Raging Wolf - Destructive Anger
Isa 38:17, "Behold, bitterness became deliverance to me. In Your love You have delivered my soul out of the pit of destruction; for You have cast all my sins behind my back."
4 yrs ago I had been praying to God for deliverance and in a very frustrating time of my life. Well I'd fasted and prayed about this and about two hours after ending my fast to God I received a phone call.
It was my Aunt and she said God told me to call you and tell you this. 1st she made sure I knew she loved me, because what she was about to say to me was going to shake me up for a change to be brought forth later.
She said " God told me to tell you to stop being a raging wolf and to soften your heart".
When I got off the phone, I started to get angry, I mean really angry. I was ranting and raving "now I have to study about wolves and rage"! and I was telling it to God. So this was my first obvious clue that I was needing this because it made me so mad. I didn't normally get that upset when God is dealing with me.
was thinking and brain storming of why would God say stop being a
raging wolf and I know of the wolf in sheep skin. God says we are lambs
among wolves and the wolf represents a destruction inflicted on God's
people. So skimming the top of this wolf subject it doesn't match up
with me or my motives, and I have never tried to attack the people of
God to destroy them or anything like that.
So now lets think about the state of the wolf, and it is raging.
Dictionary entry overview: What does raging mean?
• RAGING (adjective)
The adjective RAGING has 3 senses:
1. characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement; very intense
2. very severe
3. (of the elements) as if showing violent anger
Characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement; very intense
Synonyms:raging; hot ,
Context examples: the fighting became hot and heavy / a hot engagement / a raging battle / the river became a raging torrent
Similar:violent (acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity)
How does a wolf act when it's hungry lacking the food that keeps it strong?Wolves eat things that they wouldn't normally eat when they are starving.Wolves typically try to avoid aggression unless ravished with hunger.
Ravening wolves - Rapacious; voraciously devouring; hungry even to rage. Applied to the false teachers, it means that they assumed the appearance of holiness in order that they might the more readily get the property of the people. They were full of extortion and excess. See Matthew 23:25.
You don't want to be bitten by a wolf either.The wolves bite is of the strongest of predators and causes more damage per a bite. Also a wolf is known to eat the whole body of the one that is attacked, including the bones.
The massive molars and powerful jaws of a wolf are used to crush the bones of its prey. The biting capacity of a wolf is 1,500 pounds of pressure per square inch. The strength of a wolf's jaws makes it possible to bite through a moose femur in six to eight bites. In comparison, a German shepherd has a biting pressure of 750 pounds per square inch. A human has a much lower biting pressure of 300 pounds per square inch.
So without out a doubt there is bitterness, unforgiveness, hatered, & anger involved with this wolf like personality described. This shows that a stone heart of bitterness, bitterness is said to rot the bones, and dry bones, bitter to the bone. An angry person is a bitter one. A person in need of God's healing and deliverance is starving spiritually and needs to seek God and stay in the word.
So I am not supposed to act like a raging wolf, and to soften my heart.
Opposite of a wolf would be a lamb I think. I'm supposed to be as gentle as a lamb.
1 not harsh or stern especially in nature or effect <her gentle ways>
Synonyms balmy, benign, delicate, light, mild, nonabrasive, soft, soothing, tender Related Words calm, pacific, peaceful, placid, quiet, serene, tranquil; clement, compassionate, easy, lenient, merciful; buffering, cushioning, emollient, softening; sleek, slick, smooth
Jesus The Lamb Of God shows us How to be gentle also.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.> IS 53:7
But I [was] like a lamb [or] an ox [that] is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, [saying], Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.> JER 11:19
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.> 1 Peter 2:21
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.> 1 Peter 2:23
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.> Heb 12:3
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.> Matt 11:29
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himselfand take up his cross and follow me.> Matt 16:24
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. > 2 Cor 10:5
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.> 1 Peter 4:1
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.> 1 John 2:6
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.> James 3:17-18
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. > Matt 10:16
Wise Meaning and Definition
- (v.) Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious; discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise conduct or management; a wise determination.
- (v.) Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned.
- (v.) Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination.
- (v.) Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty.
- (v.) Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning and judging soundly concerning what is true or false, proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best means for accomplishing them; sagacious.
