MATTHEW 7:19_and cast into the fire.
In the parable of the fig tree, I see Jesus as the vine dresser. The needs you have in life require fertilizer.
If you feel like your life does not, and has not, produced fruit—don’t panic. You are not about to be cut down and cast into the fire. Jesus sees your potential because He knows your created purpose. He wants to work in and teach your heart through the Bible. Jesus longs for you to hear His words and know the truth. And knowing the truth will make you … you guessed it … free!
This is freedom from believing the devil’s lies.
Lies that makes the tree (your life) wither.
If you believe anything negative about your created life—you’re withering.
If you believe that you were not created with a purpose in life—you’re withering.
If you believe you can never personally know God—you’re withering.
If you believe Jesus does not have the power to give you eternal life—you’re withering.
If you believe your physical afflictions or defects can keep you from achieving God’s purpose—you’re withering.
If you believe your lack of finances can keep you from achieving God’s purpose—you’re withering.
All of these things cause you to come to God with your needs. God meets your needs with the fertilizers of faith and trust.
King Eternal, Please help me see that my needs increase my faith. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ uses my needs to draw me closer – To Him!
MATTHEW 7:19_that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down…
Do you agree that trees which are not producing good fruit should be cut down? Every living thing has a purpose. It needs to perform that purpose to keep balance in life. Does that mean if your fig tree is having a bad year you need to cut it down? No. Jesus’ heart of compassion gives everything and everyone ample opportunity for life—including eternal life.
Jesus tells us a parable in Luke 13:6-9 (KJV), “He spake also this parable; ‘A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?’ 8 And he answering said unto him [owner], ‘Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [fertilize] it: 9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.’”
This tree was taking up space and nutrients, yet not producing. The owner was correct that it was serving no purpose. The vine dresser, who spent his time in the garden, saw a slight hope that if this tree were carefully nurtured it might begin to produce.
Jesus sees that potential in all of us.
True God, You give me what I need to produce good fruit. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ gives everyone an opportunity for eternal life!
MATTHEW 7:16_Do men gather grapes of thorns…
Since Jesus is the Creator that also makes Him The Great Gardener. And just in case you know nada about gardening, He teaches a simple little lesson.
If you go to your vineyard to pick some grapes—you’re not going to pick them from thorn bushes! Everything about the vine is about the grape. The vine is specifically created to produce grapes, nothing else. Everything in creation has its purpose.
This lesson is according to the Christian’s relationship with Jesus. John 15:1-5 (KJV), “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman [gardener]. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he [God] taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth [chastens, corrects] it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
There it is in plain words. In order to recognize lies, cling to Jesus and His Words as a grape clings to its vine. If you release yourself from the vine you can do nothing—you are powerless.
True Vine, I am grateful to be a branch of Your vine. I praise You! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is the True Vine for all Christians—I abide in Him!
MATTHEW 7:9_Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask…
To become a parent rates very high in the blessing category. Psalm 127:3-5 (KJV), “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”
According to this verse, children are one of those ways God rewards His people. Arrows in the hand of a mighty man are powerful. If hunting is the goal, then the bow is no good without the arrows. The arrows are everything to achieving the purpose of the hunt. Fathers should realize the reward God gives them in children. They should feel strength and might in fatherhood, and they should feel happy.
I wish these verses were true in the life of every child who is born. However, since they are not, I pray for Malachi 4:6 (KJV) to become a reality, “And he [Elijah the prophet] shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers …”
As much as is possible in my tiny space in the world, I want to contribute to this becoming reality.
Pray for the fathers in your circle of life.
Lord Jesus, Help me feel the specialness that is mine as Your child. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ teaches children are a reward—I am one!
MATTHEW 7:7_knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Before your knock is answered be sure to answer the ultimate knock!
Remember your heart has a door. Jesus knocks on it. Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I [Jesus] stand at the door [of your heart], and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [fellowship] with him, and he with me.”
It is impossible to become a disciple without answering the ultimate knock. And certainly if you desire to become a salty-lit-up disciple!
Jesus’ sermon, in Matthew chapters five, six, and seven is an instruction manual on how to live once you’ve opened that door. Don’t forget the Salvation Post on August 29. You printed a page to record your Door Opening event.
Now you become the knocker. The doors of life stand before you. The Holy Spirit dwells inside you, faithfully giving visions to accomplish and fulfill. All the visions fit according to the design and purpose God has for your life.
Knock on the doors which will bring fulfillment of your visions. Don’t give up.
King of Kings, I choose to answer Your knock—You choose to answer mine. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows when I answer His knock—He hears mine!