Scripture Lesson: Mark 11:22-24
22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23For 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. 24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mark 11:22-24 (King James Version)
This week we are continuing our series on promises of faith. These are promises in the Word of God that specifically deal with faith. As we said before most of them sound the same. However, we will look at each one separately. Hopefully the sheer fact that they are repeated will have an impact on us.
Mark 11:22-24 is a foundational scripture for those at are associated with the faith movement. It is in scriptures like these that we learn about our responsibility in faith. Although it sounds religiously correct to sit back, let go and let God do everything, we learn in these scriptures that this is not the case. We are told that faith without works is dead. But what works? Do we have to be kind to our neighbors, give to our local church congregation or feed the hungry?
While those are all good things to do, I want to bring your attention to a pattern that seems to be emerging from each of these scriptures. It appears that if we want to address our faith serious, intensive way, we must start with addressing our speech. We must realize the impact of what we say, even when we are joking.
Mark 11:23 gives what some have called the Law of Confession. Jesus states anyone can have what they say. There are some qualifications. It must be said without doubt and with belief. Let’s quickly look at each of these. Jesus says that you cannot doubt in your heart. The word heart here is defined as the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, and desires. The second part is that you must believe that the things you say come to pass. Not just when you want them to come to pass. You must be convinced of the power of your words.
Well, Jesus has done it again. He has once again managed to teach stuff that we ministers and leaders must correct. Surely he did not mean whosoever. This is way too powerful for just anyone to operate. What about the “whatsoever”? Surely this only works for important, meaningful stuff. Right? Read your Bible. Jesus repeats this in several scriptures. If He said whosoever and whatsoever, that is what He meant.
I want to challenge you this week to meditate on this promise. Read it over and over again until you are convinced that it works. Life has already taught us how not to walk in this promise. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to walk in this promise. And don’t concern yourself about the “whosoevers” and the “whatsoevers” that you don’t want it to work for. Focus on God, through the Holy Spirit, making this Word real for you.
I have faith in God. I know that my words are powerful. I believe that those things which I say will come to pass. I will not allow doubts to overtake my heart. I rejoice and I am grateful for the promise that those things which I say come to pass.
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