If you must “hold fast” to your profession of faith, that means you NEVER let it go.
Text for Today – Mark 11:23 – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into yonder 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.
This is part two of a four-part series on the operation of faith. Phase one is the Possession of Faith. Phase two is the Profession of Faith. Look closely at our Text for Today. Jesus continues His instruction on how faith works by saying clearly that the mountain, the problem we face, the obstacle that is in our way, the difficulty we must overcome is OURS to manage. It is YOUR responsibility to speak to the mountain.
Now PLEASE don’t misunderstand what I am saying. Keep in mind that we are talking about the operation of faith, and if faith is to please the Lord, we must understand our dependence upon His help and ability. Regardless of what you accomplish through faith, even to the raising of the dead, NEVER allow yourself to think, even for a moment, that YOU did it alone. It is only through Him that we accomplish anything, even taking your next breath.
Once again, however, I draw your attention to our Text for Today. Jesus NEVER said we should look to Him to deal with the mountain. That’s our job, using the faith He has given us in His Name, standing firm, unwavering, and holding fast to our profession of faith. We see this pattern of operation in faith throughout the Scriptures. It was Samson who killed 1,000 Philistines. It was David who killed Goliath. It was Daniel and the Hebrew children who face the decrees of their kings (the lions and the fiery furnace was not the mountain they faced. The mountain they faced was fear of the kings’ decrees).
And yet, once again, I ask you to focus on our Text for Today. Jesus stressed the importance of holding fast to a profession of faith. You don’t have to believe again and again for the same thing. How many times did you have to believe to be born again? Once! If it works there, facing the greatest mountain you will ever face, it will work in every other arena as well. Faith comes by hearing, and it is therefore necessary for you to hold fast to your profession of faith without wavering, for He Who promised is faithful. What you speak in faith, keep on speaking, and speak it with thanksgiving. Therein is one of the greatest ways you have of keeping yourself strong in faith; thanksgiving; offering glory to God.
Manna for Today – Mark 11; Romans 4; Hebrews 11; 2 Corinthians 4:13; James