Becoming Stronger

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“The Secrets of the Vine.” I can talk about this book for months, as a matter fact I once taught a 10 week class about it. There is so much we can learn from this powerful little book and when we implement the wisdom, our lives become more and more filled with the Fruit of the Spirit.  

God will continue to prune our lives because we will never be perfect this side of Heaven. Chapter 6 talks about “mature pruning” which moves us from changing our outward activities and priorities, to our values and personal identity. This pruning pushes us past our limits, but that’s the only way to stretch us further. Think weightlifting here. If we are used to lifting only 10 pounds for example, and never challenge ourselves with heavier weights, our muscles won’t grow stronger. If God does not continue to prune and focus us, we too will not be able to grow stronger than we ever thought we could be. This requires letting go of the limits we place on ourselves, and continually seeking to be more and more like Jesus. We do this as we trust God through the pruning process.

If you want something you’ve never had before, then you have to do something you have never done before. This is God’s intent with both discipline and pruning. He wants us to have an increasingly fulfilling life, for our own good, for the good of those around us and for His own glory also. The secrets in this book are one powerful way to obtain this.

2023’s Got A Minute? Book Club

January: The First & Best Book Ever: The Bible

February: Love Is In the Air: “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts” by Gary Chapman

March: Spring Growth: “Secrets of the Vine” by Bruce Wilkinson

<>< Peace, Diane