We often hear a person’s life that is in the worst possible situation or in an extremely depressing place as being in the pits. The Bible defines bitterness as being the pits, or the pit of corruption. Isaiah 38:17 “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”

Bitterness is more devastating than betrayal. Betrayal is external. Bitterness is internal. Betrayal is something that others do to you. Bitterness is something you do to yourself. Thousands survive betrayals. Very few can survive the poison of bitterness.

Exodus 15:22-25 “And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him 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 them.” God has an answer for every bitter thing. When God’s people came to the bitter waters of Marah, God’s answer was a tree to make the bitter waters sweet. The tree didn’t help the bitterness it healed it. Calvary’s tree was a bitter experience. The bitter herbs eaten at the Passover feast eaten with the Lamb, symbolized the bitter suffering of the cross. Remember He did it in our place. What He substituted for us we don’t have to suffer. The same Cross that saved us is the same Cross that beat the devil and made a provision of grace for every bitter experience

Recognize bitterness is a sin but also that God, in love for our soul, has provided the grace of forgiveness through Jesus’ shed blood. Once confessed, the Lord will throw it behind you and you will come out of the pit. Isaiah 38:17 “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”


Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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