// Craig W. Hagin
IT REALLY MATTERS how we use our faith. It also matters who we're placing our faith in. Sometimes we're not putting our faith in the right person. Therefore, we're not seeing answers to our prayers. But that doesn't have to be the case. God wants to move the mountains in our lives.
Anyone associated with Kenneth Hagin Ministries is familiar with Mark 11:22–24. These verses have been the keynote scriptures for this ministry since its beginning. We can speak to our mountains and they have to move.
But sometimes I think we're missing something important in these verses. I want to examine them from a different angle so we can identify whom we're placing our faith in and see mountains move in our lives.
MARK 11:22–24 (NKJV)
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.
In verse 22 Jesus told His disciples, "Have faith in God." Notice that Jesus didn't say, "Have faith in Me." Sometimes we're placing our faith in our pastor, another minister, or ourselves. But Jesus wants us to place our trust in God, because God is always able and willing to do something.
Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding" (NKJV). We can trust God to make good on His Word. He promises to never fail us or leave us (Heb. 13:5). Wherever we are, we can call upon His name. We can trust Him.
Jesus said in Mark 11:23, "For assuredly . . ." The word assuredly means "undoubting" or "confidently." In other words, Jesus was saying to His disciples, "I know it works!" And we can be confident too that when we put God's Word into practice, it will work for us.
The disciples saw God's Word work through Jesus. They saw Him speak to a fig tree, and the fig tree died. The next day, when the disciples saw that the fig tree had withered away, they asked Jesus what He did.
Jesus said, "I just did what you can do. I spoke to it and commanded it to dry up." The fig tree changed as a result of Jesus' words. Jesus had faith in God, and He spoke confidently to that tree. The disciples didn't see anything different right away. But things began to change, and they saw the results the next morning. We can trust God that whenever we speak in line with His Word, and we believe that what we say will happen, mountains will move.
Open Your Mouth
Jesus told His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain . . ." Many people have said, "Well, this was only for the disciples." No, it's for whoever. You see, we're whoevers. Because God is backing us, we can speak boldly to our mountain and it will move. But we're the ones who have to speak. We can't expect somebody else to do our speaking for us.
In Mark 11:23 Jesus was speaking of a literal mountain. But in our lives we run into all kinds of mountains, or problems. Our mountains can be physical, financial, emotional, or any other kind of problem. But if we will trust God, we can be confident that when we speak to our mountains in faith, those mountains will move. Jesus was saying that we don't have to just barely get through our mountains. We can obliterate them through our words.
Through Jesus Christ, God has given us all authority and power to speak to our problems and see them change. When Jesus died on the cross, He gave us the authority to speak in His Name. At that Name, demons tremble and flee. We can use that authority when we speak.
God Will Move
Begin to speak things that you want in your life, not things that you already have. Decide what kind of life you want to live and speak those things into existence. When we speak to our mountains, we're telling God, "This is what I need You to take care of." And He will take care of it for us, no matter how big it looks.
Often we look at something that seems big to us, and we think it's impossible to overcome. But Luke 18:27 says, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God" (NKJV). So, only believe. It's really simple. We only have to believe that God is able, and that He will do it.
We don't have to place our faith in anyone else. We can rest in God. It's not by our power or might that we see mountains move. It's by God's power and might. It's not about how much faith we have. Jesus said, "Have faith in God." We can be confident that when we speak, our mountains will be wiped out, because our faith is in the One Who never fails.
Don't Give Up!
According to Webster's New World Dictionary, faith is "unquestioning belief." Anytime we have spoken to our mountain and the answer hasn't come right away, we may be tempted to doubt. But we must keep believing.
We have to understand that God is not a drive-through window. He is not a microwave. We often think we're going to get our needs met immediately. And sometimes that does happen. But other times we have to have patience. If our mountain doesn't move instantly, we have to keep standing. God's Word works. He will never fail us.
To stay strong in faith, once you've prayed, say every day, "Thank You, Father, that this mountain is gone." It doesn't matter if you continue to get bills or bad reports. We're not looking at the report of man—we're looking at the report of God. Our faith is in Him. He told us to say it with our mouths and believe it in our hearts and we will have what we say. And He is faithful to perform His Word.
A VICTORY SHOUT!
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