Posts Tagged ‘fig tree’

Enjoying A Continual Feast

Jul 31

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, if you could have a continual feast would your banquet table look like the one I picture? One that is beautifully decorated with the soft glow of candlelight and most importantly every delicacy would be laden with chocolate! Every scrumptious chocolate dessert you can dream of would be sitting there waiting for me to devour. I can just imagine what you are thinking girlfriends, “Sin on your lips puts fat on your hips!”  You are right, but for a moment let’s just enjoy the luxurious thought of enjoying a continual feast of chocolate. Afterall, chocolate is not sinful unless we overindulge.

King Solomon tells us about the person who enjoys a continual feast. He said, “… the cheerful heart has a continual feast.”

The man who is depressed sees in each day only those dismal events that serve to increase his already extensive fear. The man whose life is possessed by a merry heart sees such evidences of God’s faithfulness that his days are bright and his soul has a continual feast. The source of such festivity is the settled conviction that every affliction and blessing has its source in God’s love.
KJV Bible Commentary

This wonderful commentary illuminates the hindrance to enjoying a continual feast—disatisfaction with our heavenly Father’s plans for us. To have a continual feast we must trust in the knowledge that our heavenly Father loves us and whatever He allows to happen to us—whether an affliction or blessing is good for us. Acknowledging His supreme sovereignty will change our focus from our own selfish desires to accepting His desires. This in turn will result in a festivity of continual feasting in our hearts.

When facing a catastrophic famine, the prophet Habakkuk declared that although everything was going to fail, he would trust in God. He said, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” What a marvelous testimony to remind us to joyfully trust in God. Can’t you just picture the continual feast in Habakkuk’s heart?

Dearest girlfriends, let us develop a cheerful heart and enjoy the resulting continual feast.

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. … All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. ~ Proverbs 15:13,15 NIV
 
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. … ~ Ecclesiastes 7:14 NIV
 
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. ~ Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV
 
For the word of the Lord holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. ~ Psalm 33:4 NLT
 
The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. … ~ Psalm 138:8 NLT

Are You a Big Person?

Mar 06

by Victoria Robinson

There is a story of a person of small stature who became a big person after an encounter with our Lord and Savior. This amazing change started with a sycamore-fig tree. Our little friend Zacchaeus climbed up in the tree so that he might get a glimpse of Jesus. Much to his surprise, Jesus looked right up at him and invited himself over to his house. Zacchaeus excitedly welcomed him to his house and did something that would transform him from a little person to a big person. He repented of his sins! Zacchaeus said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” His repentance led to salvation. Jesus told him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Notice that Zacchaeus not only repented with his words, but also his deeds. The apostle Luke told us we should prove our repentance with our deeds when he said, “… I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”

When you think about a big person I bet you think about someone in your life you admire greatly spiritually speaking. Height of stature has nothing to do with having spiritual stature. The Lord told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Girlfriends, whether you are saved or lost, showing the Lord you have a repentant heart is a sure way to become a big person. If you need salvation to come to your house today click on this Heaven link. If you are already saved it is still important to have a repentant heart. Dearest girlfriends, let us become a big person right now by repenting of any sins in our life.

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” ~ Luke 19:1-10 NIV
… I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. ~ Acts 26:19 NIV
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV
… Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. ~ Hosea 14:1-2 NIV
The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. ~ Isaiah 57:15 NLT

What Are You Waiting For?

Dec 22

by Victoria Robinson

There once was a man named Zacchaeus who benefited greatly for not waiting, but obeying the command of Jesus immediately. Jesus asked him to come down out of a tree immediately so that He could stay at his house. Because of his obedience, salvation came upon Zacchaeus. What a wonderful story to remind us to not wait, but obey our heavenly Father at once.

When sharing his story of redemption, the apostle Paul tells of being told four times to go somewhere or do something. He quickly obeyed and what we see is a story of salvation, baptism and deliverance from danger. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can be thankful for Paul’s actions as this brought salvation to the Gentiles.

In the book of Luke is a story of a paralytic man who Jesus told, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Because of his obedience we see God was glorified.

Girlfriends, has your heavenly Father asked you to do something and you have waited? If so, there is no better time than right now to take action and come into obedience. The results will be fabulous because your heavenly Father’s plans are always wonderful. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would not linger over what God has told us, but move quickly in order to bring glory to Him.

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. … Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” ~ Luke 19:2-6,9-10 NIV
 
“So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’ … ‘For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. ‘And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ “Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance “and saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.’ … “Then He said to me, ‘Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.’ ” ~ Acts 22:10,15-19,21 NKJV
 
… He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!” ~ Luke 5:24-26 NKJV