I Didn't Know - I Don't Have to Survive

By Monica Prescott, April 26, 2020

What will I make of this season?

What if this season was about more than just surviving?

What if you were able to thrive in this season?

So – How do you thrive when you can barely survive?

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John 15:1-2, 5 NTE - ‘I am the true vine’, said Jesus, ‘and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t bear fruit; and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it can bear more fruit… I am the vine, you are the branches. People who remain in me,and I in them, are the ones who bear plenty of fruit. Without me, you see, you can’t do anything.

1 – What might need to be PRUNED in my life?

John 15:2 NTE - He prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it can bear more fruit.

John 15:16 MSG – “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil…

2 – What’s the of my life?

FRUIT = ‘character’

Galatians 5:22-23 VOICE – The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this.

FRUIT = ‘good works’ - thoughts / attitudes / actions

John 15:8 MSG – “This is how My Father shows who He is—when you produce grapes [FRUIT]…”

What do you do in PRUNING ?

John 15:5-8 VOICE – “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gathered to be tossed into the fire to burn. If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you. Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.”


Practical – How do you do this?

1 – : “Ok God, I get it - You’re trying to get my attention; I don’t want this season to go to waste; I don’t want to waste this moment…”

2 – MAKE the time to be with

3 - Him - “What are You asking me to LET GO OF?”

4 - Turn on your