Jesus tells a parable of a fig tree that bears no fruit in Luke 13:6(ESV) And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Fig trees were planted in vineyards and taken care of by gardeners who worked for the owners of the vineyard.
The fig trees represents us/the church, the owner represents God and the gardener is Jesus interceding for us. God is basically saying all these trees (Church goers) are bearing fruit but this one is not, so cut it down and remove it, then Jesus intercedes and says 1 more year let me dig around it and put manure, then if it still does not bear fruit then remove it.
Healthy Fig trees that are fruit producing are pruned very little. The thinning stimulates new growth and it increases fruit size. Fig trees that do not produce fruit are pruned/thinned out meaning the diseased, weak and dead limbs are cut off during the dormant season, then in the following season if it doesn’t produce fruit they are chopped down and burned.
In the parable Jesus is pleading the case with the creator God to have mercy on the people who look like the other Christians but bear no fruit. He is saying let me prune them and put manure on them and if that doesn’t work then cut them down and burn them. Pruning is a good thing and most of time we think we are going through stuff, we think the whole world is against us, God is far from us but it is a pruning to produce fruit and it could possibly the last pruning. The manure we sometimes endure is healthy for us to produce fruit later on. Manure is used a fertilizer. We need discernment to recognize what is going on. People, jobs, things, places etc are pruned from our lives and we think it is so horrible but in all actuality it’s a pruning. Those things were the diseased, dead and weak limbs keeping us from bearing fruit.
There is no greater word that can describe the state of the modern day American church than compromise. The root of all the fruitlessness is compromise.
Somehow we let the heretical doctrine of a perverted grace message infiltrate the church and today most people think the church should look like what they see on “Christian” television rather than what in the book of Acts. The grace and salvation we receive at conversion is a doorway to a new life, but it is not always viewed that way. The Romans had heard the Gospel message and came to the conclusion that since they were now under grace, they should sin all the more, so that grace might increase. Paul replied in
Romans 6:1-2 (NLT )Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
They tried to use the grace of God as an excuse for sin, but it is because of the grace of God that sin should not have dominion over us Romans 6:14 (NLT)Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
2 Peter 2:19 (NLT)They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
You might say,”Thankfully, I am free and it does not apply to me.” Yes, it does. The United States of America is supposed to be the land of the free. Are we? It is the land of the slaves. It’s the land of the slaves, because Peter says, “Anything that overcomes you, anything that overtakes you, anything that rules over you, anything that reigns above you, it’s like your Pharaoh. It’s your master, and it enslaves you.”
We don’t use this language in our culture because we’re no longer a very biblically literate culture. Instead, we use therapeutic and psychological language, like “addiction.” “Addiction” is secular for the biblical concept of slavery. So, the person says, “I’m addicted to alcohol.” You’re a slave to the bottle. “I’m addicted to drugs.” You’re a slave to the substances. “I’m addicted to gambling.” You’re enslaved to the high and the potential windfall you pursue. “I’m addicted to my own reputation.” No, actually, you are one who is enslaved and you’re worshiping the God you see in the mirror every morning. “Well, I have to maintain my beauty,” or, “My spouse has to maintain their beauty. We are addicted to body image.” No, you’re enslaved to your appearance. “I am driven by my career.” “I am driven by my income.” “I’m driven by my position at work.” No, you’re enslaved to your performance.
Every one of us has different shackles, whether It’s drugs,alcohol,sex, control or power.
Paul says that God has already set him free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2(NLT)So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.), and that while he couldn’t beat the sin that had hounded him, God did by sending his own Son. God has already done the hard work in tackling the sin problem. Because of the cross, sin is defeated. Satan’s greatest threat to any of us is a permanent separation from God because of our own sin. Satan sets the trap, and hopes we’ll fall into it. But when Jesus gave his life up for the sake of sinners, the ultimate power of sin was defeated once and for all. Even though all of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), when we accept the gift of God’s grace we can still experience God’s glory as if we had never sinned at all.
There is a problem, people make up their own definition of grace. Their definition may sound beautiful – it may even seem to exalt the Lord – but it is a deception. We shouldn’t be surprised or caught off guard by it, as Jude saw this and wrote with great urgency and conviction:
Jude 1:3-4″ (NLT)3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. 4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Titus 2:11-12 (NLT)teaches about the grace of God:” 11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, This is what the grace of God does in our lives. Through grace, God fills our hearts with love and teaches us to live Godly lives in this evil world. Yet many want to use grace as a cloak to hide behind. Often people want others to be accepted without requiring true faith and real repentance. It should cause one to ask if they have really received the grace of God, or merely an excuse. All an excuse can do is to ease a sin-stained conscience. Similarly, narcotics or alcohol might make a person feel better, but they don’t solve problems; they only make them worse. As drugs are to an addict, so cheap grace is to a false convert. Cheap grace might make you feel better, but it can never make you right with God; it can never compare with a clean heart.
God does not grade on a curve and He will not change the standard because He has a hard time finding people that can meet it. Genesis 6:9 Noah found grace but God did not change his mind because He couldn’t find more who could meet the standard.
He also will not change the standard because you can’t put down things of this world and get into an intimate relationship with Him.
