Forsaking Bitterness

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and displeasure, and uproar, and slander be put away from you, along with all evil. And be kind towards one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Elohim also forgave you in Messiah.” – Ephesians 4:31-32, ISR98

poisonBitterness – the world is full of it and it may be filling your life. Hebrews 12:15 says that any root of bitterness that springs up defiles a disciple of Christ. The fruit of bitterness is directly tied into anger, hatred, slander and malice – depending on the how deeply the roots of bitterness (through anger and fear) have crept into your heart. When left unchecked or unnoticed, these personal abominations easily fill your heart and poison your life. Christians must not be deceived about bitterness; neither must disciples make excuses for the roots of personal pride. Scripture and the gift of the Holy Spirit have made rooting out the evil hold of bitterness possible when you are willing. (John 14:15-21, 23-25; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:22-24; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:6; 2 Timothy 2:15; “The New Man in Messiah“; “Disciple: Renewing Your Mind“; “The Truth About Anger“)

“So then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of Elohim.” – James 1:19-20, ISR98

house of bitternessBitterness is the result of wounding, whether real or perceived. The wounding that causes bitterness is real to the person that dwells in it. Wounding results in hurt feelings and oversensitivity. This includes holding onto wounds of the past and frequently talking about them. Often, bitter people have a strong memory for the tiniest details of their professed hurts. (“The Beginning of Life Renewal“; “Filling Your Life With Truth Instead of Deception“)

Much like a plant has roots, the roots of bitterness and other strongholds have roots that often hide under the soil of your heart, revealed in the future through trial and life experience if those roots haven’t been removed or replanted. Wherever the roots of strongholds aren’t removed, each person develops bondages in life, reinforced through conditioned behavior of the past. Bitterness alienates and poisons, creating a foundation of disobedience to YHWH. (“Disease & Spiritual Roots“; “The Garden of the Marriage Relationship“)

sticky-bearing-no-fruitBitterness is disobedience to YHWH because bitter feelings that have rooted in your heart elevate you above Elohim and His provision, setting you apart to fester in pain and anger, building a stronghold of evil in your life. It pollutes your heart condition. (Matthew 5:8; Ezekiel 36:26; Psalm 51:10; Proverbs 3:4-5, 4:11) You set yourself apart from your Father, building your hurt into an idol of your own creation. (Exodus 20:3-4; 1 John 5:3) A stronghold of bitterness continues to build and poison all relationships, hurting everyone around you through harsh criticism, grudges and poor attitude. However, the owner of bitterness suffers the most because of what it does spiritually, mentally and physically. Bitterness produces the sin of unforgiveness as it blocks love, the foundation of YHWH’s Spirit. The lack of forgiveness is destructive and will ultimately destroy the person that holds it and nurses it. More importantly, Christians must forgive in order to be forgiven for their sins. Otherwise, the power of the Holy Spirit in your life is easily blocked through continuing unrepentant sin and iniquity of the past. (Matthew 6:12-15; Mark 11:25; John 14:17, 20:23; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 2 Corinthians 2:7-11; “What You Say: Evidence of What You Believe“; “A Mind of Envy & Competition“)

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”But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” – John 14:26, NKJV

Removing conditioned responses and triggers of the past toward personal relationships and living amid the sin of the world is vital to removing strongholds that tear you down. The armor of YHWH’s Word along with the power of the Holy Spirit helps you to guard your heart. (Acts 2:38; Philippians 4:6-7; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 12:12; Proverbs 4:23; Revelation 2:10) With your cooperation, the Holy Spirit works within you, to heal you as you apply scripture. In this way, you work in harmony with the arrangement of YHWH through the Messiah as a new person. (Matthew 5:43-45; James 3:14; 1 John 2:9; Job 7:11, 10:1; “Living in the Now“; “Breaking the Hold of Stress“; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)

“Be angry, and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” – Ephesians 4:26, NKJV

anger at sundownTo forgive is not an imaginary action. Forgiveness is an action of personal will over feelings. More importantly, by holding onto bitterness you will find it impossible to walk in YHWH’s track of righteousness. YHWH and Yahshua [Jesus] in His earthly ministry are personal examples for every disciple of the Messiah. Instead, make your heart firm in the Truth. (Matthew 18:23-35; Isaiah 43:25; Psalms 103:10-12, 112:7; Romans 12:1-2)

“Draw near to Elohim and He shall draw near to you. Cleanse hands, sinners. And cleanse the hearts, you double-minded!” – James 4:8, ISR98

double mindedSins like bitterness make a Christian double-minded, a quality of lukewarm activity that YHWH hates. (Revelation 3:15-16; 2 Timothy 4:3; Acts 4:22) Instead of being bitter and holding onto bitterness, Christians must allow the Holy Spirit access to their lives, willingly living in freedom rather than “using your freedom as a cover-up for evil.” (1 Peter 2:16) Instead, disciples are to be slow to take offense, to refuse hurt feelings through purity of heart. When you are a disciple of Christ, you are also to pray for those that come against you as you wash yourself and those around you in the Word of YHWH. Instead of examining and criticizing the faults of other people, disciples are to examine themselves. Don’t allow Satan to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10; James 1:22-27; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 11:14) Through the power and blessing of the Holy Spirit, Christians can become more tenderhearted, kind, gentle, humble and patient. This is what every Christian needs! (Matthew 5:22-24, 6:12, 7:35; John 8:7; 1 John 1:8; Romans 12:19-21; “Is Your Forgiveness Real?“; “The Secret Deception of the Golden Rule“)

noting wrongInstead of remembering and calling to mind all that has been done against you, look to the provision of your Heavenly Father through Yahshua [Jesus] for the potential benefit of all mankind. Repent of wickedness and forgive so that you can be forgiven. Refuse to be poisoned by bitterness and bound through iniquity of the past. (Acts 8:14-23) Ask Him to remove temptation, the inner conditioned triggers, and to help you to unconditionally forgive others where offense has been taken. Resist the temptation to take offense, taking it to Father in prayer. Use the scriptures in this article in your prayers, honoring the wonderful gift of your Holy Father’s Word as a valuable tool of strength while allowing the assistance of the Holy Spirit. (James 4:7; Romans 16:20; Ephesians 6:11; “Prayer & Christian Life“; “The Power of Prayer Depends on You“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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