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IEA FBNotes Devo 06 Bitterness • Becoming a Disciple-Maker

Bitterness Against God – The Disciple-Maker’s Devotional

One of Satan’s foremost tactics against growing faith is his tireless effort to create heaven-centered bitterness. To be angry toward our fellow man is spiritually debilitating, but to be angry toward God is self defeating and pointless. It is a form of immaturity and spiritual ignorance. The Psalmist likens this attitude to having the limited understanding of an animal and that is why such bitterness plays directly into our enemy’s hands.

The Psalmist’s own bitterness stemmed from personal jealousy and the worldly desire for ease and wealth. For us, his testimony is a study in transparent honesty. He said,

“But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray. For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have an easy time until they die.” (Psalm 73:2-4)

As you wisely choose to invest your time in fishing for men, you will soon discover that many of them are still infected with the pervasive disease of materialism. This malignancy is the primary cause for much of mankind’s sin and discontentment. Concerning life and his own misplaced values, the Psalmist wrote, “When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless until I entered God’s sanctuary. Then I understood…” (Psalm 73:16-17a) James explains,

“…each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.” (James 1:14-15)

Bitterness toward God out of human resentment or the unfulfilled yearnings of any temptation becomes very dangerous. Unless this condition is faced and dealt with, it will eventually result in eternal separation from God. Sin is like a cancer that metastasizes and spreads until it is removed. Remember that God has given us His Word which is “…sharper than any two-edged sword…” (Hebrews 4:12).

It was provided to us for the very purpose of maintaining our spiritual health. This healing is accomplished through sincere confession and with God’s help, choosing to recognize and remove our own malignant spiritual tumors. Don’t be timid about becoming usable and praying to stay that way. As a disciple, you are the great physician’s assistant. A non-bitter forgiven heart, a positive attitude, and a growing faith are all necessary if you minister as Jesus’ disciple. Stay usable because your service will always be needed!

By Billie Hanks Jr.

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