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BITTERNESS

"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up troubles you, and thereby many be defiled". Hebrews 12:15.

Harbouring bitterness in the heart is one of the most subtle and dangerous path to travel on as a person of faith, resulting in grounding into a state of spiritual inactiveness.

Hurts, offenses, anger and unforgiveness lead to bitterness when not dealt with in good time. Unresolved hurts degenerate into bitterness, leading to defilement.

ROOT OF BITTERNESS

The root of a plant is underground (unseen). It is the part that holds the plant firm in the soil. This same root absorbs and stores water and nutrients to supply to the other parts of the plant. Giving room for bitterness to grow and advance, irrespective of who caused it and how legitimate the offence is, leaves daring detrimental effects on the bearer.

"… Lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood" Deuteronomy 29:18.

"For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity"” Acts 8:23.

TROUBLES YOU

Bitterness will trouble you, so deal with it before it deals with you.

ABSALOM

Absalom was the son of King David. He was the supposed crown prince of Israel but lost it because he allowed bitterness to eat him up. What led to his bitterness was absolutely wrong. His only sister, Tamar, was forcibly sexually abused by his own half brother, Amnon, all of whom were children of the great king, David. 

This act offended Absalom just as it would any reasonable person. That led to the harbouring of hurt feelings and then developed into hatred. Maybe he expected justice against his half brother from their father, the king, but not a word came from the king or anybody. Everyone expected him to take things cool, but he had already begun that journey of bitterness, the journey of no return. For two full years, he nurtured the seed of bitterness, which was also taking root underground from what any eye could see. Then finally, he murdered his half brother Amnon in cold blood.

He fled after committing such heinous crime only to return later to revolt against his father and tried to take the kingdom away from his own dad. (Read this text for the full story, 2Samuel 13:1-32).

This is how bad bitterness can get. Stop it before it stops you. When you hold too long onto grudges and the mistreatments from others, you make God to be displeased with you. Vengeance belongs to God. Leave every offender to God by forgiving them. The young man Absalom, the crown prince of Israel, died a very pathetic death. God can take care of everyone who mistreats you, and he does it so beautifully. Don’t get in his way. When you remain bitter against those who maltreat or abuse you, you restrain God from taking revenge on your behalf and what should come on them tracks you down to destroy you. Bitterness will trouble you, so let go and let God.

AHITHOPHEL

Ahithophel was David's counselor. He was uniquely endowed with the spirit of counsel from the Lord so much that his counsel was like God Himself giving you advice.

"And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom"” 2Samuel 16:23

As wise as he was, he, too, died a very unpleasant death. Why? Bitterness, because of unresolved issues. 

"And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father"” 2Samuel 17:23

Ahithophel was not just the counselor of King David, he was also the grandfather of Bathsheba

"… Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite"” 2 Samuel 23:34

"And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. ..." 2 Samuel 15:12

"And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" 2 Samuel 11:3.

So when King David used his authority as king to satisfy his lustful pleasure, it was against Bathsheba, the granddaughter of Ahithophel he committed that act against. Besides, she was a married woman. How many grandparents would be proud of such incidents? You will be highly disappointed too, particularly when the offender is one you call boss. This was a great injustice done against the personal and family reputation of grandpa Ahithophel and to also hear later that the death of her granddaughter's husband was orchestrated by the same boss, hmmm!!!

This old man had every human reason to harbour grief, unforgiveness and bitterness within, but that will get in the way of God, the one to whom all vengeance belonged. Your hurt, unforgiveness, and bitterness may be legitimate, but bitterness troubles.

DEFILEMENT

Apart from bitterness troubling you, it also defiles. To defile means to make inappropriate, ineffective, unsuitable for any useful purpose because of pollution or contamination. Bitterness is poison and can make you sick. Constantly holding on to bitterness can affect metabolism, the immune system or organs and lead to physical disease.

FORGIVE & FORGET

Forgiveness alone enables you to let go of grievances, grudges, rancor, and resentment.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." 1 Corinthians 13: 4-6

GUARD YOUR HEART

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life"” Proverbs 4:23.

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus"” Philippians 4:7

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful"” Colossians 3:15.


Submitting your life to Jesus will equip you to let go of hurt feelings.

