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Summary: Troubles will make you better if you do not allow it to make you bitter.

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Exodus 1:14 begins with the phrase, “And they made their lives bitter…”

• According to the Strong’s Concordance the root word used for “bitter” can also mean “stronger.”

• As a matter of fact, according to the Bible Reader’s Companion, some suggest that the root translated “bitter” actually was intended to be “strong.”

o Pharaoh intended slavery to crush the spirit of the Jewish people, and to cause many to die.

• Pharaoh sought to make their lives unbearable.

• Instead he served to strengthen them.

• When he intended to make them bitter he instead made them better.

• Bitter became stronger!

• More often than not, trouble and trial comes into our lives because Satan intends to use them to destroy us.

o It is his purpose to crush us under the heavy load of adversity and opposition.

• It is his purpose to make our lives bitter.

• It his purpose to cause us to despise every breath we take.

o But, in the course of his diabolical plan, God makes a way to turn trouble into triumph.

• God makes a way to turn tragedy into growth.

o The Israelites were supposed to give up and become subservient.

• They were supposed to be weakened and bitter until they despised life itself.

o But instead bondage and oppression caused the to grow stronger in body and in number.

• Death and loss became the catalyst for liberty and freedom.

o What Satan intended for evil, God used for good.

• The bondage was imposed to prevent their multiplying: but according to verse 12, “the more they afflicted them the more they multiplied and grew.”

• Some lessons Satan never learns.

o The same transition from bitter to better is repeated throughout the biblical record.

• Satan thought he would tear Job down with bitter trouble and opposition.

• But in the End God multiplied Job and Job emerged from his trial with more than he ever had.

• Nero thought he would crush the church with persecution.

• But in truth he compelled the church to fulfill the great commission as he scattered them to the ends of the earth.

• The church didn’t go underground as it spread, instead it established itself across the entire world.

• Hell has determined that trouble and opposition can take you out of the fight.

• Hell thinks that your life can be made so bitter that you will be rendered spiritually ineffective.

• But what Hell hasn’t counted on is the fact that God turns “bitter” into “better.”

• The thing that was meant to destroy you is the thing that God will use to advance you!

• I want you to know tonight that when Satan brings bitterness into your life.

o When controversy and trouble rise up to attempt to crush you.

o It is important that you recognize the fact that Satan is not in charge of your life, God is.

• And God works all things together for good to those that trust him.

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