When anger dominates your life, every action you put forth will produce strife. Revenge becomes your utmost desire. Anger causes your emotions to revert to an adverse stage. Instead of living in the righteousness, joy, and peace of your spirit, emotional anger produces a wilderness. It causes you to feel isolated and alone. Just as in the natural wilderness, you move to hurt whatever crosses your path because you are afraid; so it is in this emotional realm. You only rejoice if those who hurt you suffer hurt themselves. Anger will eat away at you like a cancer. It’s never satisﬁed.
Anger operates in bitterness, and if we continue to let the enemy rule our emotions in this area, we will never fulﬁll the plan of God in the earth. When we allow the enemy to successfully gain ground in our emotions, we act as a carnal man. The Bible says a carnal man acts as if he has never known God or His ways. (See Romans 1:18–32.)
Roberts Liardon tells us that our emotions are not equipped to see into the realm of the spirit. The eyes of faith are gone when emotion leads us. We are only moved by what we see in the natural. If we are only motivated by what we see in the natural, the devil will make sure we see and hear a lot.
Roberts Liardon describes that emotions will cause us to look for negative support. Gossip and slander surface, and we ﬁnd ourselves in total confusion. We no longer trust anyone and would rather live our lives alone. That is how the enemy keeps his hold in the emotional realm. His whole plan is to keep your will from wanting the things of God.
How can we break out of an emotional attack? By forcing our emotions to be silent and trust the Word of God no matter what happens around us.
As we have previously discussed, the book of Psalms provides a great disciplinary book for the soul. Amidst trouble and calamity, David forced his emotions to be subjected to the Word of God.