If we don’t have or follow the vision for our personal lives or even for our Church we will struggle on our journey. We’re halfway through the year, and we might have lost the vision for our lives. Perhaps you didn’t even have a vision or know the vision for your life. But that is the point. We need to realign ourselves with God’s vision. The vision for this church is for everyone to know who they are in Christ.
Proverbs 29:18 MSG| If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
When we lose sight of what God’s vision is for us we tend to grow weary. And this is when we could be going through seasons of pruning.
“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. Love and Joy PerfectedJohn 15: 1-11 NKJV|
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 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.11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
If you’re not producing fruit, the Lord takes it away. But if you are bearing fruit then Lord prunes it. Last year the vision for New Season Church was a year of open doors and many of us bore fruit. So, of course when we go into a season of going deeper and wider, the Lord will begin to prune us through His Word. This is important – we need to be conscious of hearing God in our season of pruning because if we are not careful we could easily lend an ear to the enemy.
Essentially, the response to a pruning season is and should be – the word & prayer. Let us be reminded that when God is pruning us what He actually is doing is lifting us up.