Matters of the heart

Deuteronomy 29:17-19 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

18 lest there should be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of these nations, lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood, (wormwood is bitterness)

Wormwood is only mentioned once in the Book of Revelation: Revelation 8 verse 10. “The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.” (Rev 8:10–11)

19 and it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart’—to add drunkenness to thirst.

The soil of bitterness is a heart that harbors hostility and does not deal with hurt by the grace of God.

When someone becomes bitter, the bitterness takes root in the heart and grows deeper. A bitter person is easily hurt, insincere, holds grudges, and has mood swings.

The Fruit Of Bitterness  will affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually because the fruit of bitterness is an acid that eats up everything.

Hatefulness and holiness do not dwell in the same  heart. Bitterness is a mixture of disappointment, anger and fear.[1]Bitterness” is usually associated with anger and grudges.

Hebrews 12:14-15 New International Version (NIV)

Warning and Encouragement

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 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.




(Deuteronomy 29:18).“Make sure there is no root among you that produces such bitter poison”

Hebrews 12:15 Be careful that no one falls short of the grace of God, so that no root of bitterness will spring up to cause trouble and DEFILE many.

This “bitter poison” is worship in disobedience of the covenant.

(Amos 6:12 New International Version (NIV)12 Do horses run on the rocky crags?
Does one plow the sea[a] with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness—


The “bitter root” in Hebrews refers to a source of evil or wickedness within the church.

A source or root can be a minor thing and measured as slow in its growth, but,  it is poison, it is evil; it is dangerous, especially when it starts brewing among the members..

This should not be tolerated,  especially amoung the Elders; bitterness in the pulpit defiles the whole congregation as a result of tolerating wickedness means that many will be defiled.

The seed of bitterness is a hurt that is rooted in someone. It may be intentional or unintentional.   Sometimes the hurt is only imagined, but somehow you feel that someone has said things in the wrong tone of voice or may we got offend on how it was said or presented.

There are also times when the hurt may be the very rebuke of God upon our life. That is the context of Hebrews 12:14-15.

Bitterness in the heart  holds on to  hostility.  When someone becomes bitter, the bitterness takes root in the heart and grows deeper. A bitter person is easily hurt, insincere, and holds grudges.

#bitterness is like the lion with a thorn in his paw#

“Bitterness is like being locked up for someone elses crime”


In the bible God required Israel to remove anything leavened for the time of the Feast of Unleavened Bread This command is talking about yeast, which causes bread to rise see Exodus 12:15; 13:3-10).
In the natural most of us today use baking powder and baking soda to cook with. Some of us cannot live without soft breads, donuts, muffins, buns, bagels, cakes, and any other breadstuff that contains leavening.
Spiritualiy we are still leavened and held captive by strongholds, a stronghold is a lie which we have allowed to distort or confuse our thinking; a lie can crab a hold to our mind/emotions and then our behavior. If we allow a lie to reside within, then that lie, like a seed, will produce its fruit which will distort the way we see and think.
Thank God Leavening is a biblical symbol of corruption and sin. So, in this festival, God is saying to us that, in the same way that He brought the children of Israel out of Egyptian slavery, He brought us out of our bondage to sin, and we are now to live an unleavened life “of sincerity and truth” (I Corinthians 5:8).

Held Captive

As humans, we all struggle with unbelief, and God knows this. But He doesn’t want us to allow unbelief to control our lives, so He will challenge areas in our lives where we have lack. It’s not that He wants to condemn you, but through your obedient faith He can free you to be blessed.

Doubt, Fear & Anxiety are all spirits that work together to paralyze us emotionally and spiritually,.so that our lives will cease or be hindered. What does it mean to doubt? To doubt is to feel uncertain about something, or to suspect someone or something is not trustworthy. Doubt can be caused by a Lying spirit which fuel many strongholds.