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Last week, we learned of Jesus’ teaching in Mark chapter 11: 22-26, which at a casual glance seems impossible and unattainable, and toward the end of his teaching it sounds downright selfish, and this causes some believers to politely reject this teaching of Jesus. But if you are willing to study what the Lord is teaching, and if you accept the help of the Holy Spirit to open your understanding, (like having the light bulb come on) you will be able to receive this message and your faith will come.
To understand what happened that lead up to this teaching of Jesus, read Mark 11:12-14, and 20-26. We see in verse 21 that Peter remembered what Jesus had said to the fig tree the day before, and Peter said “Behold (see) the fig tree which you cursed is withered away”.
Peter knew the words Jesus spoke to the tree were a curse when he heard them, but it didn’t dawn on him that those words had power until he saw the withered tree. The bible says in Proverbs 18:21 that Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. That portion of scripture would have been familiar to Peter, but it must have slipped his mind.
The first thing Jesus answered was, “Have faith in God”.
Since before the fall of Adam and Eve, God has been reaching out with the truth to his children, but he also created mankind with a free will, and because of deception from the devil and self-deception from folks who sincerely believe they can do things their way and it is okay, God and his truth is sometimes only a passing thought in the minds of believers and in mighty men of God like our brother Peter.
Jesus goes on to say, “Verily (truly)…whosoever shall say to this mountain…”
Jesus emphasizes what he is saying is true by starting the lesson with “Verily”.
Whosoever…means who ever is willing. No special credentials necessary, you don’t have to be Messiah, the pastor, or even in the clergy, it is any person who is willing. Are you a whosoever?
Whosoever shall say unto this mountain…The words have to be spoken, they must be said, not thought or silently hoped. The Lord says the person who is willing must speak to the situation. Jesus used the mountain as an example “Mountain, be thou removed and be cast into the sea”. He goes on to say, “and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass.
Jesus teaches that you cannot have doubt in your heart and expect to get results. Your head may have doubt, but faith comes from your heart, which is where God comes to live when you believe in him. Romans 10:10 says, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If this lesson seems daunting, remember God is faithful and he says to us in Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.
It shall prosper, God’s word shall prosper. Have faith in God.
We will continue next time, and until then, God bless you and your loved ones..