The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

Ezekiel 16:49-50 says, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

Jude 7 says, “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

2 Peter 2:6 says, “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.”


The Revelation of the Fig Tree, Pt. 2

Revelation 6:13 says, “And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.”

The reason why Christ cursed the fig tree because the time of the figs had not yet come. There is an appointed time for us to always step up and do God’s will, and we must refuse to back down. Anything that hinders us from reaping fruit, we must be purged so we can even bear more fruit. John 15:2 says, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” To purge here means “to prune trees and vines from useless shoots,” which are immature stems or branches with its leaves and appendages. Christ purges us from those branches, or connections with people, that cause us to be hindered from yielding forth fruit. He purges us from things that we do not need in life because they will keep us from reaching our perfect destination in the LORD.


The Revelation of the Fig Tree, Pt. 1

Mark 11:12-26 says, “12And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. 15And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. 18And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. 19And when even was come, he went out of the city. 20And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”


What Kind of Tree Are You? Pt 2

Psalm 1:1-3 says, “1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”


What Kind of Tree Are You? Pt. 1

Matthew 13:18-23 says, “18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”


Conclusion to the Songs of Ascent: Psalms 120-134

Psalm 115:17 says, “The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.”

A phrase that I have heard Pastor Rod Parsley say many times in his preaching is, “The purpose of a body is to express the life that is within it,” and that is so very true. We are created to have life and purpose, and that is to give God the praise and worship He so deserves. A good example that he uses is the clapping of one’s hands. It is a noise that no devil or any of his minions can make. Clapping is flesh on flesh. It is a loud noise that greatly annoys our adversary because it shows him that we have replaced him as the instruments of worship, and we can give God a form of praise that he has never been able to or will ever be able to give! It is an amazing thing, but what if that very body dies? Can it give God the same amount of glory? What is dead can never give God praise. Only someone or something with life can rightfully honor a loving and living God!


Step 15: Psalm 134

Psalm 134:1-3 says, “1Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. 2Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. 3The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.”

The fifteenth and final level of reaching to the pinnacle of God’s glory is the place of all-night guarding God’s temple and intercession. In the Old Testament, priests and Levites guarded the temple out night to keep out any thieves or evil of any kind. In other words, they were watchmen on the wall, making sure to protect God’s house. It may not receive the honor and publicity like the preacher or singer does in our modern-day churches, but it a position that God esteems the most in His presence! It also leads to signs, wonders and miracles in the life of a believer so that they will walk in the extraordinary power of God!


Step 14: Psalms 133

Psalms 133:1-3 says, “1Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

As we have continued to climb higher up the mountain, we are beginning to realize more and more how difficult it is, and the reason is because the enemy wants to impress upon people to quit, turn around and go back down the mountain. It is not easy, but it is definitely worth the journey!