In the fifth installment of the “Bitter Roots” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at controlling people in Hebrew chapter 12. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including fear as the root of control and how to surrender it.


Bitter Roots, Part 05

Hebrews 12:15 – 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Control freak: a person who has an obsessive need to control other people or situations.

2 Samuel 11:11 – Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”

The root of control: fear.
Psalm 55:5 – Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.

How To Lose Control

 Surrender your fear.

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

What fear do you have that needs to be surrendered?  Surrender the details.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 91:1 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Shadday [shad·dah’·ē]; most powerful, sovereign God  Surrender your life.

Psalm 51:1 – For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.