Monday, February 16, 2015

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HEALING ANGER

Proverbs 29:1 The man that with a stiff neck despises him that reproves him, shall suddenly be destroyed: and health shall not follow him.

It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, and as a child of 10 years old, I wanted to be playing outside, but for some reason, I was told to stay in the house and to sit on the couch. 
 
I can’t remember ever being that angry before, but I was violently ticked off.

Reaching over to the Sunday funny papers that lay along side of me, I hastily grabbed them, and viciously and quickly, tore them into small shreds.

My dad was in his chair, reading the sports section and he jumped up with a hop, into the kitchen, grabbed “the belt,” and with a skip he jerked me up and submitted a sound whipping to the back of my legs and back side.

When he had fulfilled his own anger, he explained to me that I did not get the thrashing because he had not read the funnies, but it was because I had destroyed something in a fit of anger. 
 
The lesson here of course was not to break, hit, tear or destroy something while angry.  I learned a personal lesson, and that was not to display anger, but to hold it in.

When my children were growing up, I took out my anger on them.  To hear them tell it, they received a beating every day of their early lives.  Later as they grew older, the punishment turned to a short “time out,” giving them time to ponder what they had done.

Usually apologies were quick, and that would settle it, and it was considered closure.

My anger continued, turning into resentment and depression, with no outlet in sight.  Repentance did not solve it, and I was at a loss for a cure!

One eventful day, I read a pamphlet written by Derek Prince.  He spoke of all the emotions inside of us that could, and would destroy our peace.  His solution was a Spiritual plan that involved, “Binding and Loosening.”  The steps were simple enough.
 
I must honestly tell you these steps brought me complete victory and set me free !!

Step 1.  Find a quiet place where you can be alone and when time is not pressing!

Step 2. Desire to be set free from the disturbing emotion, or habit that is troubling you.

Step 3. Ask the Lord to show you the name of the problem you seek freedom from.

Step 4. Pause and wait. – There is no hurry.

Step 5. As you begin to realize an unwanted emotion, confess to God that you do NOT want to keep it, and release it to Him.  Name it.

Step 6. Ask the Lord to show you a replacement attitude and trade the bad with an opposite and good emotion to take its place.  Name it.

Step 7. Tell God that you receive the new, and then thank Him for his peace.

Step 8. There may be more emotions that you are not aware of, so begin again until all that might be troubling you has been released, and replaced with the new and better.

It is extremely important to replace the old attitudes and emotions with the new, because you cannot afford to have a clean but empty house!  

Matthew 12:43 - 45 When the unwanted spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.  Then he says, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and clean.  Then goes he, and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
 
Now fill your spirit with praise and worship to God and fill your mind with his Word.

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8 comments:

  1. Hazel, your post is pure gold. Derek Prince was a legend. I'm going to copy these practical steps in my journal. Thank you for sharing your victory!

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  2. I remember this one! I love it! It shows the powerful gift of free will and all our Father has for us if we but ask... A great reminder, Hazel. It's amazing how often in life a reminder is needed.

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  3. It's interesting to see how we learn different coping skills from a young age...whether it is how to deal with anger or responding to fear and anxiety. I like the step-by-step plan you shared here to overcome negative habits/responses. God will always give us wisdom when we ask.

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  4. Thanks for hosting Hazel. Glad to link up here.
    God Bless

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  5. Yes I sure loved to learn things from such a wise & practical man as Derek Prince, thanks Hazel

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  6. I truly believe in binding and loosing Hazel! I agree with you, when we bind something in Jesus' name, we must loose the opposite. For example, bind the spirit of fear and loose the peace of God in its place. It works every time if our hearts are sincere toward God. Thank you for a powerful post!

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  7. I don't know you in real life, Hazel, but the thought of you ever having anger *issues* seems impossible! I've never had much of a temper, but when I get mad, I really seem to blow up!

    Your advice is great - and I'm going to try it with my worrying!

    GOD BLESS!

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  8. I was too very angry and bitter because of my life's difficulties, but God healed me and His words inspired me and now I am a happy woman who easy forgives:)

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