Mark 11:22-24 – And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For 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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them
Today we continue to examine the flow and operation of faith as it applies to preparing for tomorrow. In the simplest terms, preparing for tomorrow begins with having faith today. That means the application of the Word of God daily because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Then we come to the need for speaking; speaking by faith based soundly upon God’s Word to the obstacle(s) that are before you, obstacles that it falls your responsibility to remove. Look closely at our Text for Today. You will not find a command to call on God to remove the obstacle in your life, but rather the instruction to speak to the mountain (obstacle) in faith, believing what you say, and not doubting in your heart, and the obstruction will be removed to a place that will not obstruct you.
While it has not been widely taught or explained, the function of faith as it is set forth in our Text for Today is a combination of three elements. First, have the God kind of faith. That requires sowing the Word of God that produces faith in your spirit man. Without it, you cannot please Father. Second, it is your responsibility to use your faith, speak to the mountain, and remove it as an obstruction from your love walk. A close look at Jesus’ dealing with the fig tree will reveal these first two steps clearly. Jesus had faith; of that there can be no doubt. Jesus spoke to the fig tree; that is plainly recorded. He did NOT ask Father to deal with the fig tree. Jesus did that Himself.
Keep in mind that in this scenario, Jesus approached the fig tree because He was hungry. But after He spoke to the fig tree, He did not create His Own food. That was still the work of Father. It was Jesus’ function to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, believing all things necessary for life would be provided to Him. That is the final element of the function of faith as it is set forth in our Text for Today. And it is the same for us. It is the believer’s responsibility to have the God kind of faith. It is the believer’s responsibility to deal with the mountain (the obstruction in one’s path). But in the third element, is the believer’s responsibility to ask of Father that which is needed, and then believe Him to provide it. It is Father’s responsibility to put before the believer that which is desired, or needed. It is Father Who will provide all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-24; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-6; Matthew 6:25-34; Romans 4:17; Philippians 4:19