Don’t Get Bitter, But Better…

“I loathe my own life; I will give full vent to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.”-Job 10:1

The story of Job has always spoken great volumes to me. There were seasons of my life that I struggled with bitterness towards God. I didn’t understand the bigger picture of God’s great plan. Instead of lamenting to God, I just vented and sat in my bitterness.

From a human perspective, Job had every reason to be bitter. He had done nothing wrong. God Himself recognized that “there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil” (Job 1:8).

Yet Satan argued that Job was not as “blameless and upright” as God claimed, and that everything would change if He would remove the hedge around him. When this hedge was removed, Job experienced the death of his children, the loss of possessions, and finally the deterioration of Job’s health.

Reacting with these challenges, Job became filled with bitterness. We can understand why he had this reaction, but also can see how this attitude impacted his entire approach toward life. His mind and heart were laced with bitterness. His soul was bitter, and he suddenly seemed to hate everything.

How easy it can be to react like Job, to allow the events of life to shape our thoughts and attitudes. To fall into a pattern dominated by bitterness or anger, doubt or betrayal. But bitterness can have a particularly painful impact.

The Bible warns us not to let any “root of bitterness” grow in our lives, and realize that this can poison us in many ways (Hebrews 12:15).

Today, we can learn from the example of people like Job. We can study the Bible and employ its powerful principles. We can apply the authority God has given to believers to resist our enemy. And we can call on God’s Spirit to change us and give us abilities we don’t have in ourselves.

As you face the challenges of life, ask God to help you stand on guard against the influence of bitterness. To fill you anew with His Spirit. To have a heart of forgiveness. To trust Him to take care of every need. To right every wrong.

Prayer:

Father, I commit these situations to You. I believe that You are working everything together for good. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fruits of the Spirit In-depth Study and Application “Joy”

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23 

O to have the joy of the Lord! The prophet Nehemiah declared the Joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). The word for joy here in Hebrew is “chedvah”( Lexicon :: Strong’s H2304), which also means gladness or rejoicing. In other words, the fruit of being connected and in constant communion with Christ, is having gladness. Being connected to Jesus is in itself reason enough to rejoice and be glad. 

The apostle Paul concludes that knowing Jesus is the very root of Joy in Philippians 3:7-9. Why? Consider what Jesus did for us. According to Ephesians, Chapter 2:4-9, God has: 

● Made us alive in Christ to sit in heavenly places 

● Given us access to immeasurable riches and kindness 

● Gifted us with salvation knowing that we could not earn or repay Him.

On top of that,verses 13-21 tell us that through the blood of Jesus: 

● We are in close fellowship with our Heavenly Father 

● We are made whole and reconciled to God 

● We are built together into a new family–the Household of God. Does this not make you want to rejoice? To make it simple, the fruit of Joy is birthed in our constant awareness of God’s love and Jesus’s sacrifice for us. How can one not rejoice in knowing that Jesus sacrificed his life not only for their sins but also for their right to an abundant life according to John 10:10? Even when facing grim circumstances, can you rejoice believing that the end result and outcome will be for your benefit and promotion? When you are connected to the true vine, Jesus Christ, this is your reality. Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice (Philippians 4:4)!

Lets pray! Father, thank You for Your love. Thank you for accepting me into your family. I rejoice in you! I declare, in the name of Jesus, that I receive your joy unspeakable and full of glory according to 1 Peter 1:8. I declare my joy and gladness tank is full according to John 15:11. Thank you Lord for you Goodness and mercy always following me. I evict anxiety, sorrow, depression and fear from my life and I put a bloodline of Jesus between me and them. Replace them with the gifts and benefits of a child of God! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus! I declare it is done in Jesus name!