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Be Pruned! Be Fruitful! Remain! Love!

“You have been pruned for greater fruitfulness by the message I have given you” (John 15:3NLT). The fruitfulness he's talking about is what is listed in Galatians 5:22, 23: love, peace, joy, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. These become more fruitful in us when Jesus prunes us. We can't produce this fruit apart from Jesus. We must remain in Jesus and Jesus in us to produce a lot of fruit. We can't just come to him once or twice in our lives or even once or twice a year to produce this fruit. We must remain in him and he must remain in us. Chase him away because of sin in our lives and the fruit withers. Confess our sins and he will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NIV) and if we make a habit of this, he will remain in us and we in him.
And the thing is, Jesus prunes us (that is, cuts parts of us off) so we can produce greater fruit than if he left us alone to grow as we want—naturally. This p…

Snow, Storm, Wind and Weather

QUOTE: “Praise the Lord from the earth...snow and storm, wind and weather that obey him....” Psalm 148:7,8 NLT  Winter has been overly long in the Canadian Prairies and the American Mid-west this year.  And yet, even the snow, storm, wind and weather, obey God and praise him.  How much are we praising him in the absence of spring?

How Do We Drink of the Springs?

Jesus said in Revelation 21:6 NLT: “To all who are thirsty, I will give the springs of the water of life without charge!” All we have to do is come and receive them. But most people walk the other way. Many don't come to the springs to drink—even those who call themselves Christians. So, how do we come to the springs of the water of life? I think it's more than praying "the sinner's prayer," and stopping there. It's more than agreeing that Jesus offers these springs of water of life. We must DRINK! And, I would say, we must drink OFTEN! How do we do this, folks?

Drowning Out God with Spiritual Fervor

Acts 7:54-60 describes the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. The Jewish leaders were godly, holy men. Everyone saw them as such and they also considered themselves to be. In their desire for holiness and purity, they shut their ears to what Stephen said he saw (which was a vision from the God they served), drowned out his voice with their shouts and stoned him to death. In what ways do we who claim to be Christian and spiritual, followers of Jesus, do the same thing? How do we use our spiritual fervor to drown out God?