The Lord’s Pruning
One morning, I was outside praying and the Lord showed me my wisteria. I had been very upset that my husband Randy had pruned it in the spring this year before it bloomed. It had no life that I could see left on it, and it was not the season for pruning. Wisterias are to be pruned in the fall/winter after the leaves have fallen and in the summer to be at their best. We had not pruned it the past winter and it was out of control.
The Lord spoke to me that as Randy found it necessary to prune the wisteria because it had grown and wrapped itself into places that were not healthy; He, The Lord, was pruning things in my life that were unhealthy and growing in ways that would not produce the best fruit. He then showed me that Randy had no choice but to do it now, because we didn’t take care of it in the fall. God had no choice because I allowed things in my life and ministry to progress in ways that were not according to His will.
Sometimes in life even good things get overgrown, entangled and enmeshed in ways that will choke out the life of future growth and development. In wisdom Randy knew that our wisteria needed pruning. In wisdom, The Lord began the pruning in my life. And in wisdom, The Lord will prune areas in our lives so that as we grow only what is healthy and full.
About a month after I had that morning revelation, I had a dream about Wisteria that sparked me to begin researching more. In my dream someone was handing me a sheet of paper from a web search on wisteria pruning. When I woke up, I did the search! The wisteria will grow and entwine itself around other garden plants if it is not properly pruned. It needs to be pruned twice a year to be kept within healthy boundaries and in the desired place it has in the garden. In the Southeast of the USA it is often called the “bully” of the garden because it wraps itself around other plant life choking and entangling sometimes until they die.
There are times when we get busy going about work, ministry and the tasks of everyday life. We can forget the necessary disciplines of seeking God and asking for His direction on little matters. It can be the little things that become the snare in the garden of life choking out good growth in other areas.
Sometimes the enemy “bullies” us into doing more than we are called to do and we get into situations that begin to choke the life of peace out of us. We can be busy tending to other peoples gardens forgetting to care for our own. Song of Solomon tells of the Bride who is sorrowful because she has neglected her own garden.
“Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, for the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me caretaker of the vineyards, but I have not taken care of my own vineyard. ‘Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where do you pasture your flock, where do you make it lie down at noon? For why should I be like one who veils herself beside the flocks of your companions?’” Song of Solomon 1:6-7
The Lord in His loving wisdom will draw us aside to His rest and begin the pruning process if we allow Him to. If we do everything from rest, we will see with eyes unveiled from our place of intimacy with Christ Jesus.
Look at James 3:17-18, the wisdom of God brings peace.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Wisdom produces good fruit. The wisdom of this world is demonic and leads to the strangling out of the God life. Look at some other verses in James 3:13-16:
“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, and demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.”
Unfortunately jealousy and selfish ambition are things that the enemy tries to sow in the garden of believers. We are to resist these evil works and let The Lord weed, prune and fertilize the garden of our hearts. Our goal is to be like Jesus who did not look for the approval and recognition of man, but was always looking to do what His Father revealed to Him.
The Lord is clear that those who abide in Him, He will prune the areas that are not Him. This is so that we will bear fruit that remains and gives glory to the Father.
John 15:1-11 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 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. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
As we to yield to the process of pruning, we become closer to Christ Jesus and our lives are made full of joy abiding in His love. A friend shared with me that when the Father comes as the gardener to tend to the vines, it is with love and tenderness paying attention to every detail so that the vines will grow beautiful fruit. It is not with anger, but with care and concern. All the pruning in our lives is so that we will yield fruit that remains and that which glorifies the Lord. It is His love and watchful care over us. It is His kindness that draws us to Him and enables us to embrace the Lord’s pruning!
I can’t wait to see what my wisteria looks like next year! I am also expectant for a beautiful fruit to come forth from in my life and ministry as I have yielded it fully to the Master Gardeners care!
Love, Grace & glory,
September 20-23 – Tracee Anne will be speaking at the Open Heavens Women’s Conference at Redemption House in Arnold, Maryland. She has messages for women that will liberate them and bring them into the movement of God’s heart for women!
In October, Tracee Anne will be traveling to Brazil! She will be going back to a church she has partnered with before, one that has fully embraced the Lovelution and HEAL Mandate! In the new church she will partner with them in Breakthrough into these realms.
Please pray with for us and for the churches she is going to partner with in ministry there. We are trusting the Father to reveal His “well laid plans” for these special times.
As we prepare for this and other trips this fall, we will also be seeking favor and finances to bring every detail, heart connection and ministry date peacefully into place.
We will soon be sharing some defined vision for the S. Africa and Brazil Intrepid Hope projects. We would like to do something special for Christmas and hope you will join us in sharing the love of God through partnering with us. We treasure your partnership!
Is there anything too hard for God?
He is the Almighty! Let’s dream, imagine and believe for abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine! Glory!
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