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ANGER MANAGEMENT, THE CHRISTIAN WAY

 

Written by Mayrose Cid-Luis

“I have written this blog as a GIFT to myself and to my fellow MOTHERS and WIVES around the world on MOTHER’s DAY, May 11, 2014.”


MY DEAREST FELLOW WIVES AND MOTHERS,

The role of a mother is a tall order. It entails surmounting tasks and obligations such that from time to time it would neccesitate her to be extremely patient and tolerant. It is during these times that her temper is challenged…thus, the need for ANGER MANAGEMENT.

I therefore, dedicate this blog to you that you may be GUIDED by its principles and learn how to deal with the BIG challenges that you may inevitably encounter during your journey through motherhood. May the Grace of the Lord, the Giver of life together with the Father and the Holy Spirit be with us all…

Sincerely,

Mayrose

In today’s society, ANGER has grown undeniably RAMPANT! Among other factors, movies, video and computer games featuring violence, anger and destruction may have contributed to this sad fact. Even the titiles of popular games have ANGRY already in them like “ANGRY BIRDS”. “ANGRY GRAN” among others. Hence, not only adults but also young people of various ages should learn how to deal with anger.

Amazingly, ANGRY BIRDS have been downloaded over 300 million times. It’s on track to reach 1 billion downloada in the not too distant future. And here where it gets SHOCKING-people play Angry Birds 200 million minutes per day! That’s equal to 16 years of game play every hour of every day (Lev Masin).

You could just IMAGINE how many people gets virtually angry every second and every minute of the day. What can they get than the carastrophic consequences it does to their subconscious minds? Apparently unknown to them, is the fact that these games have a strong negative impact on their subconscious minds that even when they are not playing, the idea that it is okay to be angry, violent and destructive lingers on.

FACT: As humans, we were created to experience and feel various emotions, and that includes anger. Subsequently, it is also a FACT that everyone must have to deal with ANGER from time to time.. Feeling angry at times therefore, is but a NORMAL reaction. However, when ANGER is blown out of proportion, it can be destructive to self and others.

ANGER is defined as a STRONG feeling of annoyance, displeasure, wrath and hatred. It is the general term for a sudden VIOLENT displeasure. The overall effects of anger are enormous. Frustrations tell us, “I am not getting what I want”. And eventually anger causes us to fall into SIN: violence, crime, maltreatmen, abuses of any kind and so on.

Thus, it can be said that it is the the STRONGEST and WORST of all passions.

TWO TYPES OF ANGER:

1. PASSIVE ANGER- stockpiling resentments that are expressed behind people’s backs such as gossiping, secretly putting people down or simply just keeping the anger to oneself without any “harmful” action/s.

2. AGRESSIVE ANGER – can be expressed by intentional untoward behavior towards another person such as bullying, destructiveness, vengeance, hurtfulness and other unpleasant behaviors.

EITHER of these two can be detrimental to self, others or both.

Just HOW widespread is hostility and anger? VERY!
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SATAN’S SHOW OF POWER


by Neil Anderson

 

May 4
 
2 Timothy 1:7 
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline
 
Once I counseled a former high priest of Satanism who desperately wanted to be free of the demonic powers who had ruled his life. But Satan was not about to let go of him without a fight. As I tried to talk to him, Harry ranted and raved and rolled around the office like a crazy man. The demons who controlled Harry were using his mind, his will, his muscles, and his emotions in a noisy display of resistance.
 
But I just sat still. I learned a long time ago that Satan’s show of power is just another facet of his deception designed to provoke fear. He knows that if he can deceive us into being afraid of him, fear will control our lives instead of faith. Satan “prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Why does a lion roar? To paralyze its prey with fear. Once its victim is immobilized by fear, the lion can easily subdue it and kill it.
 
But because of our position, authority, and protection in Christ, Satan can’t touch us. If you cower in fear at Satan’s show of power, then he has you on the defensive. But Peter instructed, “Resist him, firm in your faith” (1 Peter 5:9). Satan is defeated; believe it and stand up to him. When you do, he has no choice but to eventually back down.
 
As the devil roared at me through Harry, I began to read Scripture aloud and pray in a normal, controlled voice that the enemy would be bound in silence. After I had spent several minutes taking authority in Christ through prayer and reading Scripture, Harry fell flat on his stomach in front of me. “Lord Jesus, I need You!” he cried out. I led him in a prayer of commitment to Christ. And when Harry finally stood up, he was free. He embraced me with a childlike joy he had never experienced before.
 
