Bible Study Notes:
# 10 Holy Anger
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|Father God we bless your holy Name and rejoice
in your love and watchcare over us! We thank You for your presence Father and the hope of
the soon appearing of your son! Jesus we bless your Name, for you are our savior, redeemer
and Lord. Holy Spirit we look to you as our teacher tonight. Illumine the eyes of our
understanding, bring wisdom to our hearts, and teach us how to walk worthy of our calling.
satan we bind you and rebuke you and cast you out of this room. We come against all your plans to disrupt and hinder before, during and after the lesson. We declare all your strategies against us null and void in Jesus Name. graham - your flesh itself is enough warfare for you
Father God help us to focus on the lesson and learn what the Word says and apply it in our everyday lives. In Jesus Name AMEN
MzG - O Jesus we love you tonight...Holy Spirit come into this room and reveal God's will to us
Athie - Amen OT we agree with you in the name of Jesus Be with this room tonight
OlePappy - satan, I bind you and rebuke you and cast you out of this place in the name of Jesus
We're on weapon #10 out of 20 or so. These weapons are often used together, and have offensive and defensive uses. We've covered a LOT of material so far, so please make use of it.
God made our minds to be active and not passive. The passive mind is the devil's playground. One of the deceptions in this area is "New Age" meditation, in which the mind is emptied in some fashion in an attempt to find peace. In reality, the passive mind is fertile ground for the devil to work, because if we aren't ACTIVELY resisting the devil, he is sneaking in and corrupting our minds.
In addition to emptying your mind, "New Age" meditation often employs the repetition of a sound called a mantra, which is a direct invitation to demonic possession as these sounds are often demonic names or commands. Doesn't this make you angry with satan? That and all the other tricks he plays to keep you from being victorious ought to really "tick you off"!
This brings us to Weapon # 10 Holy Anger. But wait a minute, Christians aren't supposed to be angry are we? Aren't we supposed to be passive little doormats, never getting upset at anybody or anything? Well, the confusion comes from not distinguishing the wrath of man from holy anger, also called righteous indignation.
The Bible says in James 1:19-20: My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.Why do we get angry?
Right! Basically because we do not get things "our way"; people do not live up to "our expectations"; or we take offense at something somebody said or did to us. This does NOT promote right living in God's sight.
Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.So is it always a sin to be angry?
So is it ALWAYS a sin to be angry? Not necessarily. Paul says inEphesians 4:26-27 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Paul was quoting fromPsalm 4:4-5: In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD.
So when we become angry, we need to pause and reflect on the cause of our anger. If it is an unholy anger, we need to trust the Lord to change us, and keep us from allowing the devil a foothold in our life. It means we all become angry, the first thing we should do is BE SILENT - whoa now that's a toughie! Then search our hearts for the cause.
OK, so how do you know whether your anger is holy or not?
Well, get angry at what angers God and control the anger, or better still, refuse to take offense when the enemy sends someone to offend you. A GREAT book on the subject of offense is "The Bait of Satan" by John Bevere. We're talking about holy anger here and not specifically about how to handle offenses. But it is an important topic and you need to read that book!
Know that the MAJOR cause of disagreements, discord and conflict in the church is caused by Christians taking offense, real or imagined, against other Christians. Does that ever make satan happy!
Right panteth. Paul outlines some of the effects of unholy anger in2 Corinthians 12:20: For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.
Quarreling , jealousy, outbursts of anger, division, gossip, etc. are all signs that somebody is not walking in love and forgiveness, they have given into selfish and unholy anger.
Good point isle - often the conflicts that occur point out flaws IN US that need to be worked on! And if we react in anger to an offense, we will miss the lesson that God is trying to teach US.
Psalm 37:7-8 is a great passage of scripture for helping with unholy anger:
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.
Here we see: be STILL before the Lord and Wait patiently for Him - both wonderful controls for anger. And twice in this passage we are told not to fret. What more readily brings on anger than being in a state of anxiety?
