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by Dudley Anderson  
4/15/2016 / Devotionals

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15 April 2016

Dear God-tracker


John 15:16
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name

On more than one occasion Jesus used a vineyard or workers of a vineyard as the subjects of his parables. Growing up in Israel, he would have understood well the finer principles associated with nurturing the vine to produce the best and most succulent grapes. Jesus knew how important it was to annually cut back a vine so that it will both grow well and produce better fruit.

Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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." Then later he said, "I am the vine; you are the branches." By this analogy Jesus is referring to vineyard husbandry, which includes pruning back the plants each year so that their growing energies will go into producing better fruit. Just as a vineyard keeper would prune the vines in this way, so the Father cuts away the dead wood or malformed branches from the true Vine so it will produce a better crop.

You may feel as though you're being pruned right now. There may be circumstances or situations in your life that have died off or become malformed through the course of time. These could include a bad habit, a wrong relationship or a wrong involvement. God could be pruning your vine today, removing apathy, indifference or pessimism. Whatever it is that you feel is being cut off, you can be sure that you will not be left naked or abandoned in any way. Jesus said that God cuts off the branches that bear no fruit so those that do, will produce even more fruit. Be encouraged, dear God-tracker, God is removing from you those things that are time-wasters or soul-destroyers. The Lord will never cut back anything that is to your benefit. And believe me when I tell you, unless God cuts out the dead wood from your life, you will never be fully productive. God desires for you to produce good results in your studies, your career, your home life and your church life. Your Father is pruning you so that you will produce good fruit in your relationships, your work and your commitments. So, embrace the pruning of the vineyard Keeper so that your harvest may be plentiful!

God-tracking results in good produce from pruned branches

Every blessing


John 15
Galatians 5:16-25

Don't Give Up, Look Up!

Bless all my efforts to serve you and cause me to produce good fruit for your kingdom

"Dear Father I know there are many areas of my life that need to be pruned back. I submit them to you today. I repent of those things that are grievous to your Spirit and seek to live a productive life according to your purposes for me. Lord, I open myself to your pruning. I ask that as you cut away the dead and malformed branches so that I will produce better product in my life. Bless my output. Bless all my efforts to serve you and cause me to produce good fruit for your kingdom; fruit that will be a blessing to those around me and, ultimately, a blessing to me, too. In Jesus' name. Amen."

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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.

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