Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cutting Off the Dead Branches


'Tree Branch Overhangs Rapids' photo (c) 2010, Jenn Durfey - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
I tried to blame it on the changing of the seasons. The tree with the branch that had given up the will to survive. The one that chose death over life.
Whether the heat of day or the quiet, cool stillness of night; whatever the cause, that one limb, the largest on the tree….once the largest part of me….refused to live the life it had been given. And me, given no choice but to let it go.
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. (John 15:2)
'Blossoming' photo (c) 2007, aussiegall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
It’s never easy to cut away something…or someone that once was so much a part of us….yet sometimes it’s a necessary pain to promote new growth and to allow for the work God desires to do in and through us. Sometimes, we have to cut away that which refuses to bear fruit to allow for the true light, the true blessings.
I find peace in knowing our Father in Heaven loves us unconditionally. Our true inheritance lies in Him. We don’t need the approval or validation of any earthly being in order to find the peace that only comes through a relationship with Him.
Our value does not lie in the dead branch; relationships which only weigh us down and bring negativity to our lives. The dead branch holds no value for anyone. It serves only to remind us of a life once lived.
'God's Green Earth' photo (c) 2010, loswl - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Live the life you’ve been given, sweet sister. Live it to serve the One who knows your heart and who has promised to remain with you to the end.
Allow His presence, His love and His power to help you sever the dead branches in your life and enjoy freedom in Christ!


Sending you many blessings today,
Debbie

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful, we all have someone or something that has to be cut out of our lives! Great words, so, so true!!

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  2. "We don’t need the approval or validation of any earthly being in order to find the peace that only comes through a relationship with Him." Amen, sweet friend! This is an issue for me. And He's pruned things and people from my life that has been difficult, but I see why. Continue to prune me Lord!

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  3. Wonderful... it is painful to be pruned and changed but it is also renewing, for when we cut away the rose bush in the fall the next spring we see beautiful new signs of life and buds. That is the way it is, life changes always.

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  4. I just read another blog, an encouraging word that talked about purning. Wonder if the Lord is trying to tell me something. It's a necessary thing God must do to get us transformed into Him image. Good post. Blessings

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  5. Blogspot needs a 'like' button... :)
    Sometimes no words are needed, just a 'like' to say, 'This was great, thank you for sharing". Or, I can pop on here and say it. Thank you for a message of hope an encouragement again.

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