Heavenly Father, bless Your Holy Name. Let Your Kingdom purposes come and Your will be done and accomplished through this message now, in Jesus name, by Your Holy Spirit, as it is in Heaven. Continue Oh God to unveil, uncover, and unmask all that is in our heart and lives that You desire to deal with and heal us from in our lives, that we may confess all You move us to confess as sinful behavior, knowing we will be cleansed of all unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus! (1 John 1:9)
Cause us to bow our lives and hearts to none other than to God the Father, to our Savior King Jesus Christ, to the Holy Spirit..let our aim be to only that which is for God’s Kingdom glory..for that sake of Love, unity, holiness, righteousness and the Truth of the Gospel!
Isa 45:5-6 “I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from Me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged Me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
James 5:9 “Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! (NIV)
James 5:9 “Grudge not one against another” (KJV)
Grudge in the Greek translation literally means to cherish anger. If one cherishes anger, cares for the anger, feeds into it, “nurses the anger, their spiritual, mental and emotional “landscape” can transform from anger to murderous thoughts, feelings and actions. A cherished grudge can grow into hateful thoughts, bringing words of death spoken into or about another person or the calling on another one’s life. Let’s look at this through the lens of Scripture. “So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him. Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.” (Mark 6:19-24)
What we see here in Herodias James 1:14-16 played out. She nursed, and cared for a grudge against John the Baptist. Why? Because she was convicted from the words God Himself spoke through the prophet John, and she hated the light of the truth, for that revealed the darkness in her. (Mark 6:18,
1 John 1:8-10) Herodias conceived anger, gave birth to the grudge, nursed the grudge so much so, that it became hate which in turn grew up to maturity, becoming murder..leading to the death of John the Baptist. “ But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
Jesus is Author of Life..we know, we believe and declare this to be so through our lives, within and all around our lives. If we look at the end of Mark 6:24 we read; “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” …and in Est 5:3 “Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”Both of these women were given the same opportunity, to have whatever they requested, even up to half the kingdom! Herodias, who had hate and murder in her heart from nursing a grudge requested the death of one of God’s own. Esther’s request was that the lives of her people would be spared.
My Pastor, Jeff Sickles, spoke Sunday from Proverbs and the book of Esther. You can go to (http://www.snohomishefc.com/#/sermons) to listen. ( click on 6/24 sermon) As Pastor Jeff spoke of Haman, the Holy Spirit ministered to me that this is what we are truly battling, first within, then without! The spirit of Haman! The details of my Pastor’s point of Haman’s anger were, that Mordecai would not bow to give Haman what he wanted and felt he was due. Haman’s desire was for more, his was a selfish ambition, to glorify self, and hated Mordecai’s desire to glorify only God, bowing to God alone, giving preference and reference to no man, but only to Jehovah God!! Haman, like Herodias, nursed a grudge so intensely, that hate and murder was born to such extreme, that he not only wanted death to come to Mordecai but to all of the Jews! We can see this same spirit down through the ages. This spirit of Haman, or Herodias. And we see this at work in our time right now. It is vital we ask God to grant us hearts like that of Mordecai, bowing to no one and nothing but God alone through Jesus Christ, as well as asking God for a heart of intercession like Esther.
As children of God, ambassadors of Jesus Christ, we are called to forgive every grievance we have against one another. Col 3:12-14 “ Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Joseph, was hated by his own brothers, left in a pit, sold into slavery, was wrongly accused placed in prison.. yet saw his misery turned to ministry by God. This flesh and blood man could have held a grudge, nursed it many times over, yet here is what his chosen response was to those brothers that betrayed him; “When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Gen 50:15-21)
Grudges can be birthed from jealousy and coveting; “ Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” (Gen 27:41)
Grudges come straight from the pit of hell and can breed a spirit of distraction, restlessness, a feeling of pressure in the lives of those we hold a grudge against and they can sense the spirit of anger coming against them. Ps 55:1-3 “Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted, Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble upon me And in anger they bear a grudge against me.”
Forgiveness overrules and overrides the enemy’s schemes through Jesus Christ, in Jesus Name; “If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven-if there was anything to forgive-I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. (2 Cor 2:9-11)
Forgiveness loves and love forgives – “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
“ Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Cor 13:4-8 )
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph 5:1-2)
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph 4:32)
For the fame of Jesus Christ;