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.
Our Text for Today is taken from an event in Jesus’ life set forth in Mark 11:12-24. Jesus had endured a busy day and was hungry. Seeing a fig tree, He came to it hoping to find figs to eat, but there were none. Jesus cursed the tree, saying it would never bear fruit again. The Scriptures do not indicate any immediate change. Jesus simply walked on to His evening destination, expecting His faith to carry out what He had said. In essence, His words were His preparation for the next day. The next day as they passed the tree, Peter called it to remembrance, for the tree was dried up from the roots. What Jesus spoke today was His preparation for a life that honored Father tomorrow. Nothing has changed. We should live the same kind of life today using the same kind of faith in the same way. Our faith in God should be such that what we speak today is our preparation for living tomorrow in a manner that honors Father at the highest possible level.
In our Text for Today, we see the operation of faith in preparation for tomorrow, making tomorrow a day of blessing, success, and honor to the Lord. There is a divine process set forth in these verses to which we must give earnest heed. Look at the words of Jesus. The first step in preparing for tomorrow is to have faith today. Remember, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. We must give ourselves daily to the reading, study, meditation, and hearing of the Word of God.
Secondly, we must deal with the obstacles that are before us. In our Text for Today, the obstacle was a mountain. Recognizing the obstacle is important. If you don’t recognize the obstacle, how will you know what it is to which you are to speak? In this process, Jesus did not ask Father to remove the obstacle. He exercised His faith and spoke to the obstacle Himself. We are to follow that example, imitating the process Jesus demonstrated. What obstacle is in your life? Use your faith to move that obstacle. You should not ask Father to move it. You move it! Use your faith; the God kind of faith and speak TODAY to the mountain before you! Prepare for tomorrow!
Manna for Today – Mark 11:12-24; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-6; Matthew 6:25-34; Romans 4:17