great-crested-flycatcher-600Deuteronomy 11-13

“For the land, into which you are entering to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow your seed and water it with your foot like a vegetable garden….But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning to the end of the year.” (Deut. 11:10-12)

That’s your life now, as a Christian. Before you came to the Lord all you had was striving and striving in your own strength, but now, you know that God’s eyes are upon your life and your Promised Land. He is watching over you in all that you do.

Sometimes it may not seem like it, but it is true. What you and I have to do is reach out for that promise, just like the woman with the issue of blood or blind Bartimaeus did with Jesus. They reached out and received what He had, when others just watched Him walk by. Now it’s our turn. We too can reach out and receive this promise from our Father.

When you see that your land drinks water from the rain of heaven, you also see that you can cast every care upon your Father. He knows your needs, even before you ask. So ask and receive, walk in obedience, and you will see these things come to pass.

In the process, don’t forget that you are to be faithful to Him and Him alone. He is God, the only God, and don’t let anyone talk you out of it. If a dreamer of dreams, your family, or your best friend tries to talk you out of the greatness of God, don’t listen to them. let your heart be stable and fixed, trusting in Him.

Your God will not fail you.

Mark 12:1-27

Jesus tells it like it is. He shares a parable of the vineyard owner who rents his vineyard to some vine growers.

Of course, He is referring to God, who leases the earth to men. When He desires fruit from His vines, He sends prophets, but they are beaten and wounded, and sent away empty-handed. Then He sends His own Son, but the vine growers seek to kill Him because He is the heir.

So the vineyard will be taken away and given to others. What does He mean? Up until this time, the Jews have had an exclusive covenant with God. They have been God’s chosen people, the ones to whom He has entrusted the principles of His kingdom. Now He is going to give the vineyard to others – to  those who will be faithful to Him.

That’s us! Or it can be if we will be faithful and obedient.

It’s time for all of us to make a decision. Are we in or out?

Yes, lord. I’m in!