Mark 11:22-24. “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it.”
I am so moved in my heart today as I sit down to write to you. I know that there are those that have issues or problems that are so huge, they feel like mountains in your life. The bigness and weight of them is almost more than you can bear. Satan loves to magnify problems in our life and when situations become that big, they strip us of almost all hope. When we’ve been stripped of hope, our heart becomes sick. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” When our heart becomes sick, we start thinking wrong. We can become desperate, confused, and have thoughts that lead to more wrong actions – ultimately making the problem even bigger.
Worldly people without God have no remedy for this kind of burden and hopelessness. There are many people walking around today with mountains on their shoulders that are buried in despair. Although the world has no remedy, Jesus does. He says in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The world does not expect mountains to move for them. Jesus does. He expects mountains to move for Him. That is what makes Him able to overcome the world.” He gives us words such as we see in today’s Fresh Manna verse. Mark 11:22-24. “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it.”
Those words blow our mind. We hear our minds try and argue in unbelief, “He must have made a mistake. He couldn’t have meant what He said.” But, when we read all these words of Jesus, our spirit is sparked with hope and rightly so! “We can pray for the mountain to be moved and it will?” “Yes!” Remember, Jesus said, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” When Jesus says, “Take heart…” He means take hold of His hope and take it deep in your heart. He then says speak to that mountain in faith! Go speak to the mountain and tell it to move! You are not of this world because you belong to God. Why else would God tell you to speak to a mountain? Who from this world would do that? Then Jesus says, “I assure you…” What does that mean? It means He wants you to be sure you know that what He is saying to you is truth! He says, “I assure you that you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea and your command will be obeyed.” Jesus isn’t looking in a mirror saying this to Himself. He is saying this to His disciples. He is saying this to you!
He continues saying, “…All that’s required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to Me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it.” Jesus starts by saying “Have faith in God.” Then He continues to tell you to be assured that you can a) speak to a mountain, and b) move it. Then He says what’s required is faith without unbelief and doubt in your heart. Just listen to the words that come out your mouth after you speak to the mountain, you’ll know if there is doubt and unbelief there.
He follows with something very important for you to take care of first before you try to move this mountain. He wants your heart to cleansed and pure. He says, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25 Unforgiveness will keep a mountain planted. Sincere repentance of sin and forgiveness of others will allow you to put mountain moving words and faith to your situation.
Proverbs 13:12 does say, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” but it finishes by saying, “but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” Jesus said, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” That means there is hope for you and for your mountain to be moved. I have stood many times in faith in prayer with one of my prayer partners speaking to mountains. We have seen mountains move again and again. Speak to yours keeping Jesus first words in mind… “Have faith in God.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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