Pruning

Renew the Good Things

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11 Yesterday, we revealed that even if we feel “chopped down,” we are actually being pruned for something better. This principle reminded me of a story of how God will renew good things in your life! When I was in my early 20s, a friend of mine was in a long-term relationship with an amazing, beautiful, and intelligent girl. She wanted to get married and needed to know his intentions. She asked, “Do you want to get married or not?” She wanted to know if she should continue investing in their relationship. He finally said, “I don’t want to be married; I don’t think it’s best for me. I’m sorry, I think we should break up.” After a

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Grafted Into the Tree of Life

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” – Isaiah 11:1 Today we look at the famous Advent passage from Isaiah 11, verse 1, which is a prophecy about the stump of Jesse. Jesse’s lineage could be thought of as royalty because he was the father of David, the famous Old Testament shepherd turned king. From this stump, which was once a great house, a fruitful tree, a significant living entity that’s been chopped down — from it a shoot will be born. There will be a new king, and He will make things right. The previous kingdoms were centered around ego, selfishness, and violence. But this kingdom that is coming will be one of heart and will even be led by a child. And this, of course, is the king Jesus, who we celebrate and joyfully remember on Christmas

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Cut Down But Never Destroyed

“The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules.” – Daniel 4:26 I asked you to read Isaiah 11 a few days ago, and you may recall that in that section, Jesus was referred to as a shoot that grew from the stump of Jesse. Several times in the Bible, the word “stump” is used to indicate anything that is dead but will be restored, such as God’s people and the arrival of their Messiah. Because a stump retains its roots, it is always capable of regrowth and rebirth; but, it must remain planted! Perhaps you believe you’re a stump and that you’ve been hacked down. You perceive your life as a useless form sticking out of the earth for others to stumble over as a shadow of your previous self. However,

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Pruning

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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.” – John 15:1-2 Do you feel that going through difficult times has made you stronger over time? Although it was hard, you grew as a person and as a believer. You were “pruned.” You came out stronger. You know, sometimes God does the pruning, but sometimes the devil does it on accident. I really believe that. But if you respond with faith, you will not be cut down. You will just be pruned. You will be ready in this winter, to come back with an amazing spring to do amazing things for God and for others. You will bear incredible fruit, if you respond with faith. If you stop saying: “it

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