– Taiwo Akinyemi
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So far we have determined the following:
• That the devil first introduced doubt and pride in the garden of Eden.
• That doubt is a sense of uncertainty and a lack of conviction and that once it is introduced you cannot get the blessing.
• That pride is a conciousness of one’s own dignity, ego, self-worth, self-image, self-identity…. and that pride is always about self; it’s always about me.
• That once the enemy can get you to doubt, pride will come easily because you now want to protect your image.
• That pride pushes God out of the picture and makes it all about you.
• That pride is a devilish attribute and that it was pride that got Lucifer (now Satan) kicked out of heaven.
I’ll now show you how Jesus taught his disciples to deal with doubt and for this we will go to Mark 11:12-24. It’s a story we all know very well. Jesus was in Bethany and was on the way to Jerusalem when he got hungry. Luckily there was a fig tree with leaves in the distance so Jesus went to the fig tree but there were no fruits on the tree and so Jesus cursed the tree.
Mark 11 (NKJV)
14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
Jesus had no sense of self otherwise he wouldn’t have let anyone hear what he had said – he would have whispered to the tree instead just to be on the safe side.
So they went on to Jerusalem where Jesus taught in the temple and in the evening they left Jerusalem and went back to Bethany.(Mark 11:19). The next morning as they were headed back to Jerusalem, Peter noticed that the tree had withered from the root and he as well as the other disciples were shocked. But what was Jesus’ response?
Mark 11 (NKJV)
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.”
Clearly Jesus was not shocked. He fully expected the tree to do exactly what he had said – wither and die . And his response to the disciples to “have faith in God” was because their shock at the tree withering showed they never expected anything to happen in spite of what Jesus had said. Their problem was a lack of faith and that was what Jesus was addressing here.
Jesus didn’t have to look out for the tree or show off what he had done. That would have been pride but there was no ounce of pride in Jesus – he didn’t even notice the tree until the disciples brought it to his attention…
And I’ll see you tomorrow as we conclude this teaching on Doubt and Pride…