Isaiah 5:2 Looking For Production

Vineyard with grapes

He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit. Isaiah 5:2 

When someone plants a garden they expect to get something good out of it. They work the ground to ensure it has the right nutrients. Seeds are planted during the best part of the season to ensure good growth. They strive to provide the right amount of water for the plants to grow.

Later when the harvest season comes, the farmer expects to get the fruit or vegetables in great amounts that were planted. However, there are times when the plants yield nothing or only bad fruit.

Isaiah paints of picture of God planting a vineyard with the best of vines. When it came time for harvest, all that was produced was bad grapes of no value.

The vineyard that Isaiah talks about is very specifically the nation of Israel. Yet, this can be looked at with all believers. God is still in the process of building a vineyard of believers upon this earth. He is growing a large body of believers to follow Him.

Just as the farmer expects to get some good fruit and God expected Israel to produce fruit, He expects the believer to produce fruit.

All too often believers are like Israel was, producing no fruit. They claim to believe in Jesus, read the bible, go to church, but never produce any fruit. Their lives never really change. They live purposefully in sin refusing to change. They are never a witness of who Jesus is. They do not show God’s love in their lives.

Looking at some of the people, one will only see the world, not Jesus.

You, as a believer, are expected by God to produce some fruit. He has given you His Holy Spirit to guide you and give you strength to do what needs to be done. However, it is up to you to do it.

Be willing to be His witness. Show His love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace to others. Build others up in Jesus.

Your life should be one that looks like the life of Jesus. Work to live like Jesus as though your salvation depended upon it, but trust what Jesus did for your salvation. Produce the fruit in believing and following Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will see His fruit in your life; that the world will see Jesus in you; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; and that many will know Jesus because of your life. 

Lamentations 2:17 God Follows Through On His Plans

The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. He has overthrown you without pity, he has let the enemy gloat over you, he has exalted the horn of your foes. Lamentations 2:17

When God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt and made them into their own nation, He told them to follow only Him. He set down the rules that He expected them to follow. Along with giving the rules He gave them the rewards of following Him and the consequences of choosing not to follow Him. If they chose not to follow Him, the consequence would be destruction.

Over time, the Israelites had chosen not to follow God. After many warnings, God followed though on His plan to destroy them because they disobeyed His laws. It was not done on the spur of the moment or in a fit of anger. Their destruction was planned because of the rules laid out many years before.

Although times have changed and the ways of committing sins has changed, God has not. His laws and expectations are still the same. God expects everyone to follow Him with all of their life. Being a loving merciful God, He has laid out what He expects and how to accomplish those expectations. He has provided for every possible need that a person could have.

Many people choose right now to not live for God. Others claim to live for God, yet, purposefully live in some sinful behavior, with no thought to change. God has laid out His plans that those who choose to follow Him will be saved and live for eternity. Those who reject Him, will be punished and banished from Him for eternity.

Although it may not seem to be happening now, or that it will occur, you can be sure that God’s plans will be fulfilled. Some will be saved, while others will be punished.

You have to choose which will occur to you. If you accept and follow God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, you will be saved. If you choose to reject Him and do your own thing, or choose to accept Him, but still do your own thing, you can expect judgment and destruction in the end.

Choose today to follow God with all of your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to obey God with all of your life; that you will know the blessings of God in your life; and that God will not have to bring destruction in your life.

Hebrews 9:27-28 Waiting For Him

“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27-28

There is an old saying that there are only two things guaranteed in life: taxes and death. It may be true about the taxes, but it is a definite fact of death. Every person will die. The author of Hebrews points out that after death a person will then have to face judgment.

This judgment is God judging whether the person is right before Him or not. In himself a person cannot ever stand right before God. Once a person has committed one sin, he is guilty for the rest of eternity.

This is where Jesus comes in to help. He came about 2,000 years ago to become a sacrifice for every person to remove their sins. He died on the cross and rose again to take away those sins.

At some point in the future Jesus will return again. This time it will not be to take away sins, but to take each person who is waiting for Him to return.

What does it mean to “wait for His return”?

It is looking forward to Him returning. Living your life as He wants you to live it. Striving to be like Jesus in everything you think, say or do. When you are living this way you are living in expectation of His return. When you face death, you will not be afraid because you are standing right before God because of what Jesus has done for you.

How are you living your life today?

Does the life you are living show that you are expecting Jesus to return at any moment? Or does it show a life that does not care about what Jesus has done for you?

Do not be caught living for yourself and this world when Jesus returns. He could return any minute, live with that in mind.

Jesus died and shed His blood for you. Live for Him today. The future with Him will be worth everything you must go through till He returns.

I pray today that you will know that Jesus will return soon; that you will live your life for God; that you will live expecting Jesus to return soon; and that you will be living as Jesus wants you to live.

Philippians 1:20 Enough Courage

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20

Paul is often see as a very strong man of God. He always appeared as being bold and absolutely sure of himself in Christ Jesus. While he was this way, he also knew that there was also the possibility of not always serving God in the way he should. Yet, he did not focus on the negative possibility, he chose to expect to not be ashamed of Christ in anyway and that Christ would be lifted up through him.

There are many people who believe in Jesus. They go to church every Sunday and read their Bible and pray on a regular basis, yet, will not speak up to a non-Christian friend or a stranger about Jesus. They are often afraid to stand up against sinful acts that are being encouraged and promoted. There are also many Christians who know that they will fail to speak up about Jesus.

The world does not really care if you believe in Jesus. What they do care about is if you try to get someone else to believe in Jesus. When a person starts speaking about Jesus and His being the only way into heaven, the world gets upset and does not like that type of talk.

Your focus should be one that says you will not be ashamed of Jesus, and then to expect things to happen that way. You must know that God will give you the strength and courage needed to be His witness. You must allow Christ Jesus to be exalted, lifted up, honored in your life. This is in your life whether you live or die. If your death will bring about more people to believe in Jesus, you must be willing to allow it to happen according to God’s will.

Who is most important in your life? Yourself? Or God?

God will give you the courage to be His witness, if you will allow Him to do so. Expect and live in the hope of that courage and strength today.

I pray today that you will focus your life on living for Jesus; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; that Jesus will be exalted in your life; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.