… Have faith in God. 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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:22-24)
Believing in GOD’s Word and acting on the Word you believe is a crucial step towards being a great believer. In fact, I will go as far as saying it is the most important attribute.
Jesus Christ said in Mark 9:23: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
I embraced that truth very early in my Christian life. I realized that without believing GOD and His Word, I have no basis for calling myself a believer. And this has helped me tremendously as I walked in His Way.
I have gone through many of life’s battles and challenges, and when it’s over and I have my victory, I will have no doubt in my heart that only GOD and His Word that I believe, helped me to overcome them. Believing GOD’s Word is that important.
And that must be your own goal too. You must believe the Word and act on it. That makes you a faith person and a believer. And the Bible makes it clear: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
Our Savior took time to teach us how to activate faith and belief to easily get the things that we desire. In the often-quoted Mark 11:22-24, Jesus taught His disciples saying:
22 “…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.
The first thing to take note of in these verses is “whoever says”. “Whoever says” refers to you and me and to every believer who cares to “say” it. It is important for you to say it out of your mouth. You are not to think it (or merely believe it) in your mind and leave it there. You must say it audibly. Others standing near you, if you’re saying it in their presence, must hear what you are saying.
The next word you need to pay attention to is “mountain”. This word is used figuratively here. That means it also connotes a meaning that is different from its ordinary meaning. In other words, it does not only refer to a physical mountain like the Everest.
It simply refers to a burden, a serious challenge or an irritation that is bothering you and threatening your joy and peace of mind. When you look at these contrary situations, you can liken them to a mountain because they are so big, and you don’t have the wherewithal to overcome them on your own. Those situations are the mountains that you should speak to.
I didn’t get this understanding early in my Christian walk when I first read this passage. How, I often asked myself, would I be able to command a mountain to move and it will move? In my mind then, a mountain was so huge that I could not imagine how I could speak to it and it would budge.
And that is how the problems that confront us seem so much larger than life that, even when our faith that is not fully developed looks at those problems, we don’t see how we could defeat them. That’s why Master Jesus used ‘mountain’ to describe them.
“Doubt” is another key word in this passage. Doubt, the one that has the power to prevent you from receiving the benefits that GOD daily loads you with (see Psalm 68:19), is of the heart and not of the head. It is easy to doubt something with your head. But if you believe the same thing firmly with your heart, it will over-ride the doubt you have in your head. What you believe in your heart is superior to what you doubt with your head.
That’s why Jesus specifically uses the expression “and does not doubt in his heart.” ‘Head doubt’ is given free reign when you have not allowed the Word of GOD to settle in your spirit man (your heart); when you have not meditated on it and are convinced that what GOD said in His Word will not return to Him void without accomplishing the mission on which it was sent.
The next phrase we will examine in this passage is “believes that those things he says will be done.” The key word here is ‘believe’. How do you make yourself to believe things? The type of believing that comes naturally to most people is what they could see with their eyes or touch with their hands.
Because they’ve seen it and touched it, they can believe that the thing exists. You don’t need to persuade people to believe at that point. You will hear people say something like, “but I saw it with my own eyes;” “it is true;” “it exists.”
But that type of believing is not what the Bible is talking about. Bible believing is when you see things that are not yet in existence or are not manifested physically, but you believe the existence of such thing. That sort of believing is what brings to life what you have not seen physically with your faith eyes.
Faith in GOD and His Word is what brings into existence the things you say. To become a faith giant, you must develop this skill with the help of the Holy Spirit. You must ask the Holy Spirit in prayer to teach you how to go about developing it. Remember, the Holy Spirit is your Teacher.
Now comes the most interesting part of our Master’s teaching: “he will have whatever he says.” Jesus’ assertion here conveys the truth so simply that one may take it for granted, as many do. “You will have what you say”.
Think about it for a moment. Is Jesus saying that each time I say a thing and I believe that thing it shall be done? This truth dawned on me several years ago. When the reality of the statement hit me, I was practically shaking.
Does it mean, I asked myself, that once I say something, whatever the thing is, good or bad, I will have what I say? After days of meditating on it, I concluded that that is exactly what my Lord and Savior was saying. That truth so shook me that I drew the attention of my wife, Esther, to it.
