Gall of Bitterness
I heard the Lord say:
"Many of my children have been very hurt, wounded, scarred, and even just out right beaten up by the enemy of their souls, satan. He has used friends, family members, whoever he would entice into deceiving them. He is your adversary, very cunning and deceptive. My children know not my word; therefore they know not who their enemy is. In my Word, I reveal who the real enemy of their souls is, not human beings, but the master of deception, satan.
Be aware of his lies. He goes about like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8) lying, deceiving, conniving and telling my children that they are not 'good enough' or that I "don't really love or take care of them", he continuously pounds them with these lies and because they also know not WHO I AM, they fall into that lie, begin to believe it, and if they hear that lie long enough, they become and believe what they've heard.
Only in truly knowing who I AM can they understand and have knowledge to rebuke the lying serpent and speak back to him with MY TRUTH, My Word. If this is not done, a root of unforgiveness and offense can lead to the bitter taste of gall, and lead to painful bitterness"
Teach my children to run to me, to not hold onto any past grievances, offences, hurts, and to stop holding onto any unforgiveness! It only leads to pain and doom. There is freedom in the truth. There is freedom in my Word and in my presence. Tell them to come, come to me daily, as often as they wish". I will refresh their souls in my cleansing River of Life. They will become new creatures. Walking in authority and freedom"
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
God's desire is to see his children enjoying life without bitterness, resentment, jealousy, or unforgiveness towards others. His main concern is to see us healthy, full of love, joyful and living in peace with each other; SET FREE and SAVED FROM THE CLUTCHES OF ETERNAL DEATH. If we live day to day with unforgiveness in our hearts, then this can lead to 'gall of bitterness'.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. Ephesians 4:31 (AMP)
For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Acts 8:23 (KJV)
Bitterness means in Greek = pikros: bitter, sharp, malignant (Strong's Concordance 4751)
Gall in Hebrew means = mererah, meaning "bitterness" ( Job 16:13 ); i.e., the bile secreted in the liver. This word is also used of the poison of asps ( 20:14 ), and of the vitals, the seat of life (25).
What is gall? (bile)
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped hollow organ located under the liver on the right side of your abdomen. Its primary purpose is to store bile. The liver makes bile which is a substance that helps the body break down and absorb fats eaten. The gallbladder stores the extra bile the liver makes. This bile is released when you eat foods high in fat in order to digest better.
Bile is very bitter and nasty to the touch. If we understand this concept, perhaps we can understand how nasty bitterness can be! It affects the soul with a 'bitter taste'. It's like a poison that enters our bloodstream and can make us physically and spiritual 'rotten'.
A few years back, the Lord sat me down and he spoke to me about this "gall of bitterness" that can be hidden deep inside the crevasses of our hearts. So deep, in fact, that we know not that it's even there. I really started to see areas in my life that I thought I had forgiven, or let go of, but in reality they were still lurking around, hidden from my conscious awareness. When certain things would come up in my life, I would feel this deep, anguishing pain of bitterness and would wonder 'what is going on Lord? Where did this come from? I thought I had forgiven this person years ago.
Well, perhaps indeed I had forgiven that person, but not completely. There is pain and trauma that is so deeply profound, that we as human beings are unable to deal with it on our own. Only Holy Spirit can go deep inside these tombs of sin filled with dark bitterness and heal us by his loving touch, then and only then are we able to forgive and forget that person.
This happened to me years ago with one particular individual in my life, whom I loved dearly and would never have ever believed that he could betray me in the way the way he did. It took me almost seven years!! Yes, I said SEVEN years to completely forgive him. I was not an 'unforgiving' person, nor ever thought that I harbored things in my heart. (But boy, was I ever awakened in this area and humbled) Now, don't get me wrong, I did know this, that I had to cry out to the Lord asking for His help, because I knew that I could not forgive this person on my own, and yes, as a Christian I knew I had to forgive!! Simply because that's what the Word of God says. I wanted to be obedient to the word of God, even in my moments of weakness and pain.
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25
Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37
Well beautiful Holy Spirit heard me, and little by little I started to be able to be 'in the same room' with this person, and not feel any bitterness or resentment towards him even when I spoke about him. I started to understand and see how Holy Spirit was nudging me ever so gently showing me things in my soul that I had to let go. (He can do this through the Word, other godly friends or sometimes He whispers them into your ears and through conviction)
This was a terribly difficult time in my life, but as I look back, it was also a time of great healing, and forgiveness and growth. Indeed, I grew and became stronger through this trial then in any other time of my life and yes, the 'gall of bitterness' left my soul and I was freed from such anger, resentment and yes, I'll say it, UNFORGIVENESS!
I thank the Lord for healing me from this terrible 'gall of bitterness'. Because it really is very awful tasting substance!
Dear Jesus, I come before you with a thankful heart. For you are a healer of hearts. You know where we are having a hard time 'forgiving' others. You know our hearts like no one else does. Thank you for being ever so patient and long-suffering with us. Thank you for Your mercy and thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to live in us so that He can show us what we are too prideful and stubborn to see; things hidden deeply inside the crevices of our soul. You see what we don't see; you know where we need deliverance and healing.
Glory to your name, Jesus and I pray for my brothers and sisters and place them at the foot of your throne, the throne of forgiveness. I thank You that you will show them where they are hurting and where they need your touch to heal wounds that are hidden deeply inside their hearts. Setting them free!
In Jesus' name I pray...
I bless you all and may you be prosperous and multiple in everything you for the Kingdom of God!