Bitter prophets are rising, and some of it is the fault of a church who rejected them. But regardless of the reason why we’re seeing more bitterness polluting the prophetic, it’s each individual’s responsibility to keep their heart clean.
The Holy Spirit is issuing a serious warning about bitter prophets. The Lord impressed these words on my heart:
“Beware the bitter prophets releasing bitter curses out of their bitter hearts. Pray for them, because their end will be bitter if the don’t repent. They are bringing great harm to my body with manipulative maneuvers that seduce, deceive and derail. Don’t come into agreement with the bitterness, lest you be defiled also. God shall not be mocked, whatever a man sows he will reap. Bless and do not curse.”
A Deadly Trio
Resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness are related—and the Bible has plenty to say about this trio of tormenters. First, let’s distinguish between these three emotions that open the door to slaughtering spirits that wreck your walk with God. These definitions com from Merriam-Webster.
Resentment is a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as wrong, insult or injury. The residue of resentment builds up over time if we are not quick to forgive. Once in prayer the Lord showed me three people I had resentment against and I didn’t even consciously know it. You can also be resentful at places and things. Bitterness is associated with being angry or unhappy because of unfair treatment that causes painful emotions felt or experienced in a strong and unpleasant way.
Forgiving is to stop the feeling of anger toward someone who has done something wrong; to stop blaming them; to stop requirement payment of them; to give resentment. You might say resentment opens the door to bitterness and only forgiveness can slam it shut. The Bible commands us to forgive and warns us what will happen if we don’t: We’ll be delivered to the torturers (Matthew 18:2-35). Unforgiveness gives the enemy a right to torture, torment and trouble your soul—and believe me the devil will take advantage.
The writer of Hebrews warned, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Hebrews 12:14-15).
The Greek word for “bitter” in that verse means extreme wickedness; a bitter root, and so producing bitter fruit; and bitter hatred, according to the KJV New Testament Green Lexicon. Bitterness is extremely wicked in the eyes of the Lord and correlates to hatred. It’s no wonder that bitterness opens the door to demonic oppression. The bitter heart is a darkened heart. 1 John 2:11 says, “But whoever hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
Bitterness, then, is connected to spiritual blindness and deception. That’s why Paul warns the church at Ephesus to “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outbursts, and blasphemies, with all malice, be taken away from you. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
The enemy will set you up to get bitter, feeding your mind with the offense over and over again until you take the bait. Once you bite down on the bribe, the devil has a hook in you and will pull on your mind, will and emotions. Bitterness will break your heart, bully your soul, and beat its hateful drum in your spiritual ears until it defiles you.
Beware bitter prophets whose bitter words will defile your spirit. Draw close to God and run from the voice of bitterness. Pray for the bitter prophets. God loves them, too.
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