From time to time we must evaluate our past behavior and take time to remove the “Sucker-Shoots!”
Sucker-Shoots are tiny offshoots which will literally drain and disable the “vine” so that it no longer produces fruit – only leaves. These shoots are a slow downward spiral based on the wrong choices we’ve made. If you ignore them and let them continue to grow, in time they will drain or disable you from being Christ centered with the will to do good. In fact, you will lose all sensitivity to wrong altogether.
Insensitivity to “Sucker-Shoots” will place in your life:
a. Insensitivity to the needs of others
b. Your drive for success at the expense of your family, as well as spiritual well being
c. Laziness and lack of personal discipline
“He cuts off every branch..that bears no fruit.”–John 15:2
It’s a great value that the Creator is determined to remove “Sucker-Shoots.” He is committed to this purpose and there is nothing which we can do to dissuade Him! He is relentless and never runs of out creative ideas for destroying them.
A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
Lord, I would ask for a holy year,
Spent in Thy perfect will:
Help me to walk in Thy very steps;
Help me to please Thee still.
Lord, I would ask for a busy year,
Filled up with service true:
Doing with all Thy Spirit’s might
All that I find to do.
Lord, I would ask for a dying world;
Stretch forth Thy mighty hand;
Scatter Thy Word–Thy power
This year in every land.
Lord, I would ask for a year of
Looking for Thee to come,
And hastening on that year of years
That brings us Christ and Home.
–A. B. Simpson
What are the “Sucker-Shoots” in your life? What is keeping you from being fruitful? Realize that they didn’t spring up overnight. There’s absolutely no one who makes a “single leap” from the pinnacle of commitment to the deadening swamp of carnality. This occurs over time by giving a deaf ear to the Spirit.
Isn’t it great that we all have the gift of “choice?” Choose this day for a new life and a new beginning at the brink of this Year End 2013. Ask God to remove the “Sucker-Shoots,” then, allow Him to do so.
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