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.”
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.