“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”
Hebrews 12:15 KJV
For those joining us for the first time, this series is divided broadly into two sections. Capsules 25 to 31 focused on the difference between Blessings and Miracles. The purpose of this is to emphasis God's best for us as New Creations (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). From Capsule 32 we have been looking at the practical application. I honestly believe that if things discussed here are properly understood, it will take care of a lot of the 'Hocus, Pocus' introduced into Christianity by charlatans and exploiters.
Before we go any further in this capsule I would like to re-emphasis two points on Forgiveness/Bitterness. The first is that you benefit more when you forgive than the person being forgiven. It keeps your heart tender, free of the poison of bitterness that defiles. The second point is difficult for most people to grasp, 'Unforgiveness stops you from receiving what God has already given by grace', or putting it another way, 'Even though God has given by grace, unforgiveness/bitterness will not allow you to make the spiritual connection to receive (Hebrews 12:15, 2Corinthians 1:20). I pray God gives you understanding. I would like to end this capsule with two testimonies to show you what we have been discussing.
Every bible student knows the story of Joseph, how he was sold to slavery by his own brothers, thrown into the prison for doing the right thing and eventually ended up in the palace. In Genesis 45:1-5, we can see him comforting and expressing his forgiveness to his brothers. But the truth is that he had never been bitter towards them, in fact he had forgiven them long before then, there was no bitterness in him. He was not at any time praying the 'judgement of God' over them like some would teach. For example, in Genesis 40:6-7, Joseph was shocked that Pharaoh's Baker and Wine carrier were sad (remember they were in prison). For Joseph there was no reason to be sad or bitter even in prison. He lived without bitterness, so it was just a matter of time before the blessings manifested in his life.
As a young Christian, a great man of God who was also into manufacturing taught me a lesson along this line. There was a time his business was experiencing great difficulties. At this same time, there was a rift between a long time friend and himself. All his attempts at reconciliation failed. For sometime he felt bitter by the whole affair, however the Lord impressed on him to go and see this guy one more time and let go of any bitterness. To cut a long story short, despite this attempt his friend remained recalcitrant. But as he was about to leave, he met somebody who had been looking for him for some time to sign a contract that would rescue his failing business. As he was putting pen to paper that same day, and collecting the first cheque, the man across the table said he had planned to give the contact to an alternative provider at the end of that day. All of a sudden, it all made sense. All the while God had answered his prayer, he just did not receive because of the bitterness. This is true for every aspect of our Christian life, it does not matter whether it's healing, material wealth or freedom from demonic oppression. The blessings are already in you, all we need to do is release them (Ephesians chapter one)
A BLESSED MAN HAS GOT NO REASONS TO BE BITTER
We are almost at the end of this series, I am particularly encouraged by the testimonies of changed lives and answered prayers that I have received, I am grateful to God.
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