Things cut off, things cut back

Things cut off, things cut back

“So [you] will produce even more.”   Jn 15:2 NLT

Jesus said the vine dresser “cuts off every branch…that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes [cuts back] the branches that do bear fruit so they…produce even more.” Notice two things: (1) God cuts some things off. “What kind of things?” Things you’re comfortable with but that stand in the way of your progress. Things He hasn’t chosen for you. Things that will bring you trouble. Things that refuse to change. Things that have served their purpose. (2) God cuts some things back. A fruit tree that’s just been pruned certainly doesn’t look its best. And when God starts cutting back certain things in your life in order to redirect your energies, for a while you may not look so good either. Sometimes this means letting go of things you thought would always be there, or reprioritizing your life, or making do with less for a while, or not being able to explain to your loved ones why you’re going through the pruning process. But life-giving sap flowing into a barren branch with no potential for fruitfulness is a waste! And so is time, attention, and energy taken from first things and given to second and third things. Understand this: God knows what needs to be cut off in your life, and He knows what needs to be cut back. And although you may not understand what He’s doing, pray: “Send whoever You will and take away whoever You will. I’ll praise You when they come and I’ll praise You when they go, because Your approval is my reward and Your purpose is my reason to live.”

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Lestheasy wrote:
Zithromax 3 Day Dose Cephalexin Fish Flex Forum Tadalafil Generique generic 5mg cialis best price Cheap Viagra Super Active Que Es Mejor Viagra Levitra O Cialis Propecia Aumento Libido

Mon, June 10, 2019 @ 3:14 PM

2. Lestheasy wrote:
Comprar Cialis En Farmacia order cialis online Levitra Nuevo

Sun, June 23, 2019 @ 10:12 PM

3. Lestheasy wrote:
Pristiq online cialis Come Usare Dapoxetina Where To Buy Keflex Without Prescription

Mon, July 8, 2019 @ 2:07 PM

4. Lestheasy wrote:
Priligy Fa Male Amoxicillin Tanning Bed [url=]generic cialis canada[/url] 40 Mg Cialis Efectos Cialis Barato Keflex Low Cost

Sat, July 20, 2019 @ 3:41 AM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.

The Daily Encouraging Word Online

If you like to receive The Daily Encouraging Word online, it is available by email subscription or by daily Facebook and Twitter posts. Please click on the links below for options on getting the Daily Encouraging Word. For questions email

The Daily Encouraging Word via Email

The Daily Encouraging Word via Facebook

The Daily Encouraging Word via Twitter

Sharing God's Truth With a Searching World