When you are being pruned, you will feel stripped, empty, rejected, forgotten, defeated, etc. but that's just your flesh and the devil trying to DISTRACT you.
A tree CANNOT grow if it is unhealthy, meaning IT WILL NOT BEAR FRUIT.
An arrow must first be PULLED all the way back if it is to be propelled at a GREAT/FAR distance, right?
Children of God, don't focus on what you think you're LOSING. This is part of the process. It's like a "molting" situation (when an animal sheds dead skin/shell/hair).
The issue is...this process can be embarrassing. That is why a spider will hide when it's molting because this process is painful and causes vulnerability.
Likewise, when God is pruning you, there will be pain and vulnerability. However, keep in mind that you'll eventually be rewarded with much fruit (restoration).
In God, death means life. After Lazarus died, he was resurrected and his life caused others to see the glory of God.
After Jesus Christ died, His life brought resurrection (salvation and deliverance and prosperity) to the world. Similarly, our lives also bring honor and glory to God.
When people see you suffer BUT REFUSING TO GIVE UP, God loves that!
Remember, in God, hardship is an indication of the blessings on your life! Don't be deceived. God always reward those who are obedient to Him even when they feel stripped.
This isn't about feelings. It's about the unchangeable WORD of God. His WORD concerning your life and my life won't return back to Him void, but IT WILL ACCOMPLISH GREATNESS IN US FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!
Endure the pruning process and live the abundant life Christ provides for you!
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