In fact, that whole psalm 37 is a beautiful picture of resting and peace in the Lord in the face of provocation. If you have problems with anger, take some time and meditate on it.
Right, the tongue is an unruly member and HARD to control. We have to submit it to God's Spirit to keep from getting ourselves in trouble.
Meditate in a Biblical sense is to actively consider a passage of scripture, asking the Holy Spirit to give us light on it's meaning and asking God how to put it into effect in our lives.
It's not blanking out our minds, as the newagers, yogis, etc. do. It is ACTIVELY contemplating, or "chewing the cud" - ruminating upon it. A cow eats twice, once when she bites the grass, and later when she is resting, she rechews it so it can be digested. Meditating is "chewing upon" something mentally until you digest it.
And OP is right, meditation involves concentration on the scripture and filtering out everything else. So if you have a problem with anger, meditating upon, considering, reflecting, "chewing" upon Psalm 37 until you digest it, among other passages, like the one in James 3, will help you with anger control.
The danger of "letting it all hang out" and "saying what you think", which is the excuse some make for allowing themselves to walk in anger is found in Jesus' words of warning:
Jesus said in Matthew 5:22 - But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother [without cause] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, `Raca,' [an Aramaic term of contempt] is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, `You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
So what is holy anger then? It is NOT showering our wrath on people, because the Bible says that does not bring about the kind of right living that God desires.
What we need to get angry about is the deceiver BEHIND the unrighteous behavior in ourselves and others. Because until we get really "ticked off" at the devil, we will be passive and not resist him. We will become angry at people, or even God, spend our time blaming and yelling at others, and all the while, the devil is secretly building a root of bitterness within us to cause us to fall. This is what I mean by the "weapon" of Holy Anger - getting angry at the SOURCE of our conflicts - the devil - and not those he's trying to manipulate.
That's so true, TQ, usually what bothers us the most in other people are character flaws, bad judgement calls or "blind spots" in ourselves!
TQ, one pointer here is to remember the "golden rule" - how would you want someone to approach you if YOU were committing that sin, or whatever. NOT in a spirit of condemnation, name-calling, criticism, but in a spirit of LOVE.
Now, some of what I'm going to be sharing will be considered "high level" spiritual warfare. Seek the Lord before trying to put these things into practice to be sure you're ready for it. By "ready" I mean first you MUST be born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. You MUST know the Word and be walking in right doctrine and obedience to Christ.
Then you must cleanse yourself of all physical, mental and spiritual filthiness or demonic infestations. And you must be in right fellowship with other believers and have at least one prayer partner who will stand with you.
The reason you must "be ready", is that when you engage in "high level" warfare, you are more open to satanic attack, and you need to be prepared for it, not leaving any doorways or footholds that satan can use to oppress you. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, you're not ready for this level of conflict, so file it away for future reference, OK?
Jesus is our example. Did He ever get angry? And if He did, what did He get angry about?
One thing that angered Jesus was the Scribes and Pharisees that resisted His work and spoke against the Holy Spirit. He called them "brood of vipers" in Matthew 12:34. Do you think He was angry when He said this?
I mean, how else could He have said it BUT in anger. "Excuse me you guys, you're just a wee bit on the snaky side"? LOL
The Scribes and Pharisees were not only missing salvation themselves, but also keeping others from entering into the kingdom. In fact, in this same chapter, they accused Jesus of casting out demons by the prince of demons. Jesus said that they had committed the unforgivable sin. Why? Jesus is the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Him. If you deny this, how can you then be saved?
He perceived their wickedness in Matthew 22:18 and called them hypocrites. Listen to what He says in Matthew 23:27-28:
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are likewhitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. "
isle - In Mark Chapter 3 he was angry when they were so hard of heart that they did not think it was lawful to heal on the Sabbath. "He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn heats, said to the man "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out and his hand was completely restored. Mark 3:5
He also called them fools, blind guides, and serpents in this chapter. Now I'm not saying we should go around calling people names. But we must first recognize that not everyone who claims to be a Christian IS, and that we must be on the lookout for those who promote false doctrine and come against the enemy BEHIND them who has blinded them.
