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Devotional - week of January 3, 2016


THE PRUNING OF THE VINEDRESSER

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. … and every branch that bears fruit He prunes  that it may bear more fruit .. John 15:1-2.

It is said that during the growing season the branch of a vine may extend to several feet long. In order to bear fruit again it must be cut back to a length of several inches. The pruning results in fruit.

God the Father purges His children that they might bear more fruit. But what all is involved in the pruning? One man testified that God had told him to play less golf.

But we all need more pruning than that. To bear fruit we need freedom from things that harm our testimony with others; we need freedom from sins that break our fellowship with God.

God does His ultimate pruning when He frees us from faith in ourselves. We are to live by faith but we cannot trust ourselves and God at the same time. Yet, our very sin nature is faith in ourselves. According to Scriptures, we think we are wise.

God purges our faith in ourselves through giving us desperate circumstances. Also, when we received Jesus as Lord and Savior, God crucified our faith in ourselves. So He leads us to experience that crucifixion through experiencing our union with Christ.

The pruning of our faith in ourselves is the ultimate purging that we all need. We must receive this purging throughout every day because it always seeks to regain control of our lives.