He healed all that were sick Part 2
April 14, 2024

CURSE THAT TREE

 

And Jesus went into Jerusalem and the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

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.”

And His disciples heard it.

Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.  And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

Mark 11:11-14, 20-21

We are all familiar with this story about how Jesus cursed a tree because of its unfruitfulness, in this true event there are many lessons to be learned, however, there is something the Lord is showing me that I want to share with you and that is there are some trees that we will need to curse because of their fruitfulness!

In his parable about the sower the Lord Jesus taught us some important lessons in spiritual reproduction; he showed us that the heart of man is the ground of all spiritual reproduction and that the fruits that issue out of a man’s life are the products of the seeds sown in the ground or soil of his heart.

In that parable the Lord Jesus called the word of God, the good seed, implying that there is a bad seed as we will see later.

Just like the earth, the heart was designed to receive seed, incubate it, and deliver it as a tree with its harvest through a man’s life. This is why the Lord warns us to guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it proceeds the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

We are to protect our ground/heart to ensure that only good seed is sown in it.

Just as the Lord seeks to sow good seeds into our hearts through his word, the enemy seeks to do the same. Still, this time he tries to sow evil seed, designed to produce a harvest of evil and corruption in and through our lives, many times we do not realize what has been done until we start struggling with the fruit of the seeds of evil sown in our hearts.

   Maybe you find yourself struggling with lustful thoughts driving you to engage in unclean habits or actions, unforgiveness, uncontrolled anger, fear, unbelief, and doubt, the list is endless, it may just be that they are the fruits of evil trees producing their fruits in your life.

Just listen to all the things being peddled around today, the lies about gender identity and sexuality are very glaring examples of what we are talking about.

You may wonder how these seeds are sown, the same way God’s word is sown today, by what you see and hear. Satan has wonderful preachers of his doctrines on the television, internet, cable TV, news tabloids, religious houses, and even pulpits!

These seeds will grow into trees and eventually produce their fruits of evil in your life except you deal with them before they become trees and in case you did not even realize what was happening until the fruits began to manifest, you can do what Jesus did to the fig tree, he cursed it and it dried from its roots.

Curse the tree

Jesus cursed a tree and it died because of its unfruitfulness but now he would have you curse the tree that is producing all the evil fruit in your life because of its fruitfulness.

Listen you are not going to be free from these evil fruits until you aggressively deal with the trees that produce them.

I am sure you understand that we are not dealing with physical trees but reproductive systems generated by the word that dwells in your heart, The metaphor of trees illustrates how these system takes root and produce.

So when we curse the ‘tree’ we are dealing a death blow to that system and ‘killing’ it, causing its power to be broken over your life and its fruit to stop manifesting in and through you.

Curse the tree of doubt in your life, the tree of lust or uncleanness, the tree of fear, negativity, jealousy, pride, etc, I am not saying that every case of doubt or fear is caused in this way because we have the flesh to deal with too,  but when it has become a pattern and regular feature in your life, then you need to recognize that something is producing that fruit and take action against it.

The tree could also be seeds sown in your hearts about certain disease conditions and sicknesses that you have believed and now you are laboring under the influence and power of it as it manifests in your body. Curse it and don’t stop until it dries up from the roots

The Lord Jesus taught us that every tree is known by its fruit, recognize the fruit and deal with the tree producing that harvest of evil in your life, and be diligent to guard your heart.

Be deliberate about receiving good seed and growing it in your heart so that the fruits of righteousness may be manifest to the glory of God.

Remember this, the heart like the soil does not discriminate between seeds, it will receive whatever seed you permit to be planted in it, grow it, and multiply its harvest in your life.

Be intentional and be wise.

If you don’t like the fruit, curse the tree until it dies and replace with it a seed whose fruits you desire.

Shalom!

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