Ephesians 4:26 (NIV)
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)
14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.
15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
This world is a battleground. There is no inch that is not given up freely. You have an enemy who is set against you and seeks your destruction or at least your derailment from what really matters. When you are tempted to quit in your pursuit of God or you are tempted to believe that nothing is ever going to get better the enemy has set up camp in your mind.
It is in this area of your mind that he seeks his most damage. He plants thoughts that are not godly, images that steal your joy and rob you of your purity. The question is, “How does he gain a foothold in your mind?”
Paul answers this as does the writer of Hebrews. When you refuse to forgive, when you harbor bitterness and anger against someone who has offended you, you are letting the enemy of your soul set up his camp. When bitterness and anger are allowed to remain, faith and obedience to God will be the first to go. Is there anyone you have held a grudge against or refused to forgive, you can be sure as long as that root of bitterness is allowed to remain the enemy has free reign in your life and you will not be able to trust God or believe his Word or obey what He commands.
Take a moment to ask the Lord to reveal any root of bitterness or anger in your lfie and ask the Holy Spirit to drive out all that remains of bitterness and unforgiveness.
Mark 11:22-26 (NIV)
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
May the God who forgave you the massive debt of sin you had enable you to freely forgive those who have sinned against you. May the mountain of the enemy’s camp be destroyed by the grace that you extend to others today.
Seeing Mountains of Unbelief Falling as the Saints Freely Forgive,