When Saul heard these words, the Spirit of God suddenly came powerfully on him, and his anger burned furiously.
~1 Samuel 11:6~
Under what conditions are we allowed to be angry as children of God? In our effort to be like Christ we are always learning to be gentle and kind. Scripture itself tells us that we must bear with one another in love. When we look at the fruits of the Spirit, they are all about being a meek, joyful and loving person. It seems like there is no room for anger for a child of God.
Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger ~Ephesians 4:26~
There is nothing that makes me angry like a haughty, ignorant and a manipulative person. I hate bullying, and I have a huge problem with people who bully others. I tell you there are two ways you can get me to fight, spiritual warfare and against bullying. Oh I come out with guns blazing and I will fight you all corners when I see you bullying others. Who died and appointed you God over others? However, even in my anger, I have learned and continue to learn to be gentle. That is what meekness is about, being a lion(ess) with a lamb’s temperament.
The scripture above tells us that it is ok to be angry, but that very anger must not entangle us into sin, nor must we allow it to consume us until night time. A lot of people make improper decisions out of anger, then find themselves regretting these decisions when they have calmed down. The reason why we should not allow anger to drive us to sin is because sin has a reward. Whether you sin intentionally or unintentionally, there is still a consequence to every sin. It is therefore better to allow yourself to calm down then decide on what to do. So it is with going to sleep still angry. It is an open invite to the enemy to come and attack you in your sleep. It is allowing yourself to be vulnerable to the enemy’s snares.
Saul was said to have been angry after the power of the Lord came upon him. Which means God Himself was angered by Nashan, then used Saul to come against Nashan. There is no battle we can ever fight and win well without God. It is even better when God is the one fighting through us, for that is comfort that, that battle is a guaranteed win. When God moves you to act, you find yourself with boldness you cannot explain. You can even go against a bear and a lion. It is the same with anger aroused by evil.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom [Proverbs 9:10]. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. [Proverbs 8:13]
There are many oppressors in this world we live in. People who have exalted themselves above the knowledge of Christ. We have been given authority to bring to captivity every high thing that exalts itself above the knowledge of God. However, that also refers to our own thoughts, actions and desires. It is easy to hate and be angry at evil that is external. But evil has a way of exalting itself internally also, so that anger has to be directed to our own inner self as well in order to destroy it.
There is but one God, one Lord and one Spirit of Christ. Which means anything else that exalts itself that is not of the Lord, Yahweh, has to be trampled upon. Yes, we are soldiers of Christ who have to fight through fasting and prayer. However, there comes a time when all of that has to be put aside and engage Holy anger. There are times when the clueless need to be brought to the knowledge of who God is.
Elijah was one who didn’t play with the knowledge of God. I call him, the prophet of fire. He had no problem calling fire upon any situation that was trying his knowledge of God. This very same we read about it when Elisha, after receiving a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, curses 42 children when they were mocking God through mocking him.
We are in the season of fire now, a season of the violent who take it by force. The Lord is pouring the Elijah spirit to those who are open to receiving it. Christ has to be exalted, and Christ alone. Question is, are you tired of watching mediocre raise itself above the knowledge of Christ or are you just fine with the way things are? God is looking for the Phinehas’. Is your heart willing?
And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. – Numbers 25:7-8