Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Fig Tree and Every Bad Habit Analogy

In the book of Mark, Jesus was hungry.  He tried to get some fruit from a fig tree that had no fruit on it, for it wasn't the season for figs.  Jesus cursed the tree and the next morning it withered and died.   (See Mark 11:12-25)

In our lives our behavior is often like this fig tree situation; some bear fruit while others bear us no fruit.  Are there behaviors in your life keeping you from experiencing the fruit of the best God has for you?  Speak to them first like a tree.  Speak to the habit of procrastination and say to it:  "As for me and my home, may no one ever again eat fruit from you."  Amen.   Speak to your anger and say the same thing.  Speak to the feelings of or fear of rejection and say, "No one in my family will ever again eat fruit from you ever again, in JESUS name."  Amen.   And watch your bad habits wither and die.

Later the disciples saw that the tree Jesus spoke to was withered and dead and they were surprised!  Do you know what Jesus said after they pointed this out to Him?  

He said to them, "Have faith in God [constantly].23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

God made us to rejoice in that all that we do, and all that we don't do, (with the death of unfruitful behaviors in our lives) to be fully blessed by faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Remember that any and perhaps all difficulties are not signs of failure but signs that God is trying to use those things as a working in you a new thing in and through your life and the lives of others around you.  Be encouraged today!

I leave you with this.  Romans 5:2 - 4

Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.

God bless you today as we walk fully in the grace of this new life God has for us in Jesus, LORD of all, all day long.  Amen.  

If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Mark 11:12 - 14  

12 On the day following, when they had come away from Bethany, He was hungry.
13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree [covered] with leaves, He went to see if He could find any [fruit] on it [[a]for in the fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves]. But when He came up to it, He found nothing but leaves, for the fig season had not yet come.
14 And He said to it, No one ever again shall eat fruit from you. And His disciples were listening [to what He said].

Verses 20 - 23 
 In the morning, when they were passing along, they noticed that the fig tree was withered [completely] away to its roots.
21 And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look! The fig tree which You doomed has withered away!
22 And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].
23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.

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