ANGER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:26 NET” Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger”.

What is anger? Anger is an emotional state. It is an expression of the emotion showing dislike for an act, a thing or a situation. Different people express different degrees of anger. Anger may begin from an ordinary dislike for something to an outright rage. Anger becomes very dangerous to the one expressing it when anger turns to rage. It can shut up one’s ability to reason logically, cordially to do very stupid things. When anger stays in the heart longer than necessary, it possesses its victim and imprisons him or her. Some people have died in a state of rage

ANGER is very severe in a man who is full of himself. Such a person is very proud. Such a man thinks so highly of himself and feels so hurt about a mistreatment. The proud cannot rule their Spirit. Pro 16:32 NET “Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city”. Anger should not be a problem of a Christian. The Christian is Christ living through a man. His former self was crucified with Christ. (Gal 2:20) He cannot be full of himself any longer. He is now full of Christ (Some Christians unfortunately allow self to fill them)

What does the Christian who finds himself acting in anger do? Such a person must know that something alien or strange is functioning in him. He must also acknowledge that this attitude or character is incompatible with his true nature. He can use the principle in James 3:2. He must always declare the truth to himself. The truth is that, he has the nature of Christ and that he is filled with the fruit of the Spirit. He must say to himself always that he has absolute control over his temper. The scripture says, the man who speaks the truth (the word of God) to himself, would be able to control his whole body. Stop saying you have a bad temper. This is not true about you. You are now Christ in dwelt and should never accept any other contrary nature.

CONFESSION

I am crucified with Christ. He is presently alive in me. I have love joy, peace, self-control. I act always in consonance with the nature of Christ. I am quick to listen slow to speak and slow to wrath. Thanks be to God.

FURTHER STUDIES

James 3:2 NET “For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well”.

James 1:19 Net ” Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger”.

GIVE NO PLACE TO THE DEVIL 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Eph 4:27 KJV” Neither give place to the devil”.

Our key scripture tells us not to give any place to the devil. A devil may come into your life when conditions are ripe. An evil person can gain assess into your life through anger. When Balak the king of Moab, wanted to defeat the Jews who had just come from Egypt, he hired Balaam a fortune teller to put a curse on them, so he could defeat them. This is what Balaam said, Num 23:21. There was no iniquity in Israel and so He could not curse them. He advised Balak to make the women of Moab to fornicate with the men of Israel. This will break the word of God and then a curse could easily come on them.

Evil people like witches or wizards also use this same strategy against some Christians they may be living together with. They know they cannot easily harm the Christian because of the protection of God. They will normally offend the Christian in such an unreasonable way, to make the Christian lose his temper and become angry. If the anger persists over a period then the scripture has been broken, giving grounds for this evil person to gain assess into the Christian’s life. Many children of God have suffered through this means. Be very careful about those who would offend you without any provocation. Do not fall for unnecessary provocations. When you are angry over such actions, don’t let the sun go down over your anger.

Quickly consider what God’s word says and turn away from the anger. Pro 19:11 KJV” The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. “In such times consider some of the insight in this study and put off the anger. Note: It is not every offender that is an evil witch or wizard. Don’t go looking for any, just do what the scripture says. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger. I used the example of witches or wizards, just to show how the devil can easily have an advantage over you, and harm you through an uncontrolled anger.

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CONFESSION

My eyes are opened and do not fall to the devices of the enemy. I have self-control and so no matter how much I am provoked, I control my anger and give no place to the devil.

FURTHER STUDIES

Gen 4:6 & 7 NET Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why is your expression downcast?

Is it not true that if you do what is right, you will be fine? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. It desires to dominate you, but you must subdue it.”

Proverbs 15:1 NET “A gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.”

GIVE NO PLACE TO THE DEVIL

KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:27 KJV “Neither give place to the devil”.

The preceding verse before our opening scripture is Ephesians 4:26 KJV” Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath”: It tells us that we can be angry at certain instances, yet we must not sin. Anger can be a necessary emotional expression that can be applied to correct certain anomalies of certain individuals.  If anger is allowed to linger on till the next day or days it would result in very wrong actions. The Bible says, it does not only causes us to sin, but the devil will have an advantage over us, and take a hold of our lives. When anger lingers in the heart unforgiveness sets in, and that leads to bitterness. Bitterness will set you up for demons to enter your life

 An uncontrolled anger makes you a puppet of the devil. Demons will dictate to you and lead you to do any abominable thing. Why are most people not able to control their anger? One reason is that, people are not able to separate a wrong action from the person who did the wrong thing. If you are able to see the wrong act differently from the person who committed it, you would direct your anger towards the act, leaving out the person. I mean your discipline would be directed towards reforming the individual. Such discipline would be out of love, although it may be stern, yet the person would not be destroyed.

