Romans 11:21 Be A Live Branch

For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Romans 11:21

Those who grow fruit trees keep a close eye upon the tree. They are looking at the branches to determine which branches are producing fruit and which branches are dead and not producing fruit.

Any branch that does not produce fruit is cut of and thrown away. This is done to give the good branches more nutrition to produce even more.

Many businesses do this with their workers. Any worker that does not produce is often let go after a warning to produce correctly.

After describing Israel as the natural branches of a tree that was cut off by God because of unbelief, Paul describes believers in Jesus as branches grafted into the tree. These new believers need to believe and produce fruit, or they will also be cut off.

It is common to hear of people who have become believers and refuse to give up sinful habits. Many churches teach that people can stay as they are, preaching God’s grace and love, but not talking about what He requires of His people, to live holy lives.

Some will state that once a believer, one cannot lose his salvation, that it is for eternity, no matter how he lives.

Belief in Jesus is what saves a person, however, God requires that the person become a new creation, to turn away from sin and produce fruit. The producing of fruit is not to save a person, but to show gratefulness for the salvation God has given him.

If God was willing to cut off Israel from His salvation, because of their unbelief and refusing to live for Him, He will also cut off people today for the same reasons.

Every believer must strive to live for God and turn from sin, producing fruit worthy of what Jesus has done for them.

If you consider yourself a believer in Jesus and are saved, examine your life. Ask yourself if you are producing fruit or if you are a dead branch. This can be seen in your life if you are turning away from sin.

Make progress on a regular basis to change sinful habits and be His witness. Be who Jesus has saved you to be, a new creation that produces fruit for God’s kingdom, not a dead branch that will be cut off.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do what God has called you to be; that you will produce fruit for God’s kingdom; and that God will not have to cut you off.

Romans 10:11 You Will Not Be Put To Shame

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

Shame is something that no one wants to have in their lives. They want to know that what they are doing is right in the end. They also want to know that what others they trust in are also doing the right thing.

It is common to hear of parents that are ashamed of what their children are doing. Or children who are ashamed of what their parents are doing. People are often ashamed of what others they know are doing.

Paul quotes from Isaiah 28:16, that anyone who has believes in God will not be put to shame.

Shame usually comes in one of two ways. Either the person, himself, does something wrong or someone who a person knows and loves does something wrong.

Some fear caring about or loving someone closely, because they know the person will do something wrong and bring shame upon them. The hardest part is that the greatest shame often comes from those one loves and cares about, not the enemy. In knowing this, many will not get close to others to prevent shame.

In the same way, many people fear being shamed by God. God is not in the business of calling out a person in public to shame the person. He speaks quietly in the heart to a person. His desire is to change the person from the inside out. He will reveal personal sin the person himself, not to the world, unless required because of rebellion or ignoring.

Knowing that God loves a person and is gentle, can give a person a peace of mind, knowing that he will never be shamed by God. Believing in Jesus will result in salvation, not later in condemnation. God has great love and mercy upon every person.

In your life, there have been times you have messed up on God and brought Him shame. You may fear that God will expose you and shame you. Or that you will lose your salvation.

God will not expose you, unless you continue to rebel against Him. And the only way to lose your salvation is for you to give it up and reject it.

God will never bring shame upon. You can trust in His great love and mercy upon you. The world may try to shame you, but God will not.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust in God; that you will have peace in trusting in God; and that you will never be ashamed of God.

Acts 10:34-35 God Accepts Certain People Without Favoritism

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35

All over the world there are many people who will show favoritism to certain people. They give extra special treatment to the wealthy, popular, or high position people.

Often this is done to gain favor with someone who can be of a great benefit. Those who show no possible benefit are often ignored or pushed aside.

The Israelites often ignored or looked down upon those who were not of Jewish descent. God shows Peter that He will accept those outside of the Jewish people as long as the fear Him and does what is right.

The world will often say that God will accept anyone and everyone, regardless of what the person does or does not do. While it is true that God will accept everyone and does not show special favoritism towards any certain group, it is not true that there are no requirements.

