“I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. ” Romans 7:15 The Message
Have you ever tried really hard to change yourself, but then you find yourself going right back to doing those things you hate. It may be an attitude you have toward someone. You tell yourself the next time you see that person you are going to be nice, act normal and like everything is good. When the person walks into the room you feel yourself getting tense on the inside, you try to avoid coming into contact with them, you fail the test. You might be dealing with a wrong behavior, pride or even a sin. No matter what it is that keeps creeping up in your life, with God’s help you can change. If God asks you to do something, He has already given you the ability to do it. You have the power of God on the inside of you (if you are saved) to do whatever it is God asks of you.
I recently went to a Joyce Meyer Conference in Minneapolis. One of the things Joyce said that hit home with me was this statement: “We have to
allow ourselves to be broken and poured out before God.” That’s hard when we are full of ourselves. This is also known as a painful process called pruning. Yep, I said it, pruning. Ouch, just hearing the word makes your flesh hurt. What is pruning anyway? It’s the process of cutting away dead, lifeless, unwanted junk in our lives. The things that hold us back… like the bad attitudes, negative behaviors, and sins that have settled in and made a home in us. Take a look at this scripture in John 15:1-2 NLT
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”
If you’re feeling heavy today you might be dragging around old, dead branches that need to be cut off. A dead branch is anything that isn’t producing fruit in your life. It could be anger, resentment, a toxic relationship… the list goes on. It’s time we let God remove the things in our life that are not really bearing any fruit.
Pruning molds us into God’s character. It gives you new strength, makes you bear good fruit, and causes you to grow. We have all felt heavy hearted at times, you just feel blah. You know you need to make some changes, but don’t know where to start. You might be asking yourself… “How do I allow God to prune me?” His Word is what changes us. It is a sharp instrument that can get to the root of things on the inside of you and cut away the negative things holding you back. Check out this verse:
“God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” Hebrews 4:12 The Message
If you get in a quiet place with God and ask Him to show you the areas in your life that need to be pruned & cut away, God will show you. Don’t be afraid to be honest with God. He already knows what you struggle with. You might not like it at first. When you see yourself for who you really are… your flesh, attitudes, thoughts, actions…sins that need to go, but if you listen and then obey what God tells you to do, you can be free. God will cut away the lifeless things and make you ready to bear new, vibrant fruit in life. You will be ready for the next level. You aren’t staying the same, you are going up! The things that once held you captive, will no longer!
“With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without. Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 The Message
When we are broken and poured out … we are emptied of ourselves and our fleshly desires, so that God has a clean, empty vessel that He can fill with His presence, His power, and His spirit! I want to be emptied of myself today and filled up with Jesus! How about you?
Get ready…you are on the brink of great possibilities! New doors of opportunity are opening for you, a new perspective is coming your way, you are about to bear new fruit in Jesus’ name!