Are we standing on the firm Foundation of Truth, "The Rock"
on which the Sanctified Church is built?

By The Word, The Father has given to us Wisdom and Understanding that we, as branches connected to The Vine, might have Power to do The will of God. And by The Word, The Father has also revealed to us what men will do when they are not guided by the Power of HIS Word.

Through His servant Matthew, The Word testified of the men who allowed Him to do the will of God through them. He said, "...When they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose [them], and bring [them] unto me. And if any [man] say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

"All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set [him] thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed [them] in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

"And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there" (Matthew 21:1-17).

Notice that Jesus and His disciples came to the city called "Bethphage", the name of which means "the house of unripe figs". This city could easily be called "The Branch of unripe figs". Being connected to His Branches, Jesus sent two of His disciples to do His will, and they did as He commanded them, because He knew what they would encounter on their mission for Him. And on their way to Jerusalem, the multitudes that went before Him and those that followed cried, saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."

This saying, "Hosanna" which means, "Save now I pray", can be given to anyone who is sent and is come in the name of The Word. For He was sent by The Father to preach deliverance to all who would receive Him. And those who are sent by Him will preach deliverance through their connection to Him. But not all were pleased with this cry from the hearts of the people. The Word entered the house of God and through Him, The Father cleansed the temple from all the things that would defile HIS House. The same cleansing He would do through the branches connected to Him that they might bear more fruit. After the House of God was cleansed, The Word healed the blind and the lame who came to Him. All who are leaders in the House of God who are led by The Word will do the work of cleansing the errors that are defiling the House of God.

Are we hungry as He was hurgry?

Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw [it], they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matthew 21:18-22).

Notice that Jesus was hungry as He returned to the city. What did He desire to eat? What was His food?

After coming in contact with the Living Water of Life, the woman at the well received The Well of Life and began immediately bearing fruit in sharing The Word. "The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him [ought] to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did" (John 4:28-39).

His food is in doing the will of The Father that in sharing The Water of Life through His servants, those who are connected to Him might bear Fruit. And in returning to the city of Jerusalem He saw a fig tree, which appeared to be bearing Fruit, but there were no fruit to be found. Are we hungry for doing the will of God by His Word? Do we allow Him to bear Fruit through us? Or are we like that fig tree with green foliage-full of leaves, but bearing no fruit?

Upon Who's authority are the servant of The Word doing, or not doing the will of God?

"And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

"And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. But what think ye? A [certain] man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I [go], sir: and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of [his] father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen [it], repented not afterward, that ye might believe him" (Matthew 21:23-32).

Notice that the Chief priest and the elders of the people came to Jesus. They were men who led the people in the teachings of the Scripture. They showed in their reasoning that they knew from where John's authority came, but they did not want to bear Fruit in believing in The Word of God; So they denied knowing The Word of Truth in their hearts. Notice also that the son in the parable repented of not doing the will of his father and went and worked in his father's vineyard to do his father's will. But the son, who said he would go and work in his father's vineyard failed to bear Fruit in doing his father's will. He was like the fig tree with green foliage, which bore no fruit.

Denying the Power to gather and bear Fruit unto Life Eternal.

The Word continued to reveal the lack of good fruit in those who stood as leaders in the church. "And he began to speak unto them by parables. A [certain] man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about [it], and digged [a place for] the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. And they caught [him], and beat him, and sent [him] away empty. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded [him] in the head, and sent [him] away shamefully handled.

"And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some. Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. And they took him, and killed [him], and cast [him] out of the vineyard" (Mark 12:1-8).

After presenting this parable to the people in the temple, The Word said, "When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out [his] vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

"Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet" (Matthew 21:33-46).

Notice that The Lord has gone into a far country and have given to His servants Power to do HIS will to bring forth HIS Fruit unto Life Eternal. Are we doing the will of The Father by following HIS Word in all that He has commanded us to do? Or are we reasoning with ourselves and denying knowing The Truth HE has revealed to us? Are we so filled with pride and doing our own will that we would allow Satan to rob us of our Crown of Life, Which is Christ The Lord? We must pray for our leaders that they may stay awake in doing the will of God that none might be lead astray. For at the time of the harvest, those who are not faithful in doing the will of The LORD, he or she will suffer the grinding weight of the rejected Stone of the church of God.

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