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Topic: Rage (violent, uncontrolled hatred and anger) (02/05/15)
- TITLE: I Ride The Demon
By Randy Somers
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I love it. I hate it. I cherish it. I loathe it. Rage is power. Rage destroys.
In the police academy I learned that anytime a suspect attacks you and forces you onto your back – you’re a dead man. This happened to me once. A drunk driver took exception to his arrest and charged me, forcing me over onto my back, onto the hood of his pickup. From that moment until the moment I came back to consciousness, the ensuing events remain a blank in my mind. I revived with my body on top of the suspect, lying on the pavement, punching his face. I still wonder what happened in those few moments.
The demon allowed me to survive.
My children grew used to the demon. When I would react violently to a G rated movie, swearing and demanding the bad guy be punished, they would simply say, “Dad. Go to your room until you can settle down.” The demon’s blast cares not for collateral damage.
I have learned that I can stir up anger in others or calm them down. As a police officer, if I wanted to a suspect to fight, that I wanted to punish him; the right words and posture amped up our anger. If I desired a peaceful end to an arrest, calm words and kindness usually disarmed the violent.
I chose to ride the demon or I chose to keep it caged.
As a Vietnam combat veteran, I marvel at how much I need the demon. I must have it with me at all times. To survive a fire fight, to use all of the power of a modern military to destroy the enemy, to watch bullets bounce between your legs or clip the leaves in the trees above your head – and survive that battle, brings a thrill that is unmatched in civil society. Blood lust: to destroy and survive, remains the greatest physical and emotional thrill of all of life.
The demon is born in such conflicts. The demon thrives on the controlling power of life or death. The demon never dies. Once born, the demon can only be controlled.
I cringe as I remember GOD saying: ‘For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of GOD.’1 I weep at the memory of: ‘And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath …’2 and the times I crushed their spirits in my anger. I have much to answer for.
Yet I continue to choose to ride the demon.
GOD cautions HIS children over choosing to ride this demon. King Solomon wrote:
‘A person’s wisdom yields patience …’
‘A hot tempered person stirs up conflict …’
‘A hot tempered person commits many sins …’
‘A gentle answer turns away wrath …’
‘Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming …’
‘Be angry and do not sin …’ The Apostle Paul added.
Keeping the demon caged requires that I stay connected to JESUS. ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in ME and I in him, bears much fruit, for without ME you can do nothing.’3
The demon cowers in the presence of the love of JESUS. The demon withers as GODly love flows through my life. The demon never completely dies, but it can be weakened.
The Apostle John once rode this demon. He wanted to call down fire from heaven to begin a scorched earth policy on those who rejected JESUS. JESUS told John to get off of the demon, ‘for the SON of MAN did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.’4 The Apostle John learned to control this demon through the many tortures and trials he endured. At the end of his life, the Apostle John became known as the Disciple of Love.
I want to be like him.
1. James 1/20 NKJV
2. Ephesians 6/4 NKJV
3. John 15/5 NKJV
4. Luke 9/56 NKJV
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