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Faith to Move Mountains

by Wayne Dailey,
Senior Pastor, Bethel Revival Center

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Faith to Move Mountains

by Wayne Dailey
Senior Pastor, Bethel Revival Center
43 Norwood St.
Everett, MA 02149

Mark 11:12-14
And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, He came, if haply He might find any thing thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. and Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And His disciples heard it.

Stop to consider what happened here. Have any of you done this lately? When did you ever speak to a tree and say that nobody would ever eat fruit of it again?

Jesus cursed this fig tree, and it no longer could survive. Did you ever see a tree with ears? Jesus wasn't talking to the tree, itself, but was speaking to it to bring forth a lesson about faith.

Mark 11:19,20
And when even was come, He went out of the city. And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

Overnight the tree was dried up from its roots!

Mark 11:21
And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Him, Master, behold, the fig tree which Thou cursedst is withered away.

It took a manifestation of the power of God for this tree to be cursed and wither up overnight just because of what was spoken. And this is just what Jesus did. There's a message here for us to consider: the power of the spoken word. There's a lot of power when words of faith are spoken.

Have Faith in God

Do you put much faith in what you have to say? When you come to God in prayer, do you just speak to Him, or do you pray in faith?

In the realm of praying, we find results when we pray with a manifestation of our faith. And Jesus goes on to encourage us that there should be some power behind our words when we pray — because we're not just praying words but are backing our words up with our faith.

Mark 11:22
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

You know, that's a neat little saying to have on your mind and tongue. In the day of trouble, it ought to be something that comes to the surface: "What should I do?" "Have faith in God."

That's an answer all by itself: Have faith in God. Don't get all shook up here. Don't begin to worry about it; just have faith in God.

Well, sometimes circumstances are hard to face, but the word of the Lord would instruct us what to do in such times: Have faith in God! That's the key right there. We're not only going to pray, but in the realm of our praying, we're going to have faith in God. We're going to pray in faith believing.

Praying, saying words to God — you could go on for hours doing this without manifesting any faith. If somebody were listening to you as you prayed, they might think it sounded good. But when you pray the prayer of faith, backing up your prayer with faith in God, that's what counts.

Have faith in God, now. No matter what the circumstance, have faith in God. Take that thing you're facing and hold still and believe God.

It's easy to get shook up over the circumstances we find ourselves in, but the answer is having faith in God. No matter what it looks like, no matter how bad things are, no matter how great the need, no matter how high the mountain: have faith in God.

There's a place for us to develop a great faith in God: Have faith in God.

Speaking Words of Pure Faith

Mark 11:23
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.

There are a lot of words added here to the statement, "Have faith in God." We want to look at these words and examine what the Lord is really saying here. He is teaching us in the realm of having a great faith built up in our life to where we could use our words to bring the answer. Notice that He doesn't say to pray about moving the mountain, but to say.

Is there a difference between "pray" and "say"? When we pray about moving a mountain in our life, we are asking God. But here Jesus is telling us that if we say to the mountain.

Now, it's in the realm of your speaking in faith — old-time faith — like not everyone has. This is more like the old-time faith that men like Elijah and Elisha had. What great and strong faith you find in many accounts of the Scriptures.

Whosoever shall say unto this mountain: Let's consider that our having faith here has to have some source of power. It's a matter of our having faith, and that's all we're going to have: pure faith — just pure faith.

In I Corinthians 13:2 we find this type of faith: . . . though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains: Here it speaks of the possibility of someone having all faith. Do you think Jesus had all faith?

One thing you'll note about His works: He never struggled, never wrestled, never was in the place where He couldn't do it. He worked all those great miraculous things with pure faith. The Bible speaks of His casting out devils with His word. He spoke, and it was done.

This realm of having all faith is not just a figure of speech. It's an actual realm of having all faith to move mountains.

Jesus illustrated this to us when He spoke to that fig tree that it would no longer bear fruit . . . and the next morning it was dried up by the roots. His spoken word was all that was there to bring this about.

So, the power of the spoken word! In the realm of having faith and exercising that faith, we can see the great potential there is, then, to build our faith. Our faith can be built upon to become greater and greater and greater as we go along.

