I was driving to have coffee with a friend yesterday morning when a text message came in, the only line I could see was the preview that came up on my phone. Immediately, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Don’t take the bait, this is a familiar enemy.” This person has a history of pouring out bitterness upon me if I do not comply with their demands. Boundaries are hard for people who are unhealthy. Notwithstanding, the Lord was very clear, bait was dangling in front of me and I was not to take the bait, because this was a familiar enemy.
Hebrews 12:14-15 says, “Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God, and that no root of bitterness springs up to cause trouble and defile many.” David said in Psalm 120:6-7 “Too long has my soul had its dwelling With those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, They are for war.” Bitterness is a bait and familiar enemies arise when God is about to release a breakthrough for you. Don’t take the bait, this is a familiar enemy.
My friends, people are not our enemies, but the enemy manifests his plans to destroy us through people. We must be aware of the familiar enemies and don’t take the bait. It keeps your heart pure. Be quick to forgive them saying, what Jesus said, Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Forgiveness is your weapon, not reading what they write is your protection, for their root of bitterness comes through their words like venom and poisons your soul. When I got to my meeting, I had my friend read the text and tell me if there was anything in there I needed to hear and she said, nothing not one thing, can I delete it for you so you are not tempted to read it? I said yes, please do. I will not allow the venom of bitterness in my soul, for I want to remain a person of peace. Don’t take the bait my friends!