Matthew – Fulfilled.
I am one of those simple faith people who truly believes what God’s Word says about “delighting in the details” of our lives. He created us. He is in all, above all and covers all. God’s Word tells us that God, our Father loves to give generously to those who ask with a believing heart that knows He will meet our needs as He sees them. There is the “catch”. What we perceive as a need might be different than what God sees as His best for us. “Lay hold of God” says Jesus to his followers who are wondering why he cursed a fig tree that bore no fruit. (Mm, the fig tree just wasn’t ready for Jesus that day?)
We must repent of all worldly thinking and lay hold of God. This means praying for help to think like He thinks and to behave like Jesus taught us. It means always being ready for Jesus to invite us to His Kingdom work. “Laying hold of God” means being so in tune with God’s ways that we move readily, in rhythm with Him leading the dance of grace and mercy. It means praying for His Presence in our lives then intentionally listening for Him, watching for Him, and being alert as He works in our lives. If we pray, “Lord, be in every detail of my life today.” HE WILL! Just watch!
We will bear much fruit if we relentlessly believe that God will do what He says He will do. Mountains that get in the way do not stand a chance with God. Where God guides, HE provides!
Nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with God. The key words here are…”WITH GOD”. Lay hold of God and study how He works.
Matthew 21, The Message
The Withered Fig Tree
18-20 Early the next morning Jesus was returning to the city. He was hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree alongside the road, he approached it anticipating a breakfast of figs. When he got to the tree, there was nothing but fig leaves. He said, “No more figs from this tree—ever!” The fig tree withered on the spot, a dry stick. The disciples saw it happen. They rubbed their eyes, saying, “Did we really see this? A leafy tree one minute, a dry stick the next?”
21-22 But Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God.”
Something to think about…
–Perhaps we are the mountain that needs to be moved?
Dear Heavenly Father,
May we always be ready for You and acknowledge Your Presence in our lives. We believe. Help our unbelief and doubt in the hard times and through the storms. Bring peace and comfort. Hold us up as we lay hold of You. Help us learn in our failures. Help us to see Your continual work in our lives and in those around us who believe. Help us live what we say we believe. Show us your ways then help us to boldly live it knowing You will move the mountains that get in our way. In Jesus Name, By His power in us, Amen. I believe.