Do you have the same amount of faith today that you'll have ten years from now, if the Lord tarries? Or are you going to develop a greater faith? Is the faith you have today the same as you had ten years ago, or has it grown through the years of using it? Do you use your faith more? Do you see greater results?

Here's the kind of faith that's illustrated to us as mountain moving faith: Say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea. Do mountains have ears to hear? No, it's not a matter of anything hearing you — it's a matter of your speaking.

Faith is manifested in what you say when you speak pure words of faith.

Jesus tells us of the mountain you speak to being cast into the sea. It sounds to me like He's speaking of an actual mountain. Could such a thing be? Do you believe Jesus could have spoken to an actual mountain, telling it to be removed and cast into the sea, and it would happen?

Matthew 19:26b
With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

With God there is nothing impossible. We wouldn't want to think there would be anything He couldn't do.

Jesus sent His Word and healed the sick and cast out devils. His words were quick — they were alive and powerful. When He spoke, He meant what He said. There was no second guessing, no wondering and no doubting.

Doubt is the Faith-Killer

If anything can get you in trouble when you're wanting to build such a faith as this, it's this: You're going to make a good attempt, but nothing happens. You went through the motions. You commanded the mountain to go, but nothing happened. You can go through that maybe several times and then get discouraged because you don't seem to have that type of faith.

But we want to see that doubt is the problem. It's the one thing that would stand in the way of moving the mountain. Doubt is a little lighter than unbelief. It's having faith — believing — but coming to a certain point where one begins to waver, begins to shake.

James 1:6
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Nothing wavering: That's another way to say, "not doubting."

How many of us are past that place in our lives where we no longer waver when we pray: When we're up against a hard thing, we no longer doubt when we ask?

Are you to that place yet? You get in a crisis and one of the first things the tempter tempts you to do is to say, "See!!!"

Why does he want you to look and see? He wants you to get your eyes on the circumstances: "This is bad! If I don't do something real quick . . ." "What you need to do is lay your faith down and take things into your own hands."

Being in that realm, many come to a crisis and find it's hard to stand in faith, believing. In the crisis when you're dealing with someone else's life and you're praying for them, you need the faith to put them in the hands of Jesus.

You pray, but then that cloud of doubt comes along.

Faith must remain pure. It can't be mixed with anything else, such as doubt. You've got to embrace the Word and hold on.

Circumstances are very deceiving — the way things look, the way they sound, the way they feel.

If we want the victory, God would expect us to have the faith to believe Him for it. Jesus said that if you said to the mountain to be removed and cast into the sea and not doubt in your heart but believe that those things which you say shall come to pass, you'll have whatsoever you say.

Jesus is presenting a great realm here that we should partake in. We shouldn't want to take His words lightly as something beyond us, as if this were for only a certain few spiritual giants.

Listen, I believe Jesus spoke this to all. Why do I believe that? because He said, "whosoever."

Does the word "whosoever" exclude anyone? "Whosoever" opens the door to anybody who would go this route and practice this kind of faith.

Now, mountains here don't mean just some big stones that are a few thousand feet high. There are a lot of things we could face that would be mountains to us. We wonder how we can get past that place, how we can get that straightened out, how can we overcome this or that.

These mountains are things that have to be dealt with if we're going to conquer them, if we're going to overcome them. And faith, many times, is the only means.

Sometimes you will come to the place where other things you rely on won't work, where there is no hope, no answer. What do you do when you're told there's no hope?

When it comes to real battles and real problems of life, we've got to recognize the real mountains we're facing. And, in facing them, the reality is that if we're going to stand and believe God to do it, we've got to go one hundred percent all the way in our believing. We can't let doubt creep in, or our faith will not be steadfast.

So, you're saying to a mountain to be removed and cast into the sea. The next thing to take place is an action: Suddenly, you're going to see that mountain move and be gone. You'll see the results of your trusting God.

So, we want to be in this realm where we take to heart that though this may seem to be over our heads, we still can learn and desire to have faith in God, still desire to pray the prayer of faith, still want to command the mountain to move out of the way.