TQ, good point, we need to keep all this in the perspective of God's love... never forget that! But we're talking about holy anger as a weapon against SATAN not people, and seeing what Jesus became angry at.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4: And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
We must NEVER forget when someone comes in the chat room, cursing God, or being obnoxious, or whatever, that they can NOT see the glorious truth that we see because satan has BLINDED them. If we want to win them to Christ, we've got to pray the blinding spirits off - and you don't have to type it in for them to see, just do it out loud at your keyboard. Because all our love and witnessing will do NO good if they are BLIND to it.
mzg, that's a VERY good question, and apparently a bone of contention right now! It's a VERY hard call to make, and you have no idea how badly it hurts to make that call.
So we do need to become indignant with "religious" people who are turning people away from God. Just remember to come against the "religious spirit" that is blinding them, not the people who are being manipulated by this spirit.
Jesus also got angry in Matthew 21:12-13 and got physical about it!
"Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the benches of those selling doves. "It is written," he said to them, "`My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a `den of robbers.'"
The sellers and buyers had turned a holy place into a place of commerce. They were merchandizing and making a profit of salvation. This is what led the great reformer Martin Luther to initiate the Protestant Movement of the Church.
He posted his complaints on the door of the church at Wittenburg Germany on Oct 21, 1517, a lot of which had to do with literally selling indulgences, pardons for sin, or selling salvation.
Should we become angry with the "sellers of salvation", those who are perverting and merchandizing the gospel for their personal gain? Should we speak out against it? The problem is to speak out against the sin and not get caught up in condemning our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Remember we are talking about holy anger, not the wrath of man. It is a powerful weapon against SATAN, not our brothers and sisters. Let me make this VERY clear: You are NEVER justified in raging against people - use that anger to do spiritual warfare on their behalf.
Right TQ, when someone makes you believe you have to send them $$$ to be saved or blessed, they are selling salvation, and that's wrong. Yes, there are cults that do it too, too many to mention.
I Timothy 6:3-5 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
To review so far: We began by talking about the dangers of a passive mind - a lot of believers want to float on flowery beds of ease and not get into conflict with the devil. But if you don't keep your mind active by study, prayer and reflecting on the Word, then the devil can get a foothold in your life.
By the same token, spiritual warfare is not a passive activity. Some think "if I don't bother the devil, he won't bother me", but according to the Bible that's not true. The devil walks about like a roaring lion SEEKING whom he may devour. He's always busy about his business, we can't afford not to be busy about the Lord's business.
Anger is an emotion given by God that can be used correctly or misused. It is misused when we use it against people, and take offense at things they do or say, or things we THINK they do or say. But it is a powerful aid in our warfare against satan if we use it to actively resist the devil who is working behind the scenes.
My point is NOT to get angry in the first place, not to take offense. You can and should discern the spirits behind the actions, and do spiritual warfare against those spirits in Jesus Name. And we're talking about warfare against evil spirits - "good spirits" or angels don't cause bad behavior, only evil spirits, demons, devils, fallen angels, whatever terminology you prefer...
OK, let me give an example. Suppose my teen-age son came home and started 'smart mouthing' me, "telling it like it is", you know the drill.. Does it do a bit of good to get mad at him? No! I come against the spirit of rebellion that has attached itself to him, and then we can talk calmly about what's bothering him.
OK, let's look some more at what angered Jesus. When Jesus cast out demons, He REBUKED them. Now rebuke means to come against something that is out of order, or not in its proper place, to correct or bring judgement against. The casting out of the demon was an act of love on the man's behalf, yes, but against the evil spirit, rebuking is a sign of displeasure, anger, and God's wrath.
