10 KEYS - DEALING WITH THE ROOTS OF BITTERNESS
LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF HEBREWS 12:15
"Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many."
1. Prayer - Prayer renews our strength in the lord , prayer invites His presence into our situation , prayer heals our pains . Jesus in the book of Luke 22:44 prayed the more when he was in agony at the garden of Gethsemane. Why ? to receive strength to face the death on the cross . So what do we do when we get bitter , rather than allow our flesh to prevail ,we turn it into prayer and pour out our heart unto the lord for help .Psalm 62:8 (NIV)"Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."
2.Be full of joy - joy has a way of healing our bitter hearts . Why? the spirit of joy comes from His presence and when we are in His presence , bitterness cannot stay .Why? when you are in His presence , you also joy His love and His
love never fails , is one of the greatest gifts in scripture . 1 Cor 13:13(NIV)"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
3. The power of love - why did Jesus say to love our enemies , because He knows we would encounter issues like this , bitterness , hatred etc. but love has the power of destroying the works of bitterness in our lives . Why ? true love
remembers no wrongs .And the more you love God as the first commandment given to us in scripture, the more grace that comes upon you to fulfill the second commandment. Matt 22:37-39 (Amp)37 And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’"
4.Thoughts - bitterness always springs forth from our thoughts. What we think about , the hurts , the pains leads us to become bitter . but there is a cure for it , when we deliberately choose the kind of thoughts that we allow in our hearts. Scripture says it well in Phil 4:8 (NIV)"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." When you meditate on these things , it stirs your joy and heals the pain/bitterness in your spirit.
5.Knowledge - bible says it better - what you know is what will deliver you in times of crises. Prov 11:9b" but through knowledge shall the just be delivered." .Prov 24:10" but if you faint in the times of adversity , your strenght( the knowledge of what you know ) is small. Knowledge has the power to overcome bitterness. The truth of what you know and apply in God's word stops your spirit from becoming bitter . James 1:2,12. Roms 12:12
6.Power of forgiveness - Once you forgive , automatically there is a release in your spirit . Is hard at times . but it is up to you if you truly want to be release from your captivity. When Peter asked Jesus a question in scripture , how many times should he forgive his brother, Jesus answered back 70 times 70 .Matt 18:22 (NLT)"No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!"
7. The power of worship - worship heals , worship purifies the soul ,worship invites the Master into our situation and when He comes purification of the heart takes place. Ezekiel 36:25(ESV)"I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you."
8.The power of expectation - When you are expectant , you would ensure that nothing comes between you and your blessing . The Canaanite woman whose daughter had an issue , did not mind what Jesus called her , she was not bitter but expectant . The power of her expectation released her MIRACLE. If she was bitter , she would have missed it . Stay focused on the word .Matt 15:28"Then Jesus said to her, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed at that moment."
9.Step up your faith - If you can do it , it works . give a gift to the one who has made you bitter . It does two things . it humbles you before God , transfers the bitterness to Him to take care of and it kills your flesh . The nature of God is love and His love is unconditional .1 Peter 5:7(NLT) "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." Key- Let Him handle the bitterness , you do what His Spirit is leading you to do .
10.The power of understanding - when you understand the effects of bitterness ,what it does . It becomes easy for you to avoid it . bitterness will always hinder your faith from working as it should , bitterness will deny you of your peace , bitterness will cause you only to become more bitter not better. David knew this and what did he do in Saul's palace ? 1 Sam 18:14"And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him."
" Bitterness keeps you from seeing the good that is coming"
Prayer -Father destroy all the roots of bitterness in my life in Jesus mighty name , amen.
you are blessed !!