Thursday, March 22, 2007

Anger is a spirit

The Christian Church has a tendency to act in prejudice when echoing the clarion call against sin. We condemn sensational acts of disobedience such as fornication and adultery and drug abuse but overlook the more subtle infractions like lying and anger. When in fact the Bible declares the Devil is the father of lies and it was his wrath and jealousy against the most high that spurned a heavenly uprising.

Anger is a spirit and it operates unobstructed within the body of Christ. The narute of a spirit is that it is eternal. The Spirit of anger has coiled itself around the hearts of the people of God for eons. It passes from generation to generation infected the heart of man with its venom.

The spirit of anger can be discerned in families, nations and even certain hemispheres of the world.

We first see this spirit in Cain the son of Adam (Genesis 4-3-16) and we become more aware of its tactics in the life of Saul the first King of Israel. I Samuel tells the account wrestle match between Saul and the tenacious demonic force of evil

1 Samuel 16: 10-17

14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled F84 him. 15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. 17 And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.

1 Samuel 18:10-11

10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand. 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

As an owner of several anger management education centers I am often limited to traditional secular approaches when teaching anger management classes. Such approaches have their value, but when waging spiritual warfare we must war in the Spirit. The Bible declares that we do not wrestle with flesh and blood but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.

Shannon Munford is the owner of Daybreak Counseling Service an anger management education center in Los Angeles, California

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