Although I very briefly discussed 2 or 3 of Satan’s demonic forces in my last podcast, this led me to think about the negative trait of anger which is so bad that it does more harm to its host (those who house his spirit) than it does to its intended victim.
In Esther Chapter 4, The rage Haman had against Mordecai is an excellent example of such anger and hatred. When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he became enraged. Haman’s hate and anger were so strong that he looked for a way to destroy not only Mordecai’s immediate family but the entire nation of Jews.
If Haman had stopped to wisely think, he and his household would not have been put to death by the same method that he was trying to use to destroy Mordecai. The event of Mordecai and Haman confirms that setting traps for God’s people will not end well for Satan’s evildoers.
Mainly because God hates sinful acts; especially, those who set traps to harm others. Based on God’s hate towards sin and his desire to teach evildoers a lesson that they will never forget, God usually, punishes the evil doers with their own trap. Haman being executed on the very gallows that he intended to use for Mordecai is evidence of this fact. Haman is concrete proof that God is not slack concerning his promise that vengeance is mine.
Although Haman was not a child of God’s, yet I am sure he would have automatically enacted God’s golden rule of “. . . do to others what you would have them do to you . . .” had he stopped to think(Matt 7:12). This rule will prevent much unnecessary suffering for all who follow its wisdom.
Case and point, if Haman had stopped to wisely think he would have put himself in Mordecai’s place. In doing so, Haman would have seen that Mordecai’s refusal to bow was not personal and it was not directed just towards him (Haman), but all men. A child of God does not elevate and/or treat a mere man as if he is God.
Since Haman allowed his thought life to filled with Satan’s lies and deception, Haman did not seek to understand why Mordecai refused to kneel down and honor him. Haman just went full speed ahead with his hateful thinking. The sinful act of Haman proves that whenever our soul is void of God’s word, Satan can manipulate our emotions to carry out whatever sinful acts he wishes.
What we need to realize is that Satan is a genius when it comes to manipulating our emotions. Once Satan gains control of our emotions, we, in turn, self-inflict ourselves with Satan’s negative traits.
Many of us fail to realize that Satan is very familiar with everyone who is born on earth (a.k.a. paradise of hell). Ever since we were born, Satan and his demons have been studying/observing our behavior, weaknesses, and strength so they can use this information against us in their psychological warfare.
By studying our behavior, in some instances, it is possible that Satan knows us better than we know ourselves. If we do not protect ourselves with God’s word, this inside knowledge of our character will help Satan to instill his negative traits within our hearts, soul, and mind.
Satan knows how to manipulate our emotions so they can produce whatever strife he wants. Nothing leads people to commit evil acts against each other than anger and hatred. Through the lingering of one negative trait, you can summon a whole legion of evil spirits to enter your soul. If we do not use God’s word to train our heart, soul, and mind our emotions become easy prey for Satan and his demons to manipulate.
Haman overreacting to Mordecai’s decision not to kneel down and pay him honor is proof of this fact. Haman allowing Satan to manipulate his emotions drove him to enact the greatest failure of all times. With the help of Mordecai and Esther, God exposed Haman’s plan and had Haman to hang on the very gallows that Haman intended to use to execute Mordecai.
Although most clichés have no merit, but the one that says “payback is a bitch“ has plenty of merit. Especially since the cliche coincides with Rom 12:19 which explicitly tells us not to because God says, “ Vengeance is mine; I will repay.”
When we step in to help God out in teaching other people a lesson, we are disobeying God. He doesn’t need us to step in to help Him out. It doesn’t make sense for us to worship someone who would later need our assistance to help remove the troublemakers in our life. If God said that He can and will, then we need to allow Him the chance to do so.
If we choose to be stubborn and insist on helping him out, then it should not be a surprise when God punishes us. Whenever you go around setting up traps for people to fall into in order to teach them a lesson, don’t be surprised when you end up in it yourself.
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