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Beware Of Bitterness (7 of 9)
THE MINISTRY OF RESTORATION
I want you to take God's Word and turn to Hebrews, chapter 12. We've been a series of messages about the Ministry of Restoration. If there is anything in this world that could stop restoration, that could stop revival, that could rob you of the
joy of salvation, it is the blight of bitterness. So here's a verse that tells us to beware of bitterness, to watch for bitterness in our Christian life because bitterness will blow the candle of joy out in your Christian life and leave your soul in darkness.
Now, God's in the restoration business and I believe the Lord's restoring homes. He's in the business of restoring brothers, He's in the business of restoring churches. God's in the restoration business. He's in the revival business.
There's not a life that has fallen that God cannot restore.
Hebrews 12:14-15 -- "Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord: (15) Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled."
A few weeks ago when I began this series, I talked about the importance of lifting up that broken brother, mending that brother who was once active in the service of the Lord, who once loved the Lord and actively served God. Now, some hurt
has come or some sin has come. They have fallen and they've found themselves outside the circle of active service of God and no longer do they witness and no longer do they share and no longer do they experience the joy of their salvation.
I asked you to think about someone such as that, that you might pray for and encourage and lift up. I hope that all of us will continue to do that because God says, "If man is overtaken in a fall, ye which are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
I also talked about the sin of backsliding a ...
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