Today, I want to give you some encouragement. We can’t determine where we will be born and under what circumstances will the environement we are born in shape our lives because such things are beyond our control. Despite that, just remember that your past doesn’t determine your future. Your future is dependent on where you want to plant yourself after all is said and done for the next generations that follow after you. We are all choice-driven beings and what I want to encourage is for all of us to purpose to be planted in God’s Garden. JESUS is the True Vine and in His garden, everything flourishes, everything yields fruit when we remain anchored in Christ.
John 15:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
The True Vine
15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Notice that each branch (which is us) goes through a pruning stage (through trials and testing) to cut off the things that prevent us from progressing and being fruitful in our lives. We all need to be pruned if we want to be fruitful and multliply (Genesis 1:22; Genesis 1:28; Genesis 9:1). When we allow Father God, who is our vinedresser to do what He needs to do with us in order for us to become a fruitful branch, we shall prosper by the Faith we put in allowing Him to prune the things in our lives that prevent us from being fruitful. Pruning requires us to go through periods of trials and testing. I know I don’t enjoy the whole pruning process personally, but I have seen that through some of thing things I’ve been through, there is a greater satisfaction in knowing how much one can endure in order to reap a greater harvest of Gods righteousness in our lives. God is AWESOME! The Word of God is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12) and when we live and eat of it daily, we reap a harvest of God’s Word in our lives. His desire is to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11) so we need to be fruitful and multiply in our lives through our families, our workplaces, and in all the areas that are tied to our callings in life in order for us to reach our full potential and fulfill our destinies.
You will have those in the Body of Christ that are the type of branch that do not bear fruit and are cast away as a consequence, because it isn’t enough to be hanging out in church everybody. You’ve got to be actively participating in the Body of Christ and living out your faith daily. Those branches that attend church but refuse to be pruned, dry up and wither and are of no use but to be broken off the vine and cast away. That is why I stress that it is important to meditate on the Word and live it out. Allow yourself to be pruned by the Vinedresser. Do not be a rebellious branch that refuses to be pruned. You cannot bear fruit if you are rebellious. Attending church isn’t the same thing as living in the Body of Christ by exercising your Faith in action. It is not enough to be a hearer of the Word and not be a doer of it.
Hear and Do, Believe and Trust God, Obey and Act. <—- this is key
Are you part of God’s Garden?
Will you Join God’s garden and allow Him to prune you according to His Will and Purpose by design?
Do not be fooled nor deceived, for the Lord knows who among us is a fruitful branch from an unfruitful one in His Vineyard based on the level of Faith and willingess of the ones who desire to be Pruned in order to do a great work in Him. The Gardener knows what branches will produce a harvest and cuts off those that will not. This is quite serious folks. Be planted in Gods Garden and allow him to Prune you.
When you allow the Lord to prune you, you will become a Vessel of honor for His Great name sake.
The question is Will you become a Vessel of Honor for God? Think about it and work on it.
19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ[a] depart from iniquity.”
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
I have a short clip called Roots to encourage you today. Think about your past roots and consider that your past doesn’t determine your future. Seek to be rooted in God’s Word and remain planted in God’s Garden.
I have another song for you today to encourage you by Terrell King called You Will Win. Stay Blessed today everybody!
Scriptures to Meditate
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Doers—Not Hearers Only
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
“May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you, That you may be an assembly of peoples;
“But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.’