Bitterness: The Wild Assassin

Hebrews 12:15 [KJV] Looking diligently lest any man fail the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble, and thereby many be defiled.

Wildfires! I almost want to rate them as natural disasters! From far away they look pretty eventful, but nothing compares to what is witnessed up close and personal. I mean of course no one wants to experience a wildfire at a close proximity! If you’ve ever researched the events that take place during a wildfire, you would find that everything is consumed in a violent fiery rage.  Trees, houses, grass, and plant life all act as fueling agents that ignite the speed of its path.  Flying ember triggers an even greater host of complications as they move around as mini sparks, creating  separate fires near the already deadly take over! Bitterness works in a similar fashion where it begins as an unresolved offense or in the case of a wildfire, it works as flying ember. Outbreak after outbreak! Riot after riot! Shots fired, DISASTER, and war casualties taken away in body bags! Like a wildfire, if you are in its destructive path, your best bet is to find a safe place to hide because you too may be consumed by its deadly gall!

As the spirit of offense gives life to voices and images replaying in the mind, bitterness plows through a person’s spiritual armour to take residence in their heart.  This root of bitterness now serves as a strongman that gives life to the iniquity of unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, anger and wrath, violence, and ultimately murder. This is why it is so important to live according to Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life.”  Your heart is a well of everything concerning your existence. This well will either spring up peace and reconciliation or unresolved issues.  Just listen to a person who you speak with on a daily basis.  If they are bitter, you will hear them bring up repetitive scenarios. They will then apply those negative instances to current and future situations because there has been no reconciliation.  Their vision is distorted, all because they see and speak out of a well of bitterness.  These are actually individuals who suffer with deep depression because they are never able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  God may even speak a word to them through a prophet telling them that their blessing is on the way, but because bitterness is a spirit unto death, you find these individuals having much apprehension, regression, and set back in the earthly realm. They cannot experience prosperity because the spirit of bitterness has eaten away at their soul (3 John 1:2).  Instead of receiving the blessings of God, they reap a harvest of curses; and for someone like Simon the Sorcerer, they are driven to use illegitimate means to create a life that is prosperous.

“But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.”

Acts 8:20,23

 Bitterness is designed to distort our perception of God.  We know that His name is “Faithful and True”, but because the gall of bitterness always carries an emotion of constant vexation, one is unable to see God for who He truly is. Let’s consider a pastor who has experienced great loss and as a result walks through life grumpy, cold, and demeaning. Instead of living a life full of love and compassion for others, he is now selfish, greedy, and heartless.  “If I am hurting and God still hasn’t taken my pain away, why should I care if His people are hurting?” As a result of him being a bond servant to the iniquity of bitterness, the sins of envy, sabotage, and murder have consumed him, and now he is incapable of walking in his purpose as a shepherd. Forsaken members of the church are now offended, and the root of bitterness has spanned from the pulpit, to the pews, to the homes, to jobs, and throughout the world.  Where his church was assigned to be a vehicle to inflict change in the Earth by ministering forgiveness and reconciliation, it has become destructive in its attempt to save lost souls.  Where sinners were to be drawn by love, they were poisoned by venom.  The power of healing and deliverance should flow from our churches, not bitterness unto death and fruitlessness.

I remember hearing quotes like, “she always seems to say things that get to the marrow of my bones” or “”Mrs.______ died of a broken heart.”  I never truly understood this until I saw people who were bitter being afflicted with heart conditions, bone disease, cancers, and other life threatening illnesses. Proverbs 17:22-  “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones”.  After doing a minor study on osteology, I found that blood cells are developed and produced in the bone marrow.  The enemy takes great pleasure in attacking this area because if effected, can cripple our physical movement and our ability to self-immune.  Bones are designed to cycle out every seven years, which means that if we have healthy marrow we should be able to produce a new set of bones every seven years! I believe sin is the reason behind this crippling effect.  “The wages of sin is death”, but I believe in the regeneration through the blood of Jesus that will cut through the bone and into the marrow as a powerful healing agent!  The blood of Jesus is a cure for the incurable!  Yes, with His help you will run through a troop and leap over a wall. Only the healing power of God can make dry bones live again!  HALLELUJAH!!!

The cure for bitterness is a merry heart. “Merry” is another word for joy.  This is the joy we receive in our salvation through Christ Jesus.  Jesus is the great reconciler of the world unto God through the forgiveness of sins (2 Corinthians 5:19)!  With Jesus we no longer have to suffer with bitterness.  We can be totally free in His name.  Recognize that reconciliation is everything.  It destroys the wall of separation between families, churches, and friendships and allows the power of God to enter with miracles of healing, mending, and peace. Because we have been forgiven and reconciled to God, we must give others the chance to receive the same.  God saw a broken world that needed mending and decided to send His Son as the sacrificial lamb to stand in the gap between us and Himself.  In spite of our wrong doings, He laid his life down as one who beaten, torn, and afflicted for the shedding of blood.  Hebrews 9:22- And almost all things all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission.  The blood of Jesus reconciles, redeems, purifies, heals, protects, and restores!  The bible names Him the “Prince of Peace!” You can have peace on Earth! “The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).  AMEN!

