Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy … 15 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. Hebrews 12:14-15
You can’t control what people do, but you can control
how you respond.
THE PROBLEM WITH BITTERNESS
• BITTERNESS HAS A DANGEROUS root.
See to it that … no bitter root grows up to cause trouble … Hebrews 12:15
• BITTERNESS PRODUCES A POISONOUS fruit.
See to it that … no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15
HOW DO YOU KILL THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS?
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. Ephesians 4:31-32
• KILL IT WITH compassion.
Be kind and compassionate to one another … Ephesians 4:32
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:28
• KILL IT WITH forgiveness.
Get rid of all bitterness … 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
PRAISE CAN BE A ____________ FOR YOUR ____________.
Ac 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Ac 16:26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.
Ac 16:27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. Ac 16:28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” Ac 16:29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
Ac 16:30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Ac 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Ac 16:32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
Ac 16:33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. Ac 16:34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family.
PRAISE HAS TO OVERCOME YOUR ____________.
I will bless the Lord at all times... Psalm 34:1 KJV
TWO REASONS TO PRAISE GOD
1. BECAUSE HE’S _______________ MORE THAN YOU THINK HE HAS.
2. BECAUSE HE’S _______________ MORE THAN YOU THINK HE’S GOING TO DO.
Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Eph 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NLT
WHY DONÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T WE FEEL NEW?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
HOW AM I MADE NEW IN CHRIST?
1) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace... Ephesians 1:7
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
2) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦(The Lord) has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisonersÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Isaiah 61:1
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like GodÃ¢â‚¬â€truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Colossians 3:9-10 NLT
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, "I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing." But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:15 17,20
So because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15
1. Crave acceptance from people more than acceptance from God.
2. Rarely share their faith in Christ.
3. Rationalize their actions.
4. Think more about life on earth than eternity in heaven.
5. Only turn to God when they need something.
6. They give whenever it's convenient.
7. They are not much different from the rest of the world.
You say, "I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing." but you do not realilze that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. Revelation 3:17
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20