You don't want to lay this aside and say it's not for you. Jesus said it was for "whosoever," and that includes you and me. Get into the realm of seeking God — wanting to walk with Him to the point where you're fully yielded to Him — and He will build your faith up.

The Gift of Faith

You also have to consider other teachings in the Scriptures, such as in I Corinthians 12, where one of the nine gifts of the Spirit is the gift of faith. There's no limit as to how much faith God can give.

In the crisis, God can give you added faith. In the crisis, the gift can go to work to give you the faith that will accomplish what Jesus spoke of here, and the words you speak will move the mountain.

That's the faith of the Holy Ghost given to you, taking up right where your faith seems to be lacking. The gift of faith rises in your heart where it wasn't a few moments ago. When it comes, suddenly you have the faith to believe that the mountain you're coming against will go. There's a place to come to where your faith must work.

Now, putting together all that the Scripture says about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, God says the Spirit gives those gifts severally to every man, to every believer. God would want you to have the gifts in your life.

This is God's desire. He wants us to be filled with the Holy Ghost and fire. He wants us to be anointed. He wants the gifts to work through us. Our hearts ought to be crying out to God earnestly that we be brought into that realm of having the gifts He wants us to have. No matter which gift or gifts He chooses to put in your life, you ought to be happy that you can use them to bring glory to the Lord.

I don't believe that everyone has this gift of faith. God divides the gifts severally as He wills. And there will be somebody who gets serious about spiritual things and seeks out the gifts in their lives.

But, then, there are many who don't spend much time seeking these gifts out. They don't seem to grasp the concern that these things belong to the church and should be operating in the church. The church should have the benefit of these gifts.

We look back at the early church and see the example of this. What a great manifestation of the power of God was in the church back there — an everyday manifestation.

We Need the Power of God Manifested Today

But look where we are down here. Back there, over 2,000 years ago, there was a great need for these manifestations. Should we think in our minds that we don't need that today?

I don't want you to be deceived. We need the power and the manifestations of the Spirit of God today. Our day is not getting better by any means, but rather is growing worse and worse each day. There are great manifestations of antichrist activity today, and they are a warning to us of the time we are living in. We don't know when the Lord is coming. We do know He is coming, and we do know the season of His coming. We know from the Scriptures what to look for, what to compare with to see if our times are any different.

As it was in the days of Noah (see Matthew 24:37-39). Study out the days of Noah and see what those days were like. One thing is, they knew not until the flood came and took them all away. They didn't know until it began to rain and rain and rain and the floods came. It wasn't long until the water was so high you couldn't find any escape.

Noah's day was a day like today: They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. This speaks of things just going along day by day in a normal routine of things. When it speaks of their marrying and being given in marriage, that was a problem. They were marrying the ungodly. The seed of God was corrupting themselves with the daughters of Cain. There's the problem, the core of the apostasy (falling away).

God was looking for a man, and He found faith in Noah. Out of that generation all that were left having faith were Noah and his family. If it weren't for Noah having faith, God would have said there was no faith in the earth that day. Has God ever left Himself without having a man when He needed one?

He found faith in Noah and told him what to do so that he and his family would be spared in the flood. Noah built the ark just as God had told him to build it, and one day he and his family entered the ark. The door was left open for a while – for a solid week. Noah and his family were inside, and the world was outside.

I want you to think, now, about Noah and his faith. How did he ever build such an ark that would float? He was not a welder; he didn't build a steel battleship. He built it out of wood and sealed it with pitch.

Now, why didn't anyone else come along and get into the ark while the door was still open? It was like the day we're entering into more and more, where it's harder and harder to find those who want Jesus, those who are concerned about their souls and eternal life.

God saw faith in Noah. He saw in Noah what He wanted to see in men that day. He found in Noah a man who would believe Him. When He spoke and told Noah what to do, Noah believed God and acted on what he was told. He did what God had said and built an ark to the saving of his house.

Look at the faith that was way back there in man's beginning. There was a man who had faith.

Now, Enoch was another man who had faith:

Genesis 5:24
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Enoch believed God and was taken up out of the world. He walked with God in well-pleasing. Somebody had better walk with God today; somebody had better please God!

