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13 June 2014
GOD-TRACKING RESULTS IN GOOD PRODUCE FROM PRUNED BRANCHES
On more than one occasion Jesus used a vineyard or workers of a vineyard as the subjects of his parables. Growing up in Israel, he would have well understood the finer principles associated with nurturing the vine to produce the best and most succulent grapes. Jesus knew how important it was to yearly cut back a vine so that it will both grow well and produce better fruit.
Jesus said, “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.” Then later he said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.” By this analogy Jesus is referring to vineyard husbandry, which includes pruning the plants each year so that they produce better fruit. Just as a vineyard keeper would prune the vines so the Father cuts away the dead wood or malformed branches of the Vine so as that the Vine will produce a better produce.
You may feel as though you’re being pruned right now. There may be circumstances or situations in your life that have died off or become malformed through the course of time. These could include a bad habit, a wrong relationship or a wrong involvement. God could be pruning your vine today, removing apathy, indifference or pessimism. Whatever it is that you feel is being cut off, you can be sure that you will not be left naked or reduced in any way. Jesus said that God cuts off the branches that bear no fruit so that those that do, will produce even more fruit. Be encouraged, dear God-tracker, that God is enabling your life. He is removing those things that are time wasters or soul destroyers. God will never cut back anything that is to your benefit. And believe me when I tell you that, unless God cuts out these dead things from your life, you will not be productive. God desires for you to produce good results in your studies, your career, your home life and your church life. Your Father is pruning you so that you will produce good fruit in your relationships, your work and your commitments. Embrace the pruning of the vineyard Keeper so that your harvest will be plentiful!
God-tracking results in good produce from pruned branches.
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Verse of the Week
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
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Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes
“God wants us to have the audacity of faith that dares to believe for all that is set forth in the Word.” --- Smith Wigglesworth
Don’t Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
Bless all my efforts to serve you and cause me to produce good fruit for your kingdom
”Dear Father I know there are areas of my life that need to be pruned back and I submit them to you today. I repent of those things that are grievous to your Spirit and seek to live a productive life by your purposes for me. Lord, I open myself to your pruning. I ask that as you cut away the dead and malformed branches so that I will produce better product in my life. Bless my output. Bless all my efforts to serve you and cause me to produce good fruit for your kingdom; fruit that will bless me and those around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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