This morning during personal quiet-time devotion, my conscience reminded me of a comment I made on Facebook the other night. For the comment, I had to look up some information for the purpose of sharing something helpful, but it backfired.
I needed to offer to pray the solution, and show how the third party might benefit. I failed to do the ministering and let the first party say, since my analysis was more than expected, she passively agreed to pray the solution.
A CASE FOR THIRD PARTY BITTERNESS
How often do we share some broken relationship with friends who have some experience with helpful comments? Not that often. My conscience grabs me for offering information about the problem (bitterness) and not the solution.
My friend is educated and employed as a professional educator. She is the first party offering the circumstance of a loner friend (third party) who became very bitter–and remains chronically so. We agree prayer is his solution, so how can we pray?
My research revealed three points: Bitterness is a spiritual affliction; bitterness is a stronghold of the enemy in the third party soul; and such bitterness has seven subordinate spirits that support its wicked purpose. (from A More Excellent Way book)
THE ROOT CAUSE OF BITTERNESS
The root cause of all sickness and disease is sin (disobedience to God). The bitter root grows out of an unthankful heart. Sin causes separation from God, then separation from self. Self separation devalues all other relationships, and brings isolation.
Unforgiveness is the first spirit to attack after the bitter spirit to support it. (Hebrews 12:15-17 LIV). Then, resentment (spiritual, not psychological), then retaliation, then anger. If anger exists, unforgiveness, resentment and retaliation are with it already.
Anger generates hatred, hatred violence, and violence, murder. How does one get to commit murder, a mortal sin? They have let bitterness and the seven bitter spirits justify such behavior, and the lost soul plots and plans to commit murder.
HOW DOES A LOST SOUL FIND FREEDOM?
Pastor Henry Wright teaches the eight step to freedom program. First as an answer to prayers of friends, the victim needs to recognize his/her peril, and take responsibility personally for disobedience. Then comes repentance, and renounce spiritual enemy.
After renounce, removing each spirit, resisting them, rejoicing, and restoration. The victim of bitterness must turn from a life of sin. Romans 8:1 is something to consider: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,
Who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.” Here is our answer. Walking after the Holy Spirit, fearing Almighty God, and regaining a clear conscience before God. Sin has no grasp on the soul when it’s sin is confessed to our forgiving God daily.
The bible tells how authority of the church applies, to provide the holy man who is anointed to help our subject find freedom. James 5:13-16 NJB,
“Anyone of you who is in trouble should pray; anyone in good spirits should sing a psalm. Anyone of you who is ill should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint the sick person with oil in the name of the lord and pray over him. The prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. So confess your sins to another to be cured; the heartfelt prayer of someone upright works very powerfully.”
Click on the link and read another Catholic version of the same passage, which reads, “Send for the priest of the church…” My Greek-English Lexicon says, ‘The English word priest comes from presbyteros. Later usage is responsible for development (of using elder).’ [New Oxford English Dictionary]If my Greek Bible says presbyteros, so the earlier Catholic version is correctly translated. I am elder, but I am not a priest. I am old, but that doesn’t make me qualified to pray for someone’s spiritual freedom, we all need to know someone who is.
FINAL POINTS FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING
Only God is healer, he get’s the credit and glory for the whole operation. His word, the holy bible, has the authority to reclaim a soul from the hand of the enemy. The way and means that is pleasing to God is simple faith–faith of a child.
I started actually praying the rosary two weeks ago. Just tonight I learned a necessary correction with it. What happened was, around the third time–saying ‘pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death, amen.’ Fifty times saying ‘death’…
I suffered a mild heart attack. A symptom of early angina, my chest felt squeezed and very much like a cramp about to happen. The timing of it was during morning devotion prayer, just as I put on thr armor of God. I said Help God, and it was over.
OUR FAITH LIFE GROWS AS OUR CONSCIENCE HEARS AND OBEYS
My social media prayer ministry is beginning to show signs of growth. My conscience heard seven days ago to begin praying for Facebook friends who have asked for prayer as they have become desperate. My mid-day prayer time is devoted to their requests.
What I found to pray that the church sanctions is called a novena. I make requests to St. Jude, the infant Jesus of Prague, and Our Lady of Fatima. Each of these sources have records of miraculous healings. My heart is lowly enough to do this nine days.
My boldness is not based on my pride, but on service to our loving Savior. Do you understand how a ministry cannot grow without sacrifice?
Oh, about that correction for my saying ‘death‘ fifty times: I just saw a teaching tape of Mother Angelica that stated “Catholics don’t suffer death, we make ‘transition‘ instead.” That is my correction to praying the rosary. I say transition instead of death.
PRAYER CAN OVERCOME ALL OUR SIN
I really hope this post is helpful. Please let me know your prayer requests. Always let your godly conscience be your guide. Think about this,
“With Christians, a poetical view of things is a duty. We are bid to color all things with hues of faith, to see a divine meaning in every event.” –John Henry Newman
“Encamped along the hills of light, you Christian soldiers rise, and press the battle ere the night shall veil the glowing skies. Against the foe in vales below let all our strength be hurled; faith is the victory we know, that overcomes the world.” –John H. Yates
May the Lord bless and keep you,
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