Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Today, we make it personal. Read the following passage found in Mark 11:22-24. 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. I can honestly tell you, the first time I remember hearing that passage as a foundation text for a sermon, I had a “You talking to me?” moment.
I was born again at age 10. I was raised in a Christian home where God was honored, the church was vital, and men and women of God were respected. I am thankful for that testimony, and that it is an inseparable part of my life. But with all that, much of my upbringing came out of the traditional, religious-minded church community. Until I met my bride, I did not know what Pentecost was. Ah, but now I do, and I am so glad for it. Neither did I know any of the deep teaching on how to live by faith. Once again, now I do, and I am so glad for it.
So, you can imagine, my first time really hearing with understanding the words of Mark 11:22-24. Like so many good Christian people, I knew I had faith, but I did not know it was the faith of God that had been given to me. I had never taken into account that great truth that I had God-given authority to speak to mountains, trees, circumstances, sickness, disease, poverty, and lack, command them to be removed, to obey the words of my mouth, and having done so, should fully expect that which I said to come to pass. That, dear reader, was completely foreign to me. It was truly a “You talking to me?” moment.
Now I can rejoice in knowing that the “You talking to me?” question about Mark 11:22-24 had been turned around in my life to become a “You talking to me!” statement of dynamic, absolute truth that is being completely upheld by my heavenly Father and His First-born Son Who sits on His right hand. And I am furthermore encouraged by Holy Spirit Who authored those words through Mark and made them a part of the infallible, unalterable, unchanging Word of God for my life. Oh, and yes, I’m talking to you, too. This passage is for EVERY believer. It is the Word of God. It is truth. It is immutable.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4