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Tapping Into The Proper Vein

Tapping Into The Proper Vein
Franks Peach Preserves

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

My good friend Frank has a peach tree in his back yard, and last year he decided to get a recipe and make some peach preserves.  I was lucky enough to be on a list of people who would receive a jar of the finished product.  I have to say, I am now on my 3rd jar over the last year and I am looking forward to number 4.  

The thing about Frank's preserves that makes them so good isn't some secret recipe, but the tree from which the peaches come.  You see not every tree produces the same quality fruit.  Frank told me one day that he was advised that each tree is different as each tree may in fact receive different nutrients.  Some trees may be planted and left alone, while others may be watered, pruned, and fed great nutrients through the fertilization process.  And yet others may even have their roots tap into a vein of rich minerals causing their fruit to be amazing.

I started thinking about this process of good fruit coming from well-fed fruit trees and I thought about how God uses fruit trees within His Scripture as an illustration to depict both healthy and unhealthy spiritual people with respect to the works in their life.  In the Old Testament we see Jeremiah using the tree for an illustration of a believer who is walking with God when he said, "For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit" (Jer. 17:8).

And we see Jesus giving a parable about a fruit tree that produced no fruit representing a person making a commitment to Christ whose life reflected no change since their profession of faith. 

He also spoke this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground? But he answered and said to him, Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. Luke 13:6-8 (NKJV)

Q:    What can we learn from these two sets of Scripture?

Well, in very much the same way a tree will only produce fruit when it is watered and fed properly, so we too, will only produce God's attributes, His character and actions reflecting His nature when we are being watered and fed by our Lord.  In John 15 we see this same truth as Jesus tells us that we must have an abiding relationship with Him if we are to produce any fruit, but without Him, we can do nothing (v. 5).

I am equally encouraged to see within Jesus' parable in Luke 13 that the owner of the vineyard was patient not to take the tree out after years of not producing fruit, but instead, chose to fertilize and feed it so that it could bear fruit.  This is another example of God's faithfulness to every person who made a profession of faith.  God will be faithful to fertilize every person at their roots with the mineral rich nutrient of His Word as long as they want it and are willing to receive it.

It is good to know that we don't have to worry about producing fruit in and of our own efforts -  we just have to stay connected to Jesus Christ and allow our roots to tap into God's Word.  We have been assured success if we would continue to abide in this relationship with Him, because this makes us a "good tree" in the Father's vineyard.  

 For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Luke 6:43 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to tap into the vein of God's Word and allow Him to fertilize your soul, spirit, heart and mind.  Let Him produce a bumper crop of great fruit in your Christian walk.  Because, apart from Him, we can do nothing, but with Christ all things are possible (Phil. 4:13).  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Psalm 1:1-3, what does God liken a person to who meditates upon His Law (Word) day and night?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you take time to mediate upon God's Word every day?

APPLICATION: Make time to seek the Lord in reading His Word.  Pray before you start and ask Him to reveal anything that He wants to speak to you about.  

Father, thank You for feeding me with the nutrients of Your Word.  Lord I love to study and meditate upon Your Word.  Help me today to retain everything You desire for me to have.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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