PASSION WEEK | APRIL 11

THE BRIDGE TO FAITH

 

“Peter remembered and said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, look!  The fig tree you have cursed has withered!’  ‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered… if anyone says to this mountain, go throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt…it will be done.’” Mark 11:21-23

 Jesus and His followers boldly returned to Jerusalem today, knowing that the Jewish religious leaders were “looking for a way to kill Him.”  (Mark 11:18)
 
Jesus walked in authority because His authority came from God.

His followers could walk in authority because they were with Jesus. Get the picture?

Along with His authority, Jesus had power to perform miracles.  On Monday, Jesus cursed a fig tree that had leaves but was not bearing fruit. 
In Galilee, it was a common saying that the fruit of the fig tree appeared before
the leaves.  Because there was no fruit, Jesus called for judgment.  A miracle was performed and the tree had withered!

 

Wait a minute.  Is it not true that miracles are good things?  It depends on whose side you are sitting.

  • The parting of the Red Sea was a miracle…it was good for the Israelites, bad for the Egyptian army.
  • The walls of Jericho fell…it was good for God’s people, bad for the evil inhabitants of Jericho.
  • The Gadarene demoniac was healed…it was good for the man, bad for the

           pigs and the demons.

 Look beyond the miracle for the meaning.  Jesus offered an explanation with several lessons from this encounter:

 

  1. Miracles bring judgment to the faithless and blessings to the faithful. The nation of Israel is often represented in Scripture by the fig tree.  Israel, as a nation, was faithless and barren.  Jesus judged the tree that had denied His desire.

 

  1. It all comes down to our faith in God and Jesus – Israel’s lack of faith in God caused them to wander in the desert for 40 extra years.  Israel’s lack of faith in Jesus caused them to suffer as a nation until He returns again as Triumphant King.

 

  1. In prayer, the possibilities of faith are without limits, -Jesus said to have faith in God and the mountains will be removed.  There is a rabbinical  expression for doing the impossible:  “rooting up mountains”.  There is a connection between unwavering faith and mountain-moving prayer.

 

 

If God has spoken it by His word and confirmed it by His Spirit, why doubt it any longer?  Waiting to receive His answer is a part of the faith process.  When you pray in faith to God, at what point is the transaction made?  It is not made when you finally receive the answer:  it is made when the prayer of faith is offered.  I

once ordered car parts on the internet.  The transaction was made when money was transferred from my account.  In faith, I waited with expectation for their arrival.

The moment of your faith is the instant of your deliverance.

Freedom is granted; but, it may take some time before you receive its full benefits.

God answered Daniel’s prayer; but, it took three weeks before he received the

answer because the “angelic messenger” was fighting the demons to deliver it.

 

Ask 3 questions:

  1. Have you surrendered your will to His?
  2. Has God spoken a clear word for your life from His word?
  3. Have you prayed a prayer of undoubting faith?

 

If so, the answer is already on the way.   By the time it arrives, it may have taken

on a different form, but it is coming.
 

BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF.  LAY DOWN YOUR BURDENS.  GOD IS IN

THE HOUSE AND RELIEF IS ON THE WAY!!!!