by Kim Potter, Dayton, TN
Does it seem as if the dream of your heart, your ministry, your business or the miracle for which you prayed for has died? This is an important word to you for it is not dead. Instead, you must receive it, for it is His promise to you.
Recently, the Lord gave me recurring dreams about babies. The most recent dream was very revealing to me and I pray it is to you as well.
Let me begin by sharing the dream with you and then I will expound on what God showed me.
When a Baby’s Birth Doesn’t Go As Planned
In my dream, I worked in a place where I knew all the babies that were being born. It was similar to a hospital, but not a hospital. People would bring me the items from their babies like blankets, stuffed animals and such. I would smile and rejoice with each happy mom and dad. Babies were being born all around me! It was quite amazing.
Then one couple came and handed me a blanket. I took it from the mother and looked up at her. She was crying. Her husband said their baby had died and she was grieving. My heart went out to her. This continued day after day, as she would bring me a new item they had prepared for their baby. The first few times she came to me, she was sad and grieving and my heart ached for her. However, her demeanor changed. She was no longer grieving in sorrow. Instead, her tears had now turned to anger.
One day, she brought an item to me from her baby and literally threw it at me. From that day on, each time she came, she seemed angrier than the time before. The anger began to consume her. A few days went by and I found myself in a large room where all the newborns were kept, along with their parents. The atmosphere was joyous for there was new birth all around. Then, someone handed me a baby, “The parents refuse to accept this one,” the person explained as the baby was transferred into my arms.
It seemed so odd. “Who are the parents?” I inquired.
It was the couple that had informed me that their baby had died! Yet their baby was fully alive in my arms!
I was perplexed. Why would they refuse to believe that it was still alive? I learned that others had tried to show the parents their baby was alive, but they refused to believe it. They refused to acknowledge what was actually now in front of them. I took the baby and tried to locate someone who would take it and raise it since the parents were convinced it had died and wanted nothing else to do with it.
Your Dream Isn’t Dead, It’s Alive
Then I awoke from the dream. As I went about my morning the Lord began to reveal my dream’s meaning to me. He said, “Many people believe their dreams, ministries, miracles and businesses have died. They perceive them as dead and as a result they have become bitter and angry. I cannot work in that atmosphere.”
This dream remained with me for days. I understood what God was saying, but I had not yet put it all together…until one morning.
As I was sitting at my desk talking to the Lord about the dream He said the expression, “Root of bitterness.” Aha!
Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble and by this many are defiled.”
A root of bitterness defiles a person. What does that mean? The Webster’s 1828 dictionary explains it like this: a root of bitterness is a dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy. Apostasy is defined as defection, and to depart. In other words, a root of bitterness will produce an abandonment of what one has professed; a total desertion, or departure from one’s faith or religion.
This reminds me of Proverbs 29:18 which says, “Without a vision, the people perish.” When we cast off restraint, or in other words “let go,” it means we no longer believe the promise of God. When we no longer keep His promises before our eyes and we are no longer speaking them out of our mouth, we will eventually let go of them.
I understood that this is exactly what the couple in my dream had done. They had let go of God’s promise and as a result they could not see the baby they thought was dead, but was actually alive! In reality, the baby needed their care to thrive, but they were so angry at what they thought was the loss of their baby, that they now refused the very thing for which they had prayed. As a result the anger that had turned into a root of bitterness, now filled the young mother and completely blinded her to the gift before her.
Hold On to the Vision and Speak Out the Promises of God
The couple was so convinced their dream/baby had died, that they let it go. As a result it was given to someone else. Their bitterness and anger deprived them of their dream/baby and in place of the dream, bitterness and anger now ruled everything in their lives.
God’s message was clear and an important word for us today in which He says,“There are many people who have let go of their dream or their promise because they are convinced it is dead – but it is NOT dead! It is as alive as it was the first moment it was conceived within them.
“They have allowed themselves to become bitter and it has produced a root of bitterness which is stopping Me from working in their lives. They have allowed frustration and anger to consume their hearts and minds so that they can’t even perceive their promise any longer. They have departed from their faith and their promise. They have departed from their confession of faith. They have departed from believing that the dream I placed in their heart will ever happen. And if they continue to believe that lie, the dream will be given to another.” OUCH!
Remove the Root of Bitterness
Bitterness is an invisible root which works on the inside. A person with a root of bitterness may still attend church, going through the motions, as if all is alright. However, on the inside, they have let go of the promise and they have departed from their faith in God to manifest that promise. This opens the door to the enemy. We are plainly told in the Word of God to give the devil NO place in our life, no place in our thoughts, and no place in our heart.
If you feel this speaking to you, then it can be remedied in a moment with a simple heart change. I encourage you to repent of any and all bitterness and ask God to remove the root of bitterness from your life once and for all.
Bitterness often comes when we are hurt or disappointed, especially over a long period of time. It’s something we all need to watch out for. We must refuse bitterness and anger and continue to trust in a God who cannot lie. He has said that He will perform all the words He has spoken to us if we continue to trust Him, even if it looks impossible – and especially if it looks impossible!
I don’t know about you but I am going back! I would suggest we all go back and think about the dreams that we have walked away from or have forgotten. It is time to pull out every dream we thought would never come to pass, dust them off, and put them before our eyes again UNTIL we see their full manifestation. They are alive! God has said so. All my dreams are alive and so are yours. Do not let them go!
Listen to me. Babies, Miracles, Dreams and Promises are being birthed all around us – not somewhere in the future – NOW – do not let go of yours. The devil is a liar, that dream/baby is alive and full of the power of God – lay a hold of it now. It’s YOUR time to hold YOUR promise in YOUR hand, don’t believe anything different.
(Sourced from the Elijah List go here.)
One Blue Horse says: I can relate to this word very well as I nearly fell into that place of anger and bitterness over the promise from God that I am still waiting for. In my case I knew I could not afford to fall that far as someone else depended on me being strong and holding on to the dream, the promise from God. It took a lot of tears and repenting and crying out to God to get back on track and trust Him to bring the promise in His time. It was so worth it as He has done a work in me thru that time which has made me stronger and happier. I have confidence in God now and joy in the waiting.