The Anger Train

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I know there’s a ton of stuff that sucks…the REALLY.BIG.ROCKS!  Gas is $4 freakin’ dollars a gallon.  Grocery items…(oh, let’s not get started on that one).   And then there’s all the political crap!  AARRRG!!  it makes you angry, d#%n it! 

On top of all that, the images of suffering innocents abound…slammed right in our faces through instant media access.  Our.Emotions.Are.Raw.

So, what are we to do?

We have to get off the anger train! 

It takes good old fashioned (grow a pair) guts to jump off the train.

Many folks have been angry long enough that the anger train has built up momentum.  You can feel the hot air blowing in your hair.  The scenery of life is getting more and more blurred.  The clickety-clack of the next injustice announces its presence at a faster pace.

Don’t get me wrong.  The motivation for the anger is logical and many times feels moral.  You would not have climbed aboard if it weren’t.

Here’s the thing…the anger train that so many are riding (and that I am definitely tempted to board) is not changing one single circumstance. The prices are not coming down at the pump or in the grocery isle.  Politics.  Regardless of the party or arena, the root of politics has been a nemesis to true justice for…well…forever.  Don’t forget.  Politics and government are not the same thing.

Oh, by the way…angry Facebook posts and a “stand for righteousness” is also not the same thing.

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” 

Be Angry And Sin Not

“Be angry and sin not.  Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”  Ephesians 4:26

That would seem to contradict my whole argument, wouldn’t it?  Depends.  How do we know if the anger we feel is righteous anger?

In a nutshell, righteous anger doesn’t separate us from faith in God.  Righteous anger isn’t a response to fear of loss.  Righteous anger motivates one to seek God as a first priority.  Righteous anger doesn’t make you or I ugly and difficult to be around.  Righteous anger is short lived.  It’s not allowed to have a life of it’s own.

So, let’s circle back around to the beginning.

It’s time to get off the anger train.  It’s time to get aboard the train of trust.  Through communion with God, see how He’s responding to life.  Work at envisioning what it would look like in your life if you could actually trust Him with everything that concerns you.

Here’s a great antidote that will help you jump off the anger train with a soft landing.  Spend time every day listing things you are thankful for.  Ride the Praise Train.  Seriously…

Thankfulness and praise keeps the heart flexible and able to receive necessary wisdom and creativity. 

Gary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deal With The Demon Directly by Gary Ellis

Has a demonic personality tricked you in order to keep you off it’s back?  I’d like to address that on a very practical level in today’s post:
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The influence of a demonic personality is more common than we, in the Western World, actually factually believe.

If you begin experiencing feelings like you’re overcome with confusion, disorientation, anger, or any other internal manifestation that is “dark,” you are most likely experiencing the influence of a demonic personality.

Likely it’s more than thoughts that you need to control.  The demonic personality needs to be dealt with directly!

Frankly speaking, the Western world (and church in particular) has been side tracked down the road of dealing with most everything with logical understandings, methodologies, and sometimes the “latest flavor of the month club.”

It’s a great temptation to get caught up in “doctrinal disputations.”  We ALL fall prey to it more often than we want to admit.

Someone I know has been diagnosed as Bi Polar.  It’s had a very disruptive influence in the lives of her and her husband…both Christians.  The thing is…I don’t have a dispute with the diagnosis.  There are real medical and psychological disorders at the root of today’s medical and mental health.  The name of the diagnosis is not the point behind what I’m saying, today.  The “condition” may need medical and/or psychological assistance.  However, when there’s an eruption of the condition…it needs to be dealt with on the level of personality…not condition.  But I’m talking about more than “bi-polar disorder.”

Are you easily offended, or angered?  Do you suddenly feel confused and even disoriented?  Do you have panic attacks?

Although you may be shifting the blame to other things/people…you are likely being manipulated in those moments by a demonic personality.  During an “episode,” even the “blame shifting” thoughts are suggestions being spoken by the demonic personality for the purpose of disguise…to keep you off the real playing field.

We’ve been given phenomenal authority over the demonic world through the name of Jesus.  That’s what we need to use “in those moments of manifestation.”

Hollywood has given us a false picture of dealing with the devil.  Movies about exorcisms are again hitting the theaters.  And that creates mental imagages and perceptions in us all.  But…

even though you may be dealing with a demonic personality…it does NOT mean you are a candidate for an exorcism.

So…instead of switching into your personal belief system regarding doctrines of demons…just deal with it…as a personality.  Here is a simple way:

“In the name of Jesus…demonic personality that is manifesting in my thoughts and emotions…Stop, Now!  I deny your right to
continue this manifestation of (____) and cancel your assignment to harass me.  I am in a blood covenant with God
through Jesus Christ.  And, now I enforce that authority over you in Jesus name.”

Is this the only answer to personal character issues?  No.  But, the point of the post is “First things first.”

Right doctrine is truly important.  That forms our thinking.  But, the reality is that we are also doing battle with spirit personalities.  They love causing conflict within ourselves and with others over intellectualized belief systems.  But, actually…consider this…we are all spiritual personalities first.  We walk in a spiritual environment every day.  We must… start…there.

Weigh in.  I’d love to hear your comments, questions, and experiences.  Select comments below:

Gary