Saturday, February 5, 2005

How to Move a Mountain

Jesus did not say, “Beg and plead for God to move the mountain for you.” And He did not say, “Sit down and come up with some logical, empirical reasons for why that mountain should move.”

Nor did He say, “Wait and see if that mountain will move.” Or, “Sit and wish for the mountain to move.” And He most certainly did not say, “Complain that the mountain is not moving.”

But He did say, most emphatically:
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. (Mark 11:23)
Let’s look for a moment at the word “doubt.” The Greek is diakrino and refers to a divided judgment. A person who speaks to his mountain and believes in his heart that it will move, and also believes in his heart that it will not move, that person is of two minds. The result is that he will not see his mountain move, not one inch.

James said, “He who doubts [diakrino] is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything form the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-7). The man of faith will be full of expectation, but the double-minded man should not expect anything at all.

What to do? Fill your heart with faith until there is no more room for doubt. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, so fill your hearing with the Word. Meditate on it and let it become powerful inside you, building you up in faith until you can no longer keep quiet about it. Then, when you are filled with faith, and you have no doubt that the Word of God will be fulfilled — and only then, open up your mouth and start speaking the Word of God to that mountain.

Fully believe the Word of God in your heart. Then speak to your mountain, and you will have whatever you say.