The Secret of Mountain-Moving Faith

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Faith can move mountains! We heard it. We all have seen this quote appear here and there in some Christian groups we follow on social media. We also have heard many sermons about how faith can move mountains. But, is it working for us? Has this phrase “moving mountains” become another religious cliché? Let us explore this a bit and learn from the Bible what it means and how we can do it.

Let us look at the words of Jesus in Mark chapter 11.

Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”

Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw 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.” 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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:12-14, 20-24 NKJV)

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 NKJV

The gist of it is that Jesus has cursed a fig tree and the following day the disciples realized that it actually dried up. We need to know that trees don’t dry up so fast in this case overnight. Even if the water supply was cut off and may be some pest eating away its leaves it still takes time, a long time for a tree to dry up. A wild fig tree usually grows up to 20 feet tall and its branches spread out wide. Its a fairly large tree. For the fig tree to dry up overnight, there was something powerful that happened to the tree. What was it? It was the fact that Jesus spoke words over that tree. He cursed the tree saying, “Let no one eat fruit from you again.” His words were what affected the tree so drastically. Words contain power. Bible says in proverbs that our words contain power to either give life or cause something to die.

Be specific with your words

Now, it is important for us to note that Jesus did not say, “I curse you tree.” He precisely said what the outcome should be, which was, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” The only way that could take place was if the tree dried up and that is what happened. When we pray and when we declare something in our life, it is important to precisely speak what we want not just some religious clichés like, “I bless you”. No, say what the blessing is about. The power of words is in the specifics. If you are struggling in your finances and are dealing with debt. Add up all your debt and then specifically say, “I receive One thousand two hundred and thirty four dollars and forty five cents toward paying off my debt.” Yes be that specific. If you vaguely say, “I am blessed”. Then you don’t know what you are praying for and what you are declaring over your situation. In Proverbs 18:21 we read, Death and Life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will it eats fruit.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

Faith is a seed, sow it with your words.

Notice that Proverbs 18:21 compares the outcome of our words (the final result or action) to a fruit. Which means the tongue is sowing words and whoever is sowing those words will eat the fruit of those words. Faith is stored up in your spirit in a seed form. Use your words to sow it. In Luke 17:5 disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. But Jesus responds saying, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” So really we don’t need more faith. We have all the faith we need to have in the form of a seed. We just need to speak words and it will be so. But are we seeing the results like we would want to? Are we seeing the situations change in our life and are we seeing the diseases leave when we speak the word? Let’s learn how we can get to that place. Where we speak and things happen. We are about to look at the secret of faith that can move mountains.

We have all the faith we need to have in the form of a seed. We just need to speak words and it will be so. But are we seeing the results like we would want to?

And does not doubt in his heart…

The secret to having mountain moving faith is not having more faith. But rather, it is having no doubt in your heart. Look again at Jesus’ words in Mark 11:23. 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. So let’s try to understand what doubt really is. Let us see how Bible defines doubt in James 1:6-8, But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James, explains here that doubt is like a wind which causes the sea to be tossed. In such doubleminded state a person cannot receive from God. So basically the words we speak wont come to pass when we doubt. In other words the mountains wont move when we doubt. So what is this doubt that James compares to the wind. Let us look in Ephesians 4:14, that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.

In this passage the Wind that tosses a person to and fro is described as doctrine. So putting together the passage from James 1:6-8 and Ephesians 4:14, doubt can be defined as the wind of doctrine or teaching or preaching. If we read Ephesians 4:14 in context that is from verse 11-14, Paul talks about how God has equipped the church with the five fold ministry so that the church can remain in the fullness of the stature of Christ (mature sons) rather than acting as children that are tossed around to and fro in the wind of every doctrine.

Children are treated as slaves but Sons are treated as heirs

The purpose of the five fold ministry in the church is to make sure the church adheres to its Sonship (mature status of an heir) instead of acting like children who can be easily deceived by any kind of doctrine. So what are these doctrines that cause us to stumble and doubt? Lets looks at Galatians 4:1-10, (with my commentary after each verse)

  1. Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all,
    • We are all God’s children and we are all Heirs to His Inheritance in Christ which includes salvation, prosperity, health and wholeness, freedom from Sin and its effects on us and so much more.
    • However, we cannot experience our God given inheritance as long as we remain as children
  2. but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.
  3. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 
    • When we are children, (being tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine), we are subject to and in bondage to the elements of the world (the natural laws and courses of this fallen world)
    • i.e., When you get sick you cannot boldly receive your health from the Inheritance of God, because you are subject to the natural course of this fallen world that says cancer cannot be cured or COVID-19 may be lethal or cold takes two weeks to run its course through your body.
    • A child is not mature enough to stick to the truth that they are an heir of God’s health but they get tossed to and fro based on the doctrine of this natural world.
  4. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 
  5. to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
    • Christ came to this world and redeemed us from the law of works and from the law of the natural world so that you are adopted/born into God’s family as Sons (mature heirs)
  6. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 
  7. Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
    • We are not born into God’s family as babies but we are born and adopted as Sons. It is our understanding of this truth that keeps growing but not our spirit. Our Spirit is exactly like the Son of God – Jesus.
  8. But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.
    • We served natural things in this fallen world before we were adopted and born into God’s family. What are these natural things? read the next two verses.
  9. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?
  10. You observe days and months and seasons and years.
    • Natural things of this world are referred to as weak and beggarly elements in this verse. Once we are born again we are no longer in subject to the natural law of this world.
    • I’m not talking about disobeying the laws of your country. But rather this verse is highlighting the master-slave relationship this fallen world and its elements have with the people of this world. We are made free from that bondage. So be the mature Son and walk in your inheritance.
    • Do not be moved by every wind of doctrine of this natural world which tells you that it takes 30 years to pay your mortgage and own a home. Do not accept the natural doctrine that says it takes 2 weeks to get over a cold, that your disease is incurable. That doctrine is causing doubt in your heart which is what makes your declaration of faith to be of no effect. This doubt works against you and causes you to be an immature child instead of a mature Son.
    • In the early church Paul was addressing the dilemma of whether they need to follow the holy days and customs given to them by the law and tells them they are free from that. But in our day this could very well be referring to what we just talked about. God says it does not take 30 years for you to pay off your house. It does not take 10 years for your to be debt free. I don’t care what your income is. The truth is that you have an inheritance in Christ.
    • Beware of every doctrine (spoken or unspoken – felt through your natural senses) that reduces you to be in bondage to the weak and beggarly elements of time and any other natural limitations of this world.

Snuff out the doubt and faith will do its job

In conclusion, if we are sensitive to what we are hearing and guard ours hearts from any wind of the doctrine that limits us to natural helpless beings, but rather we focus on our inheritance, then we can keep doubt at bay and keep it from entering our heart. So now, when we speak to the mountain (any problem or situation that does not agree with God’s goodness in your life) and do not doubt in our hearts, that mustard seed of faith we received from the incorruptible seed of the Word of God will do its job effortlessly and that mountain will be moved out of your life.

I pray that the Holy Spirit will quicken in our hearts these scriptures we studied and help us see the channels through which doctrines of doubt are entering our heart so we can (with His strength and His power) guard our hearts. Amen!

Don’t talk to God about how big your mountain is! Talk to that mountain about how big your Daddy God is!!