28. September 2016 · Comments Off on THE ‘HEAPS OF COAL’ REWARD · Categories: Bitterness, Forgive, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Justice, Offense, Relationship, Trusting God

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:19-21 NIV).

Beloved, I’ve previously shared that I used to think BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD meant the more good I did to my offenders, the greater their punishment would be. I was wrong. ‘Heaps of coal’ is about the emotional discomfort one feels when you arouse their conscience about how they’ve treated you with the aim to make them repent.

Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery but when he had an opportunity to revenge, Joseph was kind to them instead. He provided for them and also brought them and everything they had out of suffering to a land where they were well taken care of.

However, his kindness made them uneasy… “when Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father…” (Genesis 50:15-17 NKJV)

Though Joseph told them it was all in the past, they still lived in fear because we always expect people we’ve offended to hit back but Joseph didn’t… Joseph said to them… do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones…” (Genesis 50:18-21 NKJV).

Beloved, can you see how ‘heaps of coal’ works? Joseph’s actions led them to repentance. But what about God? Did God avenge? Oh yeah! However, it was a sweet revenge done in many ways but I like this one. Joseph was forced to leave his hometown on the backs of camels but the first time he visited Canaan again, he came with… all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt… And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great gathering” (Genesis 50:7-9 NKJV).

God definitely knows how to showcase those that leave it up to Him to fight their battles for them. I remember asking a friend whether she was still bitter about what someone did to her and she said its only when you don’t have anything that you are bitter but when God has so blessed you, you have no time for bitterness. Joseph focused on God’s goodness and not his brother’s evil and God rewarded him greatly; far more that he could have ever dreamt of. God elevated him to a place of honour. He is bound to do the same for you if only you let Him.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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13. September 2016 · Comments Off on DON’T BE POISONED BY BITTERNESS · Categories: Anger, Bitterness, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Power and Authority, Prayer, Repentance

And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for YOUR HEART IS NOT RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. FOR I SEE THAT YOU ARE POISONED BY BITTERNESS and bound by iniquity.” (Acts 8:18-23 NKJV)

FOR I SEE THAT YOU ARE POISONED BY BITTERNESS…

Beloved, recently, I heard a prophet say that Satan wanted him to be so crushed by people that he use the weaponry of the spirit to control and wound them… to kill them with his words but the Lord had to deal with his bitterness.

Hmmm… what was he saying? This is a case of people trying to use their supernatural ability to control and curse others and in many cases the root cause is bitterness. In our feature text, we see that Simon was eager to acquire some supernatural way to control people and amongst other things, Peter was able to identify that the root of his pursuit was bitterness.

Simon used to be a sorcerer and like this person said, witchcraft was probably his way of retaliating people because of his resentment because there is a relationship between releasing curses and bitterness. Unfortunately, we find that today many Christians, even Christian leaders have allowed bitterness to consume them to the point that they begin to make soulish incantations calling it prayer; “nothing is ever going to go right for you wherever you go etc.”

They begin to use their words to curse you. However, the enemy tried to use Balaam to curse the people of God but he was at least smart enough to know… how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the Lord has not condemned? (Numbers 23:8 NLT)

Beloved… Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence] (Ephesians 4:31 AMP). I love how the Voice translation puts it… Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison.

Has someone wronged you? Don’t be poisoned by bitterness… “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19 NKJV). This is not to say you shouldn’t pray. God doesn’t like injustice but I remember telling God that if I pray with my understanding on a particular case then, I know I would be crossing the line. So I would rather pray with the Spirit because… We are weak and do not know how to pray, so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words (Romans 8:26 Voice).

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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