"He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree:
Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.
That's where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past, present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the "movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5
On the surface, the word dung is used for fertilizer, or manure - but there is more to this than at first glance...
The reason for a fruit tree is to bear fruit!
I know that is a shocking statement, but if a farmer puts seed into the ground, using labor and work to properly prepare the soil - then it is unacceptable to have a "no fruit" yield.
The tree owes its' existence merely on how much fruit shows up on the branches.
This was a "barren fig tree" and the vine-dresser wanted more time to execute a plan to save the tree from being "cut down"...
"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.There is no law against these things!
There is no argument here. We are to show these in our personal life...
"When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father."
We can understand this.
But, look at this verse...
The Barren Fig Tree
doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the
knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of
all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ," KJV
"Yes, everything else is
worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus
my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all
as garbage, so that I could gain Christ" NLT
What was the Dung Gate?
I suspect we have piles of "spiritual dung" that needs to be disposed of, and failure to do so will prevent any fruit of the spirit to grow in our lives...
2 Peter. 8-9
"For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
must learn to pray for those who hurt them -
Matthew 5.44 "But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
The main core truth of
Christianity is forgiveness.
So, take the "dung" to the dung gate. Get rid of it. Put it under the blood.
When the Holy Spirit gets our obedience in this matter - we will produce fruit!
1 John 1.9 "But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness."
The more garbage we take to the "dung gate" - the more we fertilize our life to grow and produce the wholesome and desirable fruits of the Holy Spirit of GOD.
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