“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Heb 12:14, 15)
Tomorrow it will be seven weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. There are so many lessons to learn during this challenging but blessed time. One great lesson is that God is sovereign. Better said: My God is sovereign! He has the last say in all things concerning me. I may not understand everything that has happened to me but this is what I believe: Nothing happens without God’s permission. It is true that the devil attacked me. But God allowed this accident to happen for His glory and for my good. Therefore, I am grateful!
Looking back I see that the devil wanted me to suffer much more than what I experience now. He wanted me to be sick physically and spiritually. The devil wanted me to be bitter against God, against people and against myself. He wanted to take advantage of this accident to inject in me an evil spirit of bitterness. He wanted me to become ‘a bitter root, to cause trouble and defile many’. God forbid! The Holy Spirit protected my heart from the fiery arrow of bitterness. Praise the Lord! Many people are ignorant of this strategy of the devil. In the middle of sickness they become bitter and so, they backslide from the faith. Bitterness is a spiritual damage caused by the devil, following a physical or an emotional hurt. No medicine can cure it except faith in the Word of God.
To be bitter it means to be angry or hurt because of a bad experience or a sense of an unjust treatment. Bitterness enters when you think that ‘God is unfair’ to you. A bitter person is always angry, harsh, rough and violent. He has difficulty in accepting others as friends. He is over sensitive and easily disappointed in others. He cannot forgive others and continues in hatred. Bitterness is a form of ‘madness’ that destroys relationships. It is the leading cause of betrayal and divorce. A bitter person is happy only when he shares his poison with others. He hurts his friends and in this way, he feels better about himself. He is angry when he feels disrespected or ignored. He lives in constant self-pity. He is proud. He looks for excuses to start a quarrel. A bitter person is jealous finding it hard to experience happiness at the success of others. Bitterness is like a drug; very addictive. The grip of bitterness is like the grip of a boa constrictor. It is suicidal. It is a demon and you need deliverance from it. This deliverance is done by faith in the name of Jesus Christ!
Many are surprised at my ‘attitude’ during this time of trial. They say that even in my pain, I am able to encourage others. This is because, to the glory of God and to the shame of the devil, I am free from the demon of bitterness. My life is sweet! As I pass thru this test of faith I shall become better and not bitter. I declare that I am not ‘a biiter root’ or a trouble-maker. I am a blessing! My relationship with God is getting better. My marriage is better. My relationship with my children (physical and spiritual) is better. My ministry in the church will be better. God’s grace abounds towards me and is sufficient for me. I have learned the secret to be content in all situations, hungry or full, rich or poor, healthy or sick, having fellowship with the brethren or alone for a season. All these things are temporary but God’s love for me is eternal. I shall pay the price and make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy. I reject the demons of fear, confusion, doubt, religion and bitterness! I declare that Jesus Christ is my Savior and the Lord over all! My heart is purified and free from bitterness. I see God! I shall live a life of wisdom, humility and thanksgiving. My life, my marriage, my family and ministry shall glorify God! By the grace of God, this is my vow! In Jesus name, amen!