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Sept 7 Devotion: Withering Away

Withering Away

Matthew 21:19-20 [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!

Use your imagination and place yourself here with the disciples. Imagine seeing this fig tree wither away the way it did. We often would see something like this and just think that if it had produced just any fruit at all then it would still be here. Would you think a single fig might’ve solidified this fig trees future. What if instead we used the opportunity to look at ourselves? What fruit would do we have to show? Don’t compare your fruit to someone else’s. No matter how little or how great it’s not about comparison. Jesus did not come to this fig tree expecting to find bananas. Therefore, He’s not looking at your life expecting to find the fruit of someone else. What are we doing with what God has given us? If you can sing, are you singing for God? Have you answered the call to preach? If you’re a Sunday School teacher, are you putting forth your best effort for God in your class? It’s possible you don’t do any of those things. Do you pray? God has given us all the ability to pray. When we are doing things for God in the right spirit then when storms come our way we will find ourselves nestled up with Him, and ready to face whatever it may be. You’ll have faith and know that God has it all under control. However, when we aren’t where we need to be with God that’s when those things that come into our lives has a worst affect on us. When faced with a storm, or the need to stand for what’s right we just wither away like the fig tree. We fall out of church, fall away from God, and just ignore what’s right. Society today needs some people that are willing to stand for God and stand for what’s right. Those that are willing to bear their fruit and not cave to the world. Will you stand or wither today in the face of adversity?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson


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