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Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundance (Breakthrough Series) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, January 17, 2006
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Grapes need pruning--and so do Christians, Wilkinson writes. God's "pruning" is painful, but Wilkinson argues that this pruning away of "self" is necessary to gain desirable results. He notes, "Pruning will intensify as God's shears cut closer to the core of who you are." Wilkinson urges Christians not to confuse "pruning" with "discipline," and offers a helpful chart to distinguish between the two. He discusses four levels of fruit bearing, from "no fruit" to "much fruit," and the connection between God's pruning and an abundant harvest.
Wilkinson's warm, personable writing style helps him come across as a confidant and mentor. Even though he admits, "I assure you that I possess no special knowledge in these matters," millions of readers seem to think he does. He lays down the challenge: "If you don't know and apply Jesus's vineyard teachings, you'll never experience the abundant life you long for. There is simply no other way." Christians aspiring to maturity in their spiritual lives will likely sit up and take notice. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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After the Last Supper, Jesus took His disciples outside to visit a vineyard in order to teach a lesson. Obviously, this was a most important lesson because it came as the last ordinary conversation they could have together in person. The story is told in John 15.
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser." John 15:1
"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away . . . ."
". . . and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."
"I am the vine, you are the branches."
"He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit."
"By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit."
Bruce Wilkinson does a good job of explaining about viticulture as a way of expanding the meaning of these passages. The vine itself is the bulky gnarly trunk that comes up from the ground and is kept pruned into just a few branches. The branches are tied up to keep them in the air. If they are not tied up, they fall to the ground where dirt and disease will keep them from bearing fruit.Read more ›
This is the message Jesus gave to his disciples on the night he was betrayed. As he was about to defeat sin, he was explaining how his followers could also defeat sin and live an abundant life.
"The disciples knew grapes like an Englishman knows tea." pg. 59
So, it is no wonder the story of vines would have made complete sense to the disciples and be perhaps a bit of a secret to those of us who have never been taught how to grow grapes. Dr. Wilkinson brings the story alive as he tells of how the disciples followed Jesus to a vineyard. There he teaches them about how he is the true vine and his father is the vinedresser/husbandman (gardener). The fruit God desires of us is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When God works through you, others will see these qualities in your life and want to know who God is and perhaps become Christians themselves.
When a Christian does not bear any fruit, it is often thought that perhaps they are not a Christian after all. Jesus says that if a branch does not bear fruit he takes it away. Dr. Wilkinson delves into the Greek translation to bring more understanding to the words used. He brings a new meaning to the word "airo" and explains how it could mean "take up" instead of "cut off." This was enlightening in many regards and is an explanation of this verse as I have never heard it before.Read more ›
It's encourageing to know that even during times of discipline the vinedresser--our loving Father--is caring for us in a tender, loving way, in order that we might bear fruit. If only we would choose to bend in the way that He chooses. And when He prunes us, even though it's painful, it's so that we will be more fruitful.
While reading this little gem, I was able to recognize that the pain I suffered a couple of years ago, was a result of God's pruning in my life. It brought me joy to be able to recognize the fruit that's sprung forth as a result of that pruning. Now, all I have is the task of living in obedience and abiding in Him, waiting for the pruning shears to cut again, in order for more fruit to come forth. What could be better?
But because I'm not perfect, at some time I'm sure the hand of disciple will touch me again. Only after reading this book, now I know what to look for in discering why the pain is there, whether it be pruning or discipline.
By applying the Prayer of Jabez and the principles in Secrets of The Vine my life has been enriched. But something that struck me as I read this book, was how often I miss out on understanding a spiritual truth because I didn't take the time to really study. I have a Strong's Concordance, so I have no excuse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not abundance as the world--and some Christians--define it.
In some way a better book than his more famous "The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed... Read more
This was a wonderful book to read. Thank you Robin for suggesting it.Published 1 month ago by Constance M. Adams
I would recommend this book because it helped me understand & recognize the different changes in my relationship with GodPublished 1 month ago by Marlene Johnson
Bruce Wilkinson is a great writer, very creative! His book is simple, easy, and fun read!! You cannot put his book down once you pick it up.Published 1 month ago by JANE LEE
It was interesting and useful learning that abundance is a having and sharing a spiritual relationship with God vs the acquisition of material goods.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
In a day where many churches talk about abundance and prosperity in regards to money and possessions, Bruce Wilkinson shows that the real treasure God wishes to bestow upon his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Mayes
A good analysis of how we need to stay connected to God. Without Him, we can do nothing. With him we can do all things, even bear plentiful and good fruit.Published 3 months ago by Sue Ferdig