Something Inside So Strong
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).
When you allow the Spirit of the Lord of the host of all the heavens and earth to rest in your soul, you are given super- (or supra-) human power to conquer all obstacles and challenges which pop up to hinder your journey toward fulfilling your destiny. If you don’t stay sober and take care to look at the pot holes, you’re bound to fall into them over and over again.
Anger can be your pothole. You flare up and burst wide open at the smallest provocation. What may seemed to have been an unintentional comment or slip of the tongue; or what may have appeared to be a displaced object you can’t find at the moment, turns into a terrible blast of curses and commotion inside your soul, the seat of your emotions.
Everyone knew not to mess with Raul. Tease him a little about anything and he could insult you so badly it would make you vomit on yourself. His tongue was razor-sharpened on a daily basis. One day Lisa couldn’t find her money in the bag she usually carried and stormed through the entire house cursing all her siblings as well as the dogs and cats for eating the money! After her blast of dynamite subsided and the air became clean enough for everyone to breathe openly again, she plopped atop her bed, put her hand under her pillow, and guess what? She had forgotten she put it there for safe-keeping!
There is something inside much stronger than anger when you allow the Spirit of God to occupy that vacancy in your heart. What vacancy? The absence of love. The most powerful force in the universe is love. This emotion has been trampled on in so many disgusting ways, that society, especially adolescents who observe the adults around them, have gotten this whole “love thing” twisted.
What is love? Love is the complete absence of hatred. The two emotions cannot occupy the same space at the same time. …incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding (Read Proverbs 2:2, 10-11). Anger breeds bitterness, jealousy, comparison, and eventually murder, not necessarily blood-spilling physical, but producing an onslaught of curses and insults that kill the soul of the one it’s aimed at.
Are your emotions displaced in that you can’t find love when you need it? Then, you’ve got to give up that part of your lost self and practice the Art of Love (check out that blog series at www.lightliftedup.com). Simply put, the first step is to pray for God to put a padlock on your mouth: I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue: I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me. (Psalm of David, 39:1). David, a man of war, understood that the war going on inside him was far more ferocious than the wicked enemies who appeared around him.
He understood, and today, may you understand, that there does exist the spirit of perdition, or evil, ever ready to take the words you speak in anger and use them the way you direct them to destroy. When a parent speaks a curse over his or her child, if that child takes it and believes it, it takes root and begins to grow until it comes to pass. Parents and teachers and anyone who has influence over young people, hold your tongue (keep your mouth muzzled) when anger rises. Satan is ready to make the words you utter go to work.
Now there is another form of anger which isn’t loud and booming like the one described above. It’s that quiet whispering type that sows seeds of discord among people. This kind of anger is deeply seated in the soul of one who despises his or her own life and character so much so that his or her self-hate seeps out like thick oozing oil looking for ways to rub the godly with it. His or her secret chattering does not wake the attention of those within earshot. No, this anger resides in the thoughts of man. It’s called evil imagination. It calls for total destruction of the one who doesn’t have this mindset, but who is rather fixed on walking an upright, life of love.
Take time to study yourself. Are you allowing love to exercise how you treat yourself first and others? Read 1 Corinthians 13 every day and think about it, practice it, become it. Do not boast in what you can do with the gifts and talents your Creator planted inside of you because it is not by your own strength (power or might) that you gain success with applying what you got on the inside. Anger can destroy all that is good in you. Anger (and all its “children”) can only be circumcised or cut out of your heart with constant prayer for the Lord’s Spirit, the Spirit of your Creator, to take control over your soul and flesh. When your ego (the “I”, the “me” part of you) moves out of the way, and love replaces that void, your mind will change into acknowledging something inside so strong.
That something is the transforming “electricity” of the presence of your Creator’s Holy Spirit, breathed into you at birth. It’s in you right now. It never left, only got buried under your rejection of Him. Are you ready to be freed from self-hate and hatred of the godly, or the ones who strive at living right? Pray out loud for all the principalities of evil listening: Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me of my sin of anger and what it makes me do. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Allow your love to flow freely through me so that I can be a blessing to others, forgiving others, as I also draw them closer to You, Lord of hosts. Amen.
Now begin to open your mouth and call out to the Lord of hosts that all “mountains” in your way to success be completely removed; and it shall surely come to pass.
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