Throughout our days and weeks, we are hit with so many “spiritual nuggets” (little ideas or lessons about living like Christ). The last week has seen a bunch of “nuggets” flying my way.
The Danger of Bitterness
I have had the opportunity this week to talk with some people this week and God revealed to me the danger of bitterness-especially when you let it fester for a long period of time.
The common thread in the people I was able to talk with is that these people are struggling spiritually. “There is no time to get into God’s Word…I just am not doing anything consistently right now…I am in a funk/desert spiritually.”
As I sat there listening to their struggles, the Holy Spirit began to reveal to me the incredible danger of the build up of bitterness. A spiritual life that either stalls or worse yet begins to recede.
My challenge to those people and anyone else who reads this “nugget,” be willing to forgive and pray to be released from bitterness. The desire to do this not going to happen right away. It is a process that will involve a humbling of some kind and there may be some hard steps you have to take to get beyond it but you must do it.
Spiritual revival in your life will not take place unless you are first willing to get rid of the bitterness, forgive those you need to, and repent/change your ways.
Bitterness gets in the way of everything God wants to do – don’t let yourself remain stalled, do what you need to do to continue growing as a Jesus Follower.
Jesus – A Revolutionary (Joe Stowell)
This week Joe Stowell was back to speak again, and he spoke about how Jesus was a revolutionary but no one really has that mindset these days.
He used the story of Jesus and the women at the well to illustrate how counter everything Jesus was during His life. The main point that stuck with me was the first point Joe made.
Love Trumps a persons faults
No matter how many issues a person has, no matter how much they struggle with sin, behind it all is a person loved by God and desperately in need of saving. Jesus saw beyond the immediate wrongs this woman had committed and saw a deeper need. He did not concern himself with anything else except the fact that she had a deep need and she could not figure out how to satisfy it.
This is how Jesus saw the people that He encountered – People are more than what they do or who they are on the outside.
Pastor Jeff Manion made a similar comment in relationship to Jesus’ revolutionary love – “You need to have your spiritual radar on…rarely people will directly tell you they are struggling” Jesus demonstrated this perfectly in this example of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the well.
Are you looking beyond the outside to truly see what is up with the heart of a person?
Growing Deeper (Pastor Greg Laurie)
“The Bible uses words like ‘be still’ and talks about slowing down and exercising discipline as the only true way to deepen our spiritual walk”
“The truth is that if we want to grow spiritually, we must sink our roots deeply into Jesus Christ. It is called abiding. Jesus said,”
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain . . . (John 15:16 NKJV).
Earlier in John 15, Jesus tells his disciples that they need to remain connected to the Vine (Jesus) because that is the ONLY way you will be able to bear true spiritual fruit.
Jesus is the only true source of life and truth. If that connection is not there, we are in serious risk of not bearing fruit and not growing spiritually.
So what can we do to deepen our roots in Jesus?
Read about Jesus in God’s Word – understand what it is he did and why He did that.
But Jesus told him, “…People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God. – Matthew 4:4
Look at how Jesus interacted people, how He kept his focus on the mission at hand, what emotions came out and when they came out, and listen/study what He taught – especially as the time of his sacrifice on the cross came near.
Then take what you have learn and begin to live that out no matter what those around you think. You can not abide in Jesus if you do not know who Jesus is and what He taught.
Summary Of The Nuggets
1. Move beyond what is currently holding you back, whether that is bitterness, anger, unforgiveness or anything other sin.
2. Humble yourself and repent for whatever you need to.
3. Learn to love people like Jesus does no matter what they say or do
4. Remain connected to Jesus becoming a student of all he did and taught
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