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July 15, 2022 6:00 am
Welcome to the Kerwin Baptist Church broadcast our desire is for the word of God spread throughout all me know join is now for a portion of one of our services here at Kerwin Baptist Church located in Kernersville, North Carolina.
Ephesians chapter 4 we introduced our new series for the next few weeks. Last week, and we want to get started with our first giant that we want to deal with this morning, be angry and sin not let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that need if I want to look at a couple of things tonight and the Bible gives us numerous. I guess you would call an instruction about the subject that I want to deal with this morning. I'm afraid that sometimes there are individuals sitting in a church that have allowed hurt feeling that have allowed something that somebody did something that somebody said to hurt them.
Ephesians chapter 4 I want to look at verse 30 and I want to continue their grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Today I like to preach on the giant of bitterness the giant of bitterness and may I say this to you this morning. It is a giant and I will say this, that if you are struggling with the giant of bitterness in your life. All these other giants I mentioned, you will not have a chance to defeat any of them to you defeat this.
This will stop you from making any progress in your spiritual life is a how do you know I got to know from experience, to be honest with you, but that's my business, but it could be here this morning that maybe there's something that's been said something that's been done. Maybe a circumstance it might out of anything anybody did, it might've just happened to you and you been bitter you been angry.
I talked an individual this week that was. Thank God, honest in this individual set. I've just been mad at God and us of what we've all been there, but this is a giant folks and according to our passage. No believer has a right to be bitter and I want to talk about that this morning as our first giant that we face is the giant of bitterness. Father Lord, I know Satan does not want this preached. In fact, Lord, I know that if Satan had his way, every individual sitting in this church would be bitter at something or somebody. Satan would absolutely love that one thing, Lord, I know he doesn't want his.
He does not want one person that has been struggling with bitterness that walked into this building. He does not want them walking out of this building with victory over that. So Lord I know he's going to do everything you can do to fight this this morning. It will bring things to people's minds trying to get them to daydream and wander and think of things different than what's being preached. So Lord I ask you to strike Satan from our presence this morning, and from the minds of our people and that you would allow each person to listen with an open heart and an open mind and open ears to what your word has to say in your name we pray. Amen.
What you notice first. This morning the contamination of bitterness, the contamination of bitterness.
Look, if you would it a couple of things I want to look at verse 27.
The Bible says neither give place to the devil. Look at verse 30 and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God that means this there's two things that bitterness does in your life number 18 Gives Satan Pl. in your life that he's not supposed to have. You know, we don't have to give him anything. We don't have to give him any ground in our life. We don't have to let him in anywhere. We don't have to give him any access to anything.
God's given us victory over that he's made that available. We don't have to give Satan anything. But if we allow bitterness to fester in our life. We are giving place to him. The second thing it does is this it grieves the Holy Spirit of God cannot tell you something I believe with all my heart. There's no way to know only God knows this but I believe with all my heart that not just here display some shirts happen here, but I would say Opera has been 10 years and evangelism I preached in churches all over from California to the East Coast and you know from up in Delaware down to Florida preached in men's Washington down the Southern California taste of that. I believe that many times God wanted to do a work but bitterness sitting in the audience stopped what God wanted to do because it grieves the Holy Spirit of God is a preacher. Why does it grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Let me tell you why. Anything that controls you. Other than the Holy Spirit of God then grieves the Holy Spirit of God is seen the Holy Spirit supposed to control us.
That's what we call living in the spirit daughter that's Amen.
But when we are bitter bitterness controls you.
That's why grieve the Holy Spirit because he supposed to have control of you, but he can as long as bitterness does, in folks bitterness does exactly that.
I know we always sometimes get leery of preaching of pretrial bitterness again today. Listen to me.
Bitterness can just simply control you controls your mind it can begin to control your thoughts, your actions, then it controls your whole life and the Bible says that the way you contaminate your life.
Is this it gives Satan place in your life now and it also grieves the Holy Spirit. Nothing about this. It gives same place and it makes the Holy Spirit lose ground so that means when you have bitterness now saying gives ground and God loses ground yet as wise as it gives Satan's place as if you give anything just saying you don't run with it.
You know it ask you this morning has you different than you used to be your your shorter temper than you used to be Ari.
