Why am I so Ticked Off?
This candid article has a strange title I know, but I want you to consider your heart condition right now. The bible makes it very clear that you should, “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). A better translation for the word keep in this passage is ‘guard’. We are to keep an uninterrupted inventory of our heart condition, guard it from unnecessary wounding’s, or entrapments and lay down issues and concerns, as we progress on life’s journey.
Our soul can be wounded by emotions
The Lord had shown me recently that I was getting up tight, impatient with people and downright upset when things weren’t going my way, even in the smallest of matters. Something wasn’t right. I’m not talking about occasionally getting chagrin because of injustice in life but ongoing irritability and impatience in the day to day. The Lord revealed to me that my heart was wounded and I needed to let go of some things and the evident frustrations were a fruit of a deeper root that had gotten hold of me. Now my personality is more of a choleric/melancholy, so I tend to store things up and not deal with them emotionally at the time when they rise up. Instead of venting some emotion or frustration there and then, I tend to bottle them up and ‘keep on trucking’. This might seem on the outside like I got over them quickly but on the inside of my heart, these issues were compounded because I had not taken them to the Lord and felt obligated to handle them myself. It showed how much the Lord cared for me that He would be so concerned over something that seemed so trivial at the time.
I thought I had to ‘take on’ the issues myself, but He made it clear, I am to take on nothing. This was so liberating. Every hurt, frustration, anxiety, care, worry, concern, anger, offense, etc. is to be taken to the cross once and for all and left there! I personally love this scripture and live by it, you will too…., “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7)”. Friend, we are not supposed to have any cares in this world, they must be cast on the Lord, when our heart is free we can regain the peace that is temporarily lost. What a wonderful God we serve! He doesn’t want us to be carrying around any stuff. My latest saying is, “I couldn’t care less!”, obviously there are things we do care about in this life but when it comes to meeting the rent payment, postulating about outcomes at work, worrying or considering what other people think about me……. “I couldn’t care less!”
The condition of the heart matters
The analogy is this; our soul/heart condition is the conduit through which our spirit man flows. It’s kind of like a log jam in a river. When we are ‘born-again’ our spirit man goes from death to life and we are translated into the Kingdom of God. We then begin the process of transformation in the soul (mind, will and emotions) by the renewing of our mind by the word of God. The word also washes our soul, free of the log jams (Ephesians 5:26). The logs represent a restriction in flow of the rivers of living water (John 7:38) which have their origin in our spirit man. These rivers travel from the spirit to the soul and finally to the body. The logs themselves are all the junk we pick up in life’s journey. They are the cares of this world, hurts, frustrations, betrayals, offenses, unforgiveness, unfulfilled expectations etc. If we don’t release these soulish blockages, we can hinder the anointing in our lives, not only that but our general feeling of well-being will be affected. I say this because your soul condition can also impact your physical body. For example it states that “envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30) and a word of encouragement or good report, makes the heart rejoice (Proverbs 15:30). Also, pleasant words are sweet to the soul and health to the bones (Proverbs 16:24). This of course is in sharp contrast to the commonly touted belief that, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible says that words can be health to your bones or cut to the heart (Acts 5:33). Words are very powerful and we need to be very careful about what we say to other people. There are middle aged people today, who are hindered in life because of the words that were spoken over them as children, by their own parents. These words formed a negative image of themselves.
Toxicity in the physical body can be caused by emotions
Dr. Don Colbert has a fantastic book on the topic of soul/body connection entitled, “Deadly Emotions”. He outlines the toxic effect of unchecked emotions on the physical body. All spheres are interconnected, as the spirit, soul and body all impact one another. Another log in your stream of living water is ‘offense’. Friends we need to be quick to forgive! It will hinder our walk with the Lord and other people. Offense is a snare my friends. The Lord makes it clear that unless you acknowledge your offense, the Lord remains in the hidden place (Hosea 5:15). We must seek his face, acknowledge our offense, talk to the Lord about it and let it go. The Apostle Paul revealed one of the secrets to his powerful ministry and that it is keeping your conscience clear, especially of offense toward God or man. Let’s look right here at the scripture as he addressed the High Priest…” And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offense toward God, and toward men.” Acts 24:16.
Friends, it’s time to let go of the junk in our souls and let times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19). These times of refreshing come as we place our logs on the Lord’s altar right now, let Him consume them and allow the torrent of the rivers of living water to spring up in your belly, refreshing you this very hour!
|Senior Pastor Carl Joseph desires to see God move in power in the downtown Denver area. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Amy. In his spare time, he rides his motorcycle and plays golf.|