“Have faith in God,” . (Mark11:22NIV)
After the Triumphal Entry and before the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus had a teaching moment with his disciples smack dab in the middle of this history-making week.
It is easy to miss and easy to misunderstand. The disciples heard Jesus curse a fig tree on the way to cleanse the Temple. The tree was advertising fruit with its full leaves but in reality had none.Jesus is not a fan of false advertising. On their way back, they saw that it had withered to its roots and was utterly dead. It wasn’t a winter frost or harsh storm that killed the plant- it was the words Jesus spoke to it. He told them to “have faith in God”, then gave them an example they would understand:
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”
A “mountain” was used in that day to mean any insurmountable problem. God can overcome any obstacle, no matter how big or immovable it seems.
Jesus reveals the secret of his strength: “Have faith in God”. Not faith in faith (simply believing whatever you want) or conjuring up a feeling in your heart but faith in God.
Today, my friend, speak to your insurmountable obstacle with words of faith and confidence knowing that God can move the immovable.
He has given you words to speak, to pray, to proclaim. Speak them then put the outcome in God’s hands.