 Discipline becomes punishment when anger is not controlled. (Punishment deforms, and discipline transforms). This happens when the offended sees the offender as the offense. In such a case bitterness will set in. The sight of the offender stirs up pain in the heart of the offended. The offended resolves that, the only way to heal that pain is to cause a similar pain to the offender or to keep the offender out of sight. This is what leads to divorces between couples and separations between some close friends and associates. Please heed to scriptural counsel, don’t let the sun go down on your anger.

CONFESSION

I may be angry, but the sun never goes down on my anger. I may dislike an action but will always love the person who committed the act. I never get bitter over any action, treatment or words, for the love of God has filled my heart. The devil never has an advantage over me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Prov. 19:11 KJV. The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Prov. 16:32 KJV” He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city”.

POSSESSING OUR INHERITANCE 2

KEY SCRIPTURE :1Timothy 6:12 KJV “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

God our Father expects us to take possession of every inheritance given to us. When the Israelite failed to drive out the inhabitants of the lands God gave them, He was not pleased with them. Judge 2:2 KJV” And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? “The Lord says any inheritance they failed to possess was an act of disobedience. Unbelief is the cause of lack of annexing one’s inheritance. In the mind of our Father God, every inheritance left us is ours and must be possessed. You can overcome every weakness. Peace of mind is yours, so possess it. Victory over demons is yours so possess it. Healing for your body is yours, so possess it.

 IF God has promised or pronounced any promise as yours, then, never accept any negative results as coming from God. You must stand to prevail. You must fight on till you win. Any failure does not come from God. Faith cannot fail. Faith takes a hold of the answer and brings it into reality. In the face of contrary situations never say you hope things will get better. This is a wrong way to fight the fight of faith. You rather say boldly, that the word of God has prevailed. Believe the word in your heart and say boldly what God’s word says.

The word is the sword of the Spirit which you use to fight. Eph 6:17 KJV” And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”: The more you say what God’s word says, the more you prevail over the enemy. Until you say what God has said nothing happens. When the devil tempted the master, the only way to overcome him was to keep repeating, it is written, then added what the word says. In such moments you must stop looking at the bad situation and rather look at what the word says. Remember it is your inheritance, and not something you are trying to get. It is Satan and his devils who want to rob you off what has been given to you. Don’t allow them.

CONFESSION

God’s word is ever in my mouth and in my heart. Every opposition is stopped and I walk in my inheritance. I win always because I live for God who is the ultimate receiver of every honor.

FURTHER STUDIES

1Samuel 17:47 KJV” And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands”.

Jeremiah 5:14 KJV” Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”

POSSESSING YOUR INHERITANCE

KEY SCRIPTURE:1Ti 6:12 KJV” Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

The Lord after delivering the Jews from the dominance of Egypt and Pharaoh gave the land of Canaan to them as their inheritance. These lands were inhabited by certain people, and they had to possess these lands by fighting and taking over. Our inheritance includes all that our Lord Jesus Christ through His death, obtained for us.

The following are just but a few of what the Lord Jesus through His death, obtained for us. They include:

Eternal life for us (John 3:16)

Forgiveness of sins (Eph 1:7)

Healing for our bodies (Isaiah 53:4&5)

Peace of mind (Isaiah 53:5)

Authority over devils (Matt 28:18)

Holiness of life (Rom 6:14)

The authority of the name of Jesus (Mark 16:15)

And many more.

 Just as the Jews had to fight to possess their inheritance, we must also fight to possess our inheritance. Now notice this, our battle is not against demons: our battle is called, the fight of faith. The word of God did say, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual entities. The goal of these forces is to dethrone your faith in the word of God, so they could properly deal with you.  So long as your faith in God and His word is firm, NO ENEMY CAN PUT YOU DOWN. Mark 9:23 KJV “Jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”.

