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Cultivating Bitterness

Hebrews 12:15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of Bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;’

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. ‘

Bitterness is A root of poisonous (toxic, venomous, evil) fruit that defiles many. Since it is A root spirit, it is hard to recognize this on the surface. A person with Bitterness in their heart can defile many unknowingly. Bitterness is a typical door the enemy uses, unknowingly to most Bitterness is being cultivated in the hearts of many. 

Cultivate Defined: To prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops., To foster the growth of something. 

Bitterness Defined: A deep-seated ill will (spite, grudge, the desire to see another experience pain, injury, or distress)

Cultivating Bitterness means to foster the growth of the poisonous fruit of Bitterness in the heart; this is evil fruit, and it is designed to corrupt many. Jesus warned us it’s not what goes in that defiles us, but what comes from the heart. 

  • Matthew 15:11,18-19 It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that defiles and dishonors him, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles and dishonors him.” But whatever [word] comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what defiles and dishonors the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts and plans, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slanders (verbal abuse, irreverent speech, blaspheming). ‘

In the scripture above (Heb 12:15), we are warned about Bitterness springing up and causing trouble. When something springs up, it grows/appears suddenly (seemingly overnight). This shows the danger of opening the door for the spirit of Bitterness. At the most unexpected time, the spirit of Bitterness (which has been cultivating/growing) in the heart will spring up and cause trouble. Along with this spirit is Resentment lets define resentment and understand how this takes root. 

Resentment Defined: a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as a wrong, insult, or injury.

The spirit of offense and resentment – Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is harder to win over than a fortified city, And contentions [separating families] are like the bars of a castle. ‘

There are (especially in these last days), several instances where individuals are hurt by A fellow brother or sister in Christ. Any hurt, presumption, wound, or distrust can open the door for the spirit of offense. The goal of the spirit of offense is to cause disunity. (Disharmony in the body of Christ is the plan of the enemy) remember he comes to steal kill and destroy

Jesus warned us in the last days (due to persecution) many will be offended by their association with him. Because of this, many will fall away from their faith in Jesus. As A Result, this will open the door for betrayal, persecution, and hatred against the saints. Matthew 24:10-14

If you know someone who is offended, advise them to pray, forgive, and reconcile. It is A dangerous thing to harbor an offense as it leads to Bitterness and resentment. Ultimately, the person who continues to walk in A spirit of offense will begin to operate in criticisms, scornfulness, and resentment. Be careful; you do not want to walk, stand, or sit in the scornful seat. Guard your heart against everyone operating in A spirit of offense. 

  • Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;’

 Bitterness is progressive; it starts with un-forgiveness; the spirit of un-forgiveness keeps every detail and hurt in our lives by using memory recall. When we replay past hurts or incidents in our minds, the most trivial events are neither forgiven nor forgotten. Since these incidents are continually replaying in the individual’s mind, it brings forth spirits of resentment, anger, and hatred. Bitterness is also the result of rejection, which is connected to stubbornness; most people who are bitter refuse to forgive. They feel justified to harbor resentment. 

The goal of the enemy is to get us to operate in Bitterness, when we are bitter, we automatically lose the spiritual battle against the kingdom of darkness. When we operate in Bitterness, we have given place to the devil; from this one doorway, we can be led into sin. 

  • Ephesians 4:27 AMP And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating Bitterness].

The flow of love: The love of God is sacrificial; God loved the world that he GAVE his only begotten son. If we are operating in A spirit of Bitterness, we no longer impart life to others; instead, we impart death. 1st Corinthians 13 implies Godly love is not resentful. We cannot have a love of God flowing out of our vessel if it is defiled by Bitterness. A bitter heart makes you give to get; it only is looking out for SELF.

Since Bitterness is A root spirit, we can imply the manifestations of the spirit of Bitterness will spring up unexpectedly, let’s look at some of the signs of the spirit of Bitterness:

  • Resentment
  • Hatred
  • Un-forgiveness
  • Violence 
  • Temper
  • Anger James 1:20 for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].
  • Retaliation (These spirits advocate returning evil for evil. Retaliation is not biblical as we know vengeance belongs to the Lord)
  • Murder 
  • Cursing

Someone who is nurturing resentment in their heart results typically in the occult/witchcraft. Because of their offenses, hurt, wounds, etc., some people will begin to operate in the flesh (in which we understand witchcraft is A work of the flesh). Operating via A spirit of control, intimidation, or manipulation to get your will accomplished is witchcraft. Many have gone down this road because of their sin of Bitterness. 

How to overcome the toxic spirit of Bitterness: 

Forgiveness is the key; when we forgive, we are to let go of the wrong that was done to us and the resentment. As we want our heavenly Father to forgive us, we should forgive others. 

When we forgive, this brings A release in our lives, and God wants us to release the person to go further into freedom. 

  • Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment]. ‘
  • Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
  • Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.
  • Mark 11:25 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].
  • Colossians 3:13 bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive.

It is time to allow Jesus to cleanse our temple and deliver us from everything that is not like him. If there is anyone you need to forgive, release them, and let it go. Bitterness is toxic and poisonous to our health, let’s destroy this evil fruit of Bitterness and begin to plant good fruit in our lives. I pray for deliverance for those who are bound by Bitterness in Jesus’ name! 

