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
Let’s consider some rules or instructions for MOVING A MOUNTAIN in our lives.
- Be Careful Not to Build the Mountain in the First Place.
Overly simplistic? Possibly but I would suggest that it might be presumptive to expect God to allow us to be Mountain Movers when we are Mountain Builders. Praying for a mountain to move would likely prove difficult and unlikely if we are responsible for it being there and continuing to add rocks to its height. I have discovered that in some cases there is a hindrance to:
Healing because of the presence of a root of bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, etc. Finances because of disregard for frugality, jealousy, envy, and greed is in the heart. Right Living because we continue to pursue bad associations.
If we know we are doing things to create and sustain the mountain don’t you think it might be wise to deal with those issues before trying to speak to that mountain and move it by faith? Just a thought.
- Be Sure That What You Are Saying Is In Harmony With God’s Word.
Jesus was not, in my opinion, talking about prayer in this passage. He did not ask the Father to move the mountain. In verse 22 Jesus refers to having “Faith”, faith in God. He did not say, “Pray that the Father will move the mountain.” He taught that IF we believe and expect the mountain to move it will move. An addendum to my comments about us building the mountain, does it not make sense that if we can build a mountain we can also remove one?
Jesus taught his followers that they could move the mountain by “speaking to it.” I know some will find that problematic but it is what He said. The first time Jesus used the word “say” in verse 23 the Greek word was [lego] and the second time was [epo] and is used in Mark 1:44. The implication or message could be rendered, “You have said or you have been saying.” It means issuing a command with your own voice and being adamantly firm. It would be saying to the mountain, “Go throw yourself into the sea.” The idea is that this is not simply a one-time occurrence but something you say and say and say and say UNTIL it happens. Again, I am cautious in this and do not want to suggest that if you repeat something over and over you can make it happen. The key is speaking to what God is speaking to or firmly lodged in His will and word and doing so with anticipatory faith, refusing to give up or give in.
- Be Sure Your Heart Is In Line With Your Tongue.
I am convinced that you can talk until you are blue in the face and command whatever you please but if your heart is not firmly rooted in the pursuit of God and His Kingdom and your heart aligned with His will and purpose it will be nothing more than words. Hear the words of Jesus, “…and does not doubt in his heart…” This is not necessarily an evidence of a weakness of faith but uncertainty of heart and mind.
We have God’s promise and may well believe God’s word but if we speak that promise to the mountain and in our hearts we are uncertain, then we are at odds with ourselves and fit the classification of “double-mindedness” and that, we are told, opens no doors. Doubt is a breach that excludes God’s help. Doubt is located in the heart and that means we can change it or conquer it. I have had pilots tell me that the biggest thing they had to overcome in learning to fly was fear. But as they learn to trust their equipment fear departed. Knowledge dispelled and replaced fear with confidence and certainty.
- Be Sure That You Believe What You Are Commanding.
I believe that this is where Grace plays a significant role in faith. Grace is far more than God’s unmerited favor it is God’s divine enablement. In a very real sense, it is God’s Power in operation. Again, I remind you we are not talking about prayer but stepping forth on God’s Promise and appropriating the promise. There are times in our lives when financial burdens, sickness, relational problems, etc. become so large and imposing they hinder all forward progress and MUST BE MOVED. What do we do?
Prepare Our Hearts and remove all the things that created the mountain in our lives. We remove the ground or foundation upon which it is built. Then, we address the issue calling it by name, standing on the authority of Scripture and speak with confidence free of doubt, because if God said it we know it is true and persist.
Pray this prayer with me: “Heavenly Father, I believe I am who You say I am and that I will become all that You say I can become. Through Your help, I will stop building mountains and will become a mountain mover, not a mountain builder. I will set a guard at my mouth and carefully watch my words so they do not contradict my heart and I will speak GRACE to the mountain that is before me hindering my path. It will move and give way to the Power and Will of God. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen!”
God bless you as you continue your journey through today’s opportunities and victories.