COME CLEAN BEFORE GOD.
Exposing the root of bitterness.
By Pieter Kirstein
The Bible talks about the root of bitterness. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.
If something has a root then it means that its a thing that goes deep. Offenses do come because we live in an imperfect fallen world full of hatred and pride and everybody wants to be their own god and do things their own way but unforgiveness shall condemn your soul to an eternal hell of torment and destruction.
If we refuse to forgive and overcome all offenses by the power of the love of God then we in actual fact place ourselves through wilful pride above Almighty God as judge.
Many people, even Christians still walk around with roots of bitterness being kept in bondage by demons of offence and unforgiveness.
These people do not know the power of God’s peace and they live in constant torment. Sometimes we can be so blinded by our own pride that we expect God to grant us forgiveness but refuse to release and forgive those who have caused hurt in our hearts.
Bitterness is breeding ground for demonic activity and its foolishness to nurture offenses. It’s like a knife being stuck in your chest and the Lord wants to pull it out and release you from your pain and torment but you choose to treasure it like its a pet of some sort.
The people or person who has caused you pain normally goes on with their lives but you choose to live in a place of torment. Every time you think about the one who offended you it aggravates you.
How many times do you fail God in a day and how many sins are covered by His holy love?
The most powerful weapon that we have as children of God is the power of His love. Consider what God accomplished through the cross of Jesus Christ. Through a demonstration of His conquering love He destroyed and forever defeated the whole kingdom of darkness.
Jesus Christ did not die with His finger stuck in your face through the voice of accusation.
I one day asked the Lord; “How much do You love me? ”
…and He stretched out His arms and He died.
Matthew 18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus said unto him, I say not unto you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, who would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun the reckoning, one was brought unto him, who owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But since he had nothing to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and released him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what you owe.
29 And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me:
33 Should not you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you?
34 And his lord was angry, and delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if you from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.
A suggested prayer:
Righteous Father I now choose to bring every person before Your holy throne of love, mercy, forgiveness and grace that have done me wrong and that have used and abused me throughout my life even since birth. God I acknowledge that I’m angry and offended because I have been harbouring offenses because of deep hurt and pain. My heart is fragile Jesus but Your love is my release and freedom.
Lord i choose to encourage myself to completely forgive and renounce every deep root of bitterness within my heart through Your perfect example. When You hung upon that cross Jesus You were innocent but because of Your great love, while surrounded by Your enemies, you made the decision to forgive.
I now do the same because my struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the kingdom of darkness because they want to see me end up in hell. I declare against you Satan in the holy name of Jesus the risen Son of God that I renounce all your works and all your deceptions that kept me in bondage.
Through Christ I declare freedom by the power of God’s love and by the ministry of the Holy Spirit we nail your roots of bitterness to the cross of Jesus Christ. Father God release the fire of Your love and cleanse my heart of all offenses in the name of Jesus. I receive Your peace as You wash me in the blood of Jesus.
Jesus where I have bitterness or unforgiveness against myself I ask forgiveness and release. Please empower me Lord God to love myself and my fellow man by the standard of Your love. Holy Spirit please penetrate my foundation and completely root out the tree of bitterness and unforgiveness with all it’s different branches. God come a consuming fire and displace the works of darkness. Where there is strong resistance I release the hammer of God’s authority according to Jeremiah 23:29 to strike through every wall, barricade and satanic stronghold in the name of Jesus.
I by faith Lord Jesus now call forth a kingdom of God invasion to dismantle the works of darkness to the foundation of every root in Jesus name. Transform me Father, cleanse me and wash me and be my ability to walk in the power of the holy love of God.
Matthew 5: 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.
13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its savor, how shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on a lamp stand; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
38 You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two.
42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not away.
43 You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love them who love you, what reward have you? do not even the tax collectors the same?
47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you more than others? do not even the tax collectors so?
48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.