Crouching at the door of my heart was anger, a shot of bitterness swallowed (Scripture reading: Genesis 4:6b, 7; Ephesians 4:27). No one could readily know it because I was angry on the inside not visible to the countenance. The enemy had waged war against my soul and spiritual warfare, the battle of how I would stand against the enemy was my test. My anger waxed worst, strong enough that I, my spirit man had to wrestle with my fleshly yearnings—a preoccupation of self. Darkly tucked away in the marshlike recesses of my heart were feelings of displeasure (Jeremiah 17:9). The subtleness of the anger not perceived by the sense of touch, crept out in a slither. Just like a boa constrictor lying in wait to wrap its body around its unsuspecting prey, to suffocate life, my anger had resurfaced. Once again my carnal nature, not the devil, was longing to be in charge (Scripture: Romans 7:21). “In the name of Jesus Shut Up, calm down, it’s not about you, think about all who have lost much this year; jobs, homes, countless of lives were snuffed out, including innocent children, teenagers, friends, loved ones, get thee behind me flesh, SHUT UP negative thoughts!” (Scriptures: Psalm 91:13, 18:13,14; 1 Samuel 2:10, Proverbs 29:2, Luke 10:19). Right then and there, the portals of heaven opened and the power of Almighty God descended in a dash to my rescue. And into the reservoir of fresh living water found safely hidden in the heart of my spirit man, I hurriedly like a soup ladle, lifted out the word of God. By faith I thrice repeated aloud, “rebuke, correct, instruct in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16!; the Lord God rebuke you, ol’ flesh, you come under the feet of Jesus, in His name I plead the blood!” The number three, representing the Holy Trinity seems to work victoriously on my behalf anytime there’s an internal battle. One third of my triune being (spirit, soul and body) had taken control. The spirit man now in charge and made in the image and likeness of Christ would prevail (Scripture reading: Genesis 1:26, 27; Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10). Soon recaptured was the authority automatically given to every believer who has surrendered his or her life to Christ Jesus, and has allowed Him to “be” the Lord of their life. If it wasn’t for putting on the full armor of God earlier that morning, this episode would’ve lasted much longer (Scripture: Ephesians 6:11).
After the openingly, bold rebuke, the fire of the anger had dwindled. My flesh became silent, silent enough that I could now hear the sweet, gentle voice of the Holy Spirit. He’d arisen in the authority of a fierce lion within my heart. At the same time, He spoke with words that indescribably embraced me like a Shepherd reassuring his sheep (Scripture: Psalm 23). The voice of the Lord made me feel like I was the only one present in the world—special, loved, unjudged. He said, “My precious, dear daughter, you have been given so much and you’ve so much to give, why fret, why be angered?” (Scripture: Hebrews 12:6, Psalm 42:11).
I thought, “was that it?” The power of the most significant words anyone could ever have spoken to me had ended. At that moment realizing I was chastised, I didn’t want His Spirit to depart (Scripture reading: Hebrews 12:6-11). However, I knew then that I had to make a conscious decision to either obey the word of God already indelibly written inside my heart, or sacrifice enduring the consequences of choosing to disobey (Scripture reading: James 4:17, 1 Samuel 15:22). I didn’t hesitate long before I would choose to obey His instructions. I thought about the depth of my relationship with Christ Jesus and His unfailing, unconditional, love for me. All of the sacrifices that He made which bought me where I am today, the thought of trampling or disregarding His commands I couldn’t bear (Scripture: John 14:15). I didn’t want to hang Him on that cross again (Scriptures: Acts 5:30, Galatians 3:13). I knew that the preoccupation of my “self” had to die (Scripture reading: Galatians 2:20). My heart began to melt as tears streamed down my cheeks, salty, I licked them. Those tears the Holy Spirit said, is a reminder that I was the salt of the earth (Scripture: Matthew 5:13).
By the goodness of the Grace of God, I had forgotten all about the cause of my anger. The clutches of the enemy had debacle. No longer was I focusing on my troubles or entertaining negative thoughts (Scripture: Philippians 4:8). Rather, as the hours, minutes, and seconds faded into the remainder of the day, I found myself serving and ministering to other people. Afterall, I was too busy to think about myself.
Scripture Theme: Why are you anrgy…”If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is
right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:6b, 7
Wonderful post! How long did it take you to be able to just say no to “carnal nature” and follow what the Holy Spirit intended for you to follow? I try, but I’m usually unsuccessful. Sometimes it’s easier to be angry than to be Christian.
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This is a naturally good question to ask. All believers from time to time contend with their carnal nature–whether they admit it or not. That being said, you’re not alone.
The carnal nature is going to “raise its head” or tempt the believer any chance it gets. The day I posted this blog was after the fact–I dealt with that anger. I’ve been following the Holy Spirit for years.
However, just because we–believers in Christ Jesus are filled with the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean the carnal nature–our flesh isn’t going to tempt us. By the grace of God, you, I and others have an opportunity to “choose” to obey the word of God (read scriptures in post again), and submit to the Holy Spirit.
Lady Mblock750, it may not have been immediate, but I did submit. There are days though that I immediately obey and submit, I’m still maturing.
The point is, Father God knows and He sees our heart. For me, I’m not one who practices willingly or deliberately gets angry like that! But when I do, I share with Father God my pain, the cause of the anger and the person whom I’m angry at.
Out of obedience, I forgive the one who inflicted my pain–it could be me–then I repent.
As long as we’re still in this body–the flesh, some type of emotion, etc. will tempt us to carnally act out. When that occurs, we have to make a choice to, or decide NOT TO ALLOW the flesh–carnal nature to win. In Christ, you lady are a winner, now take control! I’m rooting for you. May God bless and strengthen you. 😊
Thank you so much! It’s a difficult thing to do, and like you said just because we follow Christ doesn’t mean we won’t be tempted. I used to think that temptation would never happen because I’m a Christian, but it does. I’m 16, and sometimes things like peer pressure can make it hard to make the right choice, but I really try. I pray about it, and it seems to have helped. 🙂
You’re welcome lady Mblock750. Yes, peer pressure is a trip! But it’s your season to go through it. You’re in it as a test–to test what?–your character. Hold on though…be angry, but sin not (Read Ephesians 4:26).
And…keep your body (emotions, etc.) under subjection, i.e., controlled by the Holy Spirit (Read 1Corinthians 9:27). Remember, You’re Not Alone!
Love you lil sis. 😊
Thanks! God bless you!
Amen for you sis…
Thank you lady Sabra. You too inspire me.