MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH
In Mark ch. 11 Jesus had looked for fruit on a fig tree. If you know anything about figs, the leaves and fruit grow together. The tree he saw had no fruit only leaves. In a sense it was a phony. He spoke to the to the tree and said “No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever.” His disciples heard what he said. The next day they passed by the same place and Peter saw that the fig tree had dried up from the roots. Peter said to Jesus “Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.” It seems like Peter was surprised that this had happened. Jesus gave a strange response. He said “Have faith in God.” Or one interpretation says have the God kind of faith.
Words are very powerful. They either bring life or death. What we say about ourselves or others will affect us for a lifetime. Years ago someone wrote in an autograph book “words, like thoughts, sometimes fall back dead, but even God, himself, cannot re-call them once they are said.” That stuck with me. Words once spoken go into the spiritual atmosphere and continue there accomplishing what we say – we cannot bring them back! If all you speak are negative words, you will reap negative consequences.
Jesus was instructing the disciples in Mark 11:23 that if they had the God kind of faith they could speak to a mountain and it would be removed. A Mountain can be anything that we have to deal with from real mountains to real problems. We speak to these things to bring change. Jesus was disappointed that the fig tree had no fruit. He was hungry. (vs 12) and there was nothing on the tree to bring sustenance. We also are told to bear fruit. So, we must choose our words carefully to bring forth good fruit that will please the Lord.
Are there mountains that need to be removed in your life? What about the mountain of sickness? Or the mountain of fear? Perhaps the mountain of lack. Find a promise in scripture that relates to the problem and then speak that promise to the mountain. Everything is done by faith my friends. Faith moves mountains.
I remember a friend that came to our church several years ago. He had an ugly wart on his face. He grabbed my hand and said to me: “Pray that this wart has to leave”. I spoke to the wart and told it to dry up and be removed from his face in the name of Jesus. Within two days it had done just that. It dried up and fell off his face, with no trace that it had ever been there. Faith moves mountains.
Mountain moving faith comes by building yourself up on the promises of God. Speak the promises and you will see the mountains move!
There is one condition in Mark 11:25-26 . “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught (offense) against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” You must have a clean heart to receive when you pray. No offense, no unforgiveness, then you will speak to the mountain and it will be removed.