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House of HopeFreedom Quest Feb 2014 Freedom from Anger
God’s design for Tripartite Humans • May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thes 5:23 • For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Heb4:12
Tripartite Human Soma Seer Hearer Taster Toucher Smeller Pneuma, Ruach Righter-Wronger, Communer, Knower Psyche Mind (Thinker) Emotion (Feeler) Will (Willer)
Basic Human Needs Bodily Needs: Air, food, water, space, light, touch, exercise. Emotional Needs: love, patience, kindness, courage, affirmation, greatness, importance, pleasure, honesty, passion Social Needs: Free will, comradery, family, community, unity, acceptance, contribution Mind needs: intellect, challenges, like-mindedness, exploration, fascination, excellence
Spiritual Needs Something/someone greater than self, a need to worship Guidance, standard Identity Purpose / Destiny Growth, expansion, industry, work Justice and Righteousness .
Time Power Order
God’s Design Human seed created. God breathe His breath into humans. Human Spirit is crafted by God to be an image of Himself. Identity, goodness, worth, importance, guidance, purpose and destiny are all defined by God and written into our DNA.
Relationship with God Human Spirit (identity, worth, goodness, importance, guidance, purpose and destiny) Defined by God Human Will comes in agreement and the human’s spirit, soul and body starts to grow and manifest the image of God. • Human Mind fed by God’s truths, knowledge, wisdom, order, organization, guidance, creativity, dreams • Human Emotions fed by God’s care, provision, love, joy, hope, acceptance
Over time Body grows and it along with spirit, mind, emotions and will continues to be fed by relationship and God’s nutrients. Time Power Order Bears fruit
Human Body Like leaves Truth Human Will Agrees Human Spirit Emotion Mind God is the provision source of Life
Tree of Life has seeds in it and has capability for reproducing. • And God said, “ I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Gen 1:29. • And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Gen 2:8-9
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15
GOD Inward out movement Human spirit communes with God and gets download, mind and emotion analyze it. Will decides on a response and body expresses that response.
Free Will in the Fall Sin did not just happen to Eve. She had to use her will to choose what evidence she uses for her decision. Sin did not just happen to Adam. He actively chose to be passive and did not subdue the serpent and his lies. His will had to actively choose action or inaction.
Eating Fruit of Knowledge of Good & Evil Spirit is shaped by what the will decides Evidence via bodily senses (eye, touch, hearing, etc) Serpent Evidence is processed by Mind & Emo, and The Will chooses Outward in movement
After the fall, spirit of human: • Cut off from God is no longer ‘defined’ by God. • Is lost without identity, belonging, significance, purpose, destiny. • Seeks to be defined by something. After the Fall ? ?
Before the fall—inward out growth • I know who I am, soul and body grows out of that. • After the fall—outward in movement • I don’t know who I am so I get information from my soul and that tells me (spirit)who I am, what I’m worth, etc.
Root system is changed Emotions Spirit Mind Body Sensations Emotions Mind Past experiences, evidence in the natural realm
Human mind, emotions and body is subject/a slave to accept evidence in the natural realm as truth ? God still showers us but there is limited absorption. Human Spirit is lost without identity, worth Human Will comes in agreement evidence received from the body, emotion and mind and defines spirit’s identity and worth. Lies Deception Accusations Doubts Emotional slave to shame, guilt, confusion
Over time Human grows Time Power Order Bears fruit
Fear Passivity Unforgiveness Judgments Anger Pride Criticism Lust Guilt Death Idolatry Shame Human Will Doubt, lies and accusations Emotions Mind Body Knowledge based on feelings Rational Logic Evidence based on senses of the body
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is good for food. Every fruit that has seed in it is good for food. Therefore Fruit of Knowledge of Good and Evil has seeds in it. Seeds reproduces.
Anxiety, OCD, Panic Attacks Control Passivity Unforgiveness Judgments Eating Disorders Pride Sicknesses Criticism Addictions Suicide Pornography Manipulation Idolatry Death Perversions Occults Doubt, Lies and accusations Human Will Inner Vows and defense mechanisms Emotions Mind Fear Body Self Righteousness Depression, Shame, Guilt Pride Evidence Instant gratification Hatred False Belief Systems Bitterness
God gave humans the charge of tending our gardens. So lets take a look at how a plant of anger can be growing in our garden.
Common questions and beliefs God gets angry, why can’t I? How is anger binding to me? I have forgiven so many times, why is it still hurting or why am I still angry? I’m not bitter or angry anymore, do I still have to forgive? As long as they do what’s right, I won’t get angry. They are the ones with the problem. If I don’t get angry, they will just keep doing it.
