All Talk And No Action
The parable of the fig tree is about the lukewarm, self-righteous, legalistic and religious lip servants.
The fig tree is a person, who is full of all the words from the pages (leaves) of the book (knows all the scriptures), yet bears no fruit. For the fruit, is the characteristic virtuousness (righteousness) of God's divine nature of absolute, true love.
They know all the "right" words and love to climb upon their soapbox and preach what they know, from their instinctual pride, vanity and selfish ambition (ego).
Yet they are far from being an absolute, perfect gentleman or gentlewoman of His true love's characteristics (saint), and from their instinctual pride, vanity and selfish ambition (ego), think their knowledge of "the word" gives them authority over others and they like to think they have a position in the hierarchy.
Yet what they don't know, is that the hierarchy is an illusion, that God uses to test the hearts and minds, for the instinctual pride, vanity and selfish ambition of "the flesh". For His kingdom isn't governed and ruled by an empirical hierarchy, it's governed and ruled by His Holy Spirit (nature and characteristics) of absolute, undying, virtuous, true love, which governs and dictates our EVERY thought, word and deed.
They're all puffed up with the pride of knowledge and all talk, and haven't had the courage, faith, passion and humility, etc., to forsake all and WALK the narrow path, but have deceived themselves and others, into believing they don't literally have to sacrifice everything for God.
They are so puffed up with themselves and deceived by their own egos, they have no idea they are NOT true disciples, merely lukewarm wannabes, who want to be like Christ, yet are too governed and ruled by their instinctual nature and its characteristic pride, vanity, envy, selfish ambition, lust, desire for creature comforts and fear for survival, to do what it takes.
So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has CANNOT BE (IS NOT) My discipleLuke 14:33
It's only natural, for thoughts that have their Source In Negativity (SIN) to rise up from the instinctual nature of "the flesh" and its characteristic pride, vanity, envy, selfish ambition, lust, desire for creature comforts and fear for survival. Yet that's the cross we bear and only by forsaking all and giving yourself absolutely to God (absolute love), can you truly overcome your sinful, instinctual nature and crucify it.
For we are all born into the flesh and from the moment we're born, are subject to its instinctual nature, and as we grow, we become brainwashed, deceived and blinded by its sinful characteristics, and this is why you must step out of the world that is governed and ruled by the sinful, instinctual nature. For you are brainwashed and have absolutely no idea you are or to what extent.
You are enslaved by it and enslave yourself to the world that's ruled by it, in order to survive and provide for your creature comforts, because you're brainwashed by your sinful, instinctual nature and the world that's governed and ruled by it, to believe you can't live for love (God), but must live for money (Mammon), in order to survive, and instinctively pull the wool over your eyes and ears, deceiving yourself that you are not serving two masters, when you know deep, deep down in your heart of hearts, the truth, that you are.
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and nakedRevelation 3:16-17
The process God takes us through, is the narrow path, which isn't a learning process, but a debrainwashing (cleansing) process.
I forsook all, many years ago and I've slept under bridges and the stars, in homeless shelters, etc., and I've endured feast and famine (forced fasting), and many trials, tribulations and humiliations, and naturally there were times in my walk, when the tribulations were so difficult to bear, I would cry out to God and say, "Lord, I can't take it anymore. I'm ready, come and take me now!"
Yet He would calmly reply, "You're brainwashed and have absolutely no idea of how ready you are, according to My high standards. You'll be ready when I say you are and not before, and you'll know when you're ready, for My presence will come upon you in absolute, supernatural power and glory, and remain with you. Until then trust the process."
I can tell you, that when you forsake all and walk the narrow path, the day will come when you reach the final breakthrough and absolutely lay down your life to God (love) and that final surrender, is the sweetest of them all, as you absolutely let go and experience His true love's absolute holiness, peacefulness, gracefulness and graciousness, that is absolute, heavenly bliss, beyond anything you can possibly imagine, in your wildest dreams.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness (unvirtuousness)!' "Matthew 7:21-23
Let those who have the ear to hear and eye to see, get the bigger picture...
Virtue of the Week
Gentleness is moving wisely, touching softly, holding carefully, speaking quietly and thinking kindly. When you feel mad or hurt, use your self-control. Instead of harming someone, talk things out peacefully. You are making the world a more civil, gentler place.
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness (virtuousness), godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.1 Timothy 6:11