A Wounded Spirit Is Fertile Ground For a Root of Bitterness!
March 27, 2007 11:56pm CST
"A wounded spirit who can bear?" (Proverbs 18:14). How could the Israelites of Isaiahs time have become so fallen, so backslidden, so depressed in such a short time? Isaiah explains it: "From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: They have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment" (Isaiah 1:6). The prophet went on to warn the people of God who had open wounds, sores and bruises. He said as long as they went on bleeding, with blood on their hands, God could not hear them in such a condition: "And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood" (verse 15). Whose blood is the Lord talking about? Your own! Youre bleeding from an open wound in your heart! Its oozing blood! You need healing! You need your wound softened with the oil of the Holy Ghost! Yet many of you dont run to the Master for healing. You dont realize that Satan is trying to get you into the witchcraft of rebellion. You see, God wont listen to a voice that cries out but wont accept His deliverance! Let me show you how dangerous rebellion is, and why God calls it witchcraft: The husbandmen of the parable were Gods children. They were engaged in religious work. How could an upright Pharisee -- who paid tithes on every mint leaf in his garden, loved his children, traveled the whole world just to make a single convert, faithfully spent Sabbaths poring over the law-- turn into such a vicious person? How could these husbandmen eventually kill and steal and crucify? They were enraged! They had murder in their hearts. Thats not from the flesh -- thats demonic! They stoned the messengers of the law! They knew what was demanded of them -- but once they rebelled against the word of God, bitterness took root in their hearts. Beloved, bitterness blinds! You lose your spiritual vision in proportion to the growth of your bitterness. The more your bitterness grows, the more your blindness grows. Let a root of bitterness fester -- let the wound turn to gangrene, -- let the sore spread its poison all through your soul -- and you will end up just like these violent Pharisees, so blind they finally crucified the Son of God! If you continue in the gall of bitterness, you will end up with other bitter souls, prating; throwing stones at Gods holy servants, playing the part of a poor misunderstood martyr. You will end up at gall-gatherings, where others share your rebellion. If you continue in the gall of bitterness, you will open your very heart and soul to demon possession! You will end up a mouthpiece of the devil. Your tongue will become a spear that pierces the side of Christ. You will hang Him on open shame before all who know you. And you will shut out the voices of all preachers and prophets! The work of God will go on, with other husbandmen willing to obey. God will say to you what Peter said to Simon : "Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God" (Acts 8:21) Has someone in the house of God wounded you? Do you have a root of bitterness? I beg you: Run to the healer of all wounds and ask Him to pluck it out by the roots! "Let all bitterness, and wrath and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice" (Ephesians 4:31) Stop it -- now!
• United States
28 Mar 07
Yes that's so true Zoom, about forgiveness. For the Bible says when you stand praying forgive so that your prayers won't be hindered. And it also says to feed your enemies when they ask for food and it will be like putting hot coals on their head. That scripture doesn't mean to burn them with coals. For back in the Bible days people carried coals on their head to take them to their homes to rekindle their fires in the fire places. So that was a very good thing to do.
• United States
29 Mar 07
Exactly! So true! ...when we are going through a trial or a hard time, then is the best time to be yield, yield, yielding to God.. letting Him do His work in us and *in our heart*.. [The scriptures about Israel you quoted, also remind me of the world and society today.. when God looks down, there is no soundness in society.. lots of putrefaction instead to be blunt..] The condition you have described toward the end is a moving into the "unfogiveable sin" which is to blaspheme God in our heart.. or become resentful toward God (a common ailment in the world of today, among virilent unbelievers) for the heart is culturing the habit of rejecting and hating God, over and over.. and becomes very hard to reach and break through that hardness, and habit.. God bless!:))