Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What Did The Fig Tree Say?

And Jesus answered (emphasis mine) and said unto it, “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever” and his disciples heard it. Mark 11:14

What did the fig tree say to receive such a harsh rebuke, one so loud the disciples heard it? It may seem preposterous that objects can speak and hear but Jesus demonstrated otherwise. What type of voices do non-human and inanimate objects have?

Circumstances and situations speak to us constantly. They talk so loudly they keep us up at night. Their nagging dogs us all day long too.

“It’s all over.”
“This situation is hopeless.”
“How will you dig yourself out of this hole?”
“You’ll never make it, you’re all washed up.”

Heard these before? You probably have some of your own personal favorites to add to this list. Jesus showed us how to silence the voices that hound us 24/7 – answer them. He gave us permission to talk back! We’re allowed to put them in their places. Still not convinced? Check out Mark 11:23 for the details.

"I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, 'May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart."

Jesus said we can literally talk to mountains and if we really believe what we say, they will move. God’s Word contains tremendous power. If things browbeat us it's time to do something - speak up! When Jesus cursed the fig tree He didn’t mumble under his breath. He spoke so loud the disciples heard Him.

What fig tree or mountain is trash talking you today? If it’s been one minute, one hour, one day, one year or even longer, it doesn’t matter. Turn it off permanently now! Speak God’s promises to those accusing voices. Don’t just think about them, verbalize His Word at the top of your lungs. Follow Jesus’ example, do what He did and you’ll get the same results.

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