Bare Branches

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Do you ever feel like you’ve been pruned back too far?

You were once fruitful, blooming, and growing, but then someone decided to cut you short.

Now, with nothing but bare branches and rough edges, it may feel like there is no more hope for blooming; no reason to think that you could ever be beautiful or fruitful again.

Though a fruitfull tree should be cut down and there be nothing but a stump remaining, yet, if that stump is left alone, it will spring forth branches and bear fruit.

Time does not heal all wounds, Jesus does.

You are more than what the world wants to make of you.

You are more than what people have done to you.

If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you are no longer cut down. Your branches may be bare, stripped of all beauty by the evil and hard things in this world, but the ground in which you stand is rich, the water flows freely, and everything that stays, blooms.

You stand in God’s vineyard.

No matter what has happened in your life before this day, you are never too far gone.

There is hope for you, and His name is Jesus. He loves you. He cares for you.

So, lift your weary head, steady your shaking knees, and look at the King who bowed down for you. He is not the one Who cut you off at the knees; He is the One Who washes your feet. Though it may hurt, and even sting, yet Jesus is washing away the parts of you that were bringing you done. He humbled Himself on your behalf, allowing for Himself to be cut down, so that He could lift you up.

What in the world does that mean?

That means that Jesus took upon Himself every sin, which is the root of all pain and sorrow in the world. He died on behalf of every sinner, and was buried, but He arose from the grave.

The One True Vine rose up so that He could graft lost and dying branches to Himself.

If you are barren, and have no hope for fruit, then let yourself fall at the feet of Jesus. Let Him take your broken pieces and graft them to Himself. The branch you thought was dead will bear fruit when it abides in the Vine.

Your hope should not depend on what your eyes can see, but upon what your heart believes.

If you confess with your mouth, Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:9-11

It is not Jesus’ fault that bad things happen; He does not take pleasure in our pain. Jesus knows our pain better than we do, and He attacked our pain at the root, taking out the poison that would have killed any hope of growing again.

As long as you live, there is hope for fruit and growth; all because Jesus loves you. Amen.

Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abides in Me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit. For without me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5

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