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,
True faith is not blind faith, and neither is it dumb or invisible. When people in the Bible were moved with real faith there was ALWAYS some manifestation of it.
Matt. 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
The most common way that faith is manifest is through some verbal profession. In the Bible these were not religious affirmations but spontaneous expressions. The believer’s heart would be filled with faith, usually upon hearing Jesus or the Word of God. Then faith, as it rose up in them, would inspire them to act or speak accordingly. Then their words or actions were like staking a claim to a treasure.
Mark 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Luke 5:19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling (the roof) with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
Often, the words or actions that faith would lead us to express, seem nutty or irrational to those around us. But consider that even Jesus would tell people to go and do peculiar things in connection with obtaining their healing. The reasons were simple. He knew that faith needs to take action and not remain as unexpressed abstract belief. So Jesus would direct people in an action that would allow their own expectation to arise.
John 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
John 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Obviously there was no healing virtue in the waters of that pool, nor was there any special healing-activator in the water, for Jesus had healed many without using any water from that pool. BUT there was a kind of activator in the faith of the blind man, which evidently rose within him as he acted on the words of Jesus. Faith is NOT invisible or silent. It seeks for expression. That is why faith glorifies God; because it isn’t silent. Belief can run deep and quiet, but faith declares the glory of God. People who are under the influence of faith and in a state of believing God for something He has promised, usually make some kind of statement by their words or actions.
To bottle up your profession of faith is to stop short the work of God, which He would do on your behalf and for His glory.
Consider again our text from 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 says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.”
Notice that Jesus mentions “believe” one time:
…but shall believe that those things…
However, He mentions “saying” 3 times:
…whosoever shall say unto this mountain…
…those things which he says shall come to pass…
…he shall have whatsoever he says.
True faith will ALWAYS talk crazy (by worldly standards) in the face of obstacles. God called childless Abraham, “The father of a multitude”. Jesus called unstable Peter, “a rock”. Peter told the lame man he could give him the power to walk and then pulled him to his feet. And yet, it’s not that faith works if you talk boldly, but rather that if faith is working you will talk boldly. Faith isn’t “fake it till you make it”, by just spouting brazen confessions. True faith doesn’t originate in the mouth but in the heart. Yet, it’s absolutely clear that when the heart is generating true faith the tongue MUST cooperate with the appropriate confession.
Rom. 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved (saved, healed and delivered);
Rom. 10:10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (saved, healed and delivered).
To bottle up that profession of faith, or to fill your mouth with doubt-filled talk and complaining, will most certainly take the life out of your faith; and the mountain will just stand there and laugh at you. Remember that God is glorified through your faith because its profession from your lips let’s the world know Who’s doing the blessing on your behalf!
Tomorrow, another important step; so until then…
Stay On The Path!