- (v.) Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.
Opposite Word of wise:
"foolish, ignorant, stupid, unintelligent, unreasonable, unwise"
The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.> Prov 10:21
Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool.> Prov 17:10
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.> Prov 28:26
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.> Prov 12:
- Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.> Prov 19:20
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.> James 3:9-13
They Reject The Prophets
"Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city." (Matthew 23:34). Jesus referred to how their fathers had rejected and killed the prophets of the Old Testament. The Pharisees during His time honored these same prophets, but Jesus said that they were just like their fathers before them ( 29-36). Truth is sometimes not received very well. It wasn't during Jesus' day, it isn't today as well. The outcome of such rejection? "Behold, your house is being left to you desolate" (38).
Don't Follow The Pharisee's Ways
Then the Lord said to him, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.> Luke 11:39
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.> Matthew 23:28
"Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it."> Luke 11:44
Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. > Prov 26:23
Webster's New Dictionary says that a "Pharisee is a very self righteous or hypocritical person."
What was wrong with the Pharisees' religion?
Jesus Said: "The Scribes and Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore, all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them." (Matt 23:2,3).
Right away, we see something wrong here. When Jesus spoke of the Pharisees having sat themselves down "in the chair of Moses", He was simply saying that when they instruct you from the writings of Moses, listen to and obey those instructions.During His lifetime, Jesus taught His disciples to obey the Law of Moses.
This was God's covenant with them. Soon would come a new covenant that would replace the first one. We are now under the covenant of Christ (Heb 8:6-13; 9:15-18; Gal 3:23-27; 5:1-6).
Something else we notice here; the Pharisees expected others to obey the Law but always found reasons as to why they did not have to themselves. Jesus said that "they say and do not."
They were great at excuse-making. They were more interested in appearing that they were righteous than in really living righteously. This is why Jesus calls them hypocrites. This is why we want to be sure that our religious life is not like that of the Pharisees!
There was much that was sound in their Doctrine, yet their system of religion was a form and nothing more. Theirs was a very lax morality (Matt. 5:20; 15:4, 8; 23:3, 14, 23, 25; John 8:7). On the first notice of them in the New Testament (Matt. 3:7), they are ranked by John the Baptist with the Sadducees as a “generation of vipers.”
They were noted for their self-righteousness and their pride (Matt. 9:11; Luke 7:39; 18:11, 12). They were frequently rebuked by our Lord (Matt. 12:39; 16:1-4).
They became angry and mumured and sinned. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.> Luke 15:2
He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.> Luke 11
Who come in sheep's clothing - The sheep is an emblem of innocence, sincerity, and harmlessness. To come in sheep's clothing is to assume the appearance of sanctity and innocence, when the heart is evil.
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean> Matt 23:26
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel about on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves." >Matthew 23:15
"The Pharisees!" It's not that it is wrong to travel and teach. In fact, that is right. But what is taught must be correct, else we make the same mistake the Pharisees did.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.> John 8:13-19
In His parable of the unmerciful servant, Jesus made it clear that we will suffer if we refuse to sincerely forgive our brethren, when we know Jesus has had mercy on our sins.So likewise shall My Heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.> Matt 18:23-35
They Did not believe Jesus the word of God. If They would of Believed they would have done what was right and honored God. They would of had there hearts soften and eyes opened if they would of just trusted God and obeyed the commandments Moses received from God.
They would of been the among those would later received the new covenant promises through Jesus Christ. They chose to act of the works of the flesh which reap death than to receive the truth and walk accordingly to it.
In Matthew 19:2-4 The Lord chose a child as His means of instruction, the child being held up as a model, not so much of innocence or purity, but of humility and lack of concern for social status. Here then was one who, unlike the twelve, was humble and unassuming, free from rivalry, envy and self-seeking. And along with such humility came childlike trust. And the Lord therefore warned the disciples, ‘Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means (emphatic; a double negative) enter the kingdom of heaven’, let alone be the greatest in it!
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart > Matt 12:34
[Is] not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer [that] breaketh the rock in pieces? > Jer 23:29
For the word of God is living 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.> Heb 4:12
- Bitterness is antisocial. A bitter person is selfish, inconsiderate of others, withdrawn from society, indifferent or adverse to conformity with conventional standards of social behavior. Even strangers avoid bitter people, Prov. 14:10. No one is happy around bitter people.
