In closing out VBS on last night, I closed with this scripture:
In John 15:1-8, Jesus that says this, “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. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
Understand this, my fellow brothers and sisters; as long as you are connected to the true vine (Jesus) and you keep your soil good (that’s your mind, your body & your spirit) and you bear good fruit (that’s determined by what you’re sowing); God will prune away anything that tries to interfere with your harvest (that’s what you’re reaping)! –Now, you will only get this if you are in the spirit! Again, John 15:2 says, “… He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” Prune means to cut away branches to encourage fuller growth! Baby, if you are connected to the true vine, planted in good soil and bearing good fruit; you don’t have to worry about the naysayers, those who are trying to pull you down, those who are throwing oil on your path, salt in your game or trying to rain on your parade because God will handle them! All you need to do is continue to walk in your destiny, continue to bear that which is good, continue to sow, continue to bear and let God handle the rest.