Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 20, 2020

Vine and Branches

Filed under: branches,fruit,Holy Spirit,Jesus,pruning,Tree,Uncategorized,vine — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

John 15:1-2 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 fruit (NIV)

I was sitting in the campground looking at the beautiful trees around me.  I noticed one that had unusual flowers all through it.  I’ve never seen a tree with that kind of flower so I went over for a closer inspection.  The flowers were from a beautiful vine that had wrapped itself around the trunk and all of the branches.  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.  When we allow Him to wrap Himself around us with His Holy Spirit we become beautiful and will bear fruit.  I doubt that tree was aware of the flowers but it probably was aware of the vine wrapping tightly around It’s trunk.  We may not be aware of the fruit of the Holy Spirit within us (hopefully we have grown into it being natural to allow the fruit in us to work) but we should be aware of Jesus, the vine, tightly entwining us with His Holy Spirit.

 

March 6, 2019

Pruning

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,pruning,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:47 pm

John 15:2 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. (NIV)

No one enjoys times that are hard.  We want everything to be as beautiful as a rose garden.  But most roses have thorns.  Their thorns are for protection.  God allows us to go through trials for protection from us drifting away from Him.  Notice He cuts off any branch (person) that doesn’t bear fruit.  But he only prunes those who do bear fruit.  Why would He prune His fruit bearers?  When we prune branches on plants, we end up with multiple branches coming out of the place we pruned.  Pruning us (allowing us to walk through unpleasant trials) encourages us to pay attention to Him, change direction where necessary and be an even better and more productive vessel for the Holy Spirit to do His work through us.  When we go through those trials, let’s immediately ask God what it is in us that needs changing.  Then, with the help of the Holy Spirit we can move on, become more like Jesus Christ, and be more productive for our God.

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