“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 11:23).
When Jesus, who cannot lie, told us in Mark 11:23 that whoever says to the mountain be removed and believes what he says, he will have whatever he says, He meant what He said. This is the unqualified truth spoken by the Truth Himself! We can have whatever we say. Picking up from where we left off last week, lets look at specific instances that God showed me this very truth manifesting, no matter what opposition, or seeming delay, was present.
Speak out in Faith Regardless of the Opposition: Abraham and Sarah was a married elderly couple, who wanted to have a child, but were well beyond their years of bearing children. If that wasn’t enough opposition, Sarah was barren in her womb (Gen. 18:10-14). That was double the opposition. What was God’s response to this opposition? He said what He wanted to see. The result? God saw what He said!
The Lord spoke to Abraham, and He told Abraham that He was the father of many nations. And God spoke this at a time when naturally speaking that was impossible. But because God knows the power of the spoken word in faith, Abraham and Sarah conceived a son, Isaac, and Abraham did in fact become the father of many nations! (Notably, when the Lord spoke these words to Abraham, the Lord also introduced Himself to Abraham, and to all of us reading this account, as El Shaddai…Almighty God). That isn’t a coincidence. God wanted Abraham, and all of us, His children, to know, even with the most impossible odds stacked against us; Jesus is Almighty God and posses the power to turn it all around…with a word! For with God nothing is impossible! (Luke 1:37).
It is also important to take note that when the Lord spoke to Abraham that He was the father of many nations, Abraham became just that… the father of many nations to both Jews and Christians alike. Not only that, but it was through the line of Abraham, that the Messiah, Jesus, came!
Beloved, we are made in God’s same image and likeness, and we have the power of life and death in our tongue (Proverbs 18:21). God didn’t wait until He saw what He wanted (Abraham and Sarah to have a child) in order to speak about it, because He would have never saw it. We, likewise, cannot wait. We must do like God does: Call things that are not as though they were and refuse to speak to the contrary. And we, likewise, will have what we say.
Speak and Even the Deadest Circumstance will Live: There is another example that the Lord showed me, where all the odds were against the miracle wanted, but the Lord, with a word, turned the entire circumstance around. Martha and Mary were sisters who had a brother named Lazarus. Lazarus became very sick to the point of death. The sisters, who had a relationship with Jesus, got word to Him about Lazarus’ condition. Jesus spoke these words, when He heard about Lazarus: “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God” (John 11:4). Jesus immediately after hearing death-filled news spoke out in faith. Notice, He didn’t just have faith in His heart that Lazarus will live; He spoke. It is not enough that we think it, or even believe it; we must confess it!
When Jesus arrived in the town where Martha and Mary lived, He heard that Lazarus died and was four days in the tomb already. What was Jesus response to the deadest of situations? He spoke out in faith. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…” (John 11:25-26). Jesus wanted to see life so He spoke about resurrection and life. Lazarus didn’t get up, however. How did Jesus deal with this seeming delay of what He wanted? He continued to believe and spoke some more! Jesus said, “Lazarus, come forth!” The result? The bible says, “And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth (John 11:43-44). The Lord is teaching us there may be a time when you speak and it seems like nothing changed. Don’t be discouraged, keep believing and keep speaking, and like Jesus, you will make the deadest situation arise and live! For resurrection life, lives in you!
Keep Speaking; Persistence Pays Off: God understands that some of those reading this already believe God and they have been speaking out in faith what they want to see. However, they have not seen yet what they said. For those of us like this, the key is persistence. Jesus is proof that persistent faith that speaks, pays off! In Mark 11 the bible records an account of Jesus being hungry and coming to a fig tree to eat of its fruit, however, it only had leaves on it. Jesus said, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again” (Mark 11:14). Jesus spoke, but the tree didn’t immediately wither away. Similar things have happened to some of us. We have spoke out in faith, but nothing seemed to change. But like this tree that Jesus spoke to, what we spoke to, probably has roots. When something has roots and we speak to it, we may not see an immediate change in the fruit, but we have to know that the root is being impacted…and whatever transformation takes place at the root, causes transformation in the fruit (those things we can perceive in the natural). That is what happened to Jesus. He spoke, nothing happened, but He persevered in faith and kept believing He would have what He said. Persistence does pay off. The next morning the bible says, “the fig tree dried up from the roots…and Peter remembering, said to Him, ‘Rabbi look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away’ (Mark 11:20-21). Jesus persisted in faith and what He said; He saw!
The good news for us believers today is this: As Jesus is, so are we in this world. Not only that, but the Lord in His mercy and goodness, has given us the very same power in our words, and even promised us that we will do greater works than the ones He did! Therefore, people of the Most High, who is Almighty God; use your words to speak what you want to see, and make no mention of the lies, or the tries, of the defeated foe…and you will, like your Savior Jesus, have whatever you say!