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!

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The God Who Heals Me

6 02 2012

Jesus Heals

Just  talked to a Dear-one who is “going through it;” I mean the ‘hit-youwith-the-Kitchen-Sink’ kind of ‘going through it.’

In the scheme of things, a broken bone would be a cleaner type of hurt: This is emotional. Prayer Warriors Unite, so that this Child of God does not become prime rib on Satan’s menu. My view on this subject was stated back in February. Here is a replay:

 

So often I counsel Believer’s that ask for prayer regarding one ailment or another. As I listen, I am concerned about the lengthy and detailed descriptions of their ailments and what the doctor had to say. Sometimes, I find that I must interrupt in order to get a “prayer in edgewise.”

What if we were just as familiar with what the Word of God said as we are with what the Pharmacist, the Internist or the Specialist had to say? Please don’t misunderstand. I realize the all-consuming nature of sickness. As a teenager I watched my own dear Mother succumb to the fierce ravages of Chronic Leukemia; while she stayed faithful to the Lord right up until her passing at only forty-six years of age.

In addition to the Lord’s call upon my life to Ministry; I also recall the desperate feelings of wanting to “DO” something to stop Mom’s pain; stop the wasting away of her body, strength and life. From that time until this, I have searched out the Scriptures and looked to the Lord for His healing. Our family was part of a denomination which taught that miracles and healings were ‘passed away’… Gone with the last Apostle. We were to simply look forward to ‘making heaven our home–in the sweet by-and-by.’ But I had read in the Bible that: “…heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass away.”

Whom shall we believe? I’ll tell you whom I believe:  Our God is a ‘consuming fire [Hebrews 12:28-29]; mighty in battle [Psalm 24:8]; has overcome the enemy; the last enemy to be defeated is only Death itself; which will flee at His coming. You see, our God is Spirit and those that would worship Him, must worship Him in spirit (our own) and in truth (only His word is truth). John 4:24

So Beloved, get your Bibles out and open them. Read and consume; feast upon the Living Word. It is only through His word and the gift of His Holy Spirit (the very Spirit of Truth) that we have any chance; any chance whatsoever against the ancient enemy of our souls; whether it be physical, mental, emotional or relational in this world-system.

Jesus told us to “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33   Additionally, let’s start by cracking open our Bible for ourselves in order to find out what are some of the many, many benefits we can stand solidly upon for our wholeness. Let us concentrate ourselves fully to “These things” and place all others in their proper place… as we: Take the medicine prescribed; continue our treatments; and all other prescribed and recommended therapies. Let’s be proactive as we “fight the GOOD fight of faith.”

Focus readings:

  • John 17:12-19 (Whole Chapter) Jesus prays for us all to know that God’s Word is truth.
  • Exodus 15:26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:25-27 (in Context) Exodus 15 (Whole Chapter)
  • Psalm 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Psalm 103:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 103 (Whole Chapter)
  • Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 147 (Whole Chapter)

Until next time… Be Blessed! 

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Shaken, Not Stirred

14 12 2011
007
Shaken, not stirred

Okay, I will use any excuse to post a pic of Sean Connery. However, if you’ll come along with me on my rabbit trail, I promise to tie this into our Bible Lesson today… one more peek at Mr. Connery… okay, here we go: Now, it was 1964 in the movie Goldfinger that our dear Bond… James Bond requested his cocktail to be “shaken, not stirred.” Love that.

However, it was over 2000 years ago that our Lord talked to us about “shaken together and running over…” Our Lord was talking about being merciful and the results of living a mercy-giving lifestyle. Let’s read that for ourselves: Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Markets (aka grocery stores) used to measure out your selections, weighing them on a scale and/or filling the goods in your apron or shirt front (bosom) before there was “paper or plastic.” Some markets gave better ‘measure’ than other markets. Soon those markets that gave abundance in their measuring and weighing were known to give: “good measure.”

How? Well, let’s say you were buying some dry oatmeal; enough to feed your family for the next few weeks. Dry, raw oatmeal is rather fluffy. However, if you went to a ‘good measure’ market, you would get that oatmeal: pressed down (gets the air pockets out), shaken together to get the hard uneatable kernels to roll off, and running over… that’s more than the exact pound or two that you asked for and at no charge!

Ever hear of a Baker’s Dozen? We all know that there are twelve (12) in a dozen. However, a ‘Baker’s Dozen,’ contains thirteen (13)… known as “one more for Good Measure.” It was hoped that a measure of trust, caring and connection would be established between the customer and the retailer so the customer would feel that they receive ‘good treatment/good measure’ at that particular store and would become a loyal, returning customer. It’s a little, merciful, humanizing effort to show fairness, caring and concern.

From this principle of our Lord Jesus we can understand that if we: Need a hug? Give a hug away to someone else. Need a friend? Show yourself to be friendly with someone today. Want new things? Give some of those nice items you no longer use to someone else who could use it. Miss having a Mom or Dad in your life? Go visit a nursing home and just listen; be a comfort; be the son or daughter they need today. We each must start the ball rolling. Give!

In the sixth chapter of Luke, Jesus is telling the crowd and His Disciples to life their lives among each other like this every moment of every day. Jesus is reassuring them that they are guaranteed a return on investment (so to speak) and that the results will be that they will always receive what they give out (good or bad) and extra beside.

That is either wonderful or horrible news; however, as always with the Lord: It is our own personal decision and we will be held accountable for all of our decisions. So, let’s agree with Bond… James Bond: I want my life in relation to others to be filled to the overflowing: Good measure, pressed down, shaken—not stirred!          Be Blessed.








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