When God Says It He Means It

Some may remember the post I wrote in June, God Is Into New Things, based on a tree I saw in Bishan Park on one of my evening runs.

Well, since then, this tree has been my focus of attention each time I run past it, eager to see if more leaves would have sprouted. To my surprise, on my run this evening, the bare branches were all trimmed off, leaving only those with leaves!

Whilst the last message was one of hope and new beginnings, this is one of caution.

The words of Jesus came clearly to me, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away … If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:2 & 6

There is absolutely no doubt that God brings forth new things for the purpose of fruitfulness. And when God says it, He means it; and in His economy, everything needed to bring that to pass has already been provided for! The question is, Will we respond rightly that we may lay hold of that promise? Sadly, not everyone does. Perhaps, it’s apathy, or it’s presumption. Whatever it may be, the sad result is that nothing new emerges and that one remains barren and fruitless. In the end, the branch is cut down and cast out.

As believers of Jesus, we have every promise in Christ. The key is that we abide and remain in Him, as a branch needs to stay in the vine. Apart from the vine, the branch by itself can never be productive. Jesus says the same thing in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing.”

Dear friends, where are you in your relationship with Jesus, the True Vine? Are you abiding in Him and drawing from Him? Or are you merely relying on your baptism certificate and church attendance? Are you fruitful for Jesus? Or barren?

Remember, God is into new things, and you are included in that promise that you may participate and be productive in His purposes. Don’t miss out!

God Is Into New Things!

“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18, 19

It was on one of my evening runs that I noticed this tree in Bishan Park. It looked a little odd with the leafless branches sticking out on one side; and on the other side, a small bunch of green leaves sprouting. Quite immediately, Isaiah 43:18-19 came to mind!

Yes, at times, we may go through dry and seemingly barren seasons. There may be no leaves, no flowers, no fruit for a while. Does it mean that nothing is happening? Not at all! This could just be a time of recuperating, of resting and of realigning. God may appear silent but He continues to work in the background of our lives.

It’s easy to see the branches but no one sees the roots. Yet, that’s where the action is. Our part is not to focus on the outward but to continue to draw from the Source. There may have been disappointments and discouragements, mistakes and mess ups. That’s ok. Keep drawing to keep growing. All these, like the old leaves, will soon fall off and the winds will carry it far away. If we hold on to the past, we will not allow these to make way for new leaves, for new things, to come.

God is always into new things and we are to move forward with Him. How tempting it is to remember the former things, and that’s why the prophet Isaiah declares, “Do not remember the former things!” Let it go! Stop looking back with regrets! Keep doing that and we will miss what’s ahead. God does not wait for us to stop looking back before He begins a new work in our lives. It’s already started, He says! Do you not see it? Shall you not know it?

This is so exciting as I sense this is a personal word to me! The new season has already begun! A new wave has emerged in my life and ministry, and God is inviting me to jump on and ride it with Him that I may experience the abundance He has for me, my family and ministry.

Perhaps He is saying the same to you?