13 And 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. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:13-14 KJV)
Some people wonder why Jesus cursed this fig tree for not having figs, but only leaves; because it says that it was not time for figs. It is my understanding that the fig tree is supposed to bear figs at the same time that it has leaves, so this tree was not acting normal, and since Jesus is Creator of all the trees, He knew that it was not normal, and so He killed it. This shows how the words that are spoken, not only by Jesus but all of us, are powerful, and do affect the plant and animal life on earth, as well as the spiritual world. If we just knew how powerful our words were, we would not be saying a lot of the things we do say, as Jesus said we would be held accountable for every idle word we speak (Matthew 12:36). The scriptures teach that we will have what we say, so we need to be sure and say what we want, and not anything negative (Proverbs 18:20). If we could just control our words, or tongue, as it says in the book of James, we would be able to bridal our whole bodies (James 3:2). What we say often gets us into big trouble, and you need to be very careful to speak only life, and not death out of your mouth. All words we speak are either life, or death, nothing else (Proverbs 18:21).
The disciples heard Jesus speak to this tree, and when they came the same way the next day, Peter saw that the tree was dead, and commented on it. Jesus then was able to explain how powerful our words of faith are. If we say things, and have faith in what we say to come to pass, and do not doubt in our hearts, we can have whatever we say (Mark 11:24), as long as it does not conflict with the Word of God. This principal is used for our healing, prosperity, deliverance, etc., and if we put faith in our spoken word, speak to our problem, and doubt not, we can see miracles come to pass. We are made in the image of God Almighty, and He spoke the whole universe into existence with His words (Genesis 1). This shows just how powerful our words are, and they have both creative and destructive power in them. Be very careful what you say, as the very world responds to your words. Thank you Lord for providing us with such power.
Devotional by Pastor Joe W. Green, www.Infinite-Faith.com