Apostle Grace Lubega
John 15:2 (NKJV); Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Pruning is a form of consecration by God. The first thing that He consecrates is your will.
No man that is pruned by God is a drifter, doing as he pleases and going where he wishes. A pruned Christian is one whose will has been sanctified by God. This sanctification subjects the will of that man to the will of God.
Burdened by the implications of His coming death, Jesus in Luke 22:42 cries, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” This was the heart of a man who had been pruned by God. His life was not about the suffering ahead of Him but about God’s desires and purposes.
In John 21:18 (NIV), Christ extends this same lesson to Simon Peter and says, “Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
When your will is consecrated to God, you are preserved from the mistakes that many make in pursuit of their own selfish lusts and desires. This pruning by God preserves you on the course of your destiny because He takes you where He wants you to go, with people He wants you to be with, doing the things that He wants you to do.
FURTHER STUDY: Luke 22:42, John 21:18
GOLDEN NUGGET: No man that is pruned by God is a drifter, doing as he pleases and going where he wishes. A pruned Christian is one whose will has been sanctified by God. This sanctification subjects the will of that man to the will of God.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I stand in the assurance of one who is led by You. You are in charge of my destiny. My heart is fully yielded to You. Wherever You send me I go. Your desires are my desires and Your plans are my plans. This is my story and the song of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.