“Esty,” I said to her, “this is the understanding I am getting from what Master Jesus is saying in Mark 11:22-24. If it is so, and I believe it is so, then I could change so many things in my life. I could have what I desire if I would just master the art of saying them.”
She concurred. Her agreement with me gave me peace of mind. And I took steps from then to align my life to what that passage says. For instance, I resolved that never again would I call the Name of the Lord in my conversation with people except I really meant to call on His Name.
In other words, I resolved to honor Him and His Name and never casually call His Name again when conversing with others.
I told myself that whenever I utter the Name of Jesus, I was either worshipping Him or praying or that I am in real danger and I needed His urgent help. I figured that if I did that, the Master would respond to me quickly, knowing that I would normally not call His Name in vain.
So, I put a stop to such manner of speaking and, within a space of nine months, something happened to me that made me thank GOD that I had taken that decision. I was in Abuja to attend a conference that had to do with “FIFA Junior World Cup,” which Nigeria hosted in 1999.
I was a speaker at the conference. As soon as I presented my paper and returned to my hotel room with my wife, we had lunch at the hotel’s restaurant. We had barely returned to our room when I started to feel dizzy. My head was spinning so badly I almost passed out.
Then I started to vomit. I have never vomited like that before and I pray to GOD that I should never vomit like that again. I knew within me that my life was ebbing away. It got to a point that the vomiting intensified, and I had to immediately call upon the Name of the Lord for help.
“Jesus!” I cried with a voice that was so weak it was hardly audible, “save me!” It was as if the Master was waiting for that call for help. Just as Psalm 91 verse 15 says, He stepped in immediately and took charge. In less than three days, every symptom of partial stroke that was evident when the vomiting stopped had cleared off.
The slurred speech; the twisted tongue; the inability to write with my right hand — all disappeared. I had to tell somebody about that scary experience for you to know what had happened: there were no telltale signs!
The Name of Jesus that I called in an emergency rescued me from that imminent destruction. Of course, I have since then rigidly stuck to my decision not to casually call the Name of Jesus in my conversations with people.
Jesus proved to me on that occasion, as nothing else could have done, that if I acted on His Word because I believed it, He would perform it. That level of resolution and commitment to the Word of GOD is what I want you to develop. And it will make a difference in the way you get result from the Word of GOD you’re standing on.
I have never failed to get answer to anything I called upon the Name of Jesus for. Not even once. You could have the same testimony. You could always have what you say if you believe it and do not doubt it.
“Brother Emmanuel Sunny,” someone says, “but I don’t always get response to what I say as you said you do. Why is that so?”
Of course, you do. And it happens all the time! You have only missed it when the answer came. For example, when Jesus said to the fig tree, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again,” (Mark 11:14), nothing appeared to have happened.
The fig tree didn’t dry up immediately. But a day after, when Jesus and His disciples were passing through the road where the Lord cursed the fig tree, Peter drew attention to the fig tree and said, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” (Mark 11:21).
There is an important spiritual lesson for believers here. All the disciples of Jesus heard Him when he cursed the fig tree. If they didn’t pass through that way again, some of them could have argued, justifiably, that what Jesus said had no effect on the fig tree. Why? Because there was no immediate visible evidence that something had happened to the tree.
And it is the same with you. Answer to what you say will not always manifest instantly. Some will. But not all of them. The more time that is required to process what you say, the longer it takes before you see the manifestation.
For example, in 2014, I made a prayer request to my Father in the Name of Jesus. It was almost two years later before I saw the manifestation of what I had asked for. During that period of waiting, I did not change my confession. And I refused to be anxious that the answer was taking long. At the end of the day, I have what I said in that prayer.
But, of course, you could ask amiss as we are told in James 4:3. There are many ways that we do that. But one common way in which we don’t see the manifestation of what we say is when we ignore our Master’s instruction in Mark 11:25-26:
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
This clear instruction was delivered to us as part of what Jesus taught His disciples on that occasion. And you must obey it if you want to see the manifestation of what you say. Your Father will not bypass His commandment just to please you.
So, if you are following all the steps that I outlined here, and the mountain you ordered out of your life does not disappear, then check this aspect to see if you are disobeying this commandment.
It may be one of the reasons why you are not seeing the manifestation of the things you say. Take urgent step to correct it and have your miracle.
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