Scripture: John 15:1 -“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 fruitful.
Are you going through a tough time? Are you confused why certain relationships don’t work out? Do you wonder why it seems like you can’t get your finances in order? Well, today’s scripture is here to help. We are introduced to the analogy of the vine and the branches. God is constantly cutting off branches that bear no fruit and nurturing the branches that do. But I had to look up the definition of pruning because I knew what it meant but wanted to make sure. It is defined as, "to trim by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth."
Wow! That is powerful!
This is how we should approach our finances as well. Sometimes we involve ourselves with things that bear no fruit and instead of cutting them off, we hold onto them. We know that overspending causes debt but we refuse to cut that branch off. Now, don’t get me wrong. The scripture states that even the branches that bear fruits will still need pruning.
Even if God has given you your heart’s desires, there will still be branches and stems that will need to be trimmed so you can be fruitful and grow.
Isn’t this how relationships work?
Even if someone you meet is great, there are still some things you will have to work on. God doesn’t speak of throwing the whole vine away. You are the gardener when it comes to your finances, pruning the investments that are not yielding fruit. But remember, you have to give the fruit time to grow as well. You can’t plant a seed and dig it up tomorrow because it isn’t a tree yet.
So today, I want you to take a moment and review your finances, look for those branches that may need to be cut off, and when you see some that are bearing fruit, nurture it and trim some of the dead branches away from it, as well, so it can multiply and be plentiful.
Prayer: Lord, please give me discernment to know when I should change my finances and when I should stay patient and faithful. Guide me in the ways of understanding so I can make good solid financial decisions with conviction and confidence.
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