Prophetic Word for November 2023 – Pruning Shears

prophetic word pruning shears

This is the prophetic word for November 2023 and it is titled Pruning Shears.

Who is this word for?  Those who are in a season of building or you are about to start building something – a new church, a new ministry, business, a new relationship, a new baby.

First, God has been speaking to me for the last 2 weeks about Nehemiah.  I have written about this already and you can read that prophetic word here.  It has to do with building.  This is the season we are in right now.

As I was reflecting on building, the Lord began to show me that part of the building process is remaining teachable, continuing to be pliable in His hands (Jeremiah 18), and submitting ourselves to pruning. If we neglect or try to run away from the pruning process it affects our fruitfulness.   Especially if you are anticipating a season of growth, increase, abundance and prosperity from what you are building.

This is a season of many doors, and your gifts and anointing will open doors for you but there are other things that keep the doors open and help you to maintain your position in that new place.

Pruning, is not fun!. Just imagine being a rose bush, it must be a very uncomfortable to go through that.  Painful.  During the pruning phase, you can damage other people with your thorns.  You can poke someone’s eye out and they have to use protective gear (the Armor of God) to manage you!

John 15:2 (Voice)

My Father examines every branch in Me and cuts away those who do not bear fruit. He leaves those bearing fruit and carefully prunes them so that they will bear more fruit;

I love how it says He carefully prunes them.  He doesn’t want to damage you, He only wants to remove what is not fruitful and the things that He knows won’t be productive

Carefully.  It’s going to come in the form of a gentle nudging.  You will know exactly what it is because we all have patterns and I am sure if you look back at every door that was closed in your life that started out as a good thing and then took a turn and the door was then closed, there is a pattern there of behaviors, actions, words, thoughts and a mindset that not only closed the door but caused it to remain closed.

Here comes the pruning shears.

He’ll start bringing things about to expose your thorns, or the dead things that need to go, the correct response should be “Geez, This is bad, I need to change this.  Lord, help me to change this”.  Instead what we do sometimes is we fall into the same ole habits, actions and speech (what you’re saying).  And instead of blooming, it’s a flop.  You kinda have some growth but it’s not what you expected.  That’s because you didn’t submit to the pruning.  You fell into the same ole pattern that you always do….and then you made an excuse for it.

It is a self sabotaging spirit.

Well, that’s just the way I am.

Well, it’s the truth.

I’ve been this way my whole life.

Well, it hasn’t stopped me so far.

It’s my culture.

Everybody has something, and this is mine.

You need to just accept me like this.

Many times the things we blame on the devil, he has absolutely nothing to do with it.  We go into heavy spiritual warfare prayers against the devil’s arrows not realizing that it’s actually God with the pruning shears!

Your flesh.  Your soulish issues.  And if you don’t get into the Word of God, read it, and allow it to change you, then you are going to go only so far and no further.  Yes, as a new Christian you can get away with some things but after awhile, it will cause you to stagnate!  No movement!!!  That is the point when you know God is not playing with you about this anymore.  It’s not cute.  You’ve been saved for too long and know too much of the Word of God to still be doing that.

There is only ONE way to fix your soulish issues.  God’s word.  Read your bible and so what it says.  That’s it!  Your soul will be FIXED.

Hebrews 12:6

For the Lord disciplines those He loves,
    and He corrects each one He takes as His own.

Most of the things that you want are at another level. But what happens when your speech doesn’t fit that place, your mindset doesn’t fit, your actions don’t fit into that place…and you can literally ruin a good thing.  You end up sabotaging yourself.

Have you ever been so sure something was going to happen – a new business opportunity, a relationship, ministry or church opportunity and as fast as the door opened, you watch as it closed?

