Friday, June 22, 2012

Pruning, Does It Hurt Much?

For many years we lived in grape country. Ask any grape farmer, there wouldn’t be a very good harvest without the pruning of the vines. Pruning made the new crop more full, lush and with better fruit. Cutting back the older vines made way for newer and more healthy growth.

When we try to apply this growth to our Christian walk it gets, well, more personal. “But Lord, why are you cutting off that part of me? Hey, this is going to hurt! No, no, not THAT branch, please?”

Never mind that he is the master gardener, if you will, and knows exactly what within us needs to go, needs to be pruned, cut off.

“But that sounds so drastic, so final and permanent…”

Yep, it is and he knows just how much, when and which parts need to go for maximum growth in your (my) life. How did I get to be acquainted with all of this? Well, I think I am now taking a graduate course in “PRUNING”, actually a better title would be allowing pruning. Here come those nippers now and they are headed right for me, yikes!

What has He pruned in you lately? Probably the same things He has pruned in me. My mouth which has a tendency to spout off before my brain is engaged to start the list.

My fear, when I begin "what-ifing" because I have basically stated that God can't or God isn't or somehow that His arms are too short. I know better but my what-ifing indicates otherwise, doesn't it?

“Dying to the fear of man” has been pruned right down to the nub but sometimes it seems to rear its ugly head again.

The above are a few of my examples. What are some of yours?

Rest. Let your focus be Me. My peace I speak to you, daughter. Out of that stillness flows abundant life. Be still and know that I am God. Remember the season you are in? The pruning/productive season? Draw near to Me. Dwell in My Word. Selah.

Notice that the pruning season is not a season of loss but a productive season. Oh, how long it took to begin to see that you have to be pruned to grow the best, healthiest, sweetest fruit in your life and walk with Jesus. I am finally beginning to know this in my heart.

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. (NKJV)

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. (NIV)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (NIV)

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…(NIV)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help me to dwell in your Word, the Bible. And help me to dwell in You who are the living Word and to grow daily because of it and You! Please help me to hold still during the pruning process and allow You to do Your very best work in me. Thank You, my Savior. AMEN.

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Ma and Pa said...

Yes indeed, I have felt those pruning sheers lately, and unfortunately He has had to snip of new buds of the same shoot...Praise God for His patience with us! More than anything I need to give Him everything on the alter to deal with. Being a fix-it person, that has been my hardest part, I want to take something back and worry over it somemore. We all are a work in progress.

We continue to pray for you! Hugs

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps said...

Thanks so very much! I hear you - today is a walk in trust and faith...

Nancy Sturm said...

Ahh, those shears are chopping away in my life. Thanks for the reminder that the pruning is a growing season.

Crown of Beauty said...

Mary Jo, I had been praying for you in the midst of all that news about the wild fires.

Glad to see you're okay.

Your words about pruning are so timely for me. Especially what you said about the pruning season not being a time of poss, but is actually the beginning of a season of productivity!

That is just so true.

Glad to be in touch with you today.