This morning I had this picture of a tree that was tall and with only a few branches on it and it looked like a weeping willow in shape but it only had a few branches hanging down, but it was actually meant to be a lemon tree. And I said to Jim to come along and cut the top off it so it could bush out inside of growing tall with no fruit, as it needed to stop growing up and concentrate on bushing out and growing the fruit. So he grabbed his chainsaw and cut the top off it.
It seemed rather harsh to get the chainsaw but nothing else would do the job that needed to be done in order to get the tree back to what it should have been and growing the way it was meant to.
I believe there are some people out there that for whatever reason their lives have changed shape to who they really are and who the Lord has called and created them to be. So in order for you to become all that you can be, the Lord wants to cut back some areas in your life that are growing in the wrong way.
The call to abide as seen in John 15 is so important as we can do nothing without the Lord, so I would encourage you to make that time to spend with the Lord and perhaps cut back some things in your life that hinder you from being able to spend that time with Him or that would take you away from the purposes of God. When we spend time with Him he shows us areas in our lives that need His touch, that refresh us, that heal us, that restore us to the fullness of joy the Lord would have for us.
“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, 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, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.