DOES GOD EVER PUNISH & CHASTISE BELIEVERS? IF SO, HOW?
This morning our Father the Vinedresser is here. He is looking at us. If we are cast down in the mud of sin He chastens us and spiritually lifts us back up into the sunlight of fellowship. If we are flourishing with external growth but not producing much fruit (by giving, sowing and reaping, spirit walking, flesh denying and so on…as we saw last time) He prunes us by cutting away at our rambling growth until we bear more fruit. And finally if we are fruitful and bearing more fruit, at special times He invites us to allow Him to even more prune in our lives until we bear MUCH FRUIT! Our Father the Vinedresser – He chastens us as needed; He prunes us as needed; He invites us as needed – all so we will be more fruitful. So the question we need to ask ourselves is, how is my fruitfulness coming. Do you have fruit already sent up? Are you bearing fruit today? Are you living to protect your future fruitfulness? With those questions before us, look again with me at our Father the VINEDRESSER! That is why our Father the Vinedresser chastens and prunes us. He wants us to stay healthy. The Lord Himself wants you and me to in spiritual health and fruitfulness. This morning we can be warned of the danger of un-judged living (which is chastening and pruning) by comparing the deadliness of sin in our lives to the dangers of cancer in our bodies.