By Pastor Johnson Omomadia
Marah is the place of bitterness while Elim is the place of fruitfulness, advancement, progress and fulfillment. You cannot get to Elim until you have gone through Marah. This is why it is so important to deal with whatever issues that are causing bitterness in your life. Beloved do know that right where that bitterness started or emanated from, the solution is already there. We trust God that by this message you will enter into your liberty and become fruitful roundabout. This is your season to shine.
Too many people are filled with bitterness that is grievously ravaging their lives. They are so unhappy and miserable in life. Every little thing gets them upset and angry. They are not able to flow and be blissful in life. Bitterness is a disease worse than cancer and AIDS. It is a death trap. It eats up the individual and ends up destroying the individual. Bitterness is the cause of so many sicknesses that has no medical cure. It is indeed a great hindrance to ones fruitfulness. It is a tool that causes setbacks. It is difficult to be bitter and make progress in life.
Joel 1:11-12 says, â€œBe ye ashamed o ye husbandmen; howl, o ye vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees ofÂ the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the souls of menâ€. Know that every of the trees mentioned in the text have the capacity of producing and being fruitful but could not because there was bitterness in the land. Hear me, no matter how great your destiny is ahead of you, you cannot fulfill it because of the presence of bitterness. Bitterness is a stealer of strength and killer of glorious dreams and visions. It withers vast potentials and cripples prospects.
In Exo. 15:23-25, the Bible says â€œand when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying what shall we drink? And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved themâ€.
From the text above, the children ofÂ Isreal had just been delivered from bondage in the land of Egypt and they were on their way to the promised land. They were praising God and suddenly they neededÂ water but what they got was bitter water which they could not drink. This simply points to the fact that in the journey ofÂ life there will be challenges but until we overcome them it will be difficult to breakthrough. One fruit of bitterness is murmuring. Murmurers never advance in life because they never see a way out of their challenges. In the Bible, all those that murmured died in the wilderness. They never receivedÂ the promises of God for their lives. Murmuring always limit the manifestation of the hand of God.
NoticeÂ that right where they murmured that the water was bitter was where the solution was. Know that the solution did not just arise, it has been there before they got there. What then is the implication? The solution for every bitterness is right where you are presently. Secondly, the solution must be applied. Moses had to cast the tree into the waters for the bitter water to become sweet. You can do the same and receive the same measure of miracle.
Beloved, as long as the children of Isreal were at Marah, the place of bitterness they could not go forward. They were static and unfruitful. Nothing good could flow out of them. They could not continue their journey. They could not get to Elim the place of fruitfulness. But once the water became sweet they continued their journey to Elim. It is time to release whatever bitterness you have inside of you against your boss, the brother or sister that jilted you, the business partner that cheated you, the in-laws that would not allow you to know peace, the strange woman in your husbandâ€™s life, your closest friend that betrayed your trust, the leadership of our great nation, politicians etc.
The presence of bitterness is the absence of joy. Until joy takes its rightful place in your life you cannot be fruitful. Let go of bitterness and embrace joy so that you can be fruitful. Jesus is the source of all joy. Accept Him now as your Lord and Saviour. God bless you and bless Nigeria.