Welcome to the second part of this sermon series, the first sermon is sub-titled “God Said”, and we studied how God spoke to the shapeless earth what He expected and how He saw what He wanted He spoke!
Today, we are going to be looking at MARK 11: 12-14, 20-23.
“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 anything 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 to it, No man eat fruit of you hereafter forever. And his disciples heard it.”
Jesus spoke to the fig tree, and His disciples heard what He said. Sometimes we do not like to speak what we believe because we are afraid of mockery; asking “what if it does not come to pass”, but oh! what if it comes to pass! Verse 20 of that text says “And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.” The people that heard what Jesus said saw what He had said come to pass! What you say to your situation is what you will see!
Vv. 21, 22 – “And Peter calling to remembrance said to him, Master, behold, the fig tree which you cursed is withered away. And Jesus answering said to them, have faith in God.” Having the God-kind of faith gets things done! Going back to our first sermon on this series again, we know that we were created in God’s image and likeness, and the moment we become born again we become God’s kind; and because we have become God’s kind, we can operate in the capacity of God! A lion is a lion whether it is full-grown or a cub!
WHAT IS GOD’S KIND OF FAITH?
Vs. 23 – “For truly I say to you, That whoever shall say to this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatever he said.”
God operates in this capacity – that whatever you believe in your heart and will say with your mouth shall come to pass! There is a connection between the heart and the mouth – your confession follows what you believe! If you do not believe in your heart what you are saying, it may not possess the power to uproot and cast into the sea! Simply put, if you believe it you will have it!
Matt. 12: 34b – “… for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” WHAT DO YOU ABUNDANTLY BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART? What do you feed your eyes and ears with? What you give your eyes, ears, mind and thoughts to will fill your heart abundantly! Therefore, what you read, watch, hear and think must be in agreement with what you want to see! Fill your heart and mind with positive things! When God was making the heavens and the earth, He had no doubt in His heart; He simply spoke everything into place with firm belief that His word will come to pass – this is the kind of attitude we must adopt, a doubtless conduct when we speak – regardless of the storm, drought or scarcity that may be in play! I said it, it will come to pass! And this is achievable when there is abundance of good inside you!
AN EXAMPLE: THE SHUNAMMITE WOMAN (II Kings 4)
The Shunammite woman had been caring for and feeding the man of God, Prophet Elisha, continually for a while; and one day, Elisha prophesied that she would have a son; and even though she did not believe the words of the Prophet, God blessed her with a son anyway! Her weakness was unbelief; but sometimes God goes beyond our weaknesses just to prove that He is God! When the son God blessed her with died (vs. 18-20), the woman took several actions that showed she believed her son would come back to life – she took his dead body to the room meant for the Prophet, put him on his bed and locked the door so no one else would have access; she sent a message to her husband for someone to take her to see the Prophet and despite the questions her husband asked her for wanting to see the Prophet, all she said to him was “IT SHALL BE WELL” (another translation of the Bible says “IT WILL BE ALRIGHT”) – this shows that she believed in the Prophet and in the God of the Prophet! When she reached the Prophet and he had sent his servant to ask if all was well, she responded once again “IT IS WELL”. She had seen, tasted and experienced the death of her son, but she was not saying what she was seeing, she said what she expected – IT IS WELL! All it takes is for you to believe in your heart, to have the God-kind of faith, to profess that all is well – that is all it takes for death to lose power over every circumstance in your heart! Whatsoever we want done, moved, raised and changed only takes the principle of God’s kind of faith – to believe even in the face of mishap! The entire cause of nature and the circumstances that surround any human can be controlled by the words of faith that comes out