Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5)
Consecrate yourselves from all the evil things:
The Lord said,
“Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in the preparation for tomorrow, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.” (Joshua 7:13)
In few days we are going to enter into the new year 2016. What all the things which had hindered us from inheriting the blessing of God, let us leave all that in this year before we enter the new year.
The word of God says,
“Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:8)
Humble your heart before God:
There was a vineyard that belonged to Naboth, the Jezreelite. Naboth took care of his vineyard very well that it was his ancestors inheritance.
His vineyard was next to the palace of the king Ahab who was the king of Samaria. Ahab, who noticed Naboth’s vineyard which was next to his palace went to Naboth and asked him the vineyard. Ahab had in mind to change the Naboth’s vineyard into herbs to keep it next to his palace.
But Naboth refused to give his vineyard to Ahab. Naboth replied to Ahab that “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”
So Ahab and his wife Jezebel plotted an evil against Naboth to seize his property. They killed Naboth by arising a false witness upon him.
The Lord’s anger burnt against Ahab and then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seize his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood-yes, yours!’” (2 Kings 21:17,18,19)
And also the Lord said that I am going to bring disaster on you and all your descendants will be cut off from Israel and also dogs will eat that belonging to Ahab who die in the city.
Ahab, hearing the word of the Lord tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted.
Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day. (1 Kings 21)
Vineyard is the Church of God.
Naboth is the minister of God.
Ahab is the evil person who is full of malice and wickedness.
There are people like Ahab who are surrounded with us noticing the Vineyard to make it as an Herb to keep it in their palace just for an appearance.
But Naboth, took care of the vineyard watched over it and cause it to bear fruit.
Naboth refused to give his vineyard.
The Ministers of God should refuse to give their Vineyard to people like Ahab. Naboth even gave his life for his Vineyard. Naboth was zealous about his Vineyard.
Just as the Apostle Paul was zealous about his Vineyard, his people, to present them all to one husband, to Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Corinthians 11:2)
Finally, Ahab who sold himself to evil, repented and humbled his heart before God. God took away the disaster which was about to come upon him and his descendants.
Consecrate yourselves before God and give thanks to God for what all He had done for you in this year 2015.
Humble your heart before God.
Bear fruits being in His Vineyard.