"Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were four horns. And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" So he answered me, "These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem." II Timothy 4:8
Horns in the above passage signifies the hindrances which prevents the progress of the nations. Let us see what are the horns or the hindrances which prevents us from moving forward with the Lord.
Selfishness worries only about satisfying "I." It does not care about hurting parents, children, friends or colleagues. Because of this homes and hearts have been broken, workplace turned into place of battlefield. This started from the garden of Eden, it refused to heed to the words of God. Eve had to pluck the fruit and eat because she never bothered think that how it might hurt the God who created her.
How to overcome selfishness? Paul says,
Lust may begin with one look. It enters the heart which is then accepted followed by action. Finally and ultimately it leads to death. Scripture says,"Then, when desire has conceive, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death" (James 1:15).
The famous Samson who was supposed to judge the nation falls for Delilah, the prostitute who doomed his life. Samson was a man with extraordinary strength who could handle the enemies single-handedly. The enemies were afraid of him. Alas! he lost all his strength due to Delilah. He was made to perform like a monkey before his enemies. Ultimately, he had to die along with his enemies (Judges 16:23-27). The type of incidents we read more in history books, where the kingdoms have fallen and homes have been shattered. It robs the virtue of loyalty among husbands and wives. Bible says,"The soul that sin shall die" (Ezekiel 18:20). Further, an unrighteous person (fornicators, adulterers, idolaters, homosexuals, etc.) shall not inherit the kingdom of God (I Corinthians 6:9,10). Break the horn of lust from you and ask the Lord to help you out if you are already a slave to lust. Jesus came into this world to seek and save the sinners. Our only hope is on the tendermercies and lovingkindness of the Lord. King David cried out, "Have mercy upon me O God, according to your lovingkindness" (Psalms 51:1). Jesus shall answer you and deliver you from the lust.
Anger is another dangerous weapon that breaks homes and hearts. If you want to lead a peaceful life, Bible says, "Cease from anger and forsake wrath" (Psalm 37:8). Anger spoils our relationships with other as well as endangers our health. Anger leads to several complications in the body. At the same time, Jesus said, "I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment" (Matthew 5:22). It is not that you cannot be angry at all. In Ephesians 5:26 it said that "Be angry and do not sin." It is proper to be angry at sin, but not at the sinner. Because anger leads to fuming and fretting and make you loose your peace of mind and also leads to revenge. Even righteous anger may sometime lead us to the evil. Therefore, we should be quick to forgive so that anger does not fester. We should realize that devil is waiting to take advantage of our anger, but the Holy Spirit can give us the power to rise above it.
Keep yourself away from selfishness, lust, anger and pride. It spoils you and damages others around you. It is easy to get rid of them if you fall at the feet of Jesus and take his help.
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