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That Avail Much

Emotion Management Advice

Welcome back, friend. Sit here with me a while and relax. I have refreshments for you! We'll drink Living Water, and receive His Word.

Have you ever struggled with anger? I have. For too many years I let it eat me up. Everything irritated me, aggravated me, or just plain made me a screaming mess. It was an awful way to live. I couldn't feel anything like love, peace, joy or satisfaction. Getting my mouth under control helped to not spread it to others, but what about the fact that I still felt angry?

Let me tell you a little about the way God helped me with this problem. God revealed to me that I was affected by the spirit of offense. Due to events that occurred in my childhood and teenage years, the devil had an opening and an opportunity. He convinced me to become offended at things people said and did.

He (the devil) brought me fear, to begin with - fear people would hurt me again, fear they were talking about me, ridiculing me, fear they didn't like me, hated me, wanted me to suffer, on and on. He planted and planted. He watered, and fertilized. He knows the spiritual law of sowing and reaping works in the negative too.

Once he had established fear in my mind, it took over my emotions, and offense was close behind it. I took offense at things said to me, and things not said. I was offended at what people did, convinced it was just to hurt me. I was offended at what people didn't do, convinced it was just to hurt me. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Have you ever felt as I did, people were out to 'get' me? Once I was well offended, the cycle began - I started to give out offense as well. Now the spirit of offense could dwell in me- I had accepted the offense enough to begin spewing it back out.

If this sounds like you, friend, take heart ... you do NOT have to live like this. God, as always, has an answer. But to understand the answer, it's important to understand how the problem happens.

We think of evil spirits being obvious and if we are children of God, we think it can't happen to us. More often than not, the devil is subtle in his attack, gradual in drawing you down, a master of disguise and deceit. he made it all seem normal to me. To all appearances, I looked like a majority of the world looks - ticked off and not taking any bull.

But this was a definite plan of destruction. Here is how the progression went:

First, I was HURT,

then, I was AFRAID,

next, I was OFFENDED,

after that, I was OFFENSIVE TO OTHERS.

Because I was offensive, I became LONELY.

The loneliness caused DEPRESSION.

Once I was depressed, I became mentally OPPRESSED.

The mental oppression caused EMOTIONAL SICKNESS.

The emotional sickness spread to my body and became PHYSICAL DISEASE.

The devil had a plan for my death, and he almost succeeded. All of this took place before I encountered Jesus. This is why I understand those who get offended at the slightest thing, or take offense where none is intended. They are under attack. They do not realize, they have a choice.

When I asked God to show me how my offense caused everything that happened to me, He showed me some fruit:

'A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it's fruit.' [Proverbs 18:20, 21]

I thought of all the things that had been coming out of my mouth for years. Words that produced ugly thoughts, feelings and happenings - not only in my life, but in those lives associated with mine. If you think only Bible words produce, think again.

We are created in God's image. God SPOKE everything He created into existence. Our words create as well - Death, or life. Every word we speak creates. That is why Jesus said: "Every idle word men may speak they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned." [Matthew 12:36, 37]

Our WORDS justify or condemn us. Our WORDS create what we have in our lives - every situation, every condition, every problem or solution. That is why I push the spoken Word of God so much. We get to CHOOSE what we say - what we will create - for one Lord, or the other.

For it is our choice, to be fearful, or faith-filled. To be offended, or forgiving. You can CHOOSE to not be afraid. You can CHOOSE to not receive the spirit of offense. Here is how God had me start the progression out of bondage into His plan of deliverance:

Whenever fear or offense threatened me by thoughts in my mind, for the mind is the chosen battlefield and entry point of satan - and the point of renewal by God - I would SAY -

"Spirit of fear/offense, I refuse you! You have to leave me in the Name of Jesus! You are a weapon formed against me, and you will NOT prosper. I am delivered from worldly bondages! I am set free from words of death, and I speak the Word of Life! My mouth shall speak right things, my lips shall speak Truth---":

You get the idea. No matter where I was, who I spoke to, when I was tempted- because fear and offense are temptations- the Holy Spirit brought to my mind the scriptures I had found and been declaring. Why did He do this? BECAUSE I ASKED HIM TO.

This is part of the 'renewing the mind' process. Just realizing you need it won't do it. Just finding all the appropriate scripture doesn't make it happen. Only these and praying really, really hard can't cut it.

DEATH AND LIFE ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE. When death has been your language for any amount of time, only the language of life will reverse the effects. To renew your mind, to really come out of the pit, you will have to create with your tongue- and the Word of God.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so He could teach us all things, and bring them to our remembrance [John 14:25, 26]- - What a powerful tool He put in our hands! This speaks of such love for us, to have been given this gift. One that is sorely under-used.

So, what will you say about your situation? What will you speak into existence? What will your tongue create? Who will you let tell you what to say?

It is extremely important that God's people stay away from offense- we have a job to do, and the spirit of offense can damage that terribly with the lost. I urge you, as one who has been in the offense pit, "Let the words of your mouth, and meditations of your heart, be acceptable in the sight of the Lord, your Rock and your Redeemer." [adapted from Psalms 19:14]

Prayer for release from the bondage of anger:

Thank You Father, I let all bitterness, anger and fear pass from me. I forgive others just as you forgave me. I am kind and loving towards them. I dwell in peace, for you are my dwelling place. My trust is in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

This simple prayer pulled me out of the pit and keeps me mindful of what God has saved me from---and keeps me from falling back into. The key is spending time with Him and His Word daily.

Scripture references:

Ephesians 4:31, 32

Psalm 91

Thank you for coming and listening friend. Please put the Word of God in your heart today. You will not be sorry.

Peace and the Spirit of Love and Joy to you, Kim

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