Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
From, “How Can I Believe?”:
The secrets to faith are discovered in the WHAT, WHY AND HOW to believe. We’ve covered, WHAT and WHY. If you’re solid on those points you can now look at HOW to believe and these principles will work for you. First let’s make a simple statement that will sum up the ‘HOW TO’ part of faith:
Fix your faith on something YOU CAN believe.
True faith is not blind faith. There is no such thing as believing that something will happen, without your faith stemming from some reasonable expectation. In other words, faith is NOT believing in magic. The true nature of faith is that you believeIN or BECAUSE OF something. It’s not believing without a reason. That is “wishing”, and wishing lies in the realm of fantasy, not reality. If faith were a science, this statement would be part of defining its function:
Your heart will not exercise real faith without being convinced of a credible reason for believing.
Spend a few minutes thinking about that. You will realize that there is no such thing as “blind faith”. Blind faith is believing without any reason for believing, or believing without looking at something. Jesus NEVER endorsed the idea that anyone should blindly believe; or believe without looking at something. He ALWAYS gave us something to look at, something to fix our faith upon. The problem that everyone has, who has ever had trouble believing Jesus, is that they don’t look at what He’s given them to fix their faith upon. Jesus has given us His Word, backed up with faithful demonstrations, for us to look at and fix our faith on, in order to believe. Picture this for yourself personally: Jesus sits in front of you, takes your hands, looks into your eyes and says, “I have come to take your sins, all oppression, disease and pains. It is your Heavenly Father’s perfect will, as His child, to be healed, well and whole.” Then consider that He has backed up that promise by demonstrating absolute faithful consistency in healing and delivering EVERYONE that ever came to Him in the Bible. THAT is what God wants your faith to look at and see! The Bible actually teaches (Hebrews 12:2) that your faith is developed while you LOOK away from all distractions and focus completely on Jesus’ Word and work:
KJV – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
Amp – Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader andthe Source of our faith
GWord – We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith
Consider then, what it takes to have faith, true “mountain-moving faith”. You don’t have to know how to make a mountain move. Just LOOK at Jesus; HEAR what he has said; UNDERSTAND it clearly without doubting, BELIEVE He has accomplished it, and then act upon it. God is the One Who will do the work. In most cases He has already done the work and made the provisions. They wait only for faith to appropriate them. So the only time faith is blind is when it’s not looking at Jesus, doesn’t see the Answer, and in that case it’s simply wishing. Faith is ‘blind’ when it looks at people or circumstances for the answer because it will never see anything that will give it life. But when you LOOK at Jesus and really hear His Word faith’s eyes will open and you will see healing, provision, deliverance and salvation. And when your faith sees it then know that mountains were moved that you might have it!
Tomorrow faith takes a few more steps. So until then…
Stay On The Path!