Pruning - Friday, August 17th 2012

Romans 7:5

"For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death."
NKJV

The technological advancements made by mankind in the last century or even the last 20 years are astounding. Yet with all our technology, we still have to wait for lettuce to ripen and for olives to mature. Lettuce ripens a month and a half after planting, but for an olive the wait is at least four years. Some of us, like the lettuce, are maturing quickly while others, like olives, are improving more slowly. Something changed in you when you were saved, and still... God is making changes to you.

Romans 7:6 "But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." NKJV

We should all be bearing fruit. There may be times that you may need to endure pruning before you bear fruit. Pruning redirects energy to the right places. If you are not being fruitful, maybe you need to redirect energy toward the Lord. Don't just come to church, be the church. Be praying, giving, serving - joining hands with your church to achieve something far greater than any one of us could achieve alone.

Life Lesson: Christianity is not a do-it-yourself religion.

Dear Father,
Thank You for loving me. Give me the desire to grow in righteousness through the washing of Your Word; in serving You and prayer. Help me to love and serve others in the place where You want me to grow and bear good fruit. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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