YOUR fight to possess your inheritance is the fight of faith, as stated in our key scripture (1st Tim 6:12). The fight of faith is the ability to hold on to what God has said, irrespective of what may be happening physically. In the midst of any crises or pursuit to take your inheritance, for example your health. Your focus must be your confidence in all that God has said about your healing, and simultaneously refusing to consider the symptoms. The devil may worsen the symptoms, but don’t look and consider them, they are false vanities. Jonah 2:8 KJV” They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy “. Your mercy is the healing God has provided already, yet if you worry, consider the symptoms, which the Bible calls lying vanities you can’t possess that inheritance which is legally yours.

Get these facts. 1 The devil and his demons are not the problem.

2.The difficulty, challenge or the trouble is also not the problem.

3.The real issue is to maintain your faith in God in the midst of all contrary evidences.

CONFESSION

The Lord Jesus conquered and gave me the victory. I possess every blessing or heritage he has already won. I refuse to consider any contrary evidence, and rather praise the Lord for my inheritance.

FURTHER STUDIES

Deut 2:24 KJV” Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle”.

Joshua 1:5 KJV “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

SUPREMACY OF THE WORD OF GOD 5

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”

Now we bring our discussion of the supremacy of the word of God home, or we make it more personal. To acknowledge the supremacy of the word is to walk by faith and not by sight. Life is spiritual, and the earlier we accept that the better. God our Father is the great unseen reality. His influence is over and within every aspect of life. His word communicates how He relates with various issues of life. The man who submits to whatever God says about various issues has placed his or her life under His supremacy. This is what living by faith is all about. Jas 4:7 KJV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The positive relationship between His words and your actions is submission. Submission involves making your will to bow to God and His word. Your ego and appetites are the first point of call which must be submitted to God. Col 3:5 KJV “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” To mortify means to kill. The scripture says, kill your ego and appetite that does not glorify God

 Any man who has been successful in controlling his appetites by the word can trust the word of God in every other area of life. The word of God becomes his motivation and control in all that he does. If the Lord says I am with you, he unconsciously relates with all situations that the Lord is present with him. When sickness comes, he knows the divine life of God in him cannot be overpowered by that disease, so he thanks God for divine health. If he is in debt he does not fear, but quietly in his heart, he declared the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. This man has learnt to make the word Supreme in all matters of life.

CONFESSION

I am submitted to God and His word. Because I fear Him, I have no fear for any other thing. I trust Him with my life, my future, my finance and everything. My life is secured by His word and power. My ways keep getting brighter and brighter. I am a success

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 10:9 KJV” Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second”.

John 20:29 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

THE SUPREMACY OF THE WORD OF GOD 4

KEY SCRIPTURE: Job 23:12 KJV” Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”

The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who counted the word of God very Supreme than every other thing. Every one of these men had a very glorious end. The Lord said, “those who honor me I will honor” 1st Samuel 1:30. Job who was gravely tried said he had not gone away from the words from God’s mouth. He could have easily turned away from God and brooded over his pains and loses. He said I have esteemed his words more than my necessary food. God honored his actions with a great deliverance. Job 42:12 KJV “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning….”

Another man who did. not fear for his life but esteemed the word of God more Supreme was Daniel.  The Presidents’, governors and counselors convinced the king to sign a decree that anyone who prays to any God for the next 30 days would be thrown into the lion’s den.  Daniel knew of this decree, yet he prayed three times a day, with his windows opened towards Jerusalem.   He was accused and put into the lion’s den. God saved him and exalted him. Dan 6:28 KJV “So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian”. God honors those who honor Him

My last example is about Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa. He was a man who highly exalted the word of God. He once told of an experience he had. He said, he traveled to a city to preach the gospel. Some moments after sleeping in his hotel, he heard shouts of fire, fire, I am burning. He wondered who was in his room screaming that way. He later found out that a lady, hiding in the walldrope was burnt all over. Nothing in the walldrope was burnt. This woman was set up by some journalists, to jump unto the man of God whiles in bed. Cameras had been placed in the room to snap everything. They were doing this to tarnish the reputation of this man of God.  The Lord vindicated his servant. God would fight for all those who esteem His word so highly.

PRAYER

Father, fill us with a reverence for you and your word.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 10:12 KJV “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him”.

Hebrews 13:8 KJV “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

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