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Genesis 3:14

14  So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.

Today’s Inspiration: The works of the flesh are all interconnected. They feed and set up one another in different ways. The Lord in Genesis 3:14 condemned the serpent to crawl on his belly and eat the dust. Because flesh of man was made from dust, this was the prophetic statement on how the devil would feed on the carnal nature of man. Every time we give in to the works of the flesh, it is feeding the very devil that are seeking to bind us and use us for his evil purposes. Causing strife and disputes is a fundamental strategy of the devil to keep us from abiding in the Holy Spirit. There are people who are so full of themselves that they are prone to dispute every statement they hear. This is a very serious flaw and is disruptive to a team. They are like the type of apples who spoil the barrel.

They are the people who tried to control or manipulate or even disrupt the progress of the team. Could anyone be led by the spirit walk this way? Galatians 6:16-18 provided the test. People with quick temper is listed with the other sins and personal problems that disqualify one from being an elder in the church. Titus 1:7. Those who cannot control their tempers are still in bondage to the works of the flesh and must not be appointed as leaders of the church.

Should those who lose their tempers easily be removed from their position of authority? This is a possibility simply because unrighteous anger is a very serious matter and can be a major open door for the devil to attack God’s people. Everyone has it’s bad days and can be caught off guard when they are very tired or stressed though any loss of control of anger could be considered serious. Is this the normal way for a person to deal with stress or problems? If so he should be disqualified from leadership in the church until it is overcome.

James 1:19-20 tells us to be slow to anger. For this, a church elder should not be proned to be quick tempered or he is prone to intimidating his people into submission of fear but his anger will not change the hearts of the people. God imparts truth to set people free and He draws us to His love. Only the devil controls and manipulates and intimidates.

Proverbs 16:33 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he who rules the spirit captured a city. The way to teach our children is to get them to obey our instruction the first time we give them and our yes and no really mean what we say.

Uncontrolled anger does desire to at least some degree jeopardise every time it is released. It is therefore Paramount that every leader including leader of the house restrain from this terrible demonic inroad. Proverbs 29:11 only a fool loses his temper but a wise man restrains. Saul gave in to the devil when David was appraised better than him and at once was determined all out to get rid of him. 1 Samuel 18:7-12. Those who mature in the spirit are not prone to outburst of anger. God be praised!

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