This message is surrounding the following verses found in Mark 11.
Mark 11:12,13– “Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany. He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves. He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing, but leaves for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, ‘Let no one eat fruit from you ever again'”
Well my first thoughts on this verse was, there weren’t any fruit/figs on the tree because when Jesus had found the tree, it wasn’t the season for figs to grow. Because it wasn’t the season for figs to grow the tree was empty. Which means what? It means in our life, if we are seeking for things (jobs, relationship, spouse, kids, purpose, house etc) but looking for them out of season meaning “it’s not our time” we WILL NOT see/receive what we are seeking.
There are a lot of Christians in fake seasons of their life trying to get fruit to grow. What’s a fake season? It’s a season of life that God does not want you in, which is why He isn’t blessing the season you are in.
For example, if you are in a relationship that you know you’re not suppose to be in because you still have healing to do from the last relationship. God wants you in a season of singleness so He can heal and make you whole again. Since you are not whole yet, God will not bless disobedience. So like the fig tree, you won’t see any fruit and you wonder why, the man of dreams won’t propose or doesn’t want to have kids with you. It is simply not your season.
Or how many people are in stuck in a job that God told them to leave awhile ago. But then you wonder why, your boss didn’t give you that raise or promotion. The answer is simple. You are out of season. God doesn’t want you in that job because he finally told you your purpose (because He has prepared) and wants you to step out in faith. Once again, it is not your season.
Mark 11:20“In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.”
Wow. Because Jesus didn’t bless the tree, the next day it had withered from the roots. What does that tell me? Simple. Without God’s divine intervention and hand in our life, the season we are in will not prosper because either 1 of 3 things will happen.
- The enemy will come in and will kill, steal and destroy. Duh
- We take things into our own hands and either sin or end up in a mess.
- Or if we prayed for God to help/give us wisdom, He will “curse”(BLESS) the situation, even though the results may seem worse, God’s plan is always better.
Mark 11: 21-23 “Peter remembered and said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered’. Have faith in God, Jesus answered. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you standing praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you of your sins.”
It’s important to remember how powerful prayer is in ALL seasons. In these verses the principle of FAITH comes in. Jesus makes a big promise in this verse by saying ANYTHING we ask for will be ours. I know lots of people love that part because if we want to be honest, we like to think of God as a genie. We like the idea of getting anything we want. “God give me the boyfriend, change my husband, change my coworker, give me the promotion, the car, the house, the money” and the list goes on.
But what is a game changer for this verse is the first line and what we should focus on. Jesus tells Peter, “have faith in God”. We can’t and shouldn’t expect anything from God until we understand the first line. We must first have FAITH in God! Faith is what God gives us when we first get saved. The bible also says that without faith, it is impossible to please God! That shows us where Gods heart is. The way I see it is like so…we can’t please God without faith. Well how do I please God? Well the bible tells us time and time again, its about being seeking Him, following His word, serving and loving everyone. *let me add, we do these things because WE LOVE GOD, not to earn His love. There is NOTHING we can do to earn or lose His love* So activate your faith by believing and trusting in GOD’S WILL for your life. That means in ALL seasons of life. Because wherever God has placed you, it is where He wants you. Being in God’s will is the SAFEST place to be but that’s another blog post;)
- Learn to be thankful for the season you are in. It may not seem like you have any “fruit” but God is getting you ready for the next season. Don’t underestimate the importance of a “dry” season. Use it to depend on God and wait for His perfect timing.
- We need God’s blessing/hand/intervention in our life otherwise we get hurt, or left with a consequence from our disobedience.
- Through it ALL God still has your back. All you have to do is go back to Him. Call on His name and He will meet you right where you left off. Go to Him with your needs and you will receive it. PS: If you think He hasn’t answered your prayer, CHECK, yourself below because He hears and answers ALL prayers with one of three responses.
Yes-He gave you exactly what you prayed for.
No- It doesn’t align with His Word or will
Waiting?-Not an actual response haha but it means He has something bigger and better in mind, so keep pressing forward in prayer and WAIT for His timing.
Smile. Laugh. Forgive. Love. Just Love