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Short Inspired Devotions from the Bible
"Our actions disclose to others, what goes on within us; just as the fruit of a tree makes it known to those, who may find themselves looking upon it. For if it wasn't for that fruit, the tree would remain unknown."
Thalassios the Liban
Fruit On The Vine
John 15:1-8 states: "I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Vine-dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law."
May I ask you a question: What kind of garden are you? Now I like to think, that the goal of every gardener, is to have a flourishing garden.
For it doesn't matter if that small plot of cultivated land turns into a flower, or a rock garden, know that the goal of achieving a flourishing garden, is still the same at the end of the day.
Now the key step from within the overall process, when it comes to making a garden flourish, deals with pruning. For this is a step that deals with the cutting away of anything, that stops the abundance of growth from being achieved from within the garden. I like to think, that this is exactly what God is doing in our lives, this very day.
Remember that when we see our own plans for our life; plans that end up, not making the final cut, when it comes to our personal expectations; or plans that fall apart, when it comes to those very important relationships that we would love to forever cling to; plans that seem to fail, no matter how hard we try.
I want you to know, that this is simply part of the pruning process. And yes, pruning will always hurt in the beginning. But when we start to see new growth flourishing from within our daily lives, and our walk with the Lord continues to blossom; then we find ourselves beginning to say things like: "Thank you Father" or "Now I know, how much you love me Lord."
This is why we must never be afraid of the pruning process that continues to go on from within our lives. For we must learn to expect this type of procedure. But it's a type of procedure, that will eventually bring a season "flourished growth" from within our lives. And personally, I believe that these are the kind of reasons, that constantly remind us, that God has not given up on us, that He still continues, to faithfully love us -- Amen.
I hope and pray, that Danna's short devotion, was in some way, a blessing to you