The Pruning Process

Christians often want to change, but we don’t want to be changed.

When we surrender ourselves to the Lord, He will confirm His acceptance of our lives by beginning the pruning process. He comes into our lives and takes away the things that will hinder our growth in Him. He removes the old, dead ‘branches’ that will stop us reaching our destiny.

The only problem with this process is that we don’t really enjoy God cutting out things from our lives! Maybe we don’t want to lose those friends, our comfort zones or our future plans.

Pruning is a painful and sometimes miserable process; it is only with hindsight that we appreciate why God brings change into our lives. Looking back, I can now understand that God had to remove lots from my life (to let me serve Him as I now do), but at the time of pruning I cried out, “Why!” and silence was the reply.

If God is pruning your life, be encouraged - it is the evidence that God is preparing you, for your great future in Him. He is weeding out all that is unnecessary and cutting back the old, to prepare for the new.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 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” (John 15:1-2).

Paul Backholer


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