Summary: We often want to look at what we think is a fruitless, burned over field, and throw up our hands and quit. May be this is a great opportunity to try again! Let God arise!
IS THIS FRUITLESSNESS AT IT’S BEST?
OR SHOULD WE TRY AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Here I use a Galileo thermometer.
A Galileo thermometer uses the lowest floating ball to determine what the temperature is. This is a fairly accurate system to measure temperatures.
I bought my Galileo thermometer at Walmart for about $9.00.
We often want to look at what we think is a fruitless, burned over field, and throw up our hands and quit. May be this is a great opportunity to try again! Let God arise!
I. LORD, I SEE THE NEED. EVERYBODY CAN SEE THE BARREN, DRYNESS. LORD I SEE THE FRUITLESSNESS, AND THIS IS BAD?
Luke 13:6 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.
A. HERE I AM LORD, USE ME, LORD, LET ME TRY AGAIN.
B. LORD, I NEED TO INVEST IN THIS TREE!
C. I VOLUNTEER TO PUT EFFORT, LOVE AND SWEAT EQUITY.
D. YOU MAY COUNT THE SEEDS IN THIS APPLE,
BUT ONLY GOD CAN SEE THE APPLES IN THE SEED!
E. WHAT IS IN THIS LESSON?
I AM ALWAYS AMAZED THAT WE DON’T KNOW THE REST OF THE
Did the tree bear fruit?
Did the tree remain barren?
With no mention of the fruit, the lesson must be deeper than that?
THE LESSON MUST BE TRY AGAIN.
F. Thomas Palmer said:
Tis a lesson we must heed, Try and Try again.
If you don’t first succeed, try, try again.
G. I hear, THIS IS A BURNED OVER FIELD?
I have seen burned, dry, seemingly worthless ground, turn green and yield beautiful flowers and give much life after the rain and spring sun shines
It is just a big TRY with a little UMPH behind it!
II. WHOSE FAULT IS THIS?
LET ME BLAME YOU OR AT LEAST BLAME SOMEONE ELSE?
A. I love to listen to Doctor Laura C. Schlessinger.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger has an international syndicated radio program. Dr. Laura says she preaches, teaches, and nags about morals, values, ethics and principles.
B. Her format is what some call --- "shrink talk."
C. Dr. Laura was a devoted atheist many years and then converted to Judaism. I do not always agree with her and what she says, but she does offer a cry
to America to a call back to Biblical morals and values.
D. Dr. Laura has written many books:
The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God’s Laws in Everyday Life,
Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess up their Lives,
Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess up Their Lives, and
How Could You Do That?!
To mention a few.
I have read much of her works and find hidden nuggets of wisdom in them.
E. Dr. Laura has a basic teaching, that there is a prevailing notion that some one else is responsible for my problems, failures, unhappiness, and frustrations.
F. We tend to move in fears, weaknesses, impulsive behaviors, and undisciplined desires because we have little to no value systems.
III. We have grown in the USA a VICTIMIZED ATTITUDE.
A. We think we are victims and that we have no choice in where we are or the attitudes that we tend to keep?
B. We are not helpless victims pushed and shoved into this trap?
C. We are not just dead fish swimming down stream and letting every current dictate where we are and where we are going.
D. We desire to be popular and politically correct and to be non-offensive.
E. We walk in a church and a society that is HYPERSENSITIVE to man’s view point, and we forget about God and eternity!.
F. We are looking for a REASON TO QUIT and throw up our hands in disgust and say, See I told you!
G. We are raising a generation of QUITTERS!
1 Cor. 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
IV. IS THERE A STANDARD? IS EVERYBODY RIGHT? DO ALL ROADS LEAD TO GOD? ARE WE CHASING RAINBOWS AND TIGER’S TAILS IN OUR SEARCH?
A. Remember the old story where the tiger chased his tail? He chased and chased his tail until he turned into butter?