Inner Healing: Dealing with Bad Fruit and Bitter Roots - IS THIS CORRECT?

April 2021


We've all been hurt at some point in our lives. For most of us, it happened at prenatal, then childhood, and all the way throughout our teenage and adult life. As we live life, not only do we carry these hurts deep inside our hearts, but we continue to be exposed to more and more hurts from the people around us. How we react to these hurts determines the severity of damage we experience in our body, soul and spirit. Inner healing primarily focuses on healing the wounded heart - an extensive field which covers many topics, one of which is "Bad Fruit - Bitter Root" - that for every bad fruit in adulthood, there is a bad, bitter root formed in childhood.

Elijah House Teachings on Bad Fruit and Bitter Root

Majoring in inner healing, Elijah House teaches that the adult problems we have are "bad fruits" that can be tracked to "bitter roots". We are likened to a tree. Our roots were formed between the age of 0-6 years old (age "0" being the womb life), our trunk/character formed between 6-12 years old, and thereafter we are leaves and fruit.

They teach God's law of "sowing and reaping" (Galatians 6:7) that whatever a man sows a man reaps - and so whatever we had sown, particularly between the age 0-6 years old, we reap in adulthood. If we had sown judgments against our parents out of a wounded heart (knowingly or unknowingly, rightly or wrongly), such judgments could become bitter-rooted and would manifest bad fruits in our adult life. So in order to get rid of a bad fruit, the bitter root responsible needs to be identified and axed to remove it permanently. However, if the bad fruit still remains alive, it means that there is another deeper bitter root that is yet to be identified and dealt with. There is thus another need to find that root and to axe that, too.

This process presents to me a burdensome uncertainty -- in dealing with just one fruit, how could I know that my bad fruit is totally gone and will not regrow? - particularly as I am sure to have a few bitter roots; in fact I could have an enormous root system full of bitter roots. Would I then need to be continually digging up bitter roots in the plight to ensure that my one bad fruit is done away with for good?

I lifted these questions up to God for answers, all the while being curious on how He would possibly answer them.


Lessons from a Bonsai Tree

Many years ago, I had a fascination with bonsai trees. I bought quite a few of them and sadly managed to kill them all. They seemed to be very difficult to look after, and so I gave up on owning one. To my surprise, the fascination with bonsai trees recently resurfaced. I was even adamant to make one from scratch rather than buy one. Fortunately with the help of the internet, I was able to learn how to do keep it alive without too much of a problem (see picture).

Meanwhile unbeknown to me, God was actually the One responsible for bringing back my fascination with bonsais trees. I had thought that I was just reviving a long forgotten hobby, but God was actually wanting to teach me a valuable truth about roots in order to answer the questions I had.

What I came to learn about the roots of my bonsai tree was rather shocking. These are as follows:
  • In order to fit my bonsai tree into a small pot, I found that I had to cut the roots back severely, even cutting off the tap root which ran deep, leaving behind only some little wispy roots.
  • As long as these little wispy roots were there, the tree remained alive! The tree drew nurture from the soil via these little wispy roots. The tree did not need the tap root to survive - amazing!
  • Furthermore, these wispy roots could be shallow, near the base of the trunk (the deeper ones that come off the tap root have been cut off with the tap root).
I also already knew that:
  • As long as a (fruit) tree is alive, it is capable of producing fruit, regardless of the quality of that fruit.
  • The quality of the fruit depends on the health of the tree.
  • The health of the tree depends on the quality of the soil from which it takes nurture (rather than its roots). 
  • The health of the tree also depends on the environment of having enough water, light and air.

