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Pruning and Discipline
February 01, 2015      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons

Jonathan Brickley teaches the body to discern what good work the Lord is doing in our lives in hard times.

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Matthew 22:36-38

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 

John 15:1-2

“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 does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 

John 15:1-2

Jesus is the source - the true source of life

God the Father is the vinedresser doing the hard work 

Some branches don’t bear fruit, even in Christ

The ones that do ALWAYS get pruned

The Vinedresser’s goal is ALWAYS more fruit! (John 15:8 & John 15:16)

John 15:8

8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

John 15:16

16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Pruning is the maintenance required due to the nature of the plant.

Unpruned branch

1) It will attach and twine itself to anything.

2) It will quickly overtake all available space in the garden.

3) It will grow long (up to 115 feet), but lose production due to its size.

Pruned Branch:

1) May be pruned back up to 90% each growing season to maintain fruit quality

2) They produce four times as much fruit in a quarter of the space as unpruned vines.

3) Produce fruit for 25 years or more

Hebrews 12:6-13

For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 

Marks of Discipline (Hebrews 12):

vs 6 - It means we’re loved and received by Him

vs 7 - It means we’re legitimate sons

vs 9 - It helps us find LIFE

vs 10 - It is for our Good

vs 10 - It helps us share in His HOLINESS

vs 11 - It yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness and TRAINS us

vs 12 - It STRENGTHENS us

vs 13 - it makes STRAIGHT paths for our feet

vs 13 - it HEALS us from the consequences of sin

Job 5:17-18

“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.

18 For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.

Psalms 94:12-13

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law, 13 to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.

Jeremiah 12:5

“If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are so trusting, what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?

Discipline trains us to stay in the right place (abide in me...). “Training the branch to grow in a certain direction…”

Pruning helps make us abundantly more fruitful IN that place. It helps take what we have already to get more from us

When the Lord is coming after something in our heart, there is no bargaining table - only an Altar.

Through Discipline =  He helps cure sinful disorders and so we can be made like Him, as sons, in His holiness. Getting OBEDIENCE.

Thru Pruning = Curbing our natural inclination to possess everything around us (even the good stuff) and he’s helping us grow in a healthy way. Getting FRUIT.

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