Pray this prayer with me

Father, I come to you today just as I am; I have found my greatest challenge today I.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving me the right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to your right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

If you have been blessed by this post, feel free to tell a friend about it by sharing the link with them. God bless you as you live an offence-free life.

  

UNFORGIVENESS

As painful and disheartening as offences can be, they still occur. There’s only one thing you can do about offences after you realize you have been offended: forgive!

Some people who have offended you:

1. Are not aware, so forgive.

2. Pretend not to be aware, but you still forgive.

3. Don’t see why you should be offended at such a ‘simple’ thing, forgive.

4. Don’t even care that you are offended, forgive.

5. Are genuinely sorry, so forgive.

When you refuse to forgive, you become enslaved to the one who has offended you. Only a few thoughtful people will carry the burden of guilt when they know you have not forgiven their offence against you but the greater burden is on you the offended. Don’t wait for them to come and apologize before forgiving, that apology may never come. Let go and let God.

Offences are real, and effects are as real as the causes. The earlier we forgive, the better.

WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO FORGIVE

Worthington and Scherer (2004) noted that forgiveness is complex, describing two types of forgiveness. “Emotional forgiveness” is rooted in emotions and affects motivation, and involves emotional experiences. “Decisional forgiveness” is behavioural, wherein one seeks to behave toward a transgressor as they did before the transgression occurred, releasing the transgressor from the debt (Worthington & Scherer, 2004).

Offences carry with them bitter feelings. Forgiveness can’t be complete until we release this bitter feeling. A change in behaviour of the offended towards the offender usually follows this release to once again live as before. When we forgive but can’t forget, it because we are still holding on to the hurt emotions.

UNFORGIVENESS

“Failing to forgive, or unforgiveness is the practice of engaging in ruminative thoughts of anger, vengeance, hate, and resentment that have unproductive outcomes for the ruminator, such as increased anxiety, depression, elevated blood pressure, vascular resistance, decreased immune response, and worse outcomes in coronary artery disease. Practising forgiveness enables the transgressed individual to reduce their engagement in rumination, thus reducing their experience of anger, resentment, and hate. Forgiveness, then, is a pathway to psychological well-being and health outcomes.” Norman, K (2017) Forgiveness: How it Manifests in our Health, Wellbeing, and Longevity.

Ruminating thoughts of anger, vengeance, hate, and resentment

When you keep playing back in your mind, all the hurt feelings, hatred, anger and vengeance because of an offence, then you are engaging in unforgiveness.

EFFECTS OF UNFORGIVENESS

1. Increased anxiety

2. Depression

3. Elevated blood pressure

4. Vascular resistance

5. Decreased immune response

6. Heart diseases

7. It is self-destructive: can’t you see you are destroying your life and nearing your grave with these deep periodic sighs of hmmm! Hmmm! Hmmm!?

8. It imprisons

9. It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness.—Robert G. Menzies

10. Loss of Freedom: Consumed with, Controlled by, and Become Like the Offender

This is possibly the worst of the consequences of unforgiveness and it is so easy to fall into this trap.

Consumed with the offender—How can you be free when you spend so much time thinking about how they hurt you? Your mind is stuck on trying to resolve something that only God can handle effectively. When you spend that much time thinking about them, it is like building a nice house for them in your mind and moving them in. You paint and maintain the house, because you constantly visit it and THEM.

Bitterness and vengeance are traps. Vengeance is considered a “right”. Bitterness blinds you and moves you to a place you never wanted or intended to be. You think it will make you better, but it just makes you bitter. And bitterness is an open wound, draining life from you.

Controlled by the offender—They not only consume your mind, worse yet, they control you. The longer you carry the grudge, the more they control your thoughts, actions, and feelings. The more you want vengeance, the more energy drains from you as you plot, seek, or try to get revenge. And, even if you do get revenge, you often have regrets, second-guesses or feel it wasn’t enough. Enjoy the consequences of unforgiveness!

Conformed to be like the offender—Consider this. If you want to learn golf or tennis, you spend time playing and thinking about it. If you want to learn something new, you read about it, think about it. When you immerse yourself into something; it becomes part of you. So, the more energy you use and the more time you spend thinking about the person who wronged you, the greater the chance they have to influence your thoughts and actions. You increase the possibility of becoming just like them.

