After creating humans, God gave them a great treasure called the WILL, He also gave them the POWER To control that WILL. The ability to decide to do or not to do a thing. The devil is aware of this. So what he does, is that he manipulates the minds of his victims by injecting defeat and slavery into it. He rejoices when he knows and sees you’re his captive.
It can be frustrating and discouraging to keep trying to achieve something and never succeeding. But why give up when you know you can win and will win. Winning and losing begins from the mind.
Guess what? My journey to deliverance from anger wasn’t a smooth ride. The devil was aware that I was working towards being free completely, and in order to frustrate my efforts, he opened up more channels of offence towards me.
There were two scriptures that became my medication for anger.
The first is Matthew 18 : 7; “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” (KJV)
The part B of the above scripture was my medicine. It means woe unto him/her who causes offence.
The next question is what is the meaning of Woe?
Woe means great sadness or distress, calamity, trouble, curse, misery etc
So anyone who causes offence is in for woe both here on earth and in eternity if they don’t repent. That’s not my word but God’s Word. And if I return the offence and provoke the person who has offended me, it simply means woe unto me too.
The second Scripture is Proverbs 22:24 -25; “Make no friendship with an angry man and with a furious man thou shalt not go.
Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul”. (KJV)
The Word of God is practically true. Many people’s lifestyle and behaviour were influenced by their environment and the companion they kept or are keeping.
I consciously began to cut off ties with close companions who were also controlled by this spirit of anger. It was a deliberate and conscious effort.
You are most likely to become the companions you keep.
Thirdly, I realised in the process of my walk with God that I have the willpower to do or not do whatsoever thing I want.
I took charge of my mind completely. Notwithstanding the depth, width or height of offence, I make sure to never say a rough word or act uncivilised.
During these years of being delivered from the spirit of anger, guess what!
I noticed more people were stationed around me to provoke me. I noticed my roommate back in the University days would always do something she had no control of and that could really get me angry.
But one day, while I was contemplating on being alone without a roommate, the Holy Spirit told me she was allowed to be my roommate so He can add virtues to me. I’m really glad I obeyed The Holy Spirit.
Lastly, I knew I had a problem with anger and I constantly prayed to God. I could fast and hold vigils for this purpose.
I prayed more about it than I prayed for other things because I knew anger could destroy a person and/or make the person a captive of regret permanently. I wasn’t ready for that kind of life. I also knew anger could hinder me from entering the promised land God has reserved for me both here in life and in eternity. I didn’t also want to end like Moses in the Bible.
In life, any situation you find yourself, utilise it and allow God to perfect what He plans to perfect.
The Word of God is and will always be the Divine Therapy you need against anger.
Give it a chance.