Be Aware of Signs That Bitterness Is Taking Root

Be Aware of Signs That Bitterness Is Taking Root

Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.                                                                                                                                                                  Hebrews 12:15 (NKJV)

“I can’t trust her,” “He lies a lot,” “She’s a snake,” “He’s a maggot,” “I don’t ever want to talk to her/him again.”

Have you ever caught yourself saying or thinking these types of thoughts?

BEWARE if you catch yourself frequently saying something negative or belittling about someone, it may be a signal that some evil roots are trying to bury itself in your mind and spirit.

I was going through a spiritual situation a few years back where I didn’t feel like I was growing in the Lord. Instead of looking at myself, I projected outward to others in the church – “They don’t let anyone do anything in this church but the same few individuals.”

The enemy had me focus on two women who are gifted and anointed. He whispered, “Those two are always up front; there are others in the church talented also.” I found myself not wanting to be involved in anything they were sponsoring, not supporting their programs and making snide statements.

I didn’t recognize that the enemy had planted a root of bitterness.

I’m saved, sanctified, and baptized with the Holy Ghost but I apparently left a crack for the enemy to plant those seeds of complaining and bitterness. The Ruler of Darkness is so cunning and sophisticated with his maneuvers (he’s been doing the same thing for over 2,000 years) that he can do a sneak attack and you aren’t even aware.

I thank God for the Holy Spirit that lives within me. He convicted me and revealed that it wasn’t the ladies I was upset with but myself. I felt like I was at a stalemate, not being used in the church but not hearing the voice of God telling me to find a new church home.

I repented, cast out the spirit of resentment, started speaking words of positivity and trusted God to renew my faith and use me wherever and whenever for His glory.

Many times, our pulpit is not in the church but in the community.

Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women’s issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.

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  1. Tina Dorward says:

    Great reminder Barbara thank you for sharing!

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