Why shouldn't that somebody be you? Shouldn't it be you who is walking with God in well-pleasing: doing His will, doing what He wants of you, submitting your life to Him?

This is what we should want to do: walk with God from day to day. So, Enoch pleased God and Noah pleased God, but where was the rest of the world in that day?

Enoch was taken before the flood. When the flood came, all that were in that day except for Noah and his family were destroyed. All mankind was destroyed in that flood but for Noah and his family.

Think of that. That's hard to comprehend. God would never do something like that . . . would He? Who brought the flood? God did. He brought the flood then sent the first rainbow and stated He would never destroy the earth again with water. Then we can look down to 2 Peter and see that the next time, He will destroy the earth with fire. It's going to be a fire judgment:

II Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

It's going to be a fire that man didn't set. It will be a fire that God sends in judgment. But thank God there can be those who have faith.

Their faith was not in vain in saving their lives that day. I believe they were spared because of their faith. And it's the same as those who believe unto salvation:

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Noah was a righteous man; why would God destroy him? Enoch was righteous; why would God destroy him? God is never out to destroy the righteous with the wicked.

God Looks for Faith

Now, somebody has to have faith. In the generation we live, we should consider that God wants us to have faith for what we need and for what He has given us to do. We need this kind of faith Jesus was speaking of: faith that moves mountains, faith that does far beyond what we can do of ourselves.

Here we find the operation of faith, the gift of faith, at work. And you and I ought to want to see a lot of the operation of this faith.

I believe God looks to see things in us, and I don't want Him to see a vacant area in my life.

What about our generation? Is there a great faith manifest in our present generation? Is there a strong old-time Noah type of faith, An Abraham kind of faith, An Elijah kind of faith?

I wouldn't want to think our generation is faithless. I'm a part of it — aren't you? I don't want to be found faithless when Jesus comes. Do you? Do you want to be one who just sits back with an "I don't care" attitude?

We ought to be doing the will of God. The day we live in demands of us that we manifest our faith and that we take hold of those things we know God has given.

The same tools would get the job done in this last day as they did in the early church. Would you think these same tools could accomplish the work of God in our day? What tools? The same ones that are mentioned in I Corinthians 12: the nine gifts of the Spirit.

What about those tools? Are the gifts of the Spirit tools of the trade? Are they the things God has given us to use?

Nine spiritual gifts — and one of them is the gift of faith. Do you think God sees this as one of the great needs in the body of Christ, and that He would want to stir and put the same powerful gifts in the lives of His people today?

This world needs to be stirred. This world needs men and women who believe God: men and women who believe, who will stand and be firm. The world needs men and women like Noah, where God saw in this one man — out of a whole generation, out a world that had a large population — faith. God looked for faith and found it in one person, the man Noah.

We don't care how many God uses: May God use you; may He use me. May your life become something that will be a real tool in the hands of God in the midst of the time, that your life could be a bright light radiating the faith that's needed in our day.

God looks for faith. Is He seeing it? Is He seeing faith in us — faith like He would desire to see? Do we have that Noah-like faith — the kind of faith where God sees a man, sees a woman, and is real pleased with them?

Now, you and I, we're the ones we ought to be thinking about here. We all need to have a faith, a real, true faith working in and through us.

So, that simple little phrase, "Have faith in God," ought to be right on the tip of our tongues. Have faith in God. Is there anything else to have faith in? People put faith in a lot of things other than God. Their faith doesn't amount to anything. Put your faith in God! That's where faith works.

God ordained this: that men ought to have faith in Him. Men's faith ought to grow to become great. There ought to be great men and women of faith in the earth today.

The passage we have looked at in Mark is what God has told us of this generation: "whosoever." Whosoever shall say to this mountain . . . What about this generation? Don't we need faith in God? Don't we need great manifestations of faith? Don't we have a vision that tells us that if it's going to be accomplished, we're going to have a live, working faith being manifested: a faith that doesn't just work in one or two people, but in many — in "whosoever"?

You should want it to be in you. Stand firm and be what God wants you to be!

But where is that man? Where is that woman? Where is that one who will stand in the gap? Is there someone who will do what God would want them to do?

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