Thursday, July 19, 2018

July 19

There is a tree in my neighbor's yard that has a huge branch that needs to be removed. It has a cavity in two different places and has been determined by an arborist that it is in imminent danger of falling. The homeowner knows about the limb, but in his uneducated opinion, he thinks it’s strong and will continue to thrive and doesn’t want to remove it. It is not a financial issue for him, it’s aesthetics. I wonder how many of us hang onto habits and sins that are in imminent danger of hurting ourselves or others just because we think it looks good? When we hurt ourselves, it will hurt others. What do you need to give up to help preserve your life? Just like the tree needs to be pruned to help give it a chance to live a long life, we must be willing to let things go that are detrimental to our health and spiritual well being. Do a quick survey of yourself, and ask the Holy Spirit to bring to light any unhealthy issue that you might be hanging onto; then allow Him to prune you.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:1-2

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