WORD SEED: DROP IT, LEAVE IT, AND LET IT GO! (Bitterness and Resentment)

The seed of bitterness is a hurt that is planted in someone. It may be intentional or unintentional. There are also times when the hurt may be chastisement from God for our own actions. It takes strength to let go of bitterness. The danger in yielding to bitterness and allowing it to rule our hearts is that it is a spirit that refuses reconciliation.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. (Hebrews 12:14-15, also Eph. 4: 31-32).

WORD SEED: FORGIVING THOSE WHO HAVE HARMED US

Forgiveness means letting go of resentments, bitterness, and desires for revenge. God commands us to forgive others, but He never told us to keep trusting those who violated our trust or even to like being around those who hurt us. To forgive is for our benefit. The other person’s behavior may never change. It is up to God, not us, to change others. Our responsibility is to be set free from the pressure and weight of an unforgiving attitude.

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Col. 3:13 NIV)

WORD SEED: THE LORD IS OUR SHIELD AND OUR GREAT REWARD (Gen. 15:1)

In the Great Commission Jesus said, “I am with you always, even unto the end.” It is from Him that we are “strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man…” (Eph. 3:16-17). When the slings and arrows of life come pouring down on us, we raise up that shield to protect, encourage, and comfort us. When we think that life offers us mountains that we can’t overcome, we raise up that shield. He is our comforting Shield and our very great reward.

CHOICE AND CONSEQUENCES – LET US NOT BECOME WEARY IN DOING GOOD

Just as we plant seeds in the spring and wait for the harvest, we must wait patiently for the rewards that will be reaped from doing what is good and right in the sight of God. God knows our heart and He knows all that we go through – when it’s right and when it’s wrong.  It doesn’t matter what others say about us or about the things that we strive to do for God, it only matters what He thinks.

 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9)

WORD SEED: GOD’S PLAN FOR OUR SUCCESS Being a Believer does not make one immune to difficulties, trials, tribulations, and testing. But just as the Lord sent Words of hope to the exile Israelites in Babylon, He wants us to know that as we face the challenges of life we must give our burdens to Him, for “He will never leave or forsake us” (Heb. 135b). “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)

WORD SEED: PRAYING IN THE NAME OF JESUS GIVES DIRECT ACCESS TO THE FATHER  

 

The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross gives believers direct access to the God the Father in heaven. Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation, and He tells believers to pray to the Father in His name. “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you” (John 16:23). Here are two main verses that substantiate that Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation:

 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

WORD SEED: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Prov. 18:10)  

Men build strong towers to defend themselves from their enemies. The Lord God is a strong tower for the righteous. Whether trials are great or small, personal or public, believer must rest in the fact that our hiding place is in the name of God. You may ask “How is that possible when we are so harshly attacked by trouble and distress at times?” Let’s stop looking at the Lord through troubles, but instead put the Lord between us and the troubles. For we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us (Rom. 8:37). For the name of the LORD is a strong tall building, designed to withstand attack for the people of God. It is a refuge, a place of complete safety.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)