Cursing The Phony Fig Trees In Our Lives

Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered. Matthew 21:18

 

There are many explanations for the reason that Jesus seemed so upset over the fig tree that did not have fruit on it. Personally, none of them ever satisfied me completely.

 

Maybe, just maybe, God uses different parables to reach different people in ways that pertain to them. When I get to heaven that's one of the questions I have for Jesus.

 

However, after asking God for years for clarification as to why Jesus was so angered by the fig tree without "fruit" I got a clarification that resonated in my spirit that I would like to share with you.

 

When a fruit tree has leaves on it, the observer of fruit trees believes that the presence of those leaves on the tree indicates the presence of fruit. Year after year, experience teaches that lesson.

 

I believe that it angered Jesus that the tree was essentially, for whatever reason, a phony.

 

Jesus was hungry; he looked at the leaves and believed He would find "fruit" there that would satisfy this hunger. Yet, this tree just was not what it purported to be.

 

I find that phoniness in some that claim to be Christian's is much like the phoniness of the fig tree.

 

We see the bibles, the bumper stickers, and the cross around the neck. We may even worship in the same church with these people. Some of these folks are even men and women of God in pulpits on Sunday's preaching. By all appearances they look like the real deal, just as the fig tree did, but when we get closer and spend more time with them we are angered because they are phonies that do not produce any real fruit.

 

Sometimes we get into a relationship with these people because as I have written about in my article entitled "Don't choose a mate from a vending machine," we are "hungry" for another person in our lives.

 

I have example after example I could tell you of people who were left devastated by relationships with folks who they thought were saved, and living for Christ and it turned out that they were not who they said they were.

 

In Matthew 7:16 we read:

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

 

Everyone makes an occasional mistake. We all do. But when day after day a person continues to live their life for themselves and not for Christ, then a prudent person realizes that they are not going to be equally yoked with that other person, and they move on.

 

The problem comes when we see the red flags, no fruit is being produced, and we keep making excuses for the person.  In Proverbs 20:11 we read this:

 

Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.

 

Notice Jesus didn't start rationalizing the "behavior" of the fig tree. He didn't say, "Well, maybe this is a fluke, maybe I came by at the wrong time, and even though this tree has leaves it is probably like this, without fruit, because it comes from other bad fruit trees."

 

No, He immediately dismissed the tree and went on.

 

The interesting thing was that when the disciples saw the tree they "marveled greatly and asked, "How is it that the fig tree has withered away all at once?"

 

Jesus went on to tell them that if they have faith and didn't doubt they could do the same thing.

 

I believe some of us need to hear that today. We have a situation in our life that is not bearing fruit, but we keep making excuses for the person or situation.

 

We are in fear to leave the situation. Jesus says that if we HAVE FAITH we can get rid of non- productive situations that disappoint us and walk away.

 

The reason I don't advise people to jump into relationships, without spending a good year getting to know the person first, is that anyone can put on their "good act" for a few months, but after a year or so the truth comes out. It has too. Sooner or later you will find out what the person is all about and let's hope that you aren't stuck in a relationship with them by that time that includes finances, and or children.

 

I have learned most of the things I teach on within the crucible of fire. Because I was orphaned at an early age, with no brothers and sisters, my loneliness was a big factor in making bad decisions. I had to learn to lean on the Lord. I had to learn that He was with me, and I was never truly alone. I made one bad decision after another. Getting away from the "Phony Figs" from the tree became harder in harder. I know from the conversations I have had, that a lot of you are now, or have been, in similar situations.

 

Once I was visiting Tucson Arizona with a friend. As we walked along I saw the most beautiful lush-leafed tree I had ever seen. I was taking in by its beauty. As we walked closer and closer I noticed the tree had lemons on it.

 

Some of you are there today, you are in emotional distress because you saw a beautiful tree and you assumed only sweet fruit comes from beautiful trees. Now you are stuck making lemonade from the sour lemons you found on the tree.

Now is the time to learn all you can from the situation. You can admit to God and others this situation was not what you expected it to be, and then with God's help you can move on. The next time you will spend more time doing fruit inspection, with Godly eyes. I have learned the most life lessons by making mistakes.

 

You are thinking, "Well, Cathie, you just don't understand my situation. I am stuck. There is no way out!"

 

Luke 1:37 says, "For nothing is impossible with God!"

 

The bible is full of situations where people thought they were in hopeless and helpless situations and yet GOD delivered them. Abraham was at that place when he prayed for Sarah to have a son. In Genesis 18:14 we read this:

"Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."

 

We may feel stuck in impossible situations but when we pray in HIS name, doors will miraculously open in front of us.

 

Don't ask in your name. We are taught to ask in the NAME OF JESUS. Why? There is power in the name of Jesus. There is no power in my name, or your name, or even in Billy Graham's name. There is POWER in the name of JESUS, so we ask in HIS NAME.

 

God wants to curse all the dead fig tree situations in our lives, but He needs our permission to do so. Then, once He curses the situation and tells it that it will not "bear fruit" again, it's a done deal. No one can get it to grow back, no matter how many times they return and try.

 

There was a message in the "Bottle" of my message today, Beloved. I pray we can all learn from our past mistakes and move forward in His Name!

 

Father, we have to admit today that most of our problems in ending up with "phony" relationships is our lack of careful fruit inspection. Forgive us Father; teach us to not only recognize phony fruit, but to bravely trust You enough to walk away from it. In Your Name, the Name above all Names we Pray.

 

© Cathie Miller 2011

 

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For We Know That Nothing...No Thing..  is impossible with God