The Lord has a better path for you. He wants you to renew your mind. He wants your mind controlled by His thinking, by truth. Most importantly, He does not want you to renew your mind to just anything; it is to renew your mind to the truth. https://gr8relate.com

11. Bitterness

12. FORGIVE AND YOU SHALL BE FORGIVEN ALSO Matthew 18:21-35

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

WHAT YOU DO TO others will determine what God will do to you. Don’t be like the unforgiven man in the above scripture. FORGIVE!!!

Submitting your life to Jesus will equip you to let go of hurt feelings.

Pray this prayer with me

Father, I come to you today just as I am; I have found my greatest challenge today I.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving me the right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to your right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

If you have been blessed by this post, feel free to tell a friend about it by sharing the link with them. God bless you as you live an offence-free life.

 

OFFENCES II

 


In my previous post, OFFENCES I, you may click on this link and read it if you have not read it yet, we defined offence as an act of upsetting and hurting the feelings of another, causing annoyance in another because of rudeness or lack of respect, or breaking or going against a law or principle another person holds dearly. Real offences are the ones we cause to others or others cause to us whiles the perceived offences are the ones we inflict on our own selves by judging the motives of people for what they do without hearing their side of the story.

In this post, OFFENCE II, we shall consider what to do about offences.

Matthew 11:2-6

2.Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Jesus makes a powerful statement here in verse 6. A little background may help appreciate the above scripture. John the Baptist, a cousin of Jesus and six months older than Jesus, was the baptizer of Jesus. He did not just baptize Jesus; it was he who introduced Jesus to the world. John, by divine assignment, was already an accomplished preacher with a wide coverage of influence and respect. It was by his recommendation that Jesus found his feet in the preaching assignment. His testimony about Jesus helped to clear a lot of doubts in the minds of the people concerning Jesus.

At a point in time, he even had this to say: He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30.

I once heard a very interesting scenario from Dr. Mike Murdock. He told of a young, brilliant lawyer who had just completed his education and had been called to the bar. Life had become unbearable for this young lawyer because he had no clients, cases or money. One day, he went to visit an old, experienced, busy and rich lawyer to help him out.

This senior lawyer helped the young lawyer because he had been in that situation before. He placed his arm around the neck of the young lawyer, took a stroll through some busy streets and kept on having a heart-to-heart conversation publicly, and then finally let him go home. The young man got home looking very dejected. He had expected this experienced lawyer to have given him a few of his many clients to represent them in court in order to make ends meet.

A few days afterwards, his phone rang. Clients started bringing their cases to him. Why? People thought that if such a reputable lawyer would hang out with this young lawyer, then he had some credibility. What had happened? The senior lawyer deliberately introduced the young, intelligent lawyer to the corporate world by associating publicly with him, thereby recommending him.

John the Baptist, with all of his years’ experience had publicly approved of Jesus to the extent of losing two of his disciples to Jesus. Upon all these friendly gestures towards Jesus, he could not just believe that Jesus will not come and visit him when he was imprisoned. He expected at least one visitation from Jesus, but this never occurred. That offended him so much if he sent his disciples to go to Jesus and ask if he was the saviour or they should expect another saviour. It was to this question that Jesus mentioned that ‘… blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.’

What must you do when you feel offended?

1.      Accept that you are really hurt by the action or perceived motive of another.

Rather than lie or pretend about it, come to terms with it. You can’t deal with hurt feelings until you acknowledge it.

2.      Give the other person (offender) the benefit of the doubt.

There have been moments in my life that I realized how wrong I was in my conclusion after taking the time to listen to the explanations people gave for certain actions they took. Every human being, no matter how bad they might look, has some level of goodness in them, listen to people. Before you conclude on anybody, listen to them first. You may come to whatever conclusion you deem appropriate, but before you take that entrenched position, listen to them first.

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

3.      Determine to have an offence free mentality.

Make a pledge not to entertain an opinion that God has offended you or man has offended you. Real offences abound daily all around us, but you don’t spend your mind’s energy on them. It’s like the saying that you can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from making their nests in your hair.

Joseph had every reason on earth to feel offended by his brothers, but

Genesis 50:20 -21

20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

He looked at circumstances through the eyes of God. All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. And that includes offences.

 


4.      Look beyond the offence to see what God might be up to with each offence you face.

How else would Joseph have ended in Egypt in the first place had his brothers not sold him? It was the false accusation of Potiphar’s wife that landed him in prison to meet Pharaoh’s servant, who later on gave him that golden opportunity in meeting with Pharaoh in later years.

