Friday, August 23, 2013

Casting a Mountain into the Sea

Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall happen" (Mark 11:23). He was telling the truth because He said, "Truly I say to you." Although He always spoke the truth, some statements seemed so impossible that He had to assure the audience by saying, “I’m not kidding. This really is the truth.” 

Probably no one has a reason to cast a mountain into the sea, but Jesus chose that outlandish example to show what is possible with faith. Mountains don't have ears, so they can't hear you speaking. Even if they did, they couldn't understand what you were saying because they don't know languages. So who is listening to you speak to the mountain? What is making the mountain move?

God is the one who hears your words, and He is the only who can make the mountain move. He is responding to your words spoken by faith.

Why didn't Jesus just demonstrate it for His disciples? He could have spoken to the mountain, pulled it up into the air, floated it over Israel, dropped it into the sea, and then said, "Did you guys see what I just did? That is what is possible with faith!"

He didn't do that because He had already demonstrated the power of the spoken word shortly before this in Mark 11:13-14, 20-21 when He spoke to fig tree that wasn’t producing fruit and it withered. Jesus told them, "What works for fig trees also works for mountains."

God wants us to be wise in the way we talk. Proverbs 16:23 says, "The heart of the wise teaches his mouth." Rather than complaining about your mountainous problem, teach your mouth to speak about what God will do to fix it. And then use your mouth again to thank Him for doing it.
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