HEU: Wilt thou be made whole?

Supporting Scriptures (KJV)

2 Corinthians 5:18-19  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not impurity their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us that word of reconciliation.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?  22 Jesus saith into him, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trepasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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LOVE! The Missing Link

Colossians 3:14 [AMP] Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].
 
 
 
Have you ever walked into a room filled with smiling people embracing one another, throwing compliments here and there, but you didn’t feel the authenticity of what was happening in the moment?  Thinking: “Yeah sure they show outward affection, but then again if I risk dropping this pin in the middle of the floor everyone would probably scatter to his or her own corner of the room”. So you stand in the middle of this crowded room feeling an overwhelming sense of instability all around you; and now you are uncomfortable and contemplating rather or not you should stay and connect with these people.
 
This expression is hard but altogether very true. I believe many of us have been here before where things just did not seem as though they were. Over the years, especially transitioning into 2016, I have had to ask myself, “Why is humanity so disconnected”? I took a look at the unity circle emblem that displays a circumference of interlocking hands. If you are not sure of what I’m talking about you would recognize it on business logos or community websites projecting a culture of unity, togetherness, and love for humanity. I’ve always figured it to be a powerful symbol, but I am now thoroughly convinced that humanity has no clue as to what this symbol truly exemplifies. As we first acknowledge God as being supreme and the creator of all things, we should ask ourselves, what did He have in mind when He inspired the interlocking hands? What truly holds us together?…….. The answer of course is LOVE.
 
Disconnect is the direct result of an interrupted flow of love. Think about the links in a chain that are reinforced and bonded together with strong adhesive. Love is like that SUPERNATURAL ADHESIVE given to us by God. It bonds us together like glue so that with every pull or tug, love reinforces the connection between every link! Holding hands in a prayer circle is nice and formative. It also represents being unified in the faith for a common purpose of seeing God move on our desired petitions, but if the individuals are without love, all missions will fail.  True and great faith “is activated and expressed and works through love” (Galatians 5:6). Where there is a people void of love you see disconnect, miscommunication, confusion, deception, or in this case a BROKEN CHAIN! This broken chain exists between friends, family members, businesses, and unfortunately the Body of Christ. True love mends and connects. TRUE LOVE RESTORES!
 
The biblical definition of godly love is “AGAPE” in the greek. This love is an attribute of God because “God is love!” Therefore, “AGAPE” carries the power of God to produce miracles, such as healing the sick or raising the dead.  This is only possible when you have God’s love. It took the love of God for Christ to pour out all of His eternal glory, become sin as a pure and innocent man, submit to the sentence of death, and then RESURRECT from the grave.  The resurrection is only the response of true love. LOVE being the strongest power on the earth is the same power that brought Christ back to us from the dead! Oh what a great love in that He would come back just for us! Amen!
 
Agape love does not come naturally to a human because it is an act of the will. Once you “will” or “choose” to agape someone without fear of the cost, even when tired, or broken, a supernatural grace (God’s ability) takes over to carry you along the way. Let’s use our High Priest as an example. God gave Jesus grace and help along the way to fulfill His assignment here on Earth. “And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.” -Matthew 27:32. This is why it is so important to have agape love to press beyond the superficial. Agape love, the love that pulls on the very person of God, will cause Him to identify with the agape love you carry. As a result, He will then begin to fill you with more of His strength and power to do what He has mandated you to do. He will also connect you with help along the way! Hallelujah!
 
So today, lets challenge our distinction as children of God. I challenge you to ask God to remove your barriers and filters that block love’s flow. Ask Him to place that thing in your heart He would like you to accomplish for someone else. Whether it be giving a stranger gas money, picking a friend up for church, telling someone you don’t know about Jesus, paying for someones groceries and then loading them in their car, etc. Whatever it is, do it unto the glory of the Lord without desiring the recognition, and watch God empower you in the most profound way. TODAY IS THE DAY OF AGAPE! Let us pay it forward by sharing the good news and the unconditional love of Jesus Christ!
 
 
HEU: “May God’s love become contagious as you set out on your journey today.”
 
 
Supporting Scriptures (KJV)
 
John 3:16 _ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 
 
Ephesians 2:4-8 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are yet saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 
 
John 15:3 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
 
 
1 Corinthians 13:1-2 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.