As painful as offences are, there is a higher divine purpose with every offence that comes our way. Have a positive attitude towards the painful and devastating offences that come our way.

To err, they say, is human but to forgive, divine. We all require divine enablement to forgive our offenders. Submitting your life to Jesus will equip you to let go past hurt feelings.

Pray this prayer with me

Father, I come to you today just as I am; I have found my greatest challenge today I.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving a right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to your right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

In my subsequent blogging, I shall take you a step further in overcoming unforgiveness.

 

 

OFFENCES I



“Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” Luke 17:1.

Christ teaches that offences are a normal part of our daily life in this world, but he also forewarns those through whom offences come. If you are at the receiving end of an offence, Jesus says to you, ‘take heart’ but if you are the offender, he says to you, ‘woe to you’. Apart from this post on offences, I shall deal with its related matters in my next two posts: unforgiveness and bitterness.

DEFINITION

An offence is an act of upsetting and hurting feelings. It is causing an annoyance in another because of showing rudeness or lack of respect for another. An offence, in relating to a crime, is breaking or going against law or principle. We can say then that offence is going against certain personal laws or principles people hold dearly. For instance, people may feel offended or violated when you disregard by intruding on their privacy uninvited, betraying their trust by revealing a secret they hold dearly, not returning a favour owed them in their most crucial moments, et cetera.

TYPES OF OFFENCE

PERCEIVED OFFENCE

Perceived offences are the upsets and hurt feelings we experience when we try to interpret and judge the unseen motives of other people’s actions towards us. The motives or motivations for people’s actions are best known to them. I have learnt by experience that when we give others the opportunity to explain themselves, we’ll become better judges. You may have so much hurt in your heart now because of an interpretation you have assigned to the motive behind an action of a loved one. What if you are not completely right? Don’t you think it’s unfair to the other person for not listening to his side of the matter? Besides, you have imprisoned yourself by this hurt feelings and even the perceived offender does not know.

You can become offended by an usher’s direction, a pastor’s sermon, another person’s dressing, a friend’s chuckle, the whisperings of two people or even this post you are reading. In soliciting for funds to publish my 1st book ‘SEASONAL DYNAMICS’, many years ago, a friend busted out in anger, saying, “I know you used my life circumstances to write your book.” These will happen as long as you keep reading meanings into the motives of the surrounding people.

REAL OFFENCE

Real offences are the hurt feelings resulting from the negative physical or emotional actions people carry out towards us. Years ago, I was ironing my clothes in the common hall of my dormitory in the secondary school. In a split moment, after hearing the footsteps of someone walking into the hall, I felt the two palms of the stranger cover both eyes of mine. Of course, this is something best friends or lovers do. After your friend blindfolds you, you should be able to guess who it is. Your right guess showed how connected and sensitive you were to each other.

So, this stranger-friend of mine still had his palms over my eyes, waiting for my right guess. Unfortunately for me, I suffocated as this stranger-friend also has both palms over my eyes and nose. At a point, to save my life, I gathered every ounce of strength within me and gave this stranger-friend a ‘wicked’ push off my back. He fell heavily and upon turning I saw who it was. He was just a friend, but a very close friend. I was sorry, but I was more offended at his attempt to suffocate me. He was also sorry, but I believe he was also more offended at my ‘wicked’ push. That was it! Our relationship became cold and even colder until we completed our senior high school education.

Several years later, after school, our paths crossed again and we are good friends again till today.

ABSALOM WAS OFFENDED

Absalom, King David’s 1st son, who would have become the next king of Israel after his father David, had a sister called Tamar. This Tamar was sexually violated by one of her step-brothers, Amnon. This incident angered Absalom. To make matters worse, King David, their father, slept on the matter. (What could he have done? He was the father of them all and the harm had already been caused). But Absalom’s hurt feelings kept on raging until it developed into hatred for Amnon, his step-brother, leading to his cold blood murder. That initial hurt that wasn’t dealt with led to murder, then to betrayal, open rebellion, incest and finally, self-destruction. 2Samuel 13-20

SIGNS THAT YOU ARE HABOURING AN OFFENCE

The majority of people will deny and even try to cover up their hurt feelings to portray that they are psychologically and emotionally in charge. But the signs are always obvious.

