Dawn Hill: "Choose Intimacy Over Bitterness"

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April 23, 2019

"Choose Intimacy Over Bitterness"
Dawn Hill, Bristol, VA

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:

Steve ShultzLet's be real...we've all experienced trials that can allow bitterness to get in...if we let it! In this word by Dawn Hill, you'll learn WHY we choose to forgive and HOW this establishes intimacy with our heavenly Father.

Dawn shares this potent word:

When you are truly intimate with God, things are exposed that need exposing. In those moments, areas of brokenness are made whole and pruning can come forth. We must allow God to not only cut the branch of bitterness if it is there, but to strip it out at the root. Let's yield to the digging up of even a seed of resentment because if that seed takes root, resentment begins to grow within us.

If you are struggling with unforgiveness, I'd encourage you to take a moment and read this word...then take it to your heavenly Father who's greatest desire is for YOU to walk in forgiveness, freedom and intimacy with Him. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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"Choose Intimacy Over Bitterness"
Dawn Hill, Bristol, VA

Out of my thirty-nine years in this fleshly tent on planet Earth, eighteen of those years have been spent pursuing the Lord and knowing Him more. Jesus Christ found me at twenty one years old because I was lost. Over the years, I have suffered my fair share of personal blows and heartaches, both before and after being born again, but we are told that we will face trials and tribulations, but to take heart because Jesus has overcome the world.

In the past four years God has been teaching me more and more how to draw closer to Him, even when it seems easier to retreat in times of personal warfare. I can remember in 2015 standing in my garage and crying out to the Lord during a very dark time. Seasons and situations come like this and instead of reacting, we, as the Bride of Christ, must learn to respond, and not only that, but we must run toward intimacy with Him and not toward vindication or the entangling web of bitterness. You will find out where you are in your personal relationship with God by where you run when Hell rages and flesh manifests.

Do Not Be Intimate with Unforgiveness

One of the greatest genes of the Father that we must have ingrained in our spiritual DNA as sons of God, is forgiveness. We are repeatedly instructed to forgive and to not grow bitter. The Word of God tells us to not to sin in our anger (Ephesians 4:26). Forgiveness is freedom.

One thing I am learning in my walk with the Lord is that I cannot afford to be intimate with unforgiveness. It is a redirection of affection that should be surrendered to God. Intimacy with Christ is not simply in the times when all is well. It is also in the times when you have to speak by faith, "It is well." Even if through tears you must say, "It is well," then do it. Refuse to curse and refuse to water unforgiveness. It is quite easy to give ourselves over to soulish reactions because it is intoxicating to our soul. It is a massive, spiritual fertilizer that will allow a bitter root to grow while causing the field to stink. When you go from glory to glory, you are being transformed to emanate His nature more and more.

I know that this is not a flashy message, but it is a prophetic word for the Body of Christ at large. This is part of the Good News. Jesus has given us a new covenant and part of the covenant calls us higher into His ways. Intimacy is the high call and in order to demonstrate true and pure intimacy with Him, we live out what we have heard in the secret place. Are you hearing retribution in the secret place? Are you hearing retaliation in the secret place? In all humility, I pose this statement: Things like this are not found in the secret place but in the secret places of our hearts where the light of Christ is to illuminate and push back darkness so that healing can come.

The Answer by His Word and Spirit

One morning fairly recently, the Holy Spirit directed me to read Matthew 18 in its entirety. As I read this chapter, I noticed that it went from demonstrating humility as a child to dealing with sin and forgiveness in the Kingdom of God. After reading the chapter, I knew that God was wanting to do surgery on His people, myself included.

Years ago, I had to make a decision to forgive one of my close family members for some rejection I experienced from them. The Lord reminded me, in a time when that rejection was made publicly evident, to bless and to not curse, and to pray for those who would mistreat. He reminded me to forgive and to move forward.

As I personally go through seasons that would be better with a convenient fast forward button, there are lessons in the difficult times. The lessons come in the growth of asking God to examine my heart and to bend to His ways. The relationship grows when we run to Him and not away from Him.

When you are truly intimate with God, things are exposed that need exposing. In those moments, areas of brokenness are made whole and pruning can come forth. We must allow God to not only cut the branch of bitterness if it is there, but to strip it out at the root. Let's yield to the digging up of even a seed of resentment because if that seed takes root, resentment begins to grow within us.

Beloved, run to the Bridegroom in every season. Let the weight of glorious intimacy with Him mark you. I believe that part of the cleansing needed in the Body of Christ is a deluge of forgiveness of others and of self. Along with that will come confessing our sins, one to another, and demonstrating real love which can only come from the Father.

If you have battled in this time, forgive and recognize who the real enemy is around you. We must resist the desire to echo how the world handles relational issues. Forgive others, regardless if you ever hear "I'm sorry" from that person. Move forward and embrace the Lord's holy nature. He is the greatest refuge you will ever know, and knowing Him requires forgiveness.

Dawn Hill
Lovesick Scribe 

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Dawn Hill is a writer and blogger also known as the Lovesick Scribe. The inspiration behind Lovesick Scribe came about a few years ago when she started keeping a journal, following a powerful encounter with God's presence. Since that time, she has faithfully kept her journal and ministered at times on things that the Lord has given her to release or to meditate upon. Dawn is a wife, a mother, a prophetic voice, and above all else, a lover of His presence. She desires to stir up passion on the inside of you to glorify the Lord, to fall in love with Him, and to hear His voice for yourself. Dawn Hill's heart and ache is for His presence, and she desires to share His heartbeat with you so that your heart can sync its rhythm with His. 


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