Devotional - January 26, 2017

Scripture: Mark 11: 12-14, 20-24

Hey guys! I hope you all are doing well. If you have not checked out yesterday’s devotional please do. I changed it up a bit and went with a quick video pregnancy update with my wife and twins. It was awesome!

We are getting pretty close now. February 7th is the appointment for the delivery, which is a day before my birthday. It is truly a gift from God. I never imagined it this way, but God does things that we cannot due all so that we can give him the glory. My family and I are really excited about the arrival of the new Sierra Baby and I am looking forward to keeping you guys updated on it.

Today word comes from the book of Mark chapter 11. This story starts in one part and finishes in another. Mark 11:12-14 says this, 12The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. 14Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it. Then the story resumes in verse 20, the next morning as they passed by the fig tree he had cursed, the disciples noticed it had withered from the roots up.21Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the tree on the previous day and exclaimed, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree you cursed has withered and died!”22Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

For some reason I never remember this story being broken up, I always remembered it together, but I found it surprising how quickly Jesus cursed the fig tree. As I continued to read this it made more sense to me why he did do it though. There is two things that I grabbed from this first is this. You may look good in the outside, but if you are not producing fruit you are useless. Many of our lives look this way. Everything looks good on the outside and you even have people fooled at how great your life is, but in reality you are dying inside. In reality your heart is not pleasing God and because of that you find yourself empty and useless. The bible say that a man will be known by the fruit that he bears, (Matthew 7:16)

Live what you preach and preach what you live.

I am the first one to raise my hand and say that I have wasted my life being what I like to call a “Two-Face” It is not fun in the end. It does not bring everlasting fruit in your life. I have learned to stand for what I believe. I have learned to stand for God in obedience not matter what I am faced and who is around me. I have learned to be transparent and open. That does not mean that I am posting about every personal thing in my life, but that I open myself up to first God, family and people that I trust.

Don’t waste another day pursuing the approval of people. Don’t waste another day being fake. Reap good fruit in your life. Live what you preach and preach what you live.

The second thing that I got from this is that our faith combined with God’s word equals a miracle. There is nothing that is impossible for you to accomplish and do. Faith without God’s word is useless, just as God’s word without faith is useless as well. Many of us hear the word of God, but are we applying faith with that word? Many of us have faith, but are we accompanying that faith with God’s word? The two must go hand in hand for miracles to take place. I am not saying that it is a secret potion or something, but these are principles that we must apply in order to see things move in our lives.

Prayer: My prayer is that we all apply so much faith and so much of God’s word to our lives that we create such a powerful move of God in 2017 and it becomes something that changes the course of our lives.

Challenge: If you haven’t already get into a bible reading plan. That is going to be the first step to growing your faith. After that begin to take steps of faith in your life. In order to see something different you must do something different, which might require faith. Make a move! What do you have to lose when you have God on your side?