Main Scriptures: Heb.12:15
More Scriptures: Ezk.28:13, Jn.10:10, Col.3:19
Looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many defiled (Heb.12:15).
Bitterness is one satanic device that you must be aware of. It is an enemy that robs you of your peace, joy, health and spiritual virtue. It is an instrument satan uses to steal you away from your wife and children. It kills you slowly and destroys your sheep fold ultimately. Therefore, I encourage you to give heed to what the Person of the Holy Spirit would be speaking to you from the pages of this devotional.
Let us begin by establishing this Scriptural truth. Bitterness defiles the godly husbandman, whether he is a bishop, a layman, a worker in the church, an artisan, a politician or founder of a ministry. Secondly, bitterness is an unnecessary weight. It weighs the one who is bitter. It defiles the spirit .
Now, what does it mean for your spirit to be defiled as the husbandman and how does bitterness trouble your soul? Defilement means to pollute or contaminate something that is hitherto pure, with the ultimate aim of destroying it. So, you can see that the main reason why satan wants to fill your heart with bitterness toward your wife and children is to contaminate your glorious destiny. In John 10:10, hear what the Scripture says about the mission of satan. The thief (satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy…….(Jn.10:10). The devil wants to steal, kill and destroy your family kingdom, wherein God has made you the head of the family. Satan thrives in deceit and lies, and the vehicle he would use to defile you is bitterness. There is no way you can pray for your wife and children when you are bitter toward them. There is no way you can think right thought or better things about your wife and children if you are bitter with them. In Ezk.27:30, the Scripture has this to say. It says and shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes (Ezk.27:30). Every time you are bitter against your wife or children (Col.3:19), your heart and life is filled with ashes. And you know what ashes represent. It is the insignificant part of the wood. A lot of the times, ashes are trampled upon. Can I tell you why you must never habour bitterness against your wife and children? Read with me Ezk.28:13, Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God, every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold, the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was PREPARED IN THEE (YOU) IN THE DAY THAT THOU WAST CREATED.
Don’t give bitterness a yard in your sheepfold, cover it with a mile of love (Rom.12:21)
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every root of defilement.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, spread abroad in my heart Your abundant love.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, set me free from the hold of hatred and bitterness against my wife.
I come against the force of defilement but extend love to my wife and children as the good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.