ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,    Beloved of God,  John 3:16

PRUNING,    “WORTH CONSIDERING”   9/16/19    (Across my desk this morning.)

Today’s Scripture
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong…”
(2 Corinthians 12:10, NIV)
He Uses Our Difficulties

We all face difficult situations. Somebody isn’t treating you right, or your business is not growing, or maybe you’re single and still haven’t met anyone. It’s easy to get frustrated and anxious. You don’t understand why it’s taking so long or why things haven’t changed.

But here’s a key: just because it’s an uncomfortable place doesn’t mean it’s not where you’re supposed to be. God uses difficulties to do a work in us. We grow in the tough times. That’s where your character is developed, where you learn to trust God and persevere, and where your spiritual muscles are made strong. God will not allow a difficulty unless He has a divine purpose for it. If you’re going to reach your highest potential, you have to make up your mind, “I’m not going to live frustrated because I am uncomfortable. I’m not going to be upset because things are not happening on my timetable. I’m not going to fight against everything that I don’t like.” Instead, believe that God is doing a work in you. Believe that He has the best for you. And see yourself moving forward in the victory He has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I give You my questions, frustrations, concerns and doubts. Have Your way in me. I trust that You are at work in every difficult situation in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
My Thoughts,
First thing !!!  PRUNING !!!  comes to mind.  Our LORD Jesus taught a lot on pruning in order to bear more fruit.  We have 3 small Hayden Mango Trees planted at our little True Vine Farm now.  And we read up on how to prune them when young so the fruit will grow best.   My that was hard to do as it wanted to grow up and tall but we wanted the fruit to be down low and easy to pick.  It wanted to brush out in the middle but we needed to have the sun get into the middle of the tree as best for the fruit.   It was really hard to cut off those beautiful branches that were in the way of a good harvest of mangos.  

So I see the Holy Spirit wanting to do the same with us and it works best with our permission.   Jesus clearly taught that what ever did not bear fruit was taken and burned.  So we are the garden of the LORD and we are here to learn to be like HIM but if we refuse we will end up in the dump.  He was interested in souls finding HIM,  that should be our priority.    So best to embrace the pruning and let the Son shine in to the core of your being and have faith to produce fruit that is like our Creator.   Lots of verses on this subject in the New Testament.  Use BibleGateway and look them up,  you will be glad you did.

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,  Ken<><


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