“So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you (Jehovah Rapha)” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters” (Ex 15:22-27)

The prayer meeting was very good. We praised God with all our hearts. The anointing was so strong that we all ‘jumped’ into the river of life and became whole. Then the Word came: The people of God crossed the Red Sea in triumph. All the Egyptians who pursued them died in the same waters. Lesson: By faith in the Living God the believers experience miraculous victory and their enemies are defeated! Only three days have passed. They arrived at a clean beautiful lake. But the waters are bitter. They called the place Marah (which means ‘Bitter’). Then people of God started complaining against Moses saying: ‘What shall we drink?’ Moses knew that he cannot help them. Who can provide ‘sweet’ water for three million people? Only God! In desperation, Moses cried to God. Lesson: It is the responsibility of the leaders (parents, pastors…) to pray in the middle of trouble for the revelation of victory. God answers Moses. He shows him a tree planted by the bitter waters. God tells him that, in the presence of all the people, he should cut down the tree. Then he should throw the ‘bleeding’ tree in the bitter waters. As Moses did that, the bitter waters became sweet. In Hebrews, the word bitter means anger, provocation, wasting and depression. The word ‘tree’ means wood or carpenter. The word ‘sweet’ means to become alive, to have appetite for life or to revive. Lesson: The tree which was cut down is a symbol for Christ crucified. The Blood of Jesus changes any bitterness into sweetness. The Blood of Jesus heals any sickness. This is the revelation of Jehovah Rapha. Please note that the tree was planted by God by the side of the bitter lake. The solution is closer to you than you think. It is planted by the problem. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1Cor 10:13).
May your eyes see, not only the problem, but the solution, the way of escape! Look unto Jesus Christ crucified. “By His stripes we are healed” (Is 53:5). The Lamb of God died to set you free! Say I am free! May your faith in the living God heal you, deliver you and give you peace!

(I just received this note from a sister in the church: “Good afternoon Malia, I just want to share this with you .Like some weeks before you started the teaching on bitterness ,the Lord had been talking to me on that and I was on the lookout for it in my dealings with people, I remember telling a sister that I don’t want any root of bitterness in my heart when she raised a topic. Little did I know that the Holy Spirit was preparing my heart, I was removing all the branches but I had not dealt with the root.
So the first week you preached on it, I received it and asked the Holy Spirit to show me because honestly I couldn’t locate anything,until after the following Saturday’s class that my heart was opened that I had not gotten over what my husband did to me in the past… I only covered it up with other things and from time to time the anger, bitterness sadness will escape from the covering(long story). I asked God for forgiveness and I also finally truly forgave my husband and guess what? Since then it’s been like I got born again, again. My relationship with the Lord took a new dimension and really my husband and children are happy, I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that I am enjoying my marriage to the glory of God)

Just this afternoon my husband was asking me if he is improving (see what God has done). I give God all the glory!”

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