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Parable of the Fig Tree

These last few days, I have been reflecting on the words of Jesus in Matthew 24. His disciples asked about the signs of the time when He would return. Below is part of what He said as He responded to their question.

“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.” (Matthew 24:32-41)

Take a few minutes to reflect on this passage. Here are a few questions to aide your reflection:

  • What thoughts come to your mind as you reflect on this passage?
  • Do you think the Lord’s return is near?
  • What might the Lord want you to do in this time?
  • How does He want you to live?

Many around the world feel the Lord’s coming is near. May He come soon.

Maranatha (Come Lord!)

Pray Without Doubt

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Jesus found a fig tree without fruit. He said, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.”

At once the fig tree withered.

The disciples were amazed. Jesus said, “If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to this fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ IT WILL HAPPEN. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matt. 21:18-22).

Wow. This is a big claim. The power we have at our disposal is staggering. Prayer without doubt is a tool we have that few of us really utilize. But the power for doing Kingdom work is available to each of us.

What does He want you to pray for this week?

I am no expert at this, far from it. But this passage challenges me anew to pray without doubt.

Maranatha,
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