Spirit of anger manifest during our bible study


Spirit of dissension during our Bible study

It was a nice sunny day when we started our family devotion. Everyone was settled as I discussed Psalm 34 “pursuing peace” and “restraining the tongue.” I used my son as a good example and he recorded on his iPhone what I was saying when suddenly, his sister accused him of recording it so he can embarrass her with his friends. It was not his intention.

Sprit of anger and hopelessness

Soon enough, there was shouting. My son went berzerk and the two viciously fought anger with more anger, it was mayhem. Next, the “spirit of depression” came through “silent whispers” and I found myself in despair. How could this happen (again) in the middle of a Bible study?

How could this happen?

Teens fighting over trivial things are common, their brains are still maturing. Although its our “sinful nature” who’s to blame, Satan is always ready to tempt us. He looks for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). In fact, ex-Satanist John Ramirez admits they “pray” for families to be destroyed.

What is God teaching?

God was exposing me to a common blindspot – “The enemy within.” Satan wants to destroy families and he often uses provocation, poking it on our weakness, our sinful nature. His best shot is to take down the father, then children against parents.

The only way to win this battle whether you are young or old is to abide and have the mind of Christ so we can bear fruit.

Controlling spirit: One of my kids is short-fused that when triggered by difficult homework, bad weather, or simply bad hair, everyone has to adjust to her mood. Otherwise, she’ll shriek and holler to vent her frustration. My authority as a father was heavily challenged. It was a familiar spirit. Fasting and spiritual warfare was our breakthrough.

Satan wants to destroy families; his best shot is taking down the father

Love covers a multitude of sins

God was teaching me to stand tall through the AUTHORITY of Christ in my family. For my kids, it was to “maintain an intense loveĀ for each other sinceĀ love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

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