GOT FRUIT?

1 07 2012

Bearing Fruit is seasonal. Bearing fruit happens within an appointed time. After which there is ripeness; which is dependent upon growth; however that can only occur if the plant is able, or has the potential to bear fruit

 

Ecclesiastes 3:“To ever thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”   KJV

The above verse lifted from this famous passage of Scripture continues on to describe a variety of times and seasons in life; leaving us to understand that “timing is everything.”

As seen throughout the Bible, the fig tree is representative of various ‘timings’ and forecasts for many of life’s circumstances.

The fig tree represents:

  • Plenty, Potential and Provision
  • Deuteronomy 8:8; I Kings 4:25; Mark 11:13 and Luke 13:7
  •  Warning; (things that are) Uncharacteristic; Untimely; and Out-of-Season
  • Habakkuk 3:17; Joel 1:7; Luke 21:29 and Revelation 6:13
  •  Fear, Destruction and Non-productive
  • Genesis 3:7; Hosea 2:12; Jeremiah 5:17 & 8:13 and Luke 13:7
  •  Rooted and Settled
  • Zechariah 3:10; Isaiah 36:16; Luke 13:6 and Micah 4:4
  •  In-Season and Timeliness
  • Isaiah 34:4; Isaiah 36:16 (again) and Mark 13:28

In Luke 13:7-9, I believe Jesus is allowing us to eavesdrop into the realm of a ‘type’ of conversation between Father-God and Himself (pre-incarnate):

7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 but he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that[a] you can cut it down.’  NKJV

If you’ll recall, on other occasions, Father-God became fed-up with humanity continually producing nothing but evil upon the earth and decided to destroy His creation, but He repented (to stop and change direction) as He did with Adam and Eve; Noah and the Ark; the Tower of Babel; Moses and the Israelites in the desert; Sodom and Gomorrah; the city of Nineveh; and many other times too numerous for this small space.

Jesus is mankind’s last hope and the only One standing between sinful, spiritually unproductive; unrepentant humanity and God’s decree of eternal damnation. That’s it folks; that is the bottom-line; everything else is simply a symptom of a bigger condition: Unrepentant sin.

Jesus came to the earth to pay for our sins. HE fertilized around our individual ground-scape with His shed blood; while the Holy Spirit ‘digs’ and tugs at the corners of our heart continually.

Jesus stands ever-ready so that if we confess to Him our sin; repent of our sin and decide to move our scrawny little feeder-roots into the refreshing water of His Word as our Savior (Jesus: the Word made flesh); we can be strengthened; we can be healed; we can be SAVED. The potential is within our grasp.

If doing things ‘your way’ hasn’t been working out… Let’s pray this prayer together:  “Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me; forgive me for forgetting that;   I ask that You wipe my sins away and receive me as your child. I commit myself fully to you.” Amen†

If you prayed with us today, please drop us a line. Be Blessed!





In the Scheme of Things

31 12 2011
I'm Just Sayin'

I'm Just Sayin'

Faith in the Lord Jesus… It is all a matter of choice. That choice is totally our own.

I was reminded of this fact while ministering to someone quite dear to me who wants to believe in everything under the sun: Every theological point of view; every religious practice; every ancient rite or ritual that is back in vogue; just everything.

The odd bit about that is if you’ll fall for anything, you won’t stand for anything. Having reached that certain age where you inevitably begin to “take stock,” they seem dissatisfied with their life.

However, as I struggled to break through decades of new-age-intellectual-spiritualism; I saw what the years of ‘questioning and reasoning‘ have produced: A self-imposed bondage, like a hamster caught on the wheel of ceaseless questions, investigation and more questions.

That very thing is spoken of in the Bible :  II Timothy 3:7                                                                “…ever learning, but never able to acknowledge the truth.” (N.I.V)

Yet, I continue to pray for them, for you and for me. There is a wonderful song by The Williams Brothers that I would love to insert into this post for your listening pleasure; alas, I am still on the WordPress-Learning-Curve (hey, it takes some folks longer–get over it).  So until I learn to do that, simply go to YouTube and enter the song title: “I’m Just A Nobody” by The Williams Brothers (accept no substitutes). The song lyrics describe my ministry efforts perfectly:

“I’m just a nobody,

trying to tell everybody,

about Somebody,

who can save anybody.”

Think about this too: It was NEVER the scholars, never the wise, the rich, the extremely privileged or the ‘top dawgs’ of this world that really “Got” the message of Jesus.

It was usually those at their lowest point; those that mourn (depressed?); those that hunger and thirst after righteousness (sick of the mess in themselves and this world-system); and those that have been given no hope (terminal illness?).

That is why I get excited when I read in the Bible about “when we were dead in our sins, Christ died for us; and also how He (Jesus) came to set the captives free!” Hallelujah, because I was captive; I was orphan; I was without hope and alone in this world and a sinner; but I heard Him whisper my name in the midst of my mess and I’ll never be the same.

Jesus is my source and resource. Jesus is the One I look to and lean upon. He is the One who is merciful enough to allow me to grow in His grace.

I say with the Apostle Paul:

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do: Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:13-14

Pick up your Bible today and press in to Him. Proverbs 3:5 tells me to “ Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my own understanding, but in all my ways acknowledge Him and He will direct my path.”

Folks, it wasn’t until I began to personalize the Scriptures that the Holy Spirit opened the way of the Lord wide to me.

So, “In the scheme of things“, as we look out to a new year upon the horizon, can we afford to stay stuck on our hamster wheels much longer? Don’t mind me,  I’m just sayin’.      Be Blessed








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