The devil’s bark is much bigger than his bite. Stand firm in the faith and resist him, and he will flee.
 
Prayer: Lord, help me be bold and not fearful in the face of Satan’s attacks. I want to walk in freedom and help others find freedom as well.


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CALLED TO BE A SAINT


by Neil Anderson

 

May 1
1 Corinthians 1:2 
To those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours
 
Have you noticed that one of the most frequently used words of identity for Christians in the New Testament is saint ? A saint is literally a holy person. Yet Paul and the other writers of the Epistles used the word generously to describe common, ordinary, everyday Christians like you and me. For example, Paul’s salutation in 1 Corinthians 1:2 reads: “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”
 
Notice that Paul didn’t say that we are saints by hard work. He clearly states that we are saints by calling. Some of us have bought into the mentality that saints are people who have earned their lofty title by living a magnificent life or achieving a certain level of maturity. No way. The Bible says you are a saint because God called you to be a saint. You were “sanctified in Christ”–made a saint by participating in the life of the only true holy one, Jesus Christ.
 
Many Christians refer to themselves as sinners saved by grace. But are you really a sinner? Is that your scriptural identity? Not at all. God doesn’t call you a sinner; He calls you a saint–a holy one. If you think of yourself as a sinner, guess what you will do: You’ll live like a sinner; you’ll sin. Why not identify yourself for who you really are: a saint who sins. Remember: What you do doesn’t determine who you are; who you are determines what you do.
 
Since you are a saint in Christ by God’s calling, you share in Christ’s inheritance. That which is true of Christ is now true of you, because you are in Christ. It’s part of your identity. You are not the great “I Am,” but with Paul you can say, “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
 
Prayer: Your grace and Your calling in my life are totally undeserved, but it is my privilege to claim my inheritance. Thank You, Father. Thank You, Jesus.


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THE COST OF FORGIVENESS


by Neil Anderson

 

April 30
 
Matthew 18:35 NIV 
Forgive your brother from your heart
 
Forgiveness is agreeing to live with the consequences of another person’s sin. Forgiveness is costly; we pay the price of the evil we forgive. Yet you’re going to live with those consequences whether you want to or not; your only choice is whether you will do so in the bondage of bitterness or the freedom of forgiveness. That’s how Jesus forgave you–He took the consequences of your sin upon Himself. All true forgiveness is substitutional, because no one really forgives without bearing the penalty of the other person’s sin.
 
Why then do we forgive? Because Christ forgave us. God the Father “made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Where is the justice? The cross makes forgiveness legally and morally right: “For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all” (Romans 6:10).
 
How do you forgive from the heart? First, you acknowledge the hurt and the hate. If your forgiveness doesn’t visit the emotional core of your past, it will be incomplete. This is the great evangelical cover-up. Christians feel the pain of interpersonal offenses, but we won’t acknowledge it. Let God bring the pain to the surface so He can deal with it. This is where the healing takes place.
 
Ask God to bring to your mind those you need to forgive. Make a list of all those who have offended you. Since God has forgiven them by His grace, you can forgive them too. For each person on your list, say: “Lord, I forgive (name) for (offenses) .” Keep praying about each individual until you are sure that all the remembered pain has been dealt with. Don’t try to rationalize or explain the offender’s behavior. Forgiveness deals with your pain, not another’s behavior. Remember: Positive feelings will follow in time; freeing yourself from the past is the critical issue.
 

Prayer: Lord, I desire to be free from the hurt and the hate of offenses in my past. Today I move beyond desiring to forgive and asking Your help to forgive. Lord, I forgive _________ for ___________.


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THE LUST OF THE EYES


by Neil Anderson

 

April 26
1 John 2:16 
The lust of the eyes . . . is not from the Father, but is from the world
 
The second channel of temptation through which Satan came to Adam and Eve related to his lie concerning the consequences of disobeying God. God had said that death would accompany disobedience, but Satan said, “You surely shall not die!” (Genesis 3:4). He was appealing to Eve’s sense of self-preservation by falsely assuring her that God was wrong on the issue of sin’s consequences. “Don’t listen to Him; do what’s right in your own eyes,” he urged. The forbidden fruit was a delight to her eyes (verse 6), so she and Adam ignored God’s command in order to do what appeared to serve their own best interests.
 
