Do you know that having the spirit of anger can make you miss out on your blessings? I will be writing about 3 different instances in the Bible where people could have missed out on their blessings if they had chosen anger.
Woman whose daughter was sick Matthew 15:26 (Matthew 15:21-28)
In this passage, we see a Canaanite woman come to Jesus and shout for him to show her mercy because her daughter is sick and she needs healing. Jesus’ disciples tried sending her away but she insisted until she got to Jesus and he said in verse 24: I have been sent only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel, she said Lord help me. Jesus’ replied that in verse 26 was it is not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to dogs. She could have gotten angry with this statement Jesus made, but she knew what she wanted, and she knew anger at that moment will only make her daughter miss out on the healing. She didn’t yield to the anger, and her daughter was healed. She could have replied Jesus angrily, but she stayed on course she knew what she was looking for.
Hannah and Eli 1 Samuel 1:13 (1 Samuel 1:13-20)
Hannah had been waiting on God to give her a child, and she was ready to be a mom. She was praying to God, pouring out her heart to him in the Lord’s temple, and Eli saw her and immediately assumed that she was drunk. Verse 14: Eli says “How long will you act like a drunk? sober up!”. She could have gotten angry with Eli because he immediately assumed she was drunk and she could have walked out of the Lord’s temple. But she knew why she was there. She knew that choosing anger meant going back to get mocked and made fun of by Peninnah and still remaining childless. She was not going to allow anything to take this blessing she was expecting from God from her, and she stood strong and didn’t allow anger to overtake or overcome her. She replied Eli in Verse 15: No Sir, I’m just a very sad woman. I haven’t had any wine or beer but have been pouring out my heart to the Lord.” She received her blessing from God and had Samuel. She could have lost out on having this blessing if she has allowed anger to take over because Eli assumed that she was drunk, but she didn’t.
Job and his friends Job 42: 10 (Job 42:9-16)
We are all familiar with the story of Job and how he lost everything and still remained faithful to God even in his circumstance. His wife told him to curse God and die, and his friends also didn’t help by not encouraging him. After his friends left Job’s place after visiting him, God spoke to Job and told him that he had to pray for these same friends who had just left his place. If you were Job, would you pray for these friends that brought discouragement to you? what would you have done? Job could have been angry with God and said didn’t you see what they said and did when they came here, and now you want me to pray for them?”” I don’t think so. Job could have chosen anger, but guess what he prayed for his friends, and Verse 10 states God changed Job’s fortune, when he prayed for his friends and the Lord doubled all Job’s earlier possessions. Job could have chosen anger and lost out of his blessings, but he chose faith and received his blessings and reward.
In summary, the spirit of anger will make you lose. There is nothing to gain with the spirit of anger than losing it all. Friends I will advice you to pick Faith/Blessings over anger. When your breakthrough is coming, the spirit of anger might want you to lose out on it. Read the earlier passages posted and see how they choose faith/blessings over anger and how they got their reward. Testing might come from God himself or fellow man. Just be ready not choose anger because an angry person does not produce the righteousness of God. Instead, choose the fruit of the Spirit, which are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.