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Do You See What I See?

The day after the Triumphal Entry, Jesus walks in the Temple and with righteous anger, He cleanses His house. He turned over tables and kicked everyone out who wasn’t using His house for its intended purposes. 

We can learn something here. Yes, Jesus caused a scene, wrecked the place, and kicked people out, but that doesn’t give us the green light to do that. He is the Son of God. The Temple was a holy establishment built to praise God, not to trade money and sell animals for the Passover like they were doing when He entered. I’ve heard people justify their brazen behavior by saying, “Well, Jesus cleansed the Temple, so there’s that.” He did this twice, but we don’t read of Him doing this kind of thing throughout the scriptures. Just because He did it, doesn’t mean we should.

Early the next morning, Jesus was returning to the city and was hungry. He sees a fig tree by the road and went up to the tree. When He saw nothing but leaves, He cursed the tree, “May no fruit ever come from you again,” and immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed, and said, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” (Matthew 21:18-22)

Jesus then teaches them about faith. “I assure you: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you tell this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done. And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Can you imagine seeing a fig tree shrivel up right before your eyes just from the spoken word of Jesus? I’ll be honest and say I can’t, yet I’ve seen God do some remarkable things. Kind of like Joshua praying for the sun to stand still…I’ve seen the sun stand still. I witnessed God deliver my mother from twenty-one years of daily alcoholism, overnight. Yes, I said overnight. She had no withdraws. No adverse effects, whatsoever. She put down the booze one night and hasn’t picked it up since and that was almost two years ago. So, yeah, I’ve seen a fig tree wither and I’ve witnessed the sun stand still.

Maybe you’ve had something shake your faith recently? Or like me, you’ve witnessed the miraculous and you’re still riding the wave. Wherever you are, don’t forget that we have a God who split the Red Sea, made the walls of Jericho crumble, made a donkey talk, sustained Jonah in the mouth of a fish for three days, made the sun stand still, healed umpteen people with illnesses and ailments, fed 5,000 men with five loaves and two fish, raised Lazarus and the little girl from the dead, and He himself rose from the dead after being tortured and crucified, which I’ll blog about on Friday…so stay tuned.

Don’t lose your faith… no matter what, because our God is bigger than anything you’re facing right now. Whether you’re staring down a cancer diagnosis, the loss of a loved one, unemployment, or any of the thousand woes this life throws at us, do what Jesus said: “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! Take note –– your reward is great in heaven.” Luke 6:23    

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