DEALING WITH A SPIRIT OF BITTERNESS
HEBREWS 12:14-15 14 FOLLOW PEACE WITH ALL MEN, AND HOLINESS, WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD. 15 LOOKING DILIGENTLY LEST ANY MAN FAIL OF THE GRACE OF GOD; LEST ANY ROOT OF BITTERNESS SPRINGING UP TROUBLE YOU, AND THEREBY MANY BE DEFILED.
Bitter or Better?
“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10).
Each of us has a choice to become better or bitter in our lifetime. The better is that God loves, forgives, and makes a way for His people to escape bitterness. The bitter is a lifetime wasted in regret and anger—burdened and burdening others. We were created for more. We were born again to conquer the world, Satan, and the flesh through the grace of God. Be free today from bitterness and be better
~ Bitterness is a weapon the enemy uses to stop one reaching his destiny~ Bitterness comes to take away your blessing and inheritance
• The issue of bitterness is something that has destroyed many families, many careers and many lives.
• Bitterness opens a door for the enemy in our hearts and brings sin to our doorstep like Cain. It steals our joy in the Lord and inhibits our relationship with Him. It prevents us from serving God.
• Bitterness hinders us from enjoying fulfilling relationships with other people and could even affect or defile them as written It hinders your progress and weakens you.
• I would imagine that each one of us here this morning can think of a situation in which a root of bitterness has been allowed to take root in a person’s life, and I bet we could tell stories about the devastating effects bitterness caused.
THE ROOT OF BITTERNESSBitterness blows out the candle of joy and leaves the soul in darkness.
LEVALS OF BITTERNESS1. Bitter with God2. Bitter with People3. Bitter with Yourself4. Bitter with the Devil
THE GERMINATION OF BITTERNESS~ The seed of bitterness is a hurt that is planted in someone. It may be intentional or unintentional. Someone does not mean to hurt you, but you were hurt.
~ The soil of bitterness is a heart that harbors hostility and does not deal with hurt by the grace of God. When someone becomes bitter, the bitterness takes root in the heart and grows deeper.
~ The world is full of people who have not dealt with an old hurt. They look for things to criticize, people to find fault with, and ways to justify the way they feel.
~ Have you ever seen people who are hypercritical? Generally, they are bitter people. They know how to push your hot buttons until you react in a way to further justify their bitterness. Then, they can say, “Aha! I was right. I have a right to be bitter.”
THE DEVASTATION OF BITTERNESS~ We have learned about the seed and the soil of bitterness, now let’s look at the root and the fruit of bitterness, which is found in our text from Hebrews 12:14-15.
THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS~ The root of bitterness is underground; it is easy to hide and camouflage. Seldom do you find anyone who will admit that they are a bitter person.
~ They will either deny it or disguise it. A bitter person is hypersensitive, ungrateful, insincere, holds grudges, and has mood swings.
THE FRUIT OF BITTERNESS ~ Bitterness will affect you physically, emotionally, and spiritually because the fruit of bitterness is an acid that destroys its container.
~ When your heart is bitter, God will not be real to you. Why? Because hatefulness and holiness do not dwell in the same heart. And without holiness you will not see the Lord (see Hebrews 12:14).
HOW TO LET GO BITTERNESS
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”
Bitterness is never good for anyone, but especially for those who are in the faith. Giving our hearts over to bitterness means that we have resisted the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Lord will reveal the sinfulness of bitterness in our hearts and compel us towards seeking His healing and forgiveness. We aren’t stuck in bitterness as long as we recognize our failings, repent, and humble ourselves to receive a new spirit from the Lord.
There are three steps to eradicating bitterness:
1. LET GOD REVEAL IT.~ Sometimes people say, “I know my heart, there’s no bitterness in me.” Truth of the matter is you don’t know your heart.
God’s Word tells us, “THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, AND DESPERATELY WICKED: WHO CAN KNOW IT?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
~ A deceitful heart cannot diagnose a deceitful heart. You need to let God the Holy Spirit do radical surgery.
2. LET GRACE REVEAL IT.~ A response of bitterness is never right when someone has done something wrong to you.
~You need to ask God to forgive you, and He will by His grace. If someone has wronged you, cut it down by the grace of God, bury that hurt in the grave of God’s forgetfulness.
~ Justice is God giving us what we deserve, mercy is God not giving us what we deserve, grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve.
~ You need to grow in in grace to overcome bitterness~ When you grow in grace even if people accuses you facely you freely forgive them and dont hold grudges.
3. LET GOOD REPLACE IT.
HEBREWS 12:14 ~ FOLLOW PEACE WITH ALL men, AND HOLINESS, WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD.”
~ You cannot be holy unless you follow peace with men. ~ It is so worth it when you forgive. But, you say, “Look what they’ve done! I am not going to let them off the hook.”~ Well, they are not on the hook — you are! When you forgive, you set two people free and one of them is yourself.
~ You will discover that your life is more joyful when you uproot your bitterness. If God gave us justice, every person hearing this message wouldn’t die and go to hell Because of Bitterness.