Mark 1:23-25 (KJV) And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus REBUKED him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
Mark 9:25 (KJV) When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he REBUKED the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
As we've said before, satan will try to bring demonic "squatters" to pollute our inheritance through disease, doubt, fear, or even demonic infestation. Jesus rebuked these "squatters" showing His anger against these thieves of our peace and wholeness - and commanded them to leave. And in Jesus Name we have the authority to do this too!
Luke 9:1-2 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luke 10:18-20 He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
k - Acts 19 talks about rebuking demons but we need to be certain we are standing on the Word
eternally secure - For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Thessalonians 5:9
Savior's Servant - Numbers 14:18-The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion
Mark 16: 17-18 [Jesus speaking] "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
k - Anger is an emotion that has to be balanced and we have to discern whether it is pride (flesh) that is getting angry or our Spirit combating evil
So we see Jesus getting angry about religious hypocrisy and demonic infestation. What else moved Him to anger? We are told in the next passage the began to upbraid, reproach, censure, denounce, or fuss at the cities that He had done mighty miracles in because they did not repent.
Matthew 11:20-24 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent [and their hearts did not change]. "Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths [hades]. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."
eternally secure - I like that verse in James, "swift to hear" too often when we read scripture, we have our own ideas. but He would have us wait on Him to speak to us. He was unhappy over the "hardness of Israel's hearts" but He could still weep over Jerusalem.
Good point ES ... as we wait upon Him, He changes our preconceived notions so that we can see the pure Word and put it into effect in our life. Now what good did it do Jesus to get mad at a city? We're taught in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 that:
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Jesus overcame these principalities and powers by His death on the cross, and has given us authority over them as well.Colossians 2:15 (KJV) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
satan has his forces organized in ranks, and some of these principalities and powers or princes control the demonic activities in cities. Some intercessors are called to high level warfare against these forces. So we do not wage war against the PEOPLE in these cities, but against the powers that CAUSE people to do sinful things, and the powers that hinder our prayers.
In Daniel we are given a glimpse of this warfare, only here Daniel is speaking about the demonic prince in control of a country: you do have a unique technique peanut!
Daniel 10:12-13 Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.
Here Daniel sees an angel that had been sent 21 days earlier in response to his prayer to God, but was resisted by a demonic "prince" from Persia. And it was only when the archangel Michael came to assist him could he deliver the answer to Daniel's prayer.
Then the angel that spoke to Daniel revealed that he had to return and fight against the demonic prince of Persia and then had an assignment against the demonic prince of Greece.
The point is: there is an unseen world of conflict between good and evil and the way that we control and channel our anger, in this case, either hinders or expedites victory.
Keep in mind that the things in this lesson may be things you aren't read for YET. If so, just file them away ... sooner or later you WILL need to know them. This is a prayer that I copied from prayer chat with the author's permission, which reveals someone understanding this level of warfare:
PrayingHands - Holy Spirit we ask You to visit our city and open the eyes of the people, that they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may trust and receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Jesus Father, forgive them , for they know not what they do. We speak to the prince of the power of the air, to the god of this world who blinds the unbeliever's minds (that they should not discern the truth). and we command that he leave the heavens above our city. Thank you Father for the guardian angels assigned to this place who war for us in the heavenlies.
So this brings us back to the topic of Holy Anger or Righteous Indignation. When you get a glimpse "behind the scenes" of the spiritual warfare going on in heavenly places, it can not only set you free from strife with your brothers and sisters in Christ, because you understand what is behind it, but can be your motivation to wage war against your TRUE enemy, satan and his demons.
OlePappy - Strife, you evil crud, I stomp you and kick you out of here in Jesus name
Father God I have been obedient to teach your Word. I pray that you will make it real to the hearers as they meditate on your Word and show them the proper way to handle anger. In Jesus Name AMEN
Remember, whenever God
gives us a revelation, the devil tries to steal it from us. Guard your hearts and meditate
on what you've learned!
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