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12 The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. 14 Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it.

Do you see what I see in this Scripture?  Jesus answered the tree and spoke to it !  Why, because the tree spoke to Him.  When did the tree speak, you ask?  When it showed itself FULL of leaves, indicating that fruit was on the limbs.  The fig tree was saying, "I'm ripe and full of fruit!  Come, eat and be filled!"  But when Jesus looked closer there were only leaves on the tree because the tree was blooming OUT of SEASON!

There wasn't a problem about the tree not having figs.  It wasn't supposed to have figs!  The problem was that it had leaves "out of season" indicating that it had figs.  False Advertising!  Jesus cursed the tree because it had leaves - not because it had no fruit! 

Why, you ask would He do that?  It was a lesson and warning to the disciples and to us!  God is not pleased with us when we have the appearance of fruit but we don't have the fruit itself.  It's False Advertising!  In other words, the talk is there but the walk doesn't line up with it!

19 That evening Jesus and the disciples left the city.  20 The next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up. 21 Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”

Do you see what I see?  The tree was dead from the roots up!  The tree was dead from its beginning - from its source!  It was cut off!  There was no chance for it to survive or revive! It was cut off from nurtrients!  It was cut off from water!  It was cut off from the sunshine!  Nothing can continue to grow when the source is cut off!  

Before 24 hours had passed, the entire tree was dead!

Then the next lesson was taught and it was one that the disciples would not forget.  It is one that we should remember. 

22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.

Jesus explains that THIS miracle was the result of prayer made in faith!  "You can tell this mountain to MOVE and it will be thrown into the sea!"  Faith MUST be in God - not in faith and not in our prayers!  Out faith must be in God! 

When Jeus commanded the tree to die, He could have just as easily commanded the tree to bear fruit but the lesson was that we are NOT to pretend to be what we are not.  And secondly, we must have faith in God to do exceedingly, abundantly, more than we could ask or think.  Thirdly, while we are standing before God in prayer - forgive.  If we have anything against anyone as we stand pious in our prayers, we shall receive nothing! 

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by Sherri Neal
by Sherri Neal
January 1, 2015

This is a new season for praise and worship.  A release of psalming and worshipping the Lord is now at hand.  Open up your mouths and release the sound of praise!  Don’t sit on your gifts of worship because when worship is released, a host of angels surround the room where praise is!  The Lord – Himself – inhabits praise.  He is drawn to it.  It is a year of releasing Praise!  Sing of Hosanna in the highest.  Let His Name be lifted up – Hosanna!

January 27, 2015
Sherri Neal

James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

It is so easy to try to judge the actions of others when we, ourselves, see to do good and do nothing.  The Word says, that to us it is sin. 

When we have the ability, the availability and the resources to do good and fail to do it, we bring a judgement upon ourselves.  It's one thing to not know but it's a whole other kettle of fish to know and decide that we are too busy or it's not our folk or it's not our time!

To us - it is accounted as evil!

No more excuses!  No more denials!  No more blindfolds over our eyes! 

If you can't help but you know someone who is willing to - call them!  But just don't allow a need to go undone because of selfish desires. 

What is the old saying?  "Don't just stand there, do something!"