- Bitterness is a sign of the fragmented life, Jer. 2:19.
- A bitter person rejects Bible teaching. James 3:14, "But if you have bitter jealousy and strife, stop being arrogant and lying against the truth."
- Bitterness shows total lack of grace orientation. A bitter person does not understand the Plan of God, let alone how it affects individuals. In Job. 9:17-18, Job's complaint against God. "Why does God let this happen to me", is a statement of bitterness.
- Bitterness accompanies the sin unto death, Job. 21:25.
- Bitterness motivates complaining, Job 7:11, 10:1. People who habitually complain are bitter people; they have no self esteem.
- Bitterness motivates gossip, Psalm 64:3
- Bitterness fragments other peoples lives. Heb 12:15, "See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by it many be defiled.
- Bitterness is self induced misery, and it produces chain sinning. Bitterness is misery to others in the periphery. But two wrongs never make a right. You cannot build your happiness on someone else's unhappiness.
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.> Mark 7:19-23
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour (shouting or crying), and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice (desire to do harm): And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.> Eph 4:31-32
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, > 2 cor 10:4
For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.> 2 Cor 12:20
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.> James 3:14
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? > 1 Cor 3:3
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. > Gal 5:13-26
Anger is usually anything but subtle. It has potent physiological effects. You feel it in your chest. You feel it in your head. You feel it coursing through your body.
Nevertheless, anger can be insidious. But anger creates a cycle of rage and defeatism.
When you feel anger, it provides the impulse to pass the pain along to others. The boss chews you out, you then snap at everyone in your path. Anger, however, can eventually lead you into self-pity, because you can't slough off the self-hurt.
Anger is classically a way of passing psychic pain on to others. The two-step: You feel hurt, "poor me," "I hate you." It's a way of making others pay for your emotional deficits. It is wise to change that tendency. Whether or not anger fuels depression, it isn't good for the enjoyment of life.
Opposite Word of anger:
"agree-ability, calmness, contentment, enjoyment, good nature, happiness, joy, peace, pleasantness"
- He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.> Prov 14:29
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.> 1 John 2:6
Self Control, Control Yourself!
"Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money." > 1 Timothy 3
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.> Pro 25:28
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.> Gal 5:22-23
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.> 2 Peter 1:5-7
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified> 1 Cor 9:24-27
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.> Prov 16:32
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it > 1Cor 10:13
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works> Titus 2:11-14
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;> 1 Cor 13:4-5
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified> 1 Cor 9:27
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.> 2 Cor 10:5
You Don't Have To Run Anymore
From Starving Wolf To Gentle Lamb
If we are truly hungry to learn from the Lord, even bitter experiences are looked upon as "blessings in disguise."
In Mark 8:17, Jesus spoke to His disciples about the characteristics of a hard heart: “And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?” (Mark 8:17-18). In these verses, Jesus gave us symptoms that are descriptive of a hard heart: (1) unable to perceive, (2) unable to understand, (3) unable to see, (4) unable to hear, and (5) unable to remember. These are all speaking of inabilities in the spiritual realm.
A hard heart is characterized by an inability to perceive spiritually. And when spiritual things are perceived, a hard heart will keep a person from understanding the few things they can perceive. They might see what the Lord is trying to show them, but they can’t get a hold of it in a way that they can apply it to their life.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.> John 8:31-32
"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."> John 13:8
Continuing is the key our hearts get softer and softer as we continue to study God's word and trust God. Doing what the word of God says gets easier the longer we continue to go to God and allow him to lead us.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.> John 17:17
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.> Prov 27:7
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest> Matt 11:29 “I am leaving you With a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.> John 14:27
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.> Romans 5:5
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.> Rom 12:2
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,> Titus 3:5
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." > Prov 15:1
- "Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone."> Prov 25:15
…Gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." > Gal 5:23
- "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." > Eph 4:2
- "Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." > Phil 4:5
- "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." > Col 3:12
"As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children."> 1 Thess 2:7"
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness." 1 Tim 6:11
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