My anger is justified (righteous anger). It’s an emotion, I can’t help it or control it. Anger management = keeping my mouth shut and be a doormat. Forgiving others makes them think that they are right and they can continue to behave that way. Dropping an issue = admitting guilt. Give it time and anger will blow over by itself. If I suppress my anger, I’m not hurting anyone. What if I am angry at God?
Anatomy Growth Cycle of Anger How does one grow and multiply an “Anger Tree”?
What is anger? Word associated with: Fury, rage, wrath, mad, violence, yelling, hitting, destruction, hatred, fits, irate, belligerence, vengeful.
Euphemisms • Animosity • At odds • Sore • Injured • Impatient • Peeved • Cold • tiff • Passionate • Vexed • Bitter • Displeased • Exasperate • Aggressive • Resentful • antagonize Frustrated Aggravated Upset Irritated Annoyed Indignant Tried incensed
Anger is typically described as an emotional preservation response to violation of personal worth, needs and convictions. (A threat or a wound). But it is not just an emotion.
The Seed: Trigger Phase (a threat or wound is encountered). • Violation of my personal worth. • Violation of my personal needs. • Violation of my personal convictions. • Red Alert, “I’m in danger”. Triggers stress response: Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn.
Fight, Flight, Freeze, Fawn Response Fight: Stay and fight the danger (Anger) Flight: Run away (Fear/Anxiety) Freeze: Play dead and let danger blow pass (Depression) Fawn: Co-dependency. Let me serve you and join your cause.
Fight or Flight Response Is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, threat to survivalin humans and animals. First described by Walter Bradford Cannon Animals reacts to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system that primes the animal for fighting or fleeing. Adrenal Medulla produces a hormonal cascade resulting in secretion of adrenaline and noradrenaline (epinephrine/norepinephrine).
Effects of Adrenaline/Noradrenaline • Acceleration of heart and lung action • Inhibition of digestive system • Constriction of blood vessels to shunt blood to heart, lungs and muscles • Auditory exclusion (hearing loss) • Dilation of pupils to see with increased clarity but with tunnel vision (loss of peripheral vision)
Increased blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and fats to supply muscles with more energy. (chronic triggers sets one up for heart disease, , high blood pressure, diabetes, etc) Speeds up blood clotting function to prevent excess blood loss (can contribute to ‘stickiness of blood and strokes) Increased perspiration to prevent over-heating due to increased metabolism.
The physiological response and serge of energy that one has as a result of the fight/flight response been triggered is in and of itself not a sin. All the other phases are up for scrutiny.
Anger is not sinful God gets angry. Jesus got angry. Mark 3:5, Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-22. Anger in and of itself it is not sinful, but bitterness, dwelling (meditation) in anger is. Be ANGRY (orgizo: provoked , aroused to anger), and yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your ANGER (parorgismos: bitterness, exasperation, indignation, wrath). Eph4:26
Activation of the Seed • Trial and Deliberation Phase • Gathering of evidence and presentation of the evidence before the court judge of me, myself and I. (Though we can hold a trial before a third party we usually have done it in our heads already.)
Germination of the Seed/Development of Root The Judgment Phase • Presentation of the evidence is done. • The judge (usually of me, myself and I) render a judgment of guilt of the accused the sentence/debt owed.
Sprouting Phase (the first visible sign of anger) Choice Phase: One chooses a reaction pathway to fight: • Open aggression • Passive aggression • Suppressed aggression • Digressive aggression
Growth phase. • Reaction and Expression Phase: • Various modalities of “fighting” is expressed. • Reaction by the accused can cause more retaliation and provide additional evidence/nutrients
Maturation Phase. Bitterness Phase: • Deepening of the wound, offense and roots due to unforgiveness or retaliation. • Greater expression of the discontent
Self sustaining Fruit Bearing Phase • (Defensive Reproduction) • Inner vows • Bitter root expectancies • ‘Laws of life’
Disclaimer These are illustrative understanding of anger. I will attempt to show you pitfalls and where the doors to the enemy and root issues might be. It is not meant to be exhaustive to do list but to show you the power and freedom of choice. I do not claim understand the fullness of God’s or human anger.
The Seed: Trigger Phase • Violation of my personal worth. • Violation of my personal needs. • Violation of my personal convictions. • Pitfall: We assume that the world should be like us, which would be reasonable if we were all defined by God. But the world we live in now is define by self--relativism that one’s needs and convictions is different than others.