HAVE FAITH IN GOD AND…FORGIVE.
A quick look at the conversation and teaching around the withered fig tree.
Reading about the fig tree this morning in both accounts of Matthew and Mark. In Mark this direct short phrase is included that is not in Matthew. “Have faith in God.”
Seems simple enough…right?
But we have all been there..tempted to waiver in our faith. Tempted to buy into discouragement and doubt. But here Jesus is talking about doubting in the depths of your heart. He is talking about your belief system. Not a simple “I’m not sure if….” which we all face when we feel weak and our flesh and circumstances say otherwise.
But if we dig deep into the depth of our hearts and align by and with Holy Spirit I’m confident your words would be “I have faith in God”. I believe that you would see the true belief system of your heart exposed when it came down to it.
It’s usually in those moments of desperation when our belief is revealed. It’s easy to say “I have faith in God” when we can see all things point to hope and favor and blessing are manifesting. But we must remember that faith is by the Spirit and it is with a prophetic vision we have faith eyes to see and to speak.
But if we have unforgiveness it will influence our faith negatively and it will hinder what we receive. Let’s look at it below.
Both accounts speak of doubt.
Both accounts speak of “just believe you will receive”.
But only one records a very important principle of prayer that Jesus instructs them on.
In Mark 11:22, immediately following the withered fig tree passage the conversation continues to flow by Jesus saying, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you for trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
According to what Jesus is saying here, unforgiveness is an enemy of faith and it will pollute what you believe and hinder what you receive- including forgiveness from the Father. It will hinder Heaven coming into your life on all levels.
It’s a good time to have faith in God but it’s an even better time to forgive and then ask and believe that you will receive all things according to your faith.
End the year right and forgive…and have faith in God!