The Unfruitful Branch

06-14-15


Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away.
(John 15:2a NASB)

Three reasons branches bear no fruit:
  1. Fruitfulness is hindered if we choose to remain in sin.
  2. Fruitfulness is hindered if we focus on riches and this world.
  3. Fruitfulness is hindered if we give in to apathy.

God’s discipline:
  1. Stage One – God’s light discipline is called rebuke.
  2. Stage Two – God’s medium discipline is called chastening.
  3. Stage Three – God’s heavy discipline is called scourging.

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
(Hebrews 12:11 NASB)

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