Saturday, July 16, 2005

How to Have Mountain-Moving Faith

So Jesus answered and said to them, “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” (Mark 11:22-23)
First, hear the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). What do you give your attention to? What do you listen to? What do you let in through your eyes and your ears? That is eventually what you will believe. Show me what you devote yourself to today, and I’ll tell you what you will be believing tomorrow. Listen to the Word of God. Open yourself up to it and hear it. Faith will come.

Second, immediately stop speaking words that contradict or disagree with the Word of God. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Your understanding was made to serve you. It was never meant to be your master.

Your mouth can be your best friend, or your worst enemy. It can be your biggest asset, or your greatest detriment. So if you cannot yet speak words of faith, at least refrain from speaking things that do not line up with what God says.

You might be silent for a while. There is no harm in that. Abraham Lincoln said that it is better to keep silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Third, let the Word of God fill up your heart. Jesus said that it is out of the abundance, or overflow, of the heart that the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). David prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). When the meditation of your heart is acceptable, or pleasing, to God, it is because your heart is filling up with faith. Then the words of your mouth will be powerful and full of faith.

Finally, when you have filled your heart in abundance with the Word of God, open up your mouth and speak it forth. Don’t be afraid even to shout it out (there is a great release in that). Whatever circumstance you may be facing in your life, God has a promise. Open your mouth and proclaim that promise. Whatever your mountain is, declare the Word of God to it. Every mountain must eventually line up with God’s Word.

Have faith in God. Get to know Him in His Word and let Him fill your heart with His heart. Then speak out of your heart the promises of God. Mountains will move.