I’ve been preparing a message on how bitterness affects prayer, and I’ve compiled a list of questions as means to discover bitterness in your heart. I hope it’s a help to you!
Am I bitter?
A Bitterness Test
When you hear a certain person’s name or a group of people, do you experience anger?
What’s the first thought that comes up in your mind when you think about them?
When you think of a group or person do you replay a bad memory of them in your head?How often do you replay that memory in your mind? Is it hard to not think of them and those memories together?
Are the comments you make about them derogatory?
When you make a mistake or something doesn’t go your way do you blame a group or a person? Do you blame someone for you faults, failures or weaknesses?
Do you often feel cheated by others and short-changed by life in general?
Do you intentionally try to avoid a person? Do you dread seeing or having to spend time with someone? Why?
Do your thoughts about them tend to be more negative or positive? If negative, what have they done that makes you feel that way?
Have you refused to forgive someone?
Is it difficult for you to celebrate their victories? Using phrases like, “it’s only because” or “if they wouldn’t have” to justify why it’s going great for them. Is your heart more for someone’s failure than for their success?
Do you secretly take joy in their distress or bad times?
When someone speaks badly of them do you listen intently or try to defend them?
Do you struggle to sleep because of your thoughts or memories of them?
Do you lash out at that person even over smaller things? Are you vindictive?
Are you frequently on the lookout for perceived slights? Do you often look for ways to get back at those you view as having neglected, abused, disrespected, or ignored you?
Do you analyze everything they say, looking for fault?
Do you struggle to be happy because of your continual thoughts about them?
Do you believe every Gossip about them without checking the validity of it?
How often do you complain about them to others?
Have they done more harm to you than we as sinners did to Jesus on the Cross? “Father Forgive Them”
And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
It’s so impossible for a Japanese to be saved just like it is impossible for the drug dealing, drunk, abusive American. Praise The Lord the impossible is possible with Him, and sinners are saved!
The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
I know in context these islands aren’t the Japanese islands but I can’t help from imagining all of Japan rejoicing at the reign of The Lord!
For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the Lord had smitten among them: upon their gods also the Lord executed judgments.
God is greater. There are no other gods. He is greater than the proclaimed gods of Egypt. He is greater than Buddha, greater than Mary, great than Muhammad, greater than spirits, and greater than nature. He is God! No false god can compare!
Missions Conference at Harvest Baptist in Milbrook, AL
Why did Jesus Christ, Son of God, come and live on earth among sinners? Not only did He give up His heavenly home, but He came knowing that He would be tortured and killed.
Is. 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
He came for no other reason than you and me. He died to pay for our sins. He was wounded that we might be made free! I can never comprehend why He would ever love me. Why He died on the cross for us, but He did. Some ask why I would go to Japan and spend my life telling them about Jesus. It’s rather simple. 2Cor. 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. I cannot escape the unfathomable love Christ has for me and for the entire world. I would go anywhere for Him, because while I was yet a sinner Christ died for me. I gladly pledge my life to whatever cause He has for me. He loves me, and I cannot imagine doing anything else than serving the one that loves me so much. If you don’t know the love of Christ, write me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) today and I’ll explain how you can. I just want to tell the whole world that Jesus loves you, and He loves me. Thank you Lord!