Power to build up! Power to tear down! Power to speak life! Power to speak death! Be aware of what you say and who you say it to for the impact can be incredible or devastating. Your word of encouragement may be just enough to be a hand up out of the pit. Your word of discouragement may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and causes someone to lose hope. Be aware of what you will say! Care enough to think before you speak! Be purposeful in what you say and do!
When we speak in faith believing, it’s amazing what will happen! Let’s take a look into today’s reading to see what He has to say:
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree(Matthew 21.18, 19)12The next day, as they were coming back from Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13He saw in the distance a fig tree covered with leaves, so he went to see if he could find any figs on it. But when he came to it, he found only leaves, because it was not the right time for figs. 14Jesus said to the fig tree, “No one shall ever eat figs from you again!”And his disciples heard him.
Jesus Goes to the Temple(Matthew 21.12-17; Luke 19.45-48; John 2.13-22)15When they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple and began to drive out all those who were buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons, 16and he would not let anyone carry anything through the Temple courtyards. 17He then taught the people: “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!”18The chief priests and the teachers of the Law heard of this, so they began looking for some way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.19When evening came, Jesus and his disciples left the city.
The Lesson from the Fig Tree(Matthew 21.20-22)20Early next morning, as they walked along the road, they saw the fig tree. It was dead all the way down to its roots. 21Peter remembered what had happened and said to Jesus, “Look, Teacher, the fig tree you cursed has died!”22Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23I assure you that whoever tells this hill to get up and throw itself in the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24For this reason I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for. 25And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done.”
Speaking and believing what you say is powerful! Don’t speak like a tree that sways back and forth in the wind or by the waves, but be strongly rooted in what you believe and speak! Forgiveness is an incredible power and responsibility! As you forgive others, God will forgive you! Realize your purpose and why you have been put in such a place at such a time! Go has sent you as a messenger to encourage, correct, instruct, direct or so that others may have their eyes opened to the truth.
We aren’t hear for a long time, but we are hear for a reason. Our lives on earth are for a purpose and so we should live each day with that purpose in mind. Let’s be bold and courageous because of our hope and our faith in God! Let’s consider and reflect on what 2 Corinthians 5 has to say…
1For we know that when this tent we live in—our body here on earth—is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever. 2And now we sigh, so great is our desire that our home which comes from heaven should be put on over us; 3by being clothed with it we shall not be without a body. 4While we live in this earthly tent, we groan with a feeling of oppression; it is not that we want to get rid of our earthly body, but that we want to have the heavenly one put on over us, so that what is mortal will be transformed by life. 5God is the one who has prepared us for this change, and he gave us his Spirit as the guarantee of all that he has in store for us.
6So we are always full of courage. We know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord’s home. 7For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight. 8We are full of courage and would much prefer to leave our home in the body and be at home with the Lord. 9More than anything else, however, we want to please him, whether in our home here or there. 10 For all of us must appear before Christ, to be judged by him. We will each receive what we deserve, according to everything we have done, good or bad, in our bodily life. — from 1 Corinthians 5:1-10
Having asked Jesus into our hearts and with our names written into the book of life, we are in a position for God to lead and guide us, bless and protect us, encourage and strengthen us. So let’s not give up nor give in, but rather let’s press on to become all that God has planned for us to do.
Friendship with God through Christ
11We know what it means to fear the Lord, and so we try to persuade others. God knows us completely, and I hope that in your hearts you know me as well. 12We are not trying again to recommend ourselves to you; rather, we are trying to give you a good reason to be proud of us, so that you will be able to answer those who boast about people’s appearance and not about their character. 13Are we really insane? It is for God’s sake. Or are we sane? Then it is for your sake. 14We are ruled by the love of Christ, now that we recognize that one man died for everyone, which means that they all share in his death. 15He died for all, so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but only for him who died and was raised to life for their sake. 16No longer, then, do we judge anyone by human standards. Even if at one time we judged Christ according to human standards, we no longer do so. 17Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. 18All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also. 19Our message is that God was making all human beings his friends through Christ. God did not keep an account of their sins, and he has given us the message which tells how he makes them his friends. 20Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself were making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: let God change you from enemies into his friends! 21Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with him we might share the righteousness of God. — from 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
So let’s stand up in hope giving God all the praise and glory in Jesus’ name.
1Sing to the Lord, all the world!
2Worship the Lord with joy; come before him with happy songs!
3Acknowledge that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, we are his flock.
4Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving; go into its courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise him.
5The Lord is good; his love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts forever.
— from Psalm 100