Things that originate from right places are in My Will, they’re according to My Word, and empowered by My Spirit

Mark 11:13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

Mark 11:14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.(NKJV)

The scope of this is broad:

He reminded me of a few real-life examples: 

Last week we looked at the season we are in:

Building the church whether we realize it or not: 

The Difference is in the Origin

Definition: the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived.

Compassion verses Obligation 

When we build the church:

(God so loved the world) 

We can respond to God’s Word and be moved by compassion:

Obedience fueled by compassion leads to longevity

Things that originate from right places are in my will, they’re according to my Word, and empowered by my Spirit

Hearts Cry: 

Pleasing God verses Man 

1 Th. 2:4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. (ESV)

Here are some specific questions to help us evaluate our own motives:

Things that originate from right places are in my will, they’re according to my Word, and empowered by my Spirit

Peace verses Panic 

Is. 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (KJV)

Here are other areas:

STORY: I heard a wise and fruitful man say: “It’s better to be one step behind God than one step in front. It’s easier to catch up than go back”

Phil. 4:6 Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.

Phil. 4:7 Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. (CEV)

Things that originate from right places are in my will, they’re according to my Word, and empowered by my Spirit

Spiritual Language verses Natural 

Information can be stored in anyone’s head:

Building the church is building people: 

1 Cor. 2:13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. (ESV)

1 Cor. 2:13b…this same Spirit helps us teach spiritual things to spiritual people. (BBE)

1 Cor. 2:13b…adapting, as we do, spiritual words to spiritual truths. (WYMTH)

1 Cor. 2:13b…Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. (NLT)

There is a place for debate and a time to discuss doctrine:

But – there is also a time for teaching by the help of the Holy spirit:

1 Pet. 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. (ESV)

When talking one on one to someone: 

Summary: 

Things that originate from right places are in my will, they’re according to my Word, and empowered by my Spirit