Withdrawal or isolation from others

Change in personality

Display of anger, anxiety, or moodiness

Feeling of worthlessness

Hatred

Distrust

Absent-mindedness and periodic deep sighing

Betrayal

Open rebellion

Perfect memory and constant recounting of hurts with passion to anyone who would listen

Even though offences are a normal part of our lives, harbouring an offence can be more destructive to you than the real cause of the offence. You must deal with any feeling of hurt in your heart before it deals a deadly blow on your destiny. To err, they say, is human but to forgive, divine. We all require divine enablement to forgive our offenders. Submitting your life to Jesus will equip you to let go past hurt feelings.

Pray this prayer with me

Father, I come to you today just as I am, I have found my greatest challenge today i.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving a right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to your right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

In my subsequent blogging, I shall be taking you a step further in overcoming unforgiveness. 

A STRONG HUMAN SPIRIT

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. Luke 1:80

John DeBaptist had a very strong spirit.

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Luke 2:40

Jesus Christ also had a very strong spirit.

Possessing a very strong human spirit is so crucial to the believer if he will be able to home the eternal Spirit of God, for the benefit of our entire generation like John and Jesus did. When the Holy Spirit came to live in you on the very day you believed in Jesus and simultaneously made righteous, He came with every bit of His presence, power, glory and all that you can think of. However, we don’t get to see or experience such mighty manifestation of the Holy Spirit through us. Why? Our capacity, spiritual capacity is what determines how much of him we are able to manifest.

 

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

John 7:38-39

 


The wells of living water refer to the Holy Spirit. The mighty Holy Spirit shall flow out of your human spirit (belly) to bless others. How much of the Holy Spirit flows through you depends on the capacity or strength of your spirit. This is why it's very necessary to build spiritual strength or capacity.

 

A strong human spirit is an asset in your spiritual journey.

In this post, we shall look at just one scriptural means of developing a very strong spirit in order to become a conducive channel for the Holy Spirit to manifest all He is without breaking you down.

 

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

1Corinthians 14:4,14

 

TONGUES: A MEANS OF BUILDING UP YOUR SPIRIT

Speaking in tongues is your spirit speaking directly to God, the Father of all spirits, by the utterance that the Holy Spirit gives (Acts 2:4).

The Greek word for the word edify, ‘oikodomew’ means: to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively) confirm: --(be in) build (-er, -ing, up), embolden. So, speaking in tongues is what builds up, constructs, confirms or emboldens your spirit.

 

In comparing you to the tabernacle in the Old Testament, your body is the outer court, your soul is the holy place and your spirit is the holy of holies where God’s presence was. The Holy Spirit definitely dwells in your holy of holies. When you pray in tongues not just once in a while, but every day of your life, you are ‘oikodomewing’: building, constructing, confirming and emboldening your holy of holies, the human spirit.

 

Truly, any time I spend time praying in the spirit, I become so much emboldened in my spirit so much that it becomes impossible to conceal my outward confidence.

 

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all. 1Corinthians 14:18

 

Hear this bold declaration of one secret of this spiritual giant. It is very possible that this secret could account for the great feats he accomplished to the glory of God throughout his ministry. You know, there is so much benefit in speaking in tongues aside from building your spirit as we are discussing in this post.

 

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Jude 1:20

There we have it again, building up yourself by praying in the Holy Spirit. Whenever you pray in the spirit, know that you are developing your spirit to become like John and Jesus who waxed strong in spirit.

 


Smith Wigglesworth lived 1Corinthians 14:4 and Jude 20

Kenneth Hagin prayed much of his private payers in tongue because of 1Corinthians 14:4 and Jude 20

'The greatest gift God gave to the world is His son. the greatest gift Jesus gave to the Church is the Holy Spirit and the greatest gift the Holy Spirit has given is your spiritual language (speaking in tongues)' Dr. Bill Hamon (Click on the links to watch their YouTube videos.)

It is obvious that speaking in tongues more of the time was a major price these spiritual giants paid to generate such transgenerational impact they’ve had over the human race throughout their ministries. If you will begin to cultivate this same prayer life as they did, God’s faithfulness will ensure that you don’t bear fewer fruits in your lifetime.

It all begins with salvation in Christ Jesus. If you have not yet committed your life personally to Jesus, may I give you the opportunity to do so now.

