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This lesson is shown on Monday of Passion Week.
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SCRIPTURE______________________________

Matt. 21:18-22
18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found
nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow
on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon
is the fig tree withered away!
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye
have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to
the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing,
ye shall receive.
KJV
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THOUGHT________________________________

LIGHT from the WORD.

You can also read this account in Mark 11:13-20.

Matthew is brief in his account of this incident and does not
explain there were two days in the event of the fig tree.
He only says "presently the fig tree withered away."
Mark explains that on one morning Jesus made the statement
about the tree, and the next morning they noted it was withered.

In Judaea, fig trees often put on leaves as early as March, and by
April the figs are ripe.
Mark says, "He found nothing but leaves."
In other words the tree exhibited it SHOULD have had fruit,
but was VOID!

Each morning you go to work, and probably cross a bridge.
Your belief that the bridge will take you safely across
leads you to the action of getting on the bridge.
Without the "fruit," or action you will
NOT get across!

Jesus took this occasion to teach a lesson of faith.
Let us remember, in this example, that faith belongs to those who
have surrendered to God. (See Ephesians 2:8-9).
Faith is a gift of God given to those who surrender to Christ.
It causes the action of God's Holy Spirit working in the believer.

Jesus was saying, "If you HAVE faith, and act upon it without
wavering, then.." you can do these other things.
Now someone might say, "I, in true faith, have said to the mountain
'be thou removed,' and it has not budged!"
Perhaps they don't realize that faith provides a SHOVEL!

Faith that produces no fruit will WITHER, because the person
"hath no root in themselves." (Mark 4:17)
A true faith will expose a path through which to overcome
obstacles to that faith!

The object of the lesson is NOT that we might have power to move
mountains into the sea.
The object of the lesson is to PRAY BELIEVING!
In such prayer, God will SHOW a way!

Is your faith producing the fruit of prayer and Bible study so that
you might grow stronger spiritually?

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce