Posted by: eightweleve | December 29, 2009

on cursing fig trees

i have been reading this book called ‘The Good Fight of Faith: Following the Examples of Jesus’ by Alan Vincent (#amazon link#), and I would highly recommend it to all; probably the best book i have read in a really long time. its a wonderful book that has already taught me so much about receiving from God and faith, and im not even done with it yet. the 10th chapter is called ‘cursing the fig tree’, and i have had to read it twice already. it is still sinking in.

ok. hold that thought.

Matthew 21:18-22 reads:
”In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry,  and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” And immediately the fig tree withered up. The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

this is my ‘life verse’. these are the first verses that God ‘highlighted’ to me. ever. so the idea of cursing fig trees has been on my radar since before i even gave my life to Jesus. (i did about 2 months later, in case you are curious.)

anywho, what Alan Vincent teaches in this book (and i have since semi-verified in Scripture and in other commentaries) is that the fig tree is a Biblical allusion to a religious spirit. he begins by discussing how Adam and Eve used fig leaves to hide their appearance, and ever since then (over and over in the Bible) the fig tree is always a sign of an empty religiosity. kind of blew my mind. still is.

so what i am processing are the implications of what this means for my spiritual destiny, or to put it better, i am asking the Lord if perhaps my main role in the Kingdom might be to come against religious spirits (mostly in intercession)? even now a few memories immediately come to mind: a compliment about being the least pretentious person another had ever met; how emotionally angry i get whenever i encounter someone under a religious spirit; how i feel about ‘faking it’. and i love it (LOVE IT!) when someone from a background of religious emptiness truly experiences the love of the Father; whether that be through a prophetic word or healing or revelation. there is nothing better for me.

at any rate, i am really intrigued with this whole concept, and am excited to see how He responds to this over the next season or more.

thoughts?

(p.s. i just realized i have kept this blog going for about 15 months now. yeah for me!)

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