Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit.
The sign that Jesus is living inside a person is by the fruits they bear which is a byproduct of a saving faith. A fruitless branch is a dead branch because the person is void of the Holy Spirit, since our spirit is brought to life by faith in Jesus who sends His Spirit to live in us who quickens us to life. To those who believe in Jesus, I want you to know this for certain that He prunes you by taking care of you like a gardener who cleans the branch from bugs, dead leaves and waters it, cultivating around the plant and making sure that the branch will indeed produce much fruit. The pruning is done for the glory of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord will make sure that you produce much fruit.
There are things in our lives that are not pleasing to the Lord and the way He prunes us is by making us go through trials by fire to learn to trust in Him and by doing so, we let go of the weight that hinders us from running the race with endurance to please the Lord.