THEME: THE FIG TREE
“Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
-Jesus cursed a fig tree which did not bear fruit. The fig tree dried up from the roots which symbolizes that our foundation should through faith in Jesus Christ. Through the fig tree, He exposed the faithlessness of the people of Jerusalem who had become spiritually barren and their religious leaders had started trading in the temple; as we see in the previous scriptures. The people therefore did not fully rely on God and their hearts were far from Him. It is known that; when the fig tree is not well watered, it’s leaves drop and fruit production also drops. Like the fig tree which needs water for better growth and productivity, we too need to feed on the word of God which is our spiritual food. We are also taught to rely on God for unwavering faith and if we command anything that seems like a mountain in our lives and environments, it will obey us. Adam and Eve relied on their own strength when they sinned. They covered their nakedness with figs from the fig tree as we see in Genesis 3:7, but the Lord in His mercy, clothes them with skin tunics as documented in verse 21. When we fully rely on God through faith, we partake of the victory that Adam and Even lost in the garden of Eden, for Christ paid it all in Calvary that we may rejoice in the garden called the New Jerusalem. We are then called to have strong faith in Jesus Christ for without faith we cannot please God, and eternal condemnation will befall all those who do not believe in Him (John 3:18).
Jesus You are good and Your mercies endures forever. We count our blessings and name them one by one. Thank You for You have done great things in our lives, families, societies, nation and entire world. Thank You for Your love upon all mankind, for You died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for our sins, that we may believe in You and live forever. All our faith and confidence is in You Jesus. We are sorry for the many times we harbored doubt and unbelief in our hearts, forgive us Jesus. We are sorry for not consulting You in our decisions and not fully relying on Your grace, forgive us Jesus. We are sorry for our waywardness and double mindedness, forgive us Jesus. Increase our faith in You and teach us how to fully rely on You. We are nothing without You and we cannot do anything without You. You are the Vine and we are the branches, help us to abide in You Jesus as You are in us; so that we may bear much fruit. Be with all those who do not acknowledge You Jesus as God that they may believe in You and be saved. Help us to reach all those who do not know You through Your gospel and grant them the gift of salvation. You died on the cross so that we may live, thank You for the gift of eternal life. Increase our faith Lord and help us to walk by faith and not by sight. It is by faith that You saved us through grace and not by our works, we rejoice in Your salvation Jesus. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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