18 July 2020 - Isaiah 5:1-7

18 July 2020
Isaiah 5:1-7
We are destined for great things!  God created every one of us to be His co-workers. There are dreams He has placed in our hearts, talents, skills and ways of doing things that are needed to bless this generation of people around us.  We are created for here and now!  Let’s not sabotage the process.

Isaiah 5:1-7 compares the rebellious Israelites to a vineyard that received all the care it could possibly get, yet still produced inedible fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is outlined in Galatians 5:22-23.  Likewise, when we refuse to surrender and allow God to work in us, we can thwart the very purposes He created us for.  God wants to build character in us so we can carry out the great things He has in mind.

Daniel 11:32b “…but the people that know their God shall be strong and do great exploits.”  Have you ever dreamed of great exploits?  Of course you have!  Maybe your dream is to set up some kind of creative business, or to implement a strategy in your line of work that will have a huge impact on others.  Maybe you want to write songs, be an artist, or set up a soup kitchen or some other community focused activity that blesses others.  What about seeing the dead raised?  Cancer healed?  Prophetic words that are so accurate they bring incredible breakthrough for those who receive them and their life is never the same again?  Miracles?  God wants all this and more!  But let’s start with the vineyard of our hearts.  Will we let Him tend us and work in us?  Will we let Him prune us (ouch!) so that we have the character to carry out these dreams?

Let this be our prayer for today:
Psalm 139:23-24  “Search me, God, and know my heart;     test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” And ask God to show you what dreams and exploits He has put in you!