 

Pray this prayer out:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

 

 

THE HUMAN SPIRIT

 


Our walk and reliance upon the Holy Spirit will be better enhanced when we understand who we are as spirits.

 You as a human being are a spirit, you have a soul and you live in a body. God is a Spirit (John 4:24). As a spirit, He is invisible (cannot be contacted through the five senses) but as real as anything that can be contacted by the five senses.

 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:26-27 ¶

 When He intended to make man in His image and likeness, He meant that man was also going to be real but invisible (cannot be contacted through the five senses). His desire was to give to the man He was creating, dominion over all the earth (physical). His domain of authority was well defined: the visible realm. The man was invisible but was coming to do business in the visible. So, God in His wisdom formed a physical (visible) body for the invisible man.

 

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7

 Human: humus + man 

 Human: earth + spirit 

 Human: visible + invisible

 After God formed the physical body for man (spirit), He placed the spirit that was a replica of Himself into the body. It was the coming together of the spirit and body that the soul came into existence. Without the soul, no unity can be achieved between the spirit and the body.

 YOU ARE A SPIRIT. You are invisible to the five senses. If you had no physical body, no one would have been able to see you and make contact with you except in the spiritual realm. YOU HAVE A SOUL. YOU DWELL IN THE BODY LIKE A HOUSE.

 An armor lays lifeless until a soldier puts it on. We may look at the arm of the armor raised but that is because the wearer raised the arm. Your physical body carries life and remains active until the tie between your spirit and soul is untied. Remember this: the real you is not your body but your spirit.

 UNITY AMONG SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY


For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

 As important and distinct as each component of your existence is, they overlap in such close ties that only the Word of God has the ability to clearly distinguish them in composition and functions.

 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:27

 Your spirit is God's means of reaching out to you.

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God, your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thessanonians 5:23

 Your spirit is God's primary point of contact with you.

 OTHER NAMES REFERRING TO YOUR SPIRIT:

 Hidden man

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 
1Peter 3:4

 Inward man

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2Corinthians 4:16

 Old man

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Romans 6:6 Ephesians 4:22, Colossians 3:9

 New man

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10

 

FEATURES OF THE REAL YOU (SPIRIT)

 Eternal

Spirits do not go extinct, they don’t stop existing. All those who have died have simply transited by breaking the tie with their physical body and are very much alive in the spiritual world. It is this characteristic of spirits that gives relevance to the Lake of Fire. It is going to be the permanent place of incarceration for those who during their lifetime on earth, lived in contravention to the directives of God.

 Very religious

It is your spirit that was made in the image and likeness of God and therefore always seek to satisfy that longing desire. It is this driving force in your spirit that moves you into all kinds of spiritualisms. However, it is only in Christ that this thirst is satisfied.

 Can be influenced by God or Satan.

God is spirit, Satan is spirit and angels are spirits. Amazingly, you are also a spirit, roaming in the same realm with these forces all battling to have an influence over you. You have what it takes to determine who influences you: the power of your choice.

 Nothing regulates it more than words.

In the realm of the spirit, there is no greater influence like words. Words determine everything. The kind of words you give yourself to hearing constantly will determine the direction of your life. It can open the door of faith and shut the door against fear

 Can be educated and trained.

Make time with the Word of God. When revelation knowledge of the Word takes over your spirit, then your spirit, in turn, will take over your five senses. It is at this point that your judgement and perception of issues change. Read the whole Bible, but dwell more in the New Testament and the Epistles are actually letters written to the church. It is in them you will discover God's plan of redemption. Meditate on these things because they take you on a lifelong journey of renewing your mind.

The condition of your spirit will determine the happenings in your life.

It all begins with salvation in Christ Jesus. If you have not yet committed your life personally to Jesus, may I give you the opportunity to do so now.

 Pray this prayer out:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

 

THE UNPARDONABLE SIN

 


In our previous post, DON’T HURT YOUR HELPER (SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT), we dealt with the two types of sins we commit against the Holy Spirit and how to avoid them. In this post, I shall be dealing with the third category of sins committed against the Holy Spirit: blasphemy, which Jesus described as unpardonable.

"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." Matthew 12:31-32

Even though Jesus forgives our sins no matter how bad it might seem and his blood is able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, He clearly states that blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is the sin unto death and also the unpardonable sin, both in this age and the age to come. That is a serious matter. Anyone who becomes a victim of this sin is doomed for all eternity. Is it possible you might have committed that sin or may fall into it one day?

