As long as you are in your human shell you better believe somebody will find a way to work your nerves. If it’s not at work it’ll happen at home. If it doesn’t happen at home maybe it will happen in the checkout line at Wal-Mart. If not there… it just may happen at church. Before the end of the week the enemy will use somebody to try to run your blood pressure up!
I know people pretend they don’t get angry but let’s be real. You can memorize every bible verse and learn every Kirk Franklin song but somebody will still figure out how to push one of your buttons. They’ll make all kind of words come out your mouth! We all get frustrated and annoyed at some point. Trust me, foolery can work your nerves so bad that you don’t even want to answer your phone. It’s always somebody trying to find a way in to steal more of your Peace.
Sad thing is… the people who cause the most confusion are usually the ones quoting the bible and pretending to have it altogether. Hilarious!
If you’ve ever watched a puppet show then you know puppets don’t have any control over what they do. You’ll see an arm and a head move but all those actions are being controlled by a hidden person. You see the movement but what you don’t see is the person pulling the strings. People don’t have the power to oppress each other. We are either being controlled by Righteousness or Evil. When others oppress you, most times they won’t even recognize the puppetry. The enemy is hidden yet pulling their strings.
The real question is, are we supposed to get mad? Absolutely! We’re not celestial yet. We are still human. Anger is an instant reaction to oppression. God understands this. Even God was angry at Israel many times in the Bible. He is not upset with us being angry. He just doesn’t want us to become a puppet to the anger. When anger controls you it will force you to react in a sinful manner. It’s the response to anger that God is concerned about.
So, when your blood pressure is up and they have worked your nerves you have to calm down and recognize what is really going on here. The devil is using other people to take you out of your place of Peace. Anger is like a foothold. You can’t move forward if someone is holding your leg. Anger will hold you in the same place and you will stay stuck there while everything you’ve worked for passes you by. The best thing you can do is let it go. Tomorrow, they’ll be working on somebody else’s nerves because they didn’t get the response they were looking for when they tried you. You have to let the enemy know… ‘you tried but it didn’t work.’
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT)
26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.