Expect Storms

 

This spring I decided to move our strawberry patch to a new area. After tilling the area and planting new strawberry plants I began to see little blades of grass come up all over my new strawberry patch.  It turns out that I had picked an area where Bermuda grass had been growing.  Bermuda grass has deep roots and long runners. Along those runners the grass sends up new shoots that have an uncanny way of popping up right next to my new strawberry plants.  By tilling the grass but not removing it, I was actually adding to the problem as the shredded grass sprouted spreading and multiplying the weeds.  Soon the area almost became unmanageable.  I finally had to carefully hand weed the area and do a really thorough time- consuming job taking care not to pull up the tender strawberry plants. 

 

The writer of Hebrews warns us about allowing bitterness to take root in our lives.

Some of the most destructive storms in life that we face are the ones we bring on ourselves like bitterness.  Jeremiah 4:18 

Today we are going to look at verses dealing with bitterness. The first three verses are examples of different people struggling with bitterness.  Israel, Job and Hezekiah all went through events that exposed bitterness in their lives.  Of course the context of the verses is important in Bible study if we are going to get a thorough understanding of how to deal with bitterness so be sure you include the context in your study.

 

Exodus 15:22-26, 16:1-3, 17:1-4

Job 10:1

Isaiah 38:15

Proverbs 10:12, 17:9

Matthew 7:1-5

Ephesians 4:31&32

Hebrews 12:14&15

James 5:6&20

1 John 2:9-11

May God bless your study.

 

Expect Storms.

 

In Luke 8:22-39 Jesus planned to cross the Sea of Galilee to go to the region of the Gerasenes.  In that area Jesus was met by a man who was demon-possessed.   Jesus cast out the demons and set Him free resulting in Him being described as “dressed and in his right mind” (VS 35)

Jesus knew He had to go to that area to deliver this man from the demons that possessed him but in order to get there He and the disciples had to go through a storm first.  The storm struck fear in these seasoned fishermen but not Jesus. He rebuked the storm and all was calm.

Often times we face storms that hinder us from living the life God has for us and limit our ability to be an effective witness for Christ.

In the next few posts I am going to share some verses that deal with the storms we face.  In this post we will deal with verses about anger.

 

Leviticus 19:18

Psalm 37:8-11

Proverbs 15:1, 19:11, 20:22, 22:24

Matthew 5:21-26

James 1:19&20

1Peter 3:8-18