Apostle Grace Lubega
John 15:2 (NKJV); 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.
If you want to produce fruit in any area of your life, expect to be pruned by God.
Pruning is done by removing certain dead or useless aspects of a plant. As a child of God, the Bible calls you the planting of the Lord (Isaiah 61:3). When He prunes you, there are certain aspects of your life that He cuts off and gets rid of.
Pruning is done for different reasons. It is done to improve the yield or the quality of the plant, to control the direction of its growth or to improve its health.
God is very interested in the quality of the Christian that you become. He does not want you to merely be one among so many, as such He prunes you. This means that pruning makes us distinctive in our Christian walk.
God is deeply invested in your destiny and in the direction that your life must take. He prunes us in order to keep us on the right course. There are things that must leave your life for you to stay focused on where God is taking you.
Your health as a Christian is important to God. By this, I do not mean spiritual health only but the beauty of what comes out of you. Every child of God has been created for greatness. Unfortunately, there are things in our lives that get in the way of this great calling and make us settle for mediocrity. When God prunes us, He gets rid of these unnecessary weights in order to free our spirits and minds for the endless liberties that He has left at our disposal.
Your heart must be open to the pruning of the Lord. You must have wisdom to recognise that some things that happen to you are as a result of this pruning. This way, you will not fight it because you assume it is the attack of the enemy but will yield yourself to God so that He can deal with you in the ways He knows best.
FURTHER STUDY: Isaiah 61:3, Hebrews 12:10-11
GOLDEN NUGGET: Your heart must be open to the pruning of the Lord. You must have wisdom to recognise that some things that happen to you are as a result of this pruning. This way, you will not fight it because you assume it is the attack of the enemy but will yield yourself to God so that He can deal with you in the ways He knows best.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I embrace it as my portion in You because I desire to grow. My heart and spirit are open to You as You lead me and deal with me. If you must bend or break me, do so. If I must die to the things that I cling to, may I die to them and may they die to me. By this understanding, I grow and bear excellent fruit, to the glory of Your name, Amen.