The Riverbank Lent 2011 Daily Devotional – “The Journey to the Cross"
Day 4: Reading – Mark 11:12-26
12 And on the morrow, when they were come out from Bethany, he hungered. 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs. 14 And he answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit from thee henceforward forever. And his disciples heard it. 15 And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and them that bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves; 16 and he would not suffer that any man should carry a vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, and said unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? but ye have made it a den of robbers. 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, for all the multitude was astonished at his teaching. 19 And every evening he went forth out of the city. 20 And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith cometh to pass; he shall have it. 24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25 And whensoever ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Everything is made, appreciated in seasons. Actually manifestations must occur in season and a lack of this understanding (of seasons) is fatal. Honestly, it is dangerous, harmful and deceiving to “act-as-if”, a truth so evident with the story of the fig tree. A deception that Jesus ensured never repeated itself again. Now the question is how about you? Are you living a lie? Are there areas of your life that won’t measure up under the lights? Are you living a double life? It’s time to come straight, reveal who you are because that’s exactly how God wants you anyway. We could get fixated on the fig tree and miss the same theme with the folks in the temple. See God’s house must remain the house of prayer and not otherwise. The message is simple and clear, "YOU" be real!
Pray that from this day henceforth, you will reveal God’s purpose for your life in your season in accordance to the measure of grace that you have been given. I pray the Riverbank covenant on your life – your fruits will come in its season, your leaves also shall not wither and whatsoever you do shall in Jesus name, Amen (Psalm 1:3)
The Riverbank Adaptation:
- Each Sunday during lent, we will perform a weekly review of key points.
- Every Friday during lent, will be a day of fasting for grace, wisdom and power for the Christian Journey. PS: Fasting guideline will be provided.
I am extremely glad we are on this journey together and I am excited at what God will do in our respective lives in Jesus Name, Amen. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email me via pastor or devotional.