The Stump

Isaiah 6
13 But yet a tenth will be in it,
And will return and be for consuming,
As a terebinth tree or as an oak,
Whose stump remains when it is cut down.
So the holy seed shall be its stump."

Thank God all is not lost, there remains a holy seed in the stump.
It may be cut down but a holy seed remains, holy set apart and useful.
Chopped down like pruning.

The True Vine.
John 15
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Even the branches that bear fruit are pruned.

I was doing a bit of complaining that I wasnt hearing from God in new dynamic ways; yes I was getting revelation in the word and seeing some signs and symbols in life situations, feeling His message through these events. But I was hungry for more.
Maybe the stirring developed from a comparison to others who were getting profound visitations that I longed for. I desired to be pure in my intentions, but felt the frustration as well. I wanted more like visitations, visions, dreams, I just wanted to progress some levels.
Well I do get dreams quite a lot of them.
But I felt that they were very crazy dreams, seemingly nonsense and hard to appreciate with outrageous meanings, or worse still I felt that I had too many negative things happening in my dreams. So, even though I recorded some dreams that lingered, I dismissed them as too hard to appreciate. My conclusion was this just isnt what I am looking for in the communications from God.
Time has passed and I still have these frustrations, although I still am writing thoughts and impressions in which some have turned into messages I felt to release.
Recently, I was in a place where I went through the old notes and jottings in my journal, although I am not as regular with this practice as some more dedicated ministries who have excellent results.
I came across some old dreams.
As I visited them again, I was reminded from some messages from respected ministries that dreams, even negative ones reveal the condition of our souls and where God wants to release us from deep rooted issues that are blockages, wounds and where generational patterns have imprinted our soul. Now with this mind the dreams took on meaning revealing the issues of the heart and soul that God wanted to release me from and bring freedom, healings and deliverances.
God is a good God and a loving Father to His children and His pruning is for our own benefit, to make us even more fruitful and be more like the liberated and powerful identity that He created us to be. We are His workmanship and we are created for good works that He saw in us when He imagined our wonderfully made being.
Ok I am saying, there is something here even in the negative or the dreams that seem to be just dodgy stuff happening to you and me.
Thats because dreams can be a mental reflection in visual symbolic form, of the embedded confusion and chaos that is happening within our lives.

Dream 1
I had a dream where I was yelling at my older brother for telling me I missed it somewhere.
There is a reaction here.
Bad emotions.
Even if my older brother was incorrect I should not react that way.
Older brother is symbolic of a Christian brother who is further on in maturity than what I am, not my literal older brother from family or otherwise it could be like the older brother in the prodigal son parable. Even if the older brother had a self righteous attitude my reaction wasnt right.
In Proverbs the wise take advice or a rebuke and learn from this correction.

Dream 2
Rejection Dream
In this dream my little brother was favoured by my mother and my sister got an apology when ignored, but I was on the outside and forgotten by our mother.
Again it is symbolic not my literal family.
Mother could refer to the church that nurtures people.
Seems the dream is about how I was dealing with rejection and rebukes.
When you have been cut down to a stump it is hard to take correction sometimes.
Thats when it seems these are personal attacks and are intense. If we have no peace and wounds in the soul then we will react and become more isolated, which is what the enemy wants.
Rejection is a biggie!!!
Could write volumes, but to sum it up it is a common syndrome affecting many.
These wounds are usually amplified by a real episode of hard hitting rejection, that has effected us deeply and we may find it hard to shrug it off.
The orphan spirit is real, not being part of the family, not fitting in, all very real emotions to deal with.
We do need to deal with it or it deals to us and keeps us isolated and places walls around us to hinder our development.
It is an identity lack keeping us from being a free expression of our true self.
We really need to experience the love of the Father and His acceptance and be secure in that knowledge and then, we will be able to deal with perceived or real rejection and find our true place where we fit no matter what comes our way.
Good Energy - edification growth maturity development.
Bad Energy - emotions that are out of control ruling your reactions.
Position of being a Son accepted in the beloved with an inheritance.
Do from there.
Be Kingdom minded.
Have a Heavenly Realms perspective where you rule and reign with Christ.
Be the New Man from above not the old man from below.

Dream 3
Going across to the other side.
We are all on a journey to make it to the other side where Jesus is welcoming us.
Dream start - Me and others are on a cliff with a narrow pathway.
We come to a cabinet with drawers open that we need to climb across to get to the other side.
There is me and others and my Dad.
Dad goes first.
There are spider webs on the top drawers.
Dad gets past the cabinet and we follow.
It leads to steps going down into a cellar where there are webs everywhere and spiders.
Daddy long leg spiders.
I decide not to go there.
Dad goes down.
The drawers are open and empty.
Dad - generational.
Me and others following the same patterns.
Daddy long legs - ancient generational.
Drawers empty - getting across with no clothing of righteousness or armour.
Appears to be manageable, but in own strength and our iniquity operating, leads to many entanglements.
It is dark going down - leads to darkness.

Dream 4
Dinosaur is chasing me and a friend, I am in late teenager years.
At first we think it is a joke and fun.
We talk to it making jokes and making it into a fun adventure,
but then realize it is dangerous.
We manage to break the dinosaur up into bubbles from ridicule and laughing it off.
Perhaps our youthfulness and joking manner can deal with it.
Then a giant lizard comes.
More menacing than the dinosaur and chases us.
We run to next door inside the house.
Inside we say that is worse than the dinosaur.
Maybe some realisation sets in, that we are messing with danger.
Youthful folly thinks we can deal with any danger.
But monsters keep coming and are increasingly worse and harder to deal with.
Sometimes we think that we are in a movie and that we are indestructible, this happens especially when we are young, but hey we all want to be forever young.
Our youthful energies without wisdom will not be effective in dealing with lifes' monsters.

Psalm 119
133 Direct my steps by Your word,
And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
Who is devoted to fearing You.
Romans 12
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Dont throw away your negative, scary and crazy dreams, there could be a life lesson in there trying to reach out to you.

Even if the lessons of life cause us to become a stump of our former self.
The Holy Seed remains.
Now we need to care for the seed, cherish it, water the good seed with Gods word, be planted in good soil where our thoughts are agreeable to His thoughts and how He sees us, nourish the seed with declaring and saying the right words that attract blessings and God given destiny into our lives.
As always we have our part to play as God is always faithful to do His part,
transforming us from our negative habits and the dark nights of the soul into Christ in us the Hope of Glory.
Stumps becoming Oaks of Glory in Newness of Life.

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