The lust of the eyes subtly draws us away from the Word of God and eats away at our confidence in God. We see what the world has to offer and desire it above our relationship with God. We begin to place more credence in our own perspective of life than in God’s commands and promises. Fueled by the lust for what we see, we grab for all we can get, believing that we need it and deceived that God wants us to have it. Wrongly assuming that God will withhold nothing good from us, we lustfully claim prosperity.
 
Instead of trusting God wholeheartedly, we adopt a “prove it to me” attitude. That was the essence of Satan’s second temptation of Jesus: “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down [from the pinnacle of the temple]” (Matthew 4:6). But Jesus wasn’t about to play Satan’s “show me” game. He replied, “It is written, ‘You shall not put the LORD your God to the test’” (verse 7).
 
God is under no obligation to us; He is under obligation only to Himself. There is no way you can cleverly word a prayer so that God must respond to it. That not only distorts the meaning of prayer but puts us in the position of God. The righteous shall live by faith in the written Word of God and not demand that God prove Himself in response to our whims or wishes, no matter how noble they may be. We are the ones being tested, not God.
 
Prayer: Forgive me, Father, for the times I have listened to the enemy’s lies and tried to meet my needs the way I saw fit. You are God, not me. I look to You to supply all my needs in Your own way.


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THE LUST OF THE FLESH


by Neil Anderson

April 25

1 John 2:16 
The lust of the flesh . . . is not from the Father, but is from the world
Satan first approached Eve through the channel of the lust of the flesh. He planted a doubt in her mind about the fruit of the tree when he said: “Has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1). Eve answered, “God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it’” (verse 3). But Satan had piqued her appetite for the forbidden fruit, and she “saw that the tree was good for food” (verse 6). Yielding to the lust of the flesh contributed to Adam and Eve’s downfall.
Satan also challenged Jesus through the channel of the lust of the flesh. Our lord had been fasting for 40 days when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness at the point of His apparent vulnerability: “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). Satan is not omniscient, but he’s not blind either. He learned about Jesus’ apparent vulnerability to physical temptation by watching Him go without food for 40 days. He’s watching you too, looking for soft spots of vulnerability in your appetites for food, rest, comfort and sex. Temptation is greatest when hunger, fatigue and loneliness are acute.
The temptation of the lust of the flesh is designed to draw us away from the will of God to serve the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 17). When Satan tempts you through the channel of the lust of the flesh, he will invite you to fulfill your needs in ways that are outside the boundary of God’s will. Whenever you feel enticed to meet a legitimate need by acting independently of God, you are being tempted through the lust of the flesh.
When you resist the temptations of the lust of the flesh, you are declaring your dependence on God for your needs. As such you are remaining “in the vine,” tapping into the resources Jesus referred to in John 15:5. But when you yield to temptation in this area, your fruitfulness as a Christian will suffer because apart from Christ you can do nothing.
Prayer: You are a strong, fruit vine, Lord, and I will not wither as long as I remain in You. Strengthen me today to resist the temptation to meet my needs apart from You.


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SATAN’S THREEFOLD TEMPTATION


by Neil Anderson

 

April 24
 
1 John 2:16 
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
 
You will be better prepared to resist temptation in your life when you realize that, according to the Scriptures, there are only three channels through which Satan will entice you to act independently of God. They are summarized in John’s instructions to believers concerning our relationship to this world: “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17).
 
The three channels of temptation are the lust of the flesh , the lust of the eyes , and the pride of life . The lust of the flesh preys on our physical appetites and their gratifications in this world. The lust of the eyes appeals to self-interest and tests the Word of God. The pride of life stresses self-promotion and self-exaltation. Satan confronted both the first Adam and the last Adam through each of these three channels of temptation.
 
Notice how Satan used precisely those three channels to deceive Eve: “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food [lust of the flesh], and that it was a delight to the eyes [lust of the eyes], and that the tree was desirable to make one wise [pride of life], she took from its fruit and ate” (Genesis 3:6).
 
The first Adam failed miserably and we still suffer the results of his failure. But the last Adam–Jesus Christ–met Satan’s threefold temptation head-on and succeeded triumphantly. In Him we have the resources and the power to conquer every temptation Satan throws at us.
 
Prayer: Dear God, please tear down any pride or self-deception I may have concerning Satan’s strategies of temptation. I know I can never become complacent about spiritual warfare.