The first thing you lose in comprise is not the anointing, the revelation or the gift, it’s the intimacy. You stop spending time with God. Intimacy with God is where supernatural things are produced. Spiritual reproduction is a result of intimacy with God. God made Adam from dirt and Made Eve from Adam. We all know that men are women are different physically. God had everything he needed to form Eve from Adam. God could’ve just made another person from the dirt or give Adam the ability to form people from dirt. But it wasn’t God’s will to reproduce without intimacy. The problem with the modern church is that we have so compromised that we are no longer intimate with God and we are trying to reproduce things without presence.
Genesis 38:8-10 (NLT)
8 Then Judah said to Er’s brother Onan, “Go and marry Tamar, as our law requires of the brother of a man who has died. You must produce an heir for your brother.”9 But Onan was not willing to have a child who would not be his own heir. So whenever he had intercourse with his brother’s wife, he spilled the semen on the ground. This prevented her from having a child who would belong to his brother. 10 But the Lord considered it evil for Onan to deny a child to his dead brother. So the Lord took Onan’s life, too.
We need to be impregnated not stimulated, Onan went in to stimulate the bride but did not impregnate her. We are in the church to impregnate you with something so your appetites change, we are not here to stimulate and make u feel good about yourself. The sword is the word and it is here to separate your flesh from your spirit. The sword is not here to entertain, we are in an entertain me society.
The problem is most people come here to get stimulated and never leave impregnated with something to where their appetites change.
You have to be in Covenant to produce Intimacy to have something impregnate you so that your appetites change.
Abraham even at 100 knew that he could not reproduce without intimacy with Sarah. At 100 he still believes, not that God will do it another way but that intimacy is still relevant to reproduction. Abraham is a man of enormous faith who refused to stop believing God. Regardless of the mistake he made he was still unwavering in the promise that God made him. What God spoke to him at 75 he still believed at 100.What God spoke to him at 75 that he made a huge mistake of getting intimate with something that should have been serving him. Hagar was supposed to serve Abraham but when you get in bed with things that are supposed to be serving you like your job, your career, materialism, secular humanism, philosophy, intellect, whenever you get intimate with them you end up producing something that will fight against your promise. Later on Sarah looks out and sees Ishmael picking on Isaac and says to Abraham get that bondwoman and her son away from my Isaac.
Genesis 21:8 (HCSB)The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham held a great feast on the day Isaac was weaned. 9 But Sarah saw the son mocking—the one Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham. 10 So she said to Abraham, “Drive out this slave with her son, for the son of this slave will not be a coheir with my son Isaac!”
If you never separate them your mistake will begin to mock your miracle. Isaac was the miracle and Ishmael was the mistake and Abraham wanted them to live together but God is showing us that there must be a place of consecration and disconnection if there is going to be a real elevation to the next level. Whatever God is asking you to get rid of, whoever he is telling you to disconnect from is not because he wants to see you in pain or suffer its because you cannot elevate to the new level with that amount of baggage.
What happened here is Abraham stepped in and took a matters into his own hands not because he didn’t believe it’s because he compromised and when you compromise you lose intimacy. When you compromise you diminish the role of the bride and you start partnering with stuff you should be communing with. God is looking for brides. Sarah was the bride but her role was diminished when Abraham turned to self management. When we compromise and move into self management we lose our bride status. We become busy, sensible, reasonable and practical and just getting things done seems much more easier than just waiting in prayer. We move into busy but we don’t labor for him anymore. We lose the intimacy that marks us and our ability to reproduce and any thing coming out of us isn’t of any divine consequence.
We cannot come to church and spend 2 hrs a week with Him and expect intimacy. Intimacy is a secondary consequence of covenant. We have a Covenant first that produces intimacy. Many people try to have intimacy without covenant. We can not expect to have intimacy with our spouse by only spending 2 hrs a week with them. God does not allow us to get into intimacy with anything else without covenant why do we think we can not have a covenant with him and reproduce anything worth while?
We are the Bride of Christ, there is a difference between a bride and a whore.We have got to maintain our commitment to His presence and stay in the intimacy if we are going to become the bride that God has intended us to be, the warring governing bride of the almighty God representing on the Earth, the great groom who has never lost a battle in the history of all mankind. It’s going to take intimacy to get us back to the place He called us to be.
Matthew 7:21-23“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Luke 1:34 And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man
That word know, “ginosko” in the Greek, refers in this context to an intimate relationship of union and approval. That is the kind of relationship a believer needs to have with Christ.
Paul said, “But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:3). Jesus will not say those words of condemnation in Matthew 7:21-23 to someone who truly loves Him, and seeks intimacy with Him, God recognizes, approves and truly works together with those who love Him.
If we have lost intimacy then we must fight to shut everything down, repent of what we have compromised and partnered with. We must fight to get back what is of any worth in this life and it is the presence of All Mighty God. Deep is calling to deep just as shallow is calling to shallow. We must get so deep into intimacy with God that we can no longer hear the calls of shallow. We must stay the course that God put us on when we first came into His presence; we must stay in His presence and stay in intimacy with Him. We must remember that God timing is not our timing. If God told us to do something we must do it until it comes to fruition and he puts us on another task.