With Love, Tanicia 

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Sources:

WatchDemons of Bitterness

Books: Fasting for breakthrough and deliverance, Pigs in the Parlor

ReadRoot Of BitternessUnforgiveness Spiritual Poison A Spirit of Offense

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Allow Jesus to cleanse your temple

John 2:14-16 And in the temple [enclosure] He found the people who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at their tables. He made a whip of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; then to those who sold the doves He said, “Take these things away! Stop making My Father’s house a place of commerce!” ‘

Matthew 21:12-13 And Jesus entered the temple [grounds] and drove out [with force] all who were buying and selling [birds and animals for sacrifice] in the temple area, and He turned over the tables of the moneychangers [who made a profit exchanging foreign money for temple coinage] and the chairs of those who were selling doves [for sacrifice]. Jesus said to them, “It is written [in Scripture], ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.” ‘

After reading the above incidents where Jesus cleansed the temple, we can infer that Jesus had A righteous indignation. The temple was defiled and had become A den of thieves and robbers. Imagine the look on the people’s face when he rose with the whip and drove them out WITH FORCE! Jesus made it clear the temple was to be a house of prayer

Authority: The Jews retorted and began to question what sign (miracle) can he show as proof for the authority by which he does these things”? Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple (the physical temple) and in three days I will raise it up (He was speaking of the temple which was his body). Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was proof that He had the authority to cleanse the temple.

The cleansing of the temple 

There were two occasions where Jesus cleansed the temple during his earthly ministry. The first cleansing took place during the spring of A.D. 28. At the beginning of his earthly ministry. By this, his authority was declared, this also announced his mission as the Messiah at Passover.

The second cleansing occurred three years later at the end of His public ministry, at the fourth Passover just after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem the last week of His life (Matt. 21:12–17; Mark 11:15–19: Luke 19:45–48.)

There were times where the temple in ancient Israel had become defiled as well. When Hezekiah succeeded Ahaz in Judah, he began to consecrate the house of the Lord, where he began to cleanse and repair the temple every unclean thing was removed from the house of the Lord and put out for disposal.

  • 2 Chronicles 29:16 ‘The priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord to cleanse it, and every unclean thing they found in the temple of the Lord they brought out to the courtyard of the Lord’ s house. Then the Levites received it to take out to the Kidron Valley [for disposal]. ‘

Our temple: 

We are the temple of the living God; Jesus is cleansing our temple just as he did during his earthly ministry. Our temples are defiled as well by sin and uncleanliness. Jesus wants to clean the spiritual thieves out of our temple with force. Will you allow Jesus to make you whole? 

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.’
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

If Jesus was upset about the pollution of the temple during his earthly ministry, we could only think about how he feels about our temples. When we turn from the living GOD to idols (sports, pornography, money, fame, success, etc.), this defiles our temple. Our temple should have no agreement with Idols, God wants to dwell in us and walk among us he wants to be our God, and we are called to be His people (2ndCorinthians 6:16)

It is easy to be led by our pleasure and carnal desires instead of the Spirit of the Living GOD. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin and uncleanliness, yet many have not received the free offer of salvation. We have to yield to the Spirit of God and allow him to shine his light on the dark areas in our lives. Sanctification is necessary as we continue in our daily lives as Born-again believers. If we walk in the light (in obedience to God’s word), the blood of Jesus will keep us cleansed from all manifestations of sin. 

A House of Prayer: 

Our temples should also be A house of prayer, and prayer builds our communication with God. We are to devote ourselves in prayer while being watchful and thankful (Col 4:2). We are called to present our requests to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6). Our temples should also offer prayers of intercession, forgiveness, salvation and praise, and adoration. We should offer prayers continually to our heavenly father; our prayers are like A sweet-smelling aroma (Rev 8:3-4)

The blood of Jesus cleanses us: 

As I shared earlier, Jesus bought the church with his blood, he sacrificed himself once and for all and entered into the Holy of Holies (Heavenly places) he presented himself to God our father as an eternal sacrifice for our sins. Jesus has now reconciled all things to himself by making peace through his blood that he shed on the cross. In Jesus, we now have redemption through his blood and the forgiveness of sins. The blood of Jesus cleanses our consciences from dead works so that we may serve the living God; this is good news. Since we are to be vessels of prayer, we can now enter the Most Holy Place via prayer by the blood of Jesus. 

Thank God for the gift of salvation and the gift of his precious Holy Spirit! I pray that you will abstain from every form of evil withdraw and keep away from it, I pray that the God of peace will sanctify you through and through and separate you from profane, vulgar and unclean things that defile your temple. Allow God to make you pure and whole, undamaged, and consecrated to him allow God to set you apart for his purpose lets all be found blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1st Thess 5:22-23)

Additional Scriptures to Meditate on:

  • Psalm 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Psalm 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
  • Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
  • Ezekiel 36:25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.

If you have not accepted Jesus as Lord, begin to pray and invite him into your life. He is waiting to hear from you; he has already sacrificed himself for you, he bought you with A precious price. Jesus is knocking now is the time to answer. Will you allow Jesus to cleanse you and make you whole? If you have just received Jesus into your life, please email us at ministryoftruth41@gmail.com 

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God Bless You All,

Tanicia P.