A tree surgeon, arborist, trims unproductive branches off the tree Why does a gardener/arborist prune a tree? Pruning is when you selectively remove


A tree surgeon, arborist, trims unproductive branches off the tree

Why does a gardener/arborist prune a tree? Pruning is when you selectively remove branches from a tree. The goal is to remove unwanted branches, improve the tree’s structure, and direct new, healthy growth. Pruning removes dead, diseased and dying branches and stubs, allowing room for new growth. It also deters pest and animal infestation and promotes the plant’s natural shape and healthy growth.

Pruning removes the branches from a tree that hinder its fruitfulness or the natural well being of the tree; this allows the tree to be more fruitful and to reach its maximum potential.

As believers we are to continuously prune ourselves of diseased branches: sin, bad habits, people/organizations that we should not associate with. We are to prune off the dead branches: anything that once bore fruit but now is not: any action that we have spent time doing but it does not now bear fruit. Instead of bearing fruit like it once did it is now a hinderance in our efforts to draw near to the Lord. This includes anything that keeps you from receiving from God; anything that keeps you out of His presence; any unfruitful time-consuming action that keeps us from reading and meditating on the Word of God.

The gardener will prune off the lower unfruitful branches. Branches that take your time but do not benefit the kingdom of God; they might be things that you indulge in and bring you pleasure but they are unfruitful in the kingdom of God. Things like drinking alcohol, using drugs, extracurricular activities that take your time away from God.

I’ll give you a simple example. When I was attending Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, I had a practice that was right across the street from the College. I had many of the instructors and students as patients. I was treating one student who had acute middle back pain. When he came into the office, he would wear golf shirts, golf pants, even golf jewelry, a golf watch that was from a famous golfer. He would constantly talk about golf. One day when I had treated him and he was laying on an ice pack, the Lord spoke to me and said: “He has traded my presence for golf.” I knelt down at the head of his table and whispered in his ear what the Lord had spoken to me. I went back to working on the patient next to him. I noticed a continual stream of tears flowing from his eyes. He began to visibly cry and started to weep. He said out loud in his trembling crying voice right in the treatment room; other patients could hear him. “Lord forgive me for putting golf before you; forgive me for being so stupid. I love you Lord more than anything. I ask you to forgive me in Jesus name.”

When he repented, he was instantly healed. His acute back pain was gone! When he got off the table, he put his ice pack in the freezer and came over and hugged me for a long time, with tears still running down his face. He thanked me over and over. Notice, the student didn’t realize what he was doing, how he had drifted away from the Lord over something so simple as golf. But Jesus loved him so much and wanted him to return to him, that he spoke to him.

Are there any low branches that you need to trim, Royal One?

Pastor James, the half-brother of Jesus, was the Pastor of the church in Jerusalem. He gives us a hint on how to prune off diseased, dead, and lower branches.

James 4:7-10 NKJV 7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

(Remember the example I gave you of the student in my office: He did all this: he humbled himself and repented; when he repented he cleansed his hands; he wept; he purified his heart: set aside golf and returned to the Lord; he was truly sorrowful and mourned in his soul.)

What does submit to God mean, Pastor Glenn? If you are submitting to God you are obeying His Word.

If we don’t prune ourselves, God will do pruning for us, He will chasten us to get us to let loose of the things that hinder us.

Job 5:17 NKJV “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects;
Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.”

Proverbs 3:11-12 NKJV “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Hebrews 12:5-11 NKJV “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

Revelation 3:19 NKJV “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent.”

The Lord loved my patient and He used me to speak to him, to speak the chastening of the Lord.

If we refuse to accept chastening, refuse correction, refuse to prune our own branches; we will force the Lord to cut us off His tree of life.

John 15:1-8 NKJV “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 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. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Friends, are you abiding in the Lord? Are you pruning your own diseased, dead and low branches? Are you allowing the Lord to prune your branches, allowing Him to chasten you?

If you need to repent for any reason; (uproot the seeds of sin that you have sown) DO IT! You must turn from your sin, disobedience to the Word of God, and turn back to God, and make the choice to obey His Word; then ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus! Forgive everyone who has ever harmed you; forgive yourself for the hurt that you have done to others and to the heart of God.

Pastor Glenn Harrison
Author:”Two Wheels for Heaven”



12 Comments

  1. Sharon Dobson-Cohen

    HE LOVES US ENOUGH TO DISCIPLINE US !! AMEN

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  2. Nereza Quintanar

    Amen he loves us he is rigth to Dicipline us thank you lord jesus

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  3. Richard Keller

    amen

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  4. Anthony Campbell

    Amen

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  5. Jordan Wilson

    Amen

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  6. Clayton Thompson

    Amen 🙏

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  7. Shennon Thibodeau

    Amen

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  8. Arpan Kandulna

    Amen

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  9. Nielex Macaya

    Amen ❤️

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  10. Peter Felicilda

    Amen

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  11. Upama Pal

    Amen

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  12. Kaushik Pandit

    Amen

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