I. REALIZE YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST TO LOSE IT.
Jeremiah lost it under pressure, but got it back again.
Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” 5:14“Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”
He must have recalled the promises of God – 1:4-9.
Look at Elijah in 1 Kings 19:3-4 “And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”
And then in verse 9, “And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?”
Then came a strong and mighty wind, earthquake and fire. God told Elijah, “You are not alone,” and by the way neither are you verse 18.
The greatest revival in history resulted on Mount Carmel when Elijah got his fire back 18:17-40.
Paul was fearful of losing his fire, his burden and vision in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27.
He was not talking about losing his salvation, but his joy, power and fellowship with God.
Paul had seen others lose their fire such as John Mark in Acts 15:36-41. He mentions that Alexander and Hymenaeus have made shipwreck out of their lives.
He also warned Timothy and encourages him to “war a good warfare.” 1Timothy 1:18-20.
It is almost senseless to look at other lives when our own is under constant satanic attack or questioning God’s will for us.
Read Hebrews 12:1-17.
RESULTS OF BITTERNESS.
1. Defiles others verse 15.
2. Defeats the grace of God verse 15.
3. Defies correction verses 5-6.
4. Destroys motivation verses 3-4, Ephesians 6:34, Colossians 3:19.
5. Devil is given a place of operation Ephesians 4:26-27; James 3:15-18.
A. Develops into immorality or materialism verse 16.
B. Destroys fellowship with God verse 14.
REMEDY FOR BITTERNESS.
1. Recognize it as sin and not just the way you are Ephesians 4:26, 3-32.
2. Repent and confess Matthew 18:15-33.
3. Replace the focus verses 1-2.
4. Reconcile with the offender ASAP Matthew 5:23-24; 7:14-15.
5. Remember the Biblical examples:
a. Joseph, Genesis 37-50.
b. Christ, Luke 23:34.
c. Stephen, Acts 7:50-58.
6. Renew the mind Philemon 2:5.
What a way to finish…that’s the answer: Have the mind of Christ. Bitterness is crippling more servants than any other sin. It probably is the root of more symptom sins than any other sin. The joy of the Lord instead of bitterness will eliminate a lot of temptation to the pleasure of sin for a season.
Isaiah 9:6-7 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
NOW, LOOK AT THE LAST STANZA:
Come Desire of Nations, come! Fix in us Thy humble home:
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed, Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness now efface, Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above, reinstate us in Thy love. HARK…
Haggai 2:7, “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.”
To think that the AlMIGHTY CREATOR, THE JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH, THE RIGHTEOUS SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS, THE CONQUEROR OF DEATH WOULD TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN OUR OWN HEARTS!
Adam’s sin nature was passed on to all his descendants, and likewise the unacceptability of sinful mankind to stand in the presence of a Holy God. But his work in fulfillment of the prophecy, crushed Satan’s hold on the claim over us.
1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING!