriage and children. 
 "It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman." --Proverbs 21:19
I think that pretty much says it all. If you have a spirit of anger, it breeds contentiousness, which is contrary to what God's Word says regarding women and how we should act. 

"Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation [coupled] with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;  But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." -- 1 Peter 3:1-4
It's kind of hard  pretty much impossible to have a spirit of anger and its ensuing contentiousness and a "meek and quiet spirit" at the same time. Meekness by its very definition means being submissive, humble, and gentle. Those qualities are about as incompatible with a spirit of anger as you can get. 

If you find it hard to be meek and gentle (like I do), I would encourage you to pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you whether or not you have a spirit of anger that needs to be dealt with.

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. P

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