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YOUR LIFE APART FROM GOD


by Neil Anderson

 

April 21
 
Romans 8:13, 14 
If by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
 
Why do you still react as if your old skipper were still in control of your behavior? Because while you served under it, your old self trained and conditioned your actions, reactions, emotional responses, thought patterns, memories, and habits in a part of your brain called “the flesh.” The flesh is that tendency within each person to operate independently of God and to center his interest on himself. An unsaved person functions totally in the flesh (Romans 8:7, 8), worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25). Such persons “live for themselves” (2 Corinthians 5:15), even though many of their activities may appear to be motivated by selflessness and concern for others.
 
When you were born again, your old self died and your new self came to life, and you were made a partaker of Christ’s divine nature. But your flesh remains. You brought to your Christian commitment a fully conditioned mind-set and lifestyle developed apart from God and centered on yourself. Since you were born physically alive but spiritually dead, you had neither the presence of God nor the knowledge of God’s ways. So you learned to live your life independently of God. It is this learned independence that makes the flesh hostile toward God.
 
During the years you spent separated from God, your worldly experiences thoroughly programmed your brain with thought patterns, memory traces, responses, and habits which are alien to God. So even though your old self is gone, your flesh remains in opposition to God as a preprogrammed propensity for sin, which is living independently of God.
 
Be aware that you no longer have to obey that preprogrammed bent to live independently of God. You are a child of God, and you are free to put to death those fleshly deeds and obey Christ.
 
Prayer: Lord, I make a fresh declaration of dependence on You for today. I renounce all my old tendencies to live independently of You.


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NEW AGE DECEPTION


by Neil Anderson

 

April 19
1 Timothy 2:5 
There is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
 
The fourth unifying factor of the New Age Movement is a cosmic evolutionary optimism . There is a New Age coming. There will be a new world order with a one-world government. New Agers believe in a progressive unification of world consciousness eventually reaching the “omega point.” This is a counterfeit kingdom and we know who its prince is.
 
Fifth, New Agers create their own reality . They believe they can determine reality by what they believe, so by changing what they believe, they can change reality. There are no moral absolutes because there is no distinction between good and evil.
 
Sixth, New Agers make contact with the kingdom of darkness . Calling a medium a “channeler” and a demon a “spirit guide” has not changed the reality of what they are. They are in contact with the god of this world instead of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
 
Recently I received a call from a lady who was concerned about the turn of events in a small group she was attending. It had started out as a group of supposedly Christian women. The one woman began to function as a medium, and they thought they were hearing from God. They recorded six hours of videotape, and in that six hours, five different personalities can be identified in the medium. The group was convinced they were hearing from God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and two angels.
 
The lady functioning as a medium was later identified as not being a Christian. In the tape her eyes roll back in a trancelike state. At one point a voice says through her, “It’s going to snow here tomorrow.” I’m surprised that when it didn’t snow the next day, they couldn’t see the snow job being done on them!
 
How can a thinking person, professing to be a Christian, consider this as anything other than demonization? But it isn’t just lonely homemakers who are being deceived. This deception is invading every area of society today.
 
Prayer: Father, keep me alert to the deception of New Age thinking around me, and help me dismiss the darkness I encounter with the light of Your truth.


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SATAN’S VOICE


by Neil Anderson

April 15

1 John 4:1 
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
 
Paul warned us against the deception which comes through demonic influence (1 Timothy 4:1). John also cautioned us to test the spirits and to distinguish the spirit of truth from the spirit of error (1 John 4:1-6). Satan’s demonic forces are at work attempting to pollute your mind with lies in order to keep you from walking in the truth. Hannah Whitehall Smith wrote:
 
There are the voices of evil and deceiving spirits, who lie in wait to entrap every traveler entering these higher regions of spiritual life. . . . These spiritual enemies, whoever or whatever they may be, must necessarily communicate with us by means of our spiritual faculties, and their voices, as the voice of God, are an inward impression made upon our spirit. Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit may tell us by impressions what the will of God is concerning us, so also will these spiritual enemies tell us by impression what is their will concerning us, though not, of course, giving it their name” (Quoted from Martin Wells Knapp, Impressions , Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishing, Inc., 1984, pp. 14-15).
 
Due to the deceptive nature of his impressions, Satan’s voice may not always be detected objectively. You need to pray in order to disassociate yourself from deceiving spirits.
 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I commit myself unreservedly to Your will. If I have been deceived in any way, I pray that You will open my eyes to the deception. I command in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that all deceiving spirits depart from me, and I renounce and reject all counterfeit gifts (or any other spiritual phenomena). Lord, if it is from You, bless it and cause it to grow that Your body may be blessed and edified through it.