The other day someone shared something with me that has stuck in my mind for several days. It read; purging is the reward of the fruitful.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (John 15:2)
Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. (John 15:2 Amplified)
This impacted me and caused me to see purging or pruning in a whole new light – a better, more positive light.
It reminds me of something a friend did a few years ago. She shared with me that her trees had stopped growing, so she pruned or purged them. Honestly, when she was finished, they looked really bad. It looked like little was left beyond the main root system. However, later that year, the trees looked magnificent and grew taller and stronger than before.
I don’t know what it was that caused her trees to stop growing but pruning them worked wonders. In the same manner, I don’t know what can cause us to stop growing in God or stop bearing fruit – but God does. And when He sees that happening, He begins to prune and purge us.
Purge is defined as; To cleanse or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, foreign or superfluous; To clear from guilt or moral defilement. To remove what is offensive; to sweep away impurities.
God loves His children, and He wants us to bear the maximum amount of fruit possible, therefore, if He finds impurities or defilement within us, He will purge us or prune us. We may look as bad as my friends’ trees while it is happening – but hold on – that pruning will cause us to bear more and better fruit. Not only that but it will also cause us to excel and go higher in God.
Psalm 51:7 says, Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
God has a way of exposing the impurities in us and IF WE WILL ALLOW HIM TO, He will remove them. Those impurities may be unforgiveness, doubt, anger, offense, or disappointment. Whatever they are, we cannot allow them to stay in our life if we want to walk in the fulness of the anointing and glory of God. Or if we want to produce the greatest amount of fruit possible.
Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
It should be the cry of our heart to have a clean heart before God. James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
Purging. Purifying. It’s not a bad thing. Actually, it shows that you are already bearing fruit. It also shows you have the ability to bear more fruit and better fruit – that is when God purges and purifies. Isn’t that great news?