“Just speak to your mountain and it will crumble before you!”
Have you ever heard a minister say something like this? I have. It is based on Mark 11:23. I agree with it but with some conditions.
For 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.
Jesus did tell us that if we tell our mountain to be removed it would be cast into the sea. This is true but I’ve seen a lot of Christians fail when attempting to apply this verse. They hear a sermon on speaking to their mountain and get excited.
We need to use wisdom when acting on the Word of God. Jesus said that our mountains would respond to our words. He also added a condition that it seems a lot of people miss in their excitement to start speaking to every problem.
“…and shall not doubt in his heart“
Jesus’ statement implies that our mountains will not be cast into the sea if there is any doubt in our hearts.
Faith is built on the Word of God. There are no shortcuts. It takes time to build a deep foundation in the Word. If we want to get to the point where our mountains respond to our words we will have to give Scripture careful and constant attention first.
It seems like the majority of Christians are practicing a form of passive Christianity that is not Biblically based.
“Oh God would you just please stretch forth your hand and have mercy on a few of our folks?”
God please… Passive Christianity does not want to take responsibility. It is much easier to let the minister do all of the studying and then ride on his or her faith coattails.
God has already supplied for our every need. We do not need a handout from Him and need to stop approaching Him like beggars.
“Oh God, please oh please stretch forth your hand.”
Did you ever stop to think that He has already filled our hearts with His Holy Spirit? Paul tells us in Ephesians that the power which raised Jesus from the dead already resides in our spirits. We do not need God to “stretch forth His hand” today.
God has already released His power and placed it in our spirit. The Holy Spirit is that power and He has filled the heart of every Christian. I believe that our greatest need is to become much more aware of His presence.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The Holy Spirit has filled our spirits. He is the power that we seek. We are anointed to be witnesses of Jesus. There are so many distractions in this world that many Christians have never taken the time to develop an awareness of what they have already been given.
“God please save my brother.”
Jesus said that we would be witnesses. He will not answer a prayer like this one. It is not based on Scripture.
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Jesus told us to pray for labourers to be sent into the harvest field. Our prayer then should be for someone to be sent who can share the message of salvation.
God is not going to step in and do what He asked us to do. Let me close with the account of Cornelious.
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
The angel appeared too Cornelius but did not witness to him. This was not his job. He did point him to Peter and told him that Peter would show him the way.
Cornelius was not a Jew. He was a Gentile but the Lord sent an angel in response to his prayer. God does not care about where a person has been. He will accept anyone who will come to Him.
It seems like it would have been easier for the angel to preach to Cornelius. This is not how the Kingdom of God works.
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
The “word of reconciliation” is the good news of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus has washed every man and woman who will ever live with His blood. This is the message that has been committed to us to share with the world!
If you have never never invited Jesus into your heart then I encourage you to pray the following simple prayer:
Dear God, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation from sin right now.
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