WE WERE WATCHING one of the gardeners at work trimming the branches of a fruit tree.
“Do you see what he’s using?” asked the teacher. “In the Hebrew Scriptures it’s called the mazmerah, the pruning hook. He’s pruning the branch. Do you know why?”
“A tree,” he said, “has a limited amount of resources and energy to give to its branches. If a branch becomes unfruitful, it will hinder the tree’s overall health and its ability to bear fruit. It will drain the tree’s resources. So the purpose of pruning is to remove the unfruitful branch, that which is hindering the tree from fruitfulness. Pruning allows the tree to redirect its resources to the healthy and fruitful branches and thus to become even more fruitful.”
“And if one is not a gardener,” I said, “how does this apply?”
“Your life in God is a branch, a branch of His life, a conduit of His blessings. And just as any gardener must prune that which is unfruitful, so God must also prune His branches to allow them to bear the fruit they were meant to bear.”
“How does that translate into life?”
“For a tree being pruned, the process of pruning takes on the appearance of loss. So in this life, every child of God will experience what appears to be loss. Some things will pass from your life; others will be taken. They will appear to you as losses. But they will not be. The purpose of pruning is not to harm the tree, but just the opposite. It is to allow the tree to bear the fruit it was meant to bear. So too in your life with God. When you experience losses, they will not be for your harm. Every loss will be redeemed. Each will be used to cause you to become what you were made to become. So you’re not to dwell on what was and is no more, but on that which is yet to come, the purpose of God . . . the fruit that is yet to be brought forth. And don’t fear the mazmerah, God’s pruning hook. For it only has one purpose . . . that you might bear the fruit for which your life from the beginning was created to bring forth.”
The Mission: What losses have you known in your life? God has used and will use them to bring good and new life. Do likewise. Use them for good.
Psalm 92:13–14; John 15:1–5
The Secrets of Pruning I–III
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l
1 Corinthians 15:24-28 “Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he has put everything under his feet. Now when it says that everything has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God Himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to Him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.”
2 Corinthians 4:2 “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:1 “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
In order for all the world to know what is taking place at this very moment, we must recognize that God is not of this world. God’s temple is not of this world. Nor is God’s Son.
When all authority and dominion is conquered and we recognize the power of God through His Son, recognize that the end is near, and new beginnings are at hand…New Life…
2 Corinthians 5:5 “Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”