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.

Mark 9:4 Overcome The Unbelief

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:4

Belief in something is always an active, personal choice that has to be made. It is easy for people to find a reason not to believe in something.

In today’s internet world, it is common for articles to be written to cast doubt upon anything said or done. Pictures and words can be manipulated to cause questioning of the validity of what really occurred. For this reason many struggle to believe what they have not already personally experienced.

A man came with a demon possessed son to be healed by the disciples. When Jesus came, the father asked if He could heal his son. Jesus said anything is possible with belief, so the father asked for help with his unbelief.

It is common for people to go to those in the world first for help. When that fails and God shows up, they struggle with belief in God being able to do it or being willing to do what is needed. This translates into unbelief in God’s power and mercy.

Most believers believe that God can do something, but many also carry an unbelief that He won’t do anything. And often they stay there, not wanting to overcome the unbelief. They do not want to face the facts shown in scripture, but desire to hold on to their unbelief.

In order to please God, a person must have faith and believe in God. He must be willing to seek God’s help to overcome and destroy the unbelief in his heart.

This overcoming can occur when one takes note of all that God has already done in his life and in the lives of others. If God has done it before, He can do it again.

You may have a situation in your life that you need God’s supernatural intervention to resolve. You may be questioning God’s ability or mercy to do it.

Stop and take a moment to realize all that God has already done in the past. Remember all of the promises God has made. Then allow God to help you overcome your unbelief. Step out in faith knowing that God has the power and mercy to meet all of your needs according to His glorious grace and love.

God is waiting to do great things in and through you, but you must first believe for those things to occur. Overcome the unbelief.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God and His abilities; that you will know what God can and is willing to do; and that you will see God at work in your life.

Romans 4:20-21 Do Not Waver

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21

Paul talks about Abraham’s faith and the promise God gave him. When Abraham was an old man and was without a child, God promised him a son and many heirs. Abraham was at the point of being past having any children in the normal scheme of life.

Yet, Abraham had complete faith in God. He did not question God at all but believed that God had the power to do what He had promised.

Talking about having faith, and having faith are two different things. Many people like to talk, but most do not have it, they will waver in their belief.

There was a story once of a tight-roper walker who walked across a rope over a high area. He then rode a bicycle and walked a wheel barrel over it, back and forth several times each. The crowds of people were amazed and said they knew he was an expert at this. He then asked the crowd if anyone would ride the wheel barrel over with him. No one would do it. There were afraid, even though they said they believed he was an expert and could do it.

In this same way many Christians state that they believe the promises of God. God has promised to save you, to provide for all of your needs, to love you, and to forgive you. Yet, many Christians question God in each of these areas.

How many times do you become afraid, wondering if God is going to provide for your needs?

How many times do you question if God really does love you as you are going through a tough time, or when you failed Him?

How many times do you forget the promises God has made to you? Both the promises in the Bible and the promises you hear through others or in your time of prayer.

Do not waver at all. Stand firm in your faith in God. Know that whatever God has promised, God will do.

Physically Abraham had no reason to believe God’s promise. He believed in God’s power and faithfulness to do what He said He would do. Will you believe today?

I pray today that you will know the promises God has made to you; that you will believe God will fulfill His promises to you; that you will not fear God failing you; and that you will be strengthened in your faith in God.