Are You Bearing Fruit?

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Be fruitful
Genesis 1:28

Jesus said, '...every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit' (John 15:2 NKJV). Without periodic pruning a vine will only produce a fraction of its potential harvest. Vineyards have only one purpose: to produce grapes. Energy spent on anything else is wasted. The pruner has four things in mind: removing what's dead or dying; making sure sunlight gets to the fruit-bearing branches; increasing the size and quality of the grapes; encouraging new grapes to develop. To make room for the kind of abundance Christ redeemed you for, He will cut away the parts of your life that are draining precious time and energy from what's truly important to Him.

To accomplish this, He will even risk you misunderstanding His methods. His purpose for your life requires the cutting away of bad habits and attitudes, wrong relationships, lesser priorities, and anything that distracts you from your highest calling. Are you praying for God's blessing in your life? Are you asking Him to make you more fruitful in His service? Then get ready for the shears! Pruning is how God answers such prayers. Sometimes we blame the devil or other people for the loss of certain things in our lives. No, 'He prunes.' Today, if God is pruning you,:1) pay attention; don't waste this season of preparation. 2) ask God whether you're being pruned for greater fruitfulness or disciplined because of sin - there's a difference. If it's sin, repent and get back on track as quickly as possible. 3) if your response to the pruning process is right, you'll begin to move from barrenness to blessing.

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GrandmaK said…
I'm still being pruned...It is such a LONG process. Wishing you well and thank you for you visit and kind words! Cathy
Wanda said…
This is a good one Mike. The cutting away can be painful but thank God there's purpose in it.
Pietro said…
In our today's modern, busy, muddled life it's easy to lose sight of the Truth: we must keep looking towards God, always.
Barbara said…
So right, the devil gets far too much attention for what God allows to come our way, even if the devil has been the instrument.

When it comes to fruit, many see 'works' as fruit rather than life in the Spirit.
Abbey said…
What a wonderful analogy!!! I am being pruned year-round ... and I'm so happy!
Steve said…
Thanks for another thought-provoking word.