Updated: Sep 24, 2019
Hey Clemson FCA! I hope you are having a great day! We had an amazing first night in Tillman last Thursday with Mere Knox from Newspring Church in Anderson.
Mere preached on Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”
Mere talked about tasting and seeing that the Lord is good and also talked about bitterness within our lives. Have we weakened our spiritual palette to where we only notice bitter things? Is bitterness lingering in our lives? God wants to call out the bitterness in our lives and replace it with something better!
In Hebrews 12:15 it says, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
So how do we cleanse our spiritual palette? Mere gave us five steps on how to remove bitterness and cleanse our spiritual palette.
SAY LESS Isaiah 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” When He sees space in our lives, He sees opportunity to produce life.
STAY GRATEFUL 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Rejoice always” It is so hard for bitterness to grow in a heart that has been drenched in gratitude. We need to rejoice in our lives.
Ephesians 4:29-32 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Is what we are saying wholesome and uplifting? We should be loving to one another and using words to build each other up. One way to show love to one another is through the power of forgiveness. Forgiveness can be so freeing. It can also release bitterness that we have built up in our life. Is there someone in our life that we need to forgive?
SING PRAISE Romans 10:17 says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
Faith comes from hearing. When we are praising God, we get an eternal perspective. We need to focus on praising God and not praising the things of this world. If our praise of the world out praises the praise of our God, we have a problem.
STAY IN PRAYER Philippians 4: 6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Don’t be anxious about anything. In the Lord’s presence, there is fullness! Bitterness cannot stay in the heart of a heart bound in prayer.
Mere left us with Isaiah 61: 2-3, “I am sent to announce a new season of Yahweh’s grace and a time of God’s recompense of his enemies, to comfort all who are in sorrow, to strengthen those crushed by despair who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful bouquet in the place of ashes, the oil of bliss instead of tears, and the mantle of joyous praise instead of the spirit of heaviness. Because of this they will be known as Might Oaks of Righteousness, planted by Yahweh as a living display of his glory.”