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Year Of Maturation Part 1

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Luke 13:6 ESV
And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
Intentional Planting
1 an aim or plan.
▶ the action or fact of intending.
▶ (one’s intentions) a person’s, especially a man’s, plans in respect to marriage.
2 Medicine the healing process of a wound.
3 (intentions) Logic conceptions formed by directing the mind towards an object.
It was in a vineyard which means that it was planted by someone.
Someone took the time, the energy and the effort to bring together all that is needed and necessary to have a fig tree.
Just as God Planted
Mr. Emerson Perry
God has Intentionally planted you and I
Acts 17:28 ESV
for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
Acts 17:28
Psalm 139:14 ESV
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
God gave the Tree its own Individuality

Individuality of the Tree

Investment in the Tree

It was planted in a vineyard with other trees that were bearing fruit.
The tree had access to the same soil, nourishment, rain and sun from heaven.

Inspection of the Tree

The trees purpose was to bare fruit.
It had been planted to bear fruit.
The only reason it existed was to bear fruit
It was by nature a fruit tree, so therefore it should have produced fruit.
The Tree was Naked
The tree failed in its purpose
Everything that was invested in the Tree was wasted
Galatians 5:22 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Galatians 5:23 ESV
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
I wasted time; now time doth waste me.

Indictment of the Tree

indictment /ɪnˈdʌɪtm(ə)nt/
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2 an indication that a system or situation is bad and deserves to be condemned.
Luke 13:7 ESV
And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’
Cut it Down !!=
Counting time is not nearly as important as making time count.
Time is what we want the most but what we use the worst.—William Penn

The Intercession for the Tree

Luke 13:8 ESV
And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure.
Hebrews 7:25 ESV
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Luke 13:9 ESV
Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ ”
: the process of becoming mature
: the emergence of personal and behavioral characteristics through growth processes
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•Commitment to Excellence
•Commitment to Humility and Love
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