Mark 11:12-14; 19-24 – “Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”
And His disciples heard it.
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” NKJV
An aside to what I hope to say is something that stands out in this passage powerfully to me is found in verse 14. It was after Jesus cursed the fig tree, we find these word, “And His disciples heard it.” How powerful it is to HEAR what Jesus says or has said. That is a life changing experience. But back to what I desire to address in what I consider a perplexing passage of Scripture and one that many believers have attempted to make a reality in their lives and failed. Who among us does not have or has not faced MOUNTAINS in our lives? We all want to know how to remove those barriers that hinder our progress. Therefore, this scripture is powerfully challenging and wonderfully intriguing.
The people of Judah, in Jesus’ day, considered a mountain any hindrance to their progress, as should we. Therefore, when Jesus told them they could have whatever they said, and even told them they could MOVE MOUNTAINS, they could readily identify with His message. How many of the actually believed His words are quite another story, but then how many in Churches today believe God’s words literally when He says what He does in vv. 23-24?
I recall a story of a woman who had to walk around a mountain every day to get to work in town and she heard this message preached so she went home that night and spoke to the mountain, “Be Gone and be cast into the sea.” She then went to bed, got up the next morning, looked out the window and said, “Just as I expected, still there!” I believe the words of Jesus that we can MOVE MOUNTAINS whether literally or figuratively in our lives but there are some rules for mountain moving and unless we understand the process and principle we will find failure a more constant companion that we would like, in this regard. I believe it is incredibly important that we understand HOW the hindrance or mountain came to be.
Let me offer this picture I hope will resonate. If we create a financial mountain by the lack of wisdom and mishandling finances or lack of discipline, we will not be able to speak to it and move it. We built it and we will have to tear it down stone by stone. If our mountain is physical illness, and we are aware of our failure to eating properly, exercise regularly as we should and are guilty of abusing our bodies thus jeopardizing our health, there will likely be no moving of that mountain UNTIL we correct the problem that produced it. I am not saying that if anyone is sick it is because they did something wrong but I am saying if we know you brought about whatever the mountain is, we will have to take steps to correct that behavior first.
I apologize that I spent too much time introducing what I wanted to discuss and now realize that brevity might be wisdom and will pause until the next devotional to address some rules for MOVING A MOUNTAIN in your life.
God bless you as you enjoy the wonders of this day God has given us!