John 15:1-2 (NIV) “I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener .He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful”
Some thoughts about pruning in our lives:
1) Its Painful
Gods pruning is painful. Pruning involves cutting.
Cutting something is usually painful.
But, no pain – no gain!
Overhanging limbs can cause damage and BLOCK vision.
God cuts out whats no good in you and whats blocking you vision
Without pruning you could damage your self or others.
Correct pruning maintains a strong tree structure.
Even healthy trees develop areas of rot or dead wood.
Removing these diseased or dead limbs prevents
the spread of disease.
Pruning can also improve and increase exposure to sunlight
which results in a stronger tree.
Some things just need cutting off,
“He cuts off every branch in methat bears no fruit”
Certain things and people need cutting off.
One bit of dead wood can take out 3 pieces of healthy wood.
Pruning keeps the whole tree healthy. Its good to get rid of dead wood.
4) Production & Growth
Trees are pruned to encourage growth and increased fruit yields.
Without pruning you get a much smaller fruit yield.
Matthew 7:16 “by their fruit you will recognize them”
Your known by the fruit you produce.
If you don’t let God prune you, you aint guna grow. Simple.
Gideon – 35,000 men to 300. Judges 6-7. Then, victory. Decrease doesn’t mean your losing. Gods strength.
‘Sometimes God will move you backwards before HE can move you forwards’ – Craig Groeschel
No one takes any notice of bruised fruit.
How something is packaged actually sells the package itself.
“Style trumps content” – Chad Veach
Content is king.
But the style in which content is presented in matters.
What good is content if it can’t be understood or retained?
6) Compensates for root loss
When transplanting a small tree,
a certain amount of root is always damaged in the process.
Pruning back the plant helps stimulate new root growth.
Pruning can also restrict growth where too much
growth is undesirable.
Sometimes through storms and moving around we can lose some roots.
God likes to help us grow the lost roots back.
We need to be careful where are roots are setting.
After all, the root keeps the tree alive.
All roots need to be in GOD. nothing else.
7) Pruning avoids weak tree crotches and dual leaders.
Pruning avoids weak crotches which often split in a storm and instead limits the tree to a single leader.
We need to make sure were not all veering off in different
Our visions needs to fixed to the same cause, the king and the kingdom. Not our kingdom.
People divided fall and break.
‘a united effort can make a much bigger difference’
– Brian Houston
8) Is essential
‘God wants to do more in you before he can do more through you’
– Craig Groeschel – Hillsong conf 2009
God does surgery, he prunes. But its for our good.
He does deep healing.
Keeping the main thing the main thing.
God always does stuff in you before he does it through you.
Pruning is good.