A God Revelation

I began to apply what God had revealed to me from my humble bonsai tree to what I had learnt from Elijah house. I came to the following startling conclusions:
  • A bad fruit is not caused by bitter roots at all, but rather by the health of the tree. A healthy tree would produce good fruits, while an unhealthy tree would produce bad fruits. Jesus even alluded to this in:
Matthew 7:17-18: ... every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
See also Luke 6:43
  • The health of the tree is dependent on the quality of the soil which nurture the roots, but also the environment in which it lives, such as water, light and air.
  • The quality of the soil is determined by the condition of the soil.
  • Thus instead of tracking bad fruit to some deep bitter root, I should be looking at the condition of the soil from which the roots draw nurture. No matter how many roots we axe, if the soil is toxic, bad fruits will always be produced.
  • Of course, one may argue that a root becomes "bitter" because it draws nurture from a toxic soil. But at the end of the day, the solution is not to get rid of the root (whether deep or not, bitter or not), but rather to change the quality of the soil by improving its condition! As Jesus said,
Matthew 12:33: “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, ...

This revelation changes my ministry!

The Condition of the Soil

Let's first look at the soil. What's in the soil? How does it become toxic?

Well, we need to examine what is being put in there, and equally what is not being put in there. Looking at the "Parable of the Sower":

Matthew 13:1-9: That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

The case of the "hard path" is extremely interesting. Firstly, the path is soil that had been repetitively trampled (by man) - this is how it became hard. This soil is a picture of a heart that has perhaps been repetitively trampled by man (in family, society, workplace, etc.) and had become hardened by resentment, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, revenge, malice, judgment, criticism, to name a few - which can lead to wrong beliefs and sinful acts. Such things open doors to the enemy - giving them legal rights to enter and live in the body of the person. This, in turn, would cause the person to be unable to receive the Word of God - because as soon as the Word of God was sown, the enemy snatched it away. Just as Jesus said,

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

So what must be done for such a soil? 

Well, the enemy must be removed - deliverance must somehow be done. 


 As a way to protect the heart, it can build walls in the form of inner vows "I will never trust, I will always ..." Such a heart opens many doors to the enemy and so cannot receive the word of God, thus rejecting Jesus, which would have been life to the body, soul and spirit.

Primarily, the soil contains the following (to name a few):
  • What we have come to believe about Jesus, God, others and ourselves.
  • What we have come to believe about life.
  • What we have come to harbour in our heart - love, hatred, anger, unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, etc.
  • What defences we have come to build around our heart to protect it.
  • What demonic power we have given access into our life.
If these things are negative and destructive, they serve as toxins that contaminates our soil, manifesting bad fruits in our lives. 


Sins washed by the blood of Jesus are forgiven - this is liken to removing the toxins form the soil. For this to happen, a person needs hear the gospel and respond to it with humility and a contrite heart. Only after this that the heart can be likened to a "good" soil. 

Therefore, the ministry has to begin with the preaching of the gospel. Jesus will do what is preached about Him. If He is preached to heal, then He will heal, if He is preached to be the Deliverer, then He will deliver, if forgiveness then He will forgive. The gospel will invoke the power of God to do the necessary work to heal the wounded heart of the person being ministered to. 


The Environment

Looking once again at the Parable of the Sower above, the case of the soil in the rocky places, the soil where thorns grew and the good soil are not issues about soil - the soil in these cases are good quality because the seed of the Word of God were able to grow. The issue is with the environment.  

A Revised Ministry

Jesus said in Mark 16:17-18: And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Clearly deliverance is stated, and healing is stated (usually physical, could also be emotional as demons have left), but inner healing is NOT stated.


  • The Condition of Your Soil
    • seed - is never the problem, word of God is infallible, faith, word of God is all infallible
    • soil is the problem - could do some work - let's examine the contents on the soil, teh composition (what is being put in there or what aren't being put in there?) - what do you believe is what your soil is going to contain? What do you believe about God, the Bible, Jesus? Enough to get you into heaven but is it enough to get you a miracle?
    • bad soil - hard path - heard the word but stolen by the enemy - isaiah 55 my ways/thoughts are higher than your ways/thoughts but the rest says My word shall not return empty - when it enters yor heart it will succeed on what it is planned to do. faith is a strong as the depth of the roots in the soil.should wide as well as deep (e.g. believing in crucifixion) 

    But at the end of the day the tree is healthy and alive because it has good soil, enough water, light and air.


    Similarly even a tree with very good root system will not stay alive if the soil is bad and is lacking water. Sometimes a tree can produced diseased fruit if the tree itself is unhealthy.