Day 9

“And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.” – Romans 11:16

The word “Holy” means, “set apart, sacred, worthy of complete devotion.” The imagery of Romans 11 is an olive plant in an orchard. God planted it and tended it. Some of those branches stopped producing fruit, so God pruned those branches off. He also found olive branches from wild trees and grafted them into this olive plant. Unless you are of Jewish decent, the wild branches represent you being grafted into the tree. When God grafts us in, we receive our nourishment from God’s holy root. Paul described what Jesus explained to His disciples:

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned” (John 15:4-8 NLT).

How is our connection to Christ? Is our graft holding tight causing us to flourish and bear fruit? It’s hard to produce fruit and be healthy when there is not a connection to the main source of all nourishment, the root. Either way, you can depend on God to prune the things in your life that are diseased and sick. His pruning may hurt and be difficult, but when those parts are gone, you will begin to heal, grow, and flourish like God intends.

 

  • Lisa Hadebe

    Amen

  • Wanda Hernandez

    Amen

  • Nancy Blocksom-Varney

    Amen

  • Jeffrey Medina

    I feel God began the pruning process last year to the beginning of this year with the lost of my job. Last year was a very hard year for me and my family. With lost of many loved ones, spiritually and financially. I had a brake down moment that night and cried out to God that I wanted to come back. I wanted to rely on him this season instead of my own strength. Help me to focus on you and reunit my family, help us find our place back in the church. That morning me with some other coworkers where pulled into the office and let go. God answered rather quickly. Lol! I’ve had confirmation during my reading, things jumping off the page into my spirit, that he needed to clear the junk and distractions out of my life, because it had pulled me away. As a result it began to pull my family away. It’s no coincidence it happened right before the fast! I’m taking this time as him telling me come back to me and spend time with me. Place me first and I will show you what I could do verses what you could do.

    • Donna Finley

      Amen!

  • True Blue

    Amen

  • Elaine Saramago

    I am sure pruning on plants hurts. They are alive like us. Each pruning is a process we got to go thru and hurts but with Gods help we grow bigger and better.

  • isma Mclaughlin

    Amen

  • Dawn Fitzpatrick

    After 23 years of marriage to a non-Christian we were divorced in August. I was blindsided by this but later learned he had someone else. Yes it was very painful and I was in a dark place for six months. God opened my eyes and let me see my ex for the sinful, lying, thief that he is. Ironically, all ties with him we’re severed on 12/31. Through prayer and fasting I can now understand that God had to prune that branch to allow me to heal and grow in preparation of great service to be done for Him! Praise God for his unwavering love and infinite wisdom!

    • Donna Finley

      Praise God Dawn! I too was blindsided by a man that I was dating for over a year and had known for 40 years, just last January and today would love to send him a thank you note! God is amazing! Be blessed!!!

  • S.M459

    I am ready for the pruning in my life Father. I know it will be hard but with your guidance I know I will come out on the other side.