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Defeating the Bitterness That Has Killed Your Worship – A Word by Robert Murphy

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Imagine if you will that you are in the Garden, the most beautiful place on Earth. You have the voice of God walking and talking with you. Not only does the Father walk and talk with you, but He is co-laboring with you. He is creating animals but lets you name them. He gives you the authority to name what He creates. Wow!! But then you make a horrible mistake and have to leave the Garden. What disappoint to realize you had it all. You got to see what you were created to be and now it’s gone. How do you think you would react?
 
We see in Gen 3:17-19 that God tells Adam that because of what he did the ground is going to be cursed. That in sorrow, he was going to eat from the ground all the days his life. The ground that once flourished is now going to produce thorns and thistles. Everything produced for him in the past, but now in order to get just a little bread he was going to have to toil and sweat. Oh how the times had changed!
 
If you look at the word cursed here in the Hebrew it actually means “bitterly cursed.” So the ground that Adam was sowing into was bitterly cursed. And the bitterly cursed ground was producing little fruit, and mostly thorns and thistles. There are many of us wondering why we haven’t seen our hopes and dreams come to pass yet. Instead of seeing the harvest, we keep reaping thorns and thistles. Adam was sowing into bitter ground, and when we sow into bitter ground we are going to receive thorns and thistles too. Bitterness is keeping our harvest from being produced. We work extremely hard just for a little. Like Adam we have seen who we are supposed to be, but we haven’t become that yet. Mistakes have removed us from our promise and we have become bitter about it. We blame God that we aren’t further along in life and that bitterness takes root underneath, and at any moment it could explode and take out everyone around us. Some of us can’t be good fathers because we resent our father for not being there. So even though we try to love our children, we may not be loving them effectively. The love we are loving with is being produced in the soil that we created in bitterness.
 
Let me go a little deeper. Adam has two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain was a tiller of the ground and Abel took care of the flock. Adam had never dealt with the disappointment of being out of the garden and having to toil the bitter ground. Now his son Cain has taken over for him. I’m sure Cain had seen the resentment on his father’s face. Heard words spoken in anger about that labor. Something we need to realize is that anything we don’t deal with will be multiplied in our children. Hebrews 12:15 tells us to “look diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Because the ground was cursed they would have to bring a firstfruit offering to break the curse. Romans 11:16 says, “for if the firstfruits be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.” When the time came for the firstfruit offering Cain just brings an offering. Nothing special, not the first, just an offering. But Abel brings the firstlings of his flock, the best. The Lord has respect for Abel’s offering. Why do we see such a difference in the offerings of Adam’s two sons? Well Adam resented the ground and was bitter toward it and he passed that on to Cain, but the animals Adam loved because he got to co-labor with the Lord to create. Remember God created the animals and let Adam name them. So the love towards the animals he passed on to Abel. And since he loved and valued the animals Abel brought a respectful offering.
 
Adam transferred bitterness to Cain and thankfulness to Abel. Because Abel understood thankfulness he loved worship. Cain was so bitter that he couldn’t wrap his head around worship. When Cain saw God’s approval of Abel’s offering that root of bitterness that Adam never dealt with rose up strong. Remember Hebrew 12:15 says that root of bitterness will spring up and trouble you and many will be defiled. It troubled Adam, and it defiled his family! Cain arises and kills his brother Abel. Bitter people will always come against worship. They will try to kill it. Some don’t understand why their worship won’t go any further. It’s because unresolved bitterness has taken hold and has to be dealt with. There are worship leaders who have been under attack and don’t understand where it is coming from. A spirit of bitterness has been in the land and is trying to take you out!
 
For us to walk in greater worship and usher in glory in our cities we are going to have to deal with the bitterness that has been hidden inside us. It’s time for us to stop sowing into bitter ground and start sowing in the soil of love and forgiveness. As we do this it’s going to release the worship that will give access to new areas of Heaven. There is a new song coming! And its coming with no bitterness. It’s going to sound different. It’s going to heal our lands. So get ready to walk free, to see with new eyes!
 
The following are ways to rid yourself of bitterness:
 
1) Don’t let anger sit for too long. It will turn to bitterness. We have to be quick to release it. When it sits for too long it gives the devil access in that area.
 
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27
 
2) Don’t let bitterness isolate you. Bitterness will separate you from the people that want to help you. Allow people near you to speak life into your bitter soil. Matt 5:13 says that we are the salt of the earth, and in 2 Kings 2 we see that Elisha used salt to heal water that was bitter and ground that was barren. Allow spiritual leadership to pour words of salt into you to heal your bitterness.
 
3) Lastly, we have to begin to forgive the ones in our lives that have wronged us. It’s keeping us from worship that’s going to change our lands. Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.”
 
I declare that every idle thought and negative word that has been spoken over and against you to be removed. That the Cain spirit that has tried to kill your worship be destroyed. You will no longer reap thorns and thistles, but you will begin to reap a full harvest!
 
Robert Murphy
 
Bio: Robert is a Senior Leader and Prophet at Gateway International Church in Roland, Oklahoma. Robert is married to Amy and has 3 children. 
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