James 3 (NIV) 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

James tells us, “If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:14-16).

Take note of whom James is addressing here. In verse 13 he says, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?” He is telling us, “You may have great spiritual wisdom and knowledge. But if there is bitterness in your home, strife in your heart, envy at your workplace, don’t think you are spiritual at all. You are under severe misdirection.”

When James speaks of strife and bitterness, he is talking about arguing and faultfinding. And he says all of it is devilish, sensual, works of evil. In short, anyone who holds on to bitterness causes strife, and worse, he/she opens their heart to demonic activity.

Have you opened yourself or do you know people whose bitterness has led to satanic activity? Over time, their outer person begins to manifest the darkness they have held inside. Eventually their body begins to break down, becoming diseased and shriveled, and they suffer mental imbalances. Whenever the devil is given such ground, he works utter destruction. Family of God this can happen to anyone of us ever so subtly!

So, go ahead, hold your grudge. Keep your bitterness. Continue stirring up strife. If you do, you will be in total rebellion against God and His Word and you will open yourself up to Satan schemes. And you will become spiritually blind and hardened in heart. Do you see this happening in your life or around you?

On the other hand, if you are spiritually focused and willingly obedient to God’s Word, no matter how injured you are, you will show the peaceable wisdom of gentleness by forgiving. We must remain focused on the cunning and baffling trappings of Satan and not give place (Ephesians 4:27) to his purpose to thwart our destiny in God!

For His Kingdom,
Pastor James

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