Matthew 21
18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.
  • Jesus was hungry, seeking something to eat.  Extra desire (motivation) to find fruit
19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
  • Looks for fruit, finds leaves. Leaves represent contentment with     your own life, fruit gives life to others.
  • LUKE 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
  • You will never bear the fruit I am looking for.(Christless religion)
  • Fruitless trees will eventually wither.
20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed.
  • don’t miss the message while admiring the miracle
  • miracles are often connected to purpose
  • Asking why will help you grow.
  • Complication, Implication, Application
21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
  • Again, miracles like this are more than possible
  • We should have Mountain Moving Faith
  • However don’t ignore the lesson of the fruit.
22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
GALATIANS 5:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Conclusion:
  • Fruit matters (God cares about your fruit)
Matthew 7: 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
  • Let me see your fruit
  • Let me be blessed by your fruit
  • The world is hungry to see fruit filled believers.

Be Blessed!
 
Rev. Dr. Nick Garza
B<(D)   John 3:30