August 12, 2019: SOAP #3538:  Jeremiah 13-15; John 15 Scripture:  John (NIV) 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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. 3  You […]

August 12, 2019: SOAP #3538: Jeremiah 13-15; John 15

Scripture:  John (NIV) 15:1 “I am the true vine, andmy Father is the gardener.
2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch thatdoes bear fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
3  You are already clean because of theword I have spoken to you.
4  Remain in me, and I will remain inyou. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neithercan you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Observation:  When something I do not like happens to me,or I miss something I wanted to attend, or I lose something I really liked"In thosetimes I can feel that God must be punishing me. I probably did something He did not like.  But according to verse 2 above, God may be workingin me to make me more fruitful. 

God must have known that some of his children would think like me, so Hequickly added verse 3 to reassure us that we are already clean. 

His pruning is not to rid us of something bad; pruning often involves cuttingback healthy growth.  The pruning is tomake room for more fruit!  The energy ofthe plant is being focused on that which will bear large, healthy fruit, notjust more leaves. 

Application:  It is a blessing to receive from the Lord andenjoy His abundant supply.  It is easy tolook at God's generous supply and be thankful for His blessings.  Butmay I never lose sight of this
if I want my life to be a blessing to Him, I must allow Him to remove thingsfrom my life.  The loss may open doorsfor future fruitful ministry.  The amountof time I invest in one activity/ministry might be better invested in anotherministry.   

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I trust my life to you.  Do your pruning as will be most fruitful foryour kingdom. Amen

Pastor Leon
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