Today I would like to share a verse with you which has changed my life, and is continuing to change my life on a daily basis. The reason why I want to do this today, is because this verse comes up in today’s chapter. This is not the only time that this is shown, in fact it is often taught, but it is one of the biggest misunderstanding in the Christian church today (in my opinion). This has been a revelation to me in recent years, but I am still trying to get my head around it completely, as it changes the way that you do just about everything. At least it should. I’ll get to that it in minute, but let’s first look at some other interesting points in this chapter.
The Pharisees. We love to look at them and think about how silly they were, always getting things wrong, but sometimes I think that we act more like them than we care to admit. When Jesus rides in on the donkey, all the people seem to love Him, singing His praises. Next thing we know, the Pharisees are planning to kill Jesus, so what went wrong? Now don’t get me wrong, the Pharisees may not have been singing Jesus’ praises, but there was definitely something that was the final straw. There was an event that pushed them over the edge. Jesus challenged them on money. Jesus does His table turning demonstration, which doesn’t really fit into our ‘meek and mild’ picture of Jesus. This scripture is often used to show how Jesus was ‘anti-wealth’, which is complete nonsense, Jesus is not anti-wealth. Jesus is anti the LOVE of money, in place of loving God. Jesus knows that we can only serve one master, and He wants to be the object of our worship. When the Pharisees were using God’s house as a place to make money off of His people, that upset Jesus. When Jesus challenged them on this, they couldn’t take it, so they planned to kill Him. Interesting. Maybe that is why the Bible talks so much about money. Maybe God realises how much it means to us, maybe that is why He addresses it. I’ll leave you to think about that.
So, this verse that will change your life. Jesus and the disciples were out and about, and rather hungry, and they come across a fig tree. The tree has no fruit as it is out of season, so Jesus curses the fig tree. A bit harsh I fear, but you’ll see where this is leading. The next morning they passed the fig tree again, and it was dead. Verses 21-25. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!” Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 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. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Let me make it clear, the fig tree does not represent us. Jesus does not curse us if we don’t produce fruit. Jesus is telling us to curse the things in our life that don’t produce fruit. Illness (physical or mental), sin, anything else in or lives that don’t produce good fruit. Get rid of it. Now I understand that getting rid of sin, may be ‘easier’ than getting rid of illness, because we have more ‘control’ over that. Let’s take a look at what Jesus says, which is the verse that I was referring to. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. If you believe that you have received it, it will be yours. You already have it, but it isn’t yours yet. If you believe that you already have it, it will be yours. It sounds contradictory, but it is fact not. Allow me to explain. We already have the Holy Spirit living in us. We have all of the healing, deliverance and salvation that we could ever need. We may not experience it yet, because it is not yet ‘ours’, but we already have it. Jesus did what He needed to on the cross, He has provided everything, we just haven’t received it yet. Why? Because we don’t believe that we have it already. We are taught to see to believe, but Jesus tells us to believe to see. Here is how it will change your life. Next time you are praying and pleading with God to heal you or deliver you from something, how about looking at it from a different angle (the real one). You already have it. Believe that you already have it. Thank God for it. Release what Jesus has already done from within you. Receive in your body and mind, what Jesus has already provided in your new spirit. This changes how we do things, because we no longer have to wait for God to do something, but rather just release what Jesus has already done for us and receive it. We no longer have to wait to see if Jesus will give us the Christmas present that we want, we just have to open the present already sitting under the tree. It is easier to believe for something if we understand that we already have it.
I’ll chat more about this at some point, but think about it in the meantime.