Tuesday, May 15th
5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
6 – If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned”
John 15:5-6 (NIV)
Pruning has to do with the removal of excess material from a tree. It could also be said as the cutting down of branches that are injurious to the tree.
God had called us into perfection but we cannot be perfect at once. The fact that you have surrendered yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ does not mean that all your bad habits are gone forever. There are times you will still notice something that is not of God in you and this is the major reason you need to continually check yourself for pruning.
The best way God speaks to us especially as a teenager is through His Word, the Bible. Also, the best way you can check mate every bad habit is to CONTINUALLY look into the Word of God.
Do not give up on yourself. In as much as your nature, that is, your root is in Christ, those bad habits you are seeing will soon be completely removed from you.
A farmer will not plant a tree and leave it there forever without going there to check for bad growths or bad fruits. He constantly checks them for removal so they won’t corrupt the rest.
The Bible is our mirror. How often do you check it? How much of it have your kept in your heart. This is the most effective way of cutting off bad fruits in your life.
Also, consistently pray to God about it and believe that very soon, without you giving up, those bad habits will one day be OVER!
Just like it has been said in the last paragraph, point out all the bad habits you have noticed in you and begin to pray that God would wash them off your life in Jesus name.
All bad habits start slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit the habit has you.