Anger is a human expression that has been around since the beginning of time. While it is normal for an individual to be angry, when left uncontrolled, it can become dangerous and lead to sin.
The Spirit of Anger is a demonic creature that has caused untold hardship to believers and non-believers alike. All Christians are advised to pray against any spirit of Asmodeus that wants to wreck their lives.
To overcome this demonic spirit of anger, you will need to learn about how it works and the effects of anger on our lives.
What Is the Spirit of Anger Called?
Asmodeus, an evil demon, is called the spirit of anger in some Christian texts. Known as the kind of demons in Pes. 110a, a Hebrew text. It is always seen as an accomplice of the God of Evil (Satan). In the Hebrew apocryphal text of Tobit (3:8, 17), he is seen as the sower of problems between couples. This spirit of anger is known to have three key features:
He is one of the chief demons in the kingdom of God and is assigned to destroy homes. Christians who want to make heaven should pray against being influenced by this spirit. Moses was one of the top servants of God, but the spirit of anger was in him. According to Numbers 20:9–11 (NLT)
“So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock, and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.”
God gave Moses a specific instruction to get water. However, the people made him annoyed, and he hit the rock more than he was instructed. Because of his anger and disobedience, he didn’t enter the land God promised the children of God.
How Can the Spirit of Anger Come Into a Christian Life?
There are several sources of anger that Christians should be wary of. They are:
All believers should imbibe the spirit of love to avoid being angry. In 1 John 4:20, it says that anyone who doesn’t love has his heart filled with hatred. When hatred is in our hearts, we cannot see God. While there are people who will make us angry and vexed in spirit, we should keep our temper in peace. Read Romans 12:21 to get a grasp of how people have permitted evil in their lives. This has caused problems and subdued love in their lives.
As Christians, we should avoid all forms of greed. Contentment should be our goal, and we should be selfless believers. Ahab in the scriptures was driven by greed; that’s why he killed Naboth. This was because he coveted Naboth’s fine vineyard and wasn’t able to buy it. In 1 King 21:1–16, we can find how Naboth declined his offer, but Ahab and his wife, Jezebel connived to take it by any means.
Moreover, King Asa was also a prideful man who allowed the spirit of anger into his life. That’s why he didn’t leave sin and trust in man. Rather than seeking the face of God in 2 Chronicles 16:10, he mistreated his followers.
Christians should also guard against being jealous of others. One of the reasons we are angry is because of the spirit of jealousy. In Genesis 4:8, Cain was jealous that his brother’s offering was accepted and not his; that’s why, in anger, he killed Abel. In Galatians 5:19–20, believers are warned to refrain from allowing the spirit of jealousy and anger to separate them from God.
Malice can also lead to anger when left for a long time. When we are offended by anyone, we should let them know what they have done. However, if we keep them in mind for a while, we will become very angry. Ephesians 4:29:32 talks about Christians purging all spirits of bitterness and malice. Don’t hold grudges with people; it affects your spiritual nature.
The above vices have led to broken homes and relationships because they could not tame their hearts. Anger leads to sinful revenge. God should be our refuge, and we shouldn’t allow the spirit of anger to control us. (Proverbs 22:24-25)
What God Says About the Spirit of Anger
Reading through the scriptures, which is God’s word, we have several instances where God warned us about this sort.
In Ephesians 31:32, Christians are advised to flee from anger, the wrath of a clamoring person. This is because bitterness is bad and ungodly. Believers are meant to be kind and forgiving in all things.
Moreover, in Proverbs 15:18, God wants us to do away with an angry heart because it destroys. Verse 18 says that an angry man causes strife, but if you are slow in anger, it slows your contention. There is peace when we don’t give into the spirit of anger; our hearts are at peace. Also, in Proverbs 14:17, he warned that a man who is quick to anger will act foolishly and become hated.
When we check Colossians 3:8, the apostle advises us to put away blasphemy, bad language, and filth. These behaviors don’t edify God and can lead one to destruction. There is no good thing that comes from anger, so we should do everything to prevent it.
How You Can Overcome the Spirit of Anger
While it’s okay to be, at times when it is out of control, it consumes us. As Christians, here are some ways to overcome this spirit:
Acknowledge the Problem
You should first agree that you have a problem with anger. Some Christians feel that being angry is okay and part of them. When you know you have this emotional problem, you will be able to take a step towards solving it.
Be more calm
Anytime you feel you are becoming angry about a situation, take a break. Leave the place and take a walk to someplace quiet. This will let you have a better review of the situation and process your action better.
Praying works in ways we don’t even know. It is the master key to solving all problems. Psalm 37:8 advises us not to give in to anger because it leads to trouble. Pray for yourself and the person who is vexing your spirit that God should touch your heart.
If you are struggling with the spirit of anger, it’s better to talk to your pastor or parents. Proverbs 15:22 says that without counsel, our plans might go bad. But when we seek wise counsel, we will make great decisions.
Learn to forgive
Colossians 3:13 admonishes Christians to bear with one another and forgive. One of the ways to desist from anger is to forgive quickly. We can’t run away from people annoying us, but we can forgive them. It isn’t an easy decision, but it’s the best for our salvation and health.
The spirit of anger is in the world, looking for relationships to destroy and friendships to put in disarray. As long as we follow Christ, we should not let the spirit of anger consume us and stop our journey to heaven. We should continue to pray and forgive one another, as our Father in Heaven does.