It is your patients actually out the window. Are you cynical are you negative do you complain all the time you mad at everybody. It could be that somewhere inside of all this that the fact that you've allowed bitterness there. It has then taken over your life and when you give Satan that kinda place in your life. It then leads to other things that I say this with you. Allow bitterness to fester in your life. It won't be long till there will be other fruits of the flesh that show up because we now given place to Satan. We now allowed him to take control of this area of our life and before long he will try to control every area of our life. The contamination of bitterness. I don't think I have to tell you it contaminates just us saving on what you knows is morning is the cause of bitterness.
We give you what verse 30 you say this is a stretch for you to get this out of this phrase I want you to think you gotta listen to me on this one like verse 30 in the second part of verse 30. This is grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Okay.
Is he talking to hear you talking to saved individuals because he's talking to those that have been sealed unto the day redemption. By the way, I always give a commercial and you notice I said this last time that periodically you just cannot preach the Bible without coming up with a verse after verse that teaches eternal security in Christ. This Bible says that if you been saved, you are sealed unto the day redemption have a haole right there. That means you know I pretrial my struggle with bitterness and my struggle with some sin in my struggle was some anger in all of us, by the way, don't you dare have a condescending look at others because they deal with something and they deal with this. I had an individual is a friend of mine and is been a good friend of mine just came to church couple weeks ago I been trying for months and he is a wonderful guy and an end and a couple two weeks ago he call me cell is not working all day.
This guy out, you know, has nothing to do with church. Nothing to do with church lifestyle and any any any eat, email, many silicide and working all day to all, the artwork and I sat down and enjoyed a cigar. Is that wrong know it's over.
You say no, absolutely not all have one with you know you know what I you and you know what what is probably trying to thing okay don't see this bridge is going to judge me that the whole thing but I just got in the church you thinking to give him whole sermon is what I said. I said what the Bible teaches that our body is the temple of God said that is the principle from Scripture. Why many will say that that's wrong.
I said but cannot tell you. Overeating is just as wrong and gluttony is just as wrong. I said I struggle with my gluttony.
Apparently, why are you laughing at that I don't appreciate that my life would say I don't eat a lot. I just I just use it well you know just I make the most of what I eat but I told him this message or not you hear me complain about your cigar until I can fix my problems with a seven dear friend. We all struggle, but isn't it nice to know that even though we struggle. We are sealed unto the day of redemption. Thank God for that because we all struggle, but if you been say you are sealed nobody can touch you, including Satan, we can fight shouldn't scratch in many can try to get you do all this kind of stuff but he can't get your soul. Thank God for that. Once you notice the cause of bitterness. You say how out of that phrase that we are sealed out of the day redemption. What is that mean that means this limit table causes bitterness number one, ignoring the providence of God. You see, dear friend. If you are if you been saved and you are sealed to the day redemption.
That means that God is in control and you know why you and I get better because we get better because we think something's happened that should've happened to us. Somebody said something that should've been said and we think that we are a victim and we think that circumstances have gotten out of control, and this should've never happened as look at me, but that is ignoring the providence of God. If God thought you couldn't have handled it in you kind of taken it. God would've allowed it. So for you to let yourself get better. You're basically saying God you're not doing a good job of controlling my life saving ocean about this, it means your ignoring the protection of God because not only is God in charge of God's why would we get better.
God will protect us if something is going to damage us the rest of our life, you will protect us from it.
If it was something we couldn't get victory over 3M let it happen because he's the one that protects and he's the one that's in charge you and I should have comforted trust and the fact we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of God.
He's in control using protection but happen to me. God can give me the strength and the victory beyond it.
That leads us a logical collusion for the third thing.
It means ignoring the peace of God, you know what, the fact that you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit of God to give you peace in your life. Look at me. The fact that God has sealed you means that you are here. There should be one thing that any person here or in your life does to you not to make you better because you been sealed by God he's protecting you.
He's going to take you to heaven. We got no right to be better now were going to be harder and were times when we get angry. That's why said number 26 be angry and said not to be things that are going to happen but you cannot ignore the peace of God, the Bible says that the peace of God passes all understanding and peace in the middle that I don't know nobody can understand but God can give it remitted a fundraiser for Burtis and Vivian anybody has a right to be bitter about God. I think words does right now nonzero everyone of you got your own story why you think you could have a right to be bitter against God. Someday, something Burtis has that right right now I think the Bible says he doesn't have that right. But I'm flesh. God's right arm wrong