Galatians 5:19-21 (Voice)

19 It’s clear that our flesh entices us into practicing some of its most heinous acts: participating in corrupt sexual relationships, impurity, unbridled lust, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, arguing, jealousy, anger, selfishness, contentiousness, division, 21 envy of others’ good fortune, drunkenness, drunken revelry, and other shameful vices that plague humankind. I told you this clearly before, and I only tell you again so there is no room for confusion:those who give in to these ways will not inherit the kingdom of God.


If you enter that new level with all or some of the qualities that you just read, when you move to the next level the people who are in that place look like this …

Galatians 5:22-25

22 The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditionallove, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this. 24 Those of us who belong to the Anointed One have crucified our old lives and put to death the flesh and all the lusts and desires that plague us.

25 Now since we have chosen to walk with the Spirit, let’s keep each step in perfect sync with God’s Spirit.

What do you think is going to happen?  You. Will. Stick. Out. Like. A. Sore. Thumb.  They don’t want to deal with your stuff.  You are not ready for that place.  They saw your giftings and anointing, your talent, your skills but then they will also start noticing the other things and sometimes people will extend grace.  But, that only goes so far.  They end up closing the door on you.  You won’t have longevity.  The difference between the men and women of God who lasted for a long time is that they have Christian character.  They exhibit the FRUIT of the Spirit.  If they don’t, even if they get a little bit of success, you hear about them falling away.  Some kind of scandal is coming.  The Fruit of the Spirit is evident in those who go for the long haul.  They will stick to the end.  Finish the race well.  They are not a one hit wonder.  Some of them you can see that they need pruning, but once they start submitting to it, you start to see the transformation.  Some people have a public transformation.  If they resist the pruning, God removes them.

Submit yourself to pruning shears.

Galatians 5:22-25 is the word of God that means that this is where God wants ALL of us to be.  This is not for some while others are exempt.  God loves you but He’s not going to put up with the excuses about your culture or how you were raised or what your ex husband or your ex wife did to you.  HE gets the glory…because you changed in spite of how you were raised.  In spite of the horrible things that happened to you. You walk in the fruit of the Spirit and You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this.  All the doors will open for you.

The minute you read something in the Bible and you see that you are not what it says you should be, you need to stop reading and start praying, talk to God.

Lord, please help me to not be manipulative and controlling.  Lord, help me to be kinder with my words.  Lord, help me to see all of humanity the same way and not exalt some more than others.  Lord, please heal my wounds from my childhood, show me how to get past this. Lead me to the scriptures that will heal me.  Lord, help me to forgive.  Lord, help me to trust women again.  Lord, I’m about to send this text message help me to phrase this in such a way that it is not said through my own pain.  Lord, help me to check my motives.  Lord, help me to speak a blessing over this person’s marriage even though mine didn’t work out.  Don’t let me say anything that would curse their future because of my own past.

Stop.  Think. Pray. Then respond.

The more successful you become at submitting to the Lord, and allowing Him to prune you, the more you will bloom in this next season.

There are going to be so many open doors, and next year when we communicate with each other what I don’t want to hear is this “well, this door opened but then this bad thing happened and it closed”. What I’m going to ask you is what were you saying during that time and what were you doing?  What actions did you take?  Because that’s usually how it closes…and stays closed.  Sometimes a door will close and it is a temporary thing what causes a permanent closure is how you responded/reacted to that thing.

What I would to hear you say is that the door opened, and it revealed many more doors and not only did you experience growth… but you bloomed, you were able to maintain it and you’re prospering in it.

My prayer for you is that God will grant you wide open doors with much fruit.

Watch the video below in the Spirit.  It is jam packed with messages. It made me cry watching it because I thought about this rose bush being a person and what God has to do to get us to place of fruitfulness.  The process can be painful but in the end what comes, in a short time (4 months), is something beautiful.  He makes all things beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).


What spoke to you in what you just watched? Put it in the comments, include any scriptures that came to mind.

I can’t help but think how different our lives would look in 4 months if we made just one change today.