NOT ALL SINS ARE BLASPHEMY

You need to understand that it isn't every sin we commit against the Holy Spirit that is unforgivable even though they also give Satan an advantage over us and deny us the manifest presence and power of the Holy Spirit leading to our victorious walk in Christ. We must immediately confess and receive forgiveness the moment we become aware of it.

"If any man sees his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death." 1John 5:16 -17

The fact that fornication, adultery, idolatry, murder and the likes may not be the sins unto death does not imply that we are free to continue committing those acts, because, they are still unrighteousness and they have devastating effects upon the believer who allows them in his or her life. But there is the reality of the unforgivable sin: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

WHAT IS BLASPHEMY?

From the Greek translation of the Bible, to blaspheme means: to vilify; especially, to speak impiously, defame, rail on, revile, speak evil.

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." Hebrews 10:26

Those who know so much about God and yet refuse to submit their life to Him are at the highest risk of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. Anyone who just keeps hearing without taking the necessary steps of obedience, particularly with regards to salvation, will eventually become hardened.

While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Hebrews 3:15

"It is a persistent, habitual, willful continuing in sin, against better knowledge. It is a persistent, habitual and willful neglect of the Spirit of God and living contrary to the commands of God … it consists of a complete rejection of the way of salvation in Jesus Christ." RICHARD J. VENEMA

So an ignorant unbeliever who has not heard of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ cannot blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. This is because background of adequate and right knowledge is required to make an act qualify as blasphemy.

CAN A BELIEVER IN CHRIST JESUS BLASPHEME AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT?

When one becomes saved the following take place,

1. He's made a child of God

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

2. He becomes one spirit with Christ

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 1Corinthians 6:17

3. He is sealed with the Holy Spirit

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13

4. He is accepted in the beloved

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6

5. His name is written in the book of life

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:20

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. Hebrews 12:23

6. All his sins are forgiven him

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Act 26:18

7. He has become a new creature

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2Corinthians 5:17

8. He has also become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

9. He is made to sit with Christ in heavenly places

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:6

10. He is hidden with Christ in God

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

The list is endless

Now what will happen to all these things above when he commits that sin that cannot be forgiven in this life and the next? You see, it is impossible for a child of God to commit the unpardonable sin. Any sin a believer commits can be placed under grieving or quenching the spirit which also has consequences.

"Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost." 1Corinthians 12:3

In Him, you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 NKJV

Our coming to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour and remaining in Him heavily depends on the work of the Holy Spirit.

In reality, the actual sin that leads to eternal condemnation and eternal separation from God is the rejection of Christ and His finished work on the cross. The Holy Spirit is the only divine agent by whom we come to accept Christ's perfect sacrifice for our sins, it is by Him, the Spirit of grace, we access the saving grace that leads us to acknowledging Jesus as Lord. Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, therefore, shuts the one who does it out of access to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

It is impossible for a genuine believer to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

The difficulty we might have in accepting this has been occasioned by the fact that, at every point in time among believers, we have those who crept into the church (Jude 1:4) instead of being born into (John 3:3,5,7), the flock and the wolves in sheep clothing (Matthew 7:15)

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These are they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude 1:17-19

A believer can and does fall but a believer cannot and does not fall away.

A believer can and does sin and there are consequences but a believer cannot and does not commit the sin onto death.

A believer can and does sin against the Holy Spirit: grieving and quenching (he should not because it gives the enemy an advantage over you) but a believer cannot and does blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

God has a recovery plan for the believer who sins (1John 1:9, 1John 2:1) but not for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

What of someone you knew and can testify personally that he/ she was a genuine believer? Well, the scripture has this to say:

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. 1John 2:19

If you still cannot accept this scripture, then, judge nothing before its time and keep praying for such individuals, if the Lord restores them before they die physically, then you'll know they were not victims of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

HOW TO AVOID THIS UNPARDONABLE SIN

Make sure your walk with God is genuine. Don’t pretend, don’t be a wolf in sheep's clothing, be sincere with God. Have you come to salvation? I mean have you given your life to Jesus by yourself with nothing standing in-between you? If you have done so already, then, help another by sharing this link with as many contacts as you have. You might never know who will receive help by your kind action.

