Today, read and pray through Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree and a discussion of the fruit JESUS desires in us.
12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. Mark 11:12–19 ESV
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
Leaves come before the fruit. When there are leaves yet no fruit, something has gone wrong…and THUS DISAPPOINTMENT.
After yesterday’s celebratory preparation for Jesus, today let us ensure that we the branches of the vine are truly bearing fruit and not just showing leaves.
In this conversation the leaves of our life would be the tangible things that we track that can be seen as a form of godliness.
Public piety, church attendnace, religious practice. – – – THESE ARE THE LEAVES. There is nothing wrong with the leaves, but the leaves are only of value if they are a marker of the fruit that we bear. Evaluate not your church attendance, and religious practice, but the fruit of the SPIRIT and its increase in your life.
IS YOUR FRUIT AS VISIBLE AS YOUR LEAVES? Have a discussion with your inner circle (family or close friends) and ask if them if they could point out visible examples of your spiritual fruit.
@pastorfury Happy Holy Monday! Not long after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem he spotted a fig tree that had leaves but upon close inspection had no fruit. Today let us give ourselves a close examination. Do we see more and more of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives? Or just leaves out “religious activity”? 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 ESV Go to UnshackledNetwork.org/Holyweek for brief devotionals with response questions or activities to celebrate every day this week. Watch this less than 3 minute video for more on our Holy Week Devos. https://youtu.be/LG2zOPhdVPk #Coffee #CoffeeDevos #Devotional #GoodMorning #TeamJesus #FreedomStoryMedia #Easter #HolyWeek ♬ original sound - Pastor Fury