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Topic: Matthew 21:19-21
WASTING MY TIME ON WHAT DOESN'T PRODUCE GROWTH
S. Matthew 21:19,21
And as He saw one single leafy fig tree above the roadside, He went to it but He found nothing but leaves on it [seeing that in the fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves]. And He said to it, Never again shall fruit grow on you! And the fig tree withered up at once.
21And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done.
O. It was 'ripe fruit season' for the fig tree. But no fruit was growing there. Jesus caused the whole tree to die because of this...(no fruit in DUE season is a waste of time and a 'lie to the spirit' if we think it WILL produce and hasn't). He then told His disciples that not only could they 'cut off what wasn't producing fruit', they could also 'throw mountains/troubles' (that were'nt producing any 'growth of fruit' and hence a problem sent by only satan) and cause that problem to be 'cast into the sea'. It was Jesus' show of authority...and He gave that same authority to us.
A. Am I wasting my time on what won't produce any fruit? Times and seasons SHOULD produce fruit that feed my spirit or the spirit of others. If it doesn't than Jesus said I can KILL IT! Then He says that I can actually cast out the troubles that cause no production of fruit, either. These troubles, sent by satan ALONE, won't produce any growth in my spirit/soul and I can command them to leave.
P. Where I have no fruit to give You glory, Lord...I pray for clear spiritual vision to SEE that. Help me to know Your seasons of growth and those seasons in which satan tries to steal my time and fruit. Thank You for the authority to drive away satan-only-troubles that don't produce any growth in me...they just waste my time here on earth.