Psalm 1:3 “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
John 15:5-6 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
Blogger’s report of Sermon:
This morning in watching Joyce she was talking about sucker branches, those are the sprouts at the bottom of trees, they look like they will either be new trees or new branches. They are cute and look full of new life but are in reality sucking the resources for the tree its self. That is why tree trimmers cut the suckers off, no pun intended; well maybe… they are stealing the nutrients that the rest of the tree needs. She was talking about the sucker branches in our life, those things that are stealing our peace and joy.
Definitions of Sucker Branches:
Sucker branches are usually thorny, having more thorns then the ones that will produce the fruit you want. Some graft lines are difficult to spot and identify. Suckers grow very quickly and are easy to spot. Sooner or later they will take over killing the desireable fruiting branches…that is if they are not pruned off.
Sucker is a branch that is unwanted and unproductive. It usually is a new growth that breaks through the soil from the root, or can be a spindly branch growing near the ground. These small offshoots should be removed as soon as they are noticed. Suckers weaken the main growth and rob the tree of nutrients.
Romans 11: 18-19 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.