Let me give you that opportunity to come to Christ if you have not yet done so. Pray this prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

 

If you will spend the rest of your days listening and speaking with God by studying the Bible and praying, then your friendship with Christ shall become permanent and intimate.

Let me also encourage you to start reading the bible for yourself. Start by patiently reading the Gospel of John.

 

DON’T HURT YOUR HELPER (SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT)

 

NO ONE FIGHTS THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WINS


In the natural, people are very careful when relating with someone they consider as a helper, supporter or sponsor. No person in his right mind would like to be on the wrong side of his helper. Believers have a Helper whose sole purpose is to help them to live victoriously in all things that pertain to life and godliness.

There is the person, presence and power of the Holy Spirit. As a believer, the Holy Spirit lives permanently in you, but access to His manifest presence and power requires that you avail yourself to Him consistently on a daily basis and in a personal way. When you commit these sins against Him, you don’t lose His person you deny yourself of enjoying the fullness of His presence and power which are responsible for the unfair advantages you have over unbelievers.

There are three main sins committed against the Holy Spirit: quenching the Spirit, grieving the Spirit and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, two of which are committed by believers. In this post, I shall deal with the first two sins and the last one in my next post and show you how that constitutes the unpardonable sin.

QUENCHING THE HOLY SPIRIT

DON'T SAY NO! TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

"Do not quench the Spirit." 1Thessalonians 5:19

 To quench means to put off or put out a fire. When the Holy Spirit is causing a stir in you to do something and you suppress that initiative due to fear, shyness, procrastination, disbelief or blatant disobedience, you are quenching the Holy Spirit. Quenching the Spirit really has to do with resisting the things the Spirit tries to initiate within you. Disobeying the promptings of the Holy Spirit quenches Him. You know, the only physical body the Holy Spirit has is your physical body since He dwells in your spirit which also dwells in your body.

Whenever He seeks to do a thing, He will first and foremost initiate it within your spirit which may be likened to a flickering flame of fire. When this flicker is cared for very well, it burns until it sets your heart or spirit ablaze. Most times, when you put out this fire immediately it starts at the flicker level, you quench the Holy Spirit. This happens when you are careless and remain adamant to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Refusing to do what he tells you to do is quenching the Spirit.

Refraining from His embrace is quenching Him.

When you refuse His DO! BE! HAVE! commands, you quench him.

 

How to avoid quenching the Holy Spirit

1. Learn to recognize Him and His promptings

2. Follow His prompts promptly

3. Consider the streams of far-reaching opportunities you are missing by refusing what He initiates in you.

 

GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT.

DON'T TURN DEATH EARS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice." Ephesians 4:30-31

This entails all the things you do that grieves Him. How can the mighty Holy Spirit be grieved, you may wonder? The Holy Spirit has emotions and a bit emotional than that of Jesus. What Jesus will overlook and simply brush off, the Holy Spirit won't easily give it a pass. When Jesus said in John 14:16: "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever", he didn’t mean he was going to pray like we do, but rather, request or plead strongly and passionately. The word 'pray' as Jesus used it, carried with it a picture of the Father holding on so strongly to and not really willing to let go of the Holy Spirit because of the emotional complexes of the Holy Spirit; He easily gets hurt. I say it this way due to the inability of the human language to give full and accurate expressions to divine truths. The Holy Spirit is another comforter like Jesus but different from Jesus in a number of ways.

Continuing to do what He is stopping you from doing is grieving the Spirit. Embracing what He refrains from grieves Him. When we embrace His DO NOT! BE NOT! HAVE NOT! commands, we grieve him.

 

BITTERNESS

WRATH

ANGER

CLAMOR

EVIL SPEAKING

MALICE

ET CETERA ...

Do you remember the Spirit's first encounter in the New Testament with liars (Ananias & Sapphira) in the church? Instant death! Jesus also forewarns that blasphemy against the Father or the Son is forgivable but none should try that with the Holy Spirit.

How to avoid grieving the Holy Spirit

1. Accept and convinced yourself that the Holy Spirit has your best interest at heart

2. Know also that no scriptural instruction has been written to take advantage of you. Every scriptural injunction is designed for your advantage

3. Your power and uniqueness in life are in your obedience to the voice of the Spirit.

Receive grace to walk with the Holy Spirit.