Tragedy has hit nearly every family in one form or another.
I AM here.
Do you think I AM absent at such a time as this?
I Am present, even though you do not sense Me–even though you do not see Me.
I carry you.
If you are honest, you will know that there is nowhere on this earth that you can go, where I will not be present with you.
Be honest and trust Me. I AM in this with you, and I will see you through . . . We will come out the other side of it. We will put it behind us and move forward!
We will again bear fruit, but it will be more lush, more fragrant and more inviting for others, for it will be mature fruit. The fruit of the vine that’s been pruned–purposed to bear more!
“Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2
The fruit in the Promised Land was so luscious and weighty, it took two men to carry it–imagine that!
“And they came to the Valley of Eschcol, and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them; they brought also some pomegranates and figs.” Numbers 13:23
It is the fruit intended for those who cross over into the Promise.
The grumblers, complainers, fearful, never reached it. Those that doubted, chose to believe the bad report. They feared man, rather than put their faith and trust in Me.
“But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once, and occupy it; for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” So they brought to the people of Israel an evil report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The Land, through which we have gone, to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim); and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” Numbers 13:30-33
Don’t let this season pull you off course.
Determine to cross over to plenty.
Rejoice that I prune you. It is only the healthy ones, that are attached and flourishing, that I AM able to do so . . .
Those who are ready for more!
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, 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 is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
“Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing. For ‘He that would love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile; let him turn away from evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.'” I Peter 3:9-12
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalms 1:1-6
“Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling kiss his feet, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” Psalms 2:10-12