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Overcoming Bitterness

SERIES: Detours, Dead Ends and Dry Water Places

Exodus 15:22-27 NIV

22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.

23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)

24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”

25 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them.

26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

Bitterness is harbored HATE hidden in the heart.

There are five things that causes it:

1. What happens TO us.

Ruth 1:20-21 GNV – 20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she answered; “call me Marah, because Almighty God has made my life bitter. 21 When I left here, I had plenty, but the Lord has brought me back without a thing. Why call me Naomi when the Lord Almighty has condemned me and sent me trouble?”

2. What is SAID about us.

Proverbs 12:18 GNV – Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.

3. What is TAKEN from us.

Matthew 5:40 GNV – And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

4. What others THINK about you.

Esther 3:5 GNV – Haman was furious when he realized that Mordecai was not going to kneel and bow to him,

5. What others DO to us.

Psalm 137:8 GNV – Babylon, you will be destroyed. Happy are those who pay you back for what you have done to us…

Bitterness hurts the POSSESSOR not the TRANSGRESSOR.

The dangers of bitterness:

1. It HURTS you

2. It HARMS others

3. It HINDERS God

How to overcome bitterness:

I. FORGIVE the offender

II. FOCUS on God

III. FACE the future….every ending is and opportunity.

IV. FIND new friends

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