In order for a person to be accepted by God, forgiven and given salvation, he must fear God and do what is right. The fearing God is putting full trust in God for one’s salvation and provision. It is allowing God to be in absolute control. The ‘doing right’ is living as God calls a person to live.

There are some in the church that will not give people a chance to fear God or obey Him. They show favoritism to those who appear to be good, rather than giving everyone a chance to be saved. In thinking this way, many refuse to be a witness to certain people.

God wants to save all, so every person must be given the opportunity to believe in Him without favoritism.

As a believer there may be times when you have shied away from telling someone about Jesus. You may feel as if there is no way God wants that person because of who he is or what he has done. You show some favoritism towards certain people and prejudice against others.

Realize that Jesus came to die for all and save all. Be willing to give every person a chance to believe in and follow God. God did not show favoritism when He accepted you, do do it towards others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will be a witness of Jesus to every person you meet; that God will draw all people to Him through you; and that you will not show favoritism towards certain people.

Acts 2:40 Be Passionate

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Acts 2:40

Most people have something that they are very passionate about. When they are around others who do not believe the same way, they will attempt to persuade them to the same way of thinking.

Often they will double down on the persuasion attempts when the other person is on a path that is seriously dangerous. Very few people want to see another person go down a path that will harm them. They will do what they can to get them to change their path.

After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter told the people what was happening, because they did not understand it. Then Peter worked hard at persuading the people to be saved.

Every believer has come to a point in his life that he realizes he is on a path to death and needed to be saved. He has chosen to believe in Jesus.

While many believe this for themselves, many do not really believe it for others. They do not want to tell others about Jesus and the salvation He provides. They are afraid to offend others.

Those who do not tell others about Jesus, do not have the heart of God. They are not passionate about the things of God and refuse to warn others of the danger they are in.

Once a person has the heart of God, he will do all he can to warn others and get them to follow Jesus. It will become his passion, just as Jesus had. He will plead with the people and provide every reason he can for others to choose to follow Jesus. He will not be lukewarm, but hotly passionate about being a witness, not wanting to see others perish.

As a believer, you have seen the need for Jesus. Now you must see that others also need Jesus just as much as you did.

Do not allow yourself to be passive and quiet about helping them in their greatest need. Be passionate and willing to speak up and persuade them to be saved.

Not telling them about Jesus is hating them, not showing true love. This is opposite of what Jesus did and calls you to do.

Be passionate about Jesus and do all you can to point them to salvation in Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the heart of God; that you will be passionate about telling others about Jesus; that you will warn others of God’s coming judgement; and that you will be God’s witness.

John 3:3 A Complete Restart Required

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

It is common in many businesses that when things go completely bad, that they shut down for a time, reorganize and then reopen. Their attempt is to rebrand themselves as better than before to build the business up again.

This type of rebranded or restarting can be seen in businesses and the lives of people. It is all about trying out something completely different, going a different direction than before.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee, recognized that Jesus must be from God and tells Jesus that. Jesus tells him that if anyone wants to see the kingdom of heaven, he must be born again.

Claiming to believe in Jesus or God is very easy for a person to do. All that is said are a few words. Many people have made this claim and believe that they are going to heaven someday. But very few have actually made a change in their life.

All over the world, there are many in the church who claim to believe in Jesus, but continue to purposely live a sinful lifestyle. They have neither changed, nor attempted to change. The desire is to live in both worlds, sin and heaven.

One who truly believes in and follows Jesus will be changed. God will do a complete restart of his life. It will be as though he had died and was reborn as a brand new baby, innocent and pure. As he grows the second time, it will be as a completely different person. The past is gone and a new life has begun.

If a person has not undergone this transformation and rebirth, he will be unable to get into heaven, regardless of his words. Jesus does not save a person to keep him in sin, but to remove him out of sin into a new life.

As a believer, examine yourself. How much of your old self still remains? Allow God and His Holy Spirit to come in and give you a brand new start. Be the changed person Jesus made you to be.

Be born again into the new creation that is the image of Jesus, not the sinful, fallen world. Turn away from old sinful ways and live the life God is giving you. Be the new creation in Christ Jesus. Allow God to restart your life for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you a new beginning; that you will live as God desires you to live; and that God will make you into a new creation.