By Pastor Angela Chester | Weekly Nuggets

Feb 22

Hebrews 12: 14-15, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of  the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many be defiled. ……………………..Make sure that the only things that you let take root in your heart are good things, “Phillipians 4:8 tells us what some of those things are, for example you can think on; whatever is pure,whatever is true, whatever is noble,whatever is right, whatever is loving, whatever is admirable–and if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. “Before you’re able to take on the habit of practicing this great advice, it will be a bit tricky, because, as we read in “Romans 7:19 , there is nothing good that dwells ( in our flesh ), so for the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I desire not to do, that I practice. “But remember we that are born again” no longer should be walking in the flesh, but according to the Holy Spirit. So now when tempted to succumb to acting out thoughts of retaliation by selfish, hateful, malicious, resentful plots; don’t waste your time, after all you’re better than that bitterness that you’re feeling . And you deserve better for yourself, remember bitterness will smother you like a giant serpent, and slowly strangled the very life out of you, LET IT GO ! MOVE ON ! And immediately flood your mind with good thoughts, it’s a little hard at first but, if you really want to claim it, the Holy Spirit of  God will team up with you, don’t let bitterness kill you, you are bigger and better than that, Amen, Praise God, I love you in Christ Jesus.

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gracy billingsley March 1, 2015

It is so important not to allow bitterness in our hearts because it is poisonous to body, soul, and spirit. It destroys from the inside out. Proverbs 4:23 NLT says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” If we entertain bitterness, the course of our lives is headed downward. Jesus said that offenses will come, so it’s unavoidable. But we can choose to not allow bitterness to take up residence within us. I’ll admit this is sometimes a challenge but I’ve found what works. After I’m honest and open before God about all that I’m feeling, I ask him to help me to not be bitter and to forgive me. I then begin to pray for those who I believe have hurt me. I also pray for myself because sometimes what may be causing the bitterness is my perception of what has happened and not anything that someone has actually done. Having a willing heart to let it go is key. God will help us to see it through. Even if our hearts are not where we want to let it go, we can be honest with God about that too. If we ask him to help us to get to that place, he will do it. I’ve been there also. If we are yielded to God to the point that we want to please him above all else, he knows that and will always help us to accomplish it. I love him because he never leaves us hanging. He’s right there. Hallelujah!

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