32 thoughts on “Prophetic Word for November 2023 – Pruning Shears”

  1. I saw the rose video was 15 minutes long and said, nah, not today. But then I said get out of here Satan and watched it anyway. Wow, powerful scriptures came to me while watching the video in the spirit. I should mention that I am undergoing a ton of pruning right now. I was romance scammed, lost most of my assets, up and moved from a house to an apartment and will not be going back to my previous 24 year career, all while being a widowed dad. While there are a lot of unanswered questions right now, I know God is moving me in a completely different direction. The part of your blog that said he is preparing us for that next higher level resonated a lot with me.

    Now for the scriptures:
    I had several revelations.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
    We are new creatures in Christ, as such, we must be pruned of our old, dead, life
    so we can operate in the new environment.

    John 15:5-6 – I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
    Jesus wants to prune us to cut away sin and filth. So that we may grow fruitful
    and bloom just like in the video for the world to see. (Matthew 5: 14-16) You are
    the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be Hidden; nor do people light a
    lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all
    who are in the house. Your light must shine before people in such a way that they
    may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

    Revelation 3:16 – So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
    Similarly to the branches being thrown in the fire, Jesus warns in Revelation he
    will vomit out of his mouth if we are lukewarm. Similarly, in the rose video the
    gardener referred to the branches that were woody and kind of doing their own
    thing. They were not disastrous to the plant, but it took away from the appeal of
    the rest of the plant, so he cut them and discarded them.

    Proverbs 16:9 – The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
    The rose plant wants to go in all different directions but the gardener not only
    pruned the plant, but directed which direction he wanted it to go in and placed zip
    ties to hold the plant in place. Similarly, God provides the Holy Spirit to convict us
    against sin and directs us where and how to go.

    Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
    Just like the gardener had a vision for the plants future, so too God has a vision
    for us and just like the plant, we do not see what Jesus sees and we must submit
    to his pruning in order for him to give us a future and a hope.

    John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life

    I pray we would all submit to God’s pruning with grace and humility, understanding that this process is not only for our benefit, but gives God the glory that only He can claim in our lives. God Bless.

  2. Amen! I have been doing the daniel fast and following you for a few years now and I’ve gotten so much out of it. Blessings to all.

  3. Very spot on about the current season. For me it started in first quarter of the year. Being led to give away things in my space that don’t serve me anymore. Books I’ve not read, devices not used, am onto clothes now. Pruning. And you put it well, it comes in gentle nudges.

    Scripture coming to mind :

    ‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NKJV‬
    …. let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us . …


  4. Can I just say I heard a teacher voice for this part: I don’t want to hear is this “well, this door opened but then this bad thing happened and it closed”.

    It made me laugh a little. I pray we all stay obedient. Thank you.

    1. When pruning ourselves we are left bere sheding off all the old things, baggage, ie anger, backbiting, gossip etc we’re walking with, giving room for new development, filled with the fruitfulness of the lord through his trueth and our faith. A few scriptures come to mind, funnily enough one ive read this morning. These are:
      ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭55:12‬ ‭
      [12] For it is not an enemy who reproaches me, Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me, Then I could hide myself from him.
      [15] Let death come deceitfully upon them; Let them go down alive to Sheol, For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst. [16] As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me.
      [22] Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be. Blessings 🙌

  5. The fact that the Gardner has a perfect plan, has to cut back even some good main branches because they are not part of His plan, and cleans it all up for my growth brings tears to my eyes. And all the pruning happened at one time. It was painful but it was only for a season to prepare for the next season that’s designed for my enjoyment. The Gardner has all the tools. We just have to be pliable in his hands and stay in his direction attached to the lattice, his Word!

    1. Yes and Amen! Couldn’t say it better…This >>>>> And all the pruning happened at one time. It was painful but it was only for a season to prepare for the next season that’s designed for my enjoyment.

      1. What a powerful massage,now I understand the process that I’m into.
        Watching this vedio makes me strongly belive that God knows us,what is best for us and what we deserves.
        The process is painful but at the end it produces good fruits.

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