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The Thief Called Bitterness (29 of 31)
Series: Foundations for Life
Ernest L. Easley
Now as we come to chapter 43 in our study of the book of Genesis, we learn about the thief called bitterness! That's what I want to talk to you about this morning: The Thief called Bitterness.
Take your Bible and turn please to Genesis chapter 43. There are a lot of people today whose lives are filled with bitterness. There was a day when life dealt them some difficulty some disaster some trouble some tragedy, and they decided they are going to live their lives as miserable as they possibly can.
They are not only miserable themselves but they make everybody else around them miserable. Their lives are filled with bitterness. Well if there was ever a man who had the right to become bitter it was Joseph!
He lost his mother as a young boy. When he turned 17 his brothers sold him into slavery out of hatred and envy. When he got down there he did the very best he could. Yet he suffered because of it. He was falsely accused of rape and ended up in prison because of it! He was kind to a prison inmate who promised to remember him, and he did remember him two years later!
The butler forgot him. His family forgot him. Potiphar's wife forgot him. Potiphar forgot him. It seemed that everybody forgot him. Oh how easy it would have been for Joseph to become bitter toward his family bitter toward his friends bitter toward the Lord.
And yet had Joseph become bitter in his difficulties, he would have prevented God from using what others had meant for evil, for his benefit! There is a thief that can rob you of God's will being carried out in your life! There is a thief that can tie up God's hands during the heartaches and difficulties of your life! May I tell you today that if you choose to become bitter during times of trouble and tragedy, if you choose to become bitter during times of difficulty and disaster, then you're going to miss God's plan for your li ...
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