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My Devotional – You Can Overcome Bitterness

A man who had been bitten by a rattlesnake was rushed to the hospital. When he asked the doctor, “Is it life-threatening?” the doctor said, “The bite isn’t, but the poison is.”

The “bites” you suffer at the hands of others are painful and upsetting, but they’re not lethal. What happens to you normally doesn’t destroy you, but what happens in you afterwards can. Like venom, bitterness first poisons your mind, then your relationships. It causes you to replay the hurt until it controls you, stealing the future God planned for you.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can overcome bitterness. God says, “Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others.” And what God commands, He will give you the grace to do.

When Peter asked Jesus, “Should I forgive my brother seven times?”

Jesus said, “no, you must forgive him seventy times seven” (See Mt 18:21-22). In other words, “Forgive, and keep on forgiving until it no longer bothers you.”

What causes bitterness? Anger that’s allowed to take residence in your thought-life. God’s purpose for anger is to motivate you to tap into His power for solving problems; otherwise they become permanent. Solving the problem resolves and relieves your anger. But anger can become long-term bitterness when you fixate on “who did it to me,” making you hostile, critical, blaming and punitive.

You say, “Can I really stop my anger?” Yes, with God’s help you can control your reactions and behaviors, and starve anger to death. “The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control” (Gal 5:22-23 NIV).

My Devotional – Succeeding In Life

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Consider these three attributes to establish a successful life:

(1) You must refuse to settle for yesterday’s accomplishments. If what you did yesterday still looks big to you today, you probably haven’t done enough today.

(2) You must refuse to sit around waiting for tomorrow’s opportunities. Between the great things we can’t do and the little things we won’t do, the danger is that we’ll do nothing. The world is blessed most by those who do things, not by those who merely talk about doing them.

(3) You must refuse to let your beginning dictate your end. George spent his early years shuffled between foster homes until one day Maria Watkins, a wash-woman, found him asleep in her barn. She didn’t just take him in; she took him to church and introduced him to Jesus. When he eventually left her home, he took with him the Bible she’d given him. Maria left her mark on his life, and George Washington Carver left his mark on the world.

This father of modern agriculture was a friend to three presidents as well as Henry Ford and Gandhi. He is credited with over three hundred different inventions. And the remarkable thing is, despite his disadvantages, he never became bitter or spent so much as a moment getting even. Instead, he went into his lab every morning and prayed, “Open my eyes that I may see.” How could God fail to bless someone with such an attitude?

Thank your for taking the time out to read this PR. I hope this was an inspirational message for you.

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My Devotional – The Blame Game (3)

Blaming came naturally to Adam and Eve, the father and mother of the human race. After all, who could fault them? God did! Their blaming was a result of how sin had changed them.

Their relationship to themselves, each other, their environment and even God, was radically changed by their irresponsibility. And since God can do nothing with people who won’t take responsibility for their decisions, He dismissed them from Paradise. What a price to pay! Here are two good reasons for giving up the blame game:
1. It makes you a victim. When you make someone else responsible for your circumstances, you put the power to change things in their hands. That means nothing will change unless they decide to change it. You make them the master of your fate. Only by accepting personal responsibility can you retain the power to change your circumstances.

2. It makes your miserable. You say, “But they hurt me.” Yes, but by harboring resentment you are hurting yourself over and over. The Bible says, “Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time” (Heb 12:14-15 TM). Before you know it your entire outlook gets distorted.

“Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite…Esau later regretted that…and wanted God’s blessing – but by then it was too late, tears or no tears” (w.16-17 TM).

Forgive, take back your life and get out of the blame game!

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My Weekly Devotional – “No matter how fast you run, you won’t escape. No matter how strong you are,

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