Ouch! If I had a dime for every time I’ve said that in my lifetime, I’d definitely be further ahead financially! 😊
Welcome to Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United. Come on in for what I hope will be an encouraging message from my heart to yours.
Recently there have been a series of things that have hit my wall of faith…hard, and as hit after hit pounced on my heart, shooting attack arrows at what felt like almost everything I was doing, I wanted to duck and hide, to find a rock and just climb under it and not come out until it all stopped. I wanted to just quit!
But that’s not how life works, is it? We must face the attacks, allowing our faith to help us dodge the fiery darts that threaten to pierce through and weaken our faith, casting down everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ. Not always easy to do, right?
The good news: WE ARE NOT ALONE IN THE FIGHT!
I was reminded of this well into what was feeling like an endless attack thru one of my devotionals and that day’s word was like an arrow of encouragement for my weary soul. It was armed with truth that helped to dispel the lies that were coming at me, from others as well as from my own private-party logic.
It was from John 15:1-2. These are the words spoken by Jesus Himself to His disciples that splashed that perspective just in time…right on time:
“I am the vine, and My Father, the vinedresser.” (in other words, the gardener.) “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”
The good news is we’re not being chopped off at The Vine; only pruned to have others join us on The Vine, our resting place.
Think about this: when you walk by a tree, and you see all of its branches, do you ever see a branch white-knuckling it to hang on? No, they are just there, in The Vine.
In the pruning process, I need to remember that growth is rarely pain free!