“As they left Bethany the next day, he was hungry. Off in the distance, he saw a fig tree in full leaf. He came up to it, expecting to find something for breakfast, but found nothing but fig leaves. (It was not yet the season for figs.) He addressed the tree: ‘No one is going to eat fruit from you again – ever!’ And the disciples overheard him.”
“He also spoke this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said unto him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’”
In order for us to get our victory, we must have understanding, insight, and wisdom, because there is something owed to us and something is supposed to happen to you in your life. I want you to understand that there is a spiritual war that is trying to stop you from getting the things God has declared over you. The enemy will try to keep you in a fruitless cycle and season.
When we look at time (Greek: Chronos), it is linked to moments, hours, minutes; times that are linked to seasons. Seasons are a span of time were certain events happen, giving us an indication of what time we are in, and when that season changes. The seasons indicate when you have come out of one time, and are entering another. Sometimes, we don’t recognize that our season has changed. But the way that we know the season has changed is by what is happening around us: leaves change or grow, the temperature changes significantly, white snow or green grass are all such signs. Likewise, there are indicators to know when the seasons of your life have changed; people start acting ugly towards you, your friends suddenly stop talking to you, family thinks you’re crazy because you’re happy. Maybe God doesn’t want them in your next season. So thank God for moving them out of your life now, because they definitely won’t be able to handle where you are going!
In Luke 13, the vineyard owner had been coming to the fig tree for three years, and never had he found fruit; the tree was caught in a fruitless cycle. Everybody operates through seasons and cycles, and there are cycles in the spiritual realm, of blessing and of pain. Life has its own rhythm, and the key is to get into the rhythm of Blessing. Any time you are going to get a breakthrough, you have to break that cycle that is holding you back!
The lady with the issue of blood had to break a 12-year cycle!
The paralyzed man at the pool in Bethesda had to break a 38-year cycle!
Blind Bartimaeus had to break a cycle that lasted his entire life!
If you are in a cycle of blessing in your life, the reason the enemy tempts you with sin is to get you to try to do something that will break that cycle! Have you ever been in a cycle of blessing, where everything you touched was blessed? Everything you did got blessed? Everything you put your hands to was blessed? The enemy hates it when you get into that cycle of blessing! He will send anybody, any word, any frustration and discouragement to try to break your cycle of blessing. He wants you to get angry, offended, and discouraged, because he wants you to break your cycle of blessing!
Back to Luke 13, the gardener responds to the vineyard owner’s demand that he tear it up, asking for permission to “let it alone this year until I dig around it and fertilize it.” Then, the owner will come back and find what he is looking for: FRUIT. The enemy sends “dung” into your life to try to break your blessing cycle, but that dung becomes fertilizer. Romans 8:28 reminds us that “All things work together for the good to them that love God.” If it isn’t God-sent, then it is still God-used. Because the fertilizer that has been in your life lately is being used to produce that which is inside you; the more fertilizer/dung that you have been experiencing, the more fruit you are going to produce!
When you look at David, he is anointed as king, and yet is still walking through a field of sheep, and their dung. Then, there is a man by the name of Saul that throws even more “FERTILIZER” on David. But David isn’t fazed by all of this! David’s armor-bearers suggested they go kill Saul, but David commands them not to touch Saul, for what Saul was doing against David was actually working for David! David walks in the anointing of a king, and in the ownership of a city he never actually lived in! The Bible refers to Jerusalem as the “City of David” and yet, David never took up residence within those city walls! When David reaches the area that will become the capital of Israel, “the Jebusites were inhabiting what belonged to him.” (1 Chronicles 11:4) The Jebusites told David that he would never enter their city, but the Bible says David’s reply is one word: “Nevertheless.” David broke the cycle!
Likewise, you can own that which you have yet to walk into!
Mark 11:12-14 tells of a story when Jesus curses a fig tree which was bearing no fruit, and his disciples overhear him. Verses 20 and 21 reveal the rest of the story. “In the morning, walking along the road, they saw the fig tree, shriveled to a dry stick. Peter, remembering what had happened the previous day, said to him, ‘Rabbi, look – the fig tree you cursed is shriveled up!’”
The word “hungry,” defined as “strongly motivated (as by ambition)” is linked to the word “desire,” as in “to long for.” You cannot hunger after something unless you first desire it. Jesus is showing a quite human attribute that he is not only hungry but is desiring of something to eat, and his desire got hold of him so much that it caused him to cross the road and go over to the fig tree with the expectation to receive something. Desire will push you; desire will make you cross the road. Here is Jesus, so moved by desire/hunger that he crosses over the road to the fig tree, expecting to receive something but there is nothing but leaves.
The Bible says that Jesus responded, answered, addressed the fig tree; this means that the tree was actually talking back to him! The enemy will put things in front of you, to talk back to you, to come against your desire, destiny, and victory, to try to make you settle for things like leaves instead of fruit! Fig leaves are bitter; the book of Isaiah tells that they are used on boils and unhealthy growths. But the fruit of the tree was used to revive people when they were hungry! The devil wants you to settle for leaves, to settle for second place, for minimum wage, for mediocrity. Don’t settle for leaves if God promised you fruit!
There are things that the enemy will try to set up to deceive you, things that he will try to present to you right before your biggest breakthrough. He will try to deceive you will the leaves so that you never reach the fruit. Jesus should have known that there was nothing on the fig tree, but his desire moved him to look for himself. Remember this: It was only a week later that Jesus is going to have power over death and grave. Anytime you are about to fulfill your destiny and purpose, you will have to deal with temptation.
If it feels like you are getting nothing but the worst life has to offer, it is then that you are about reach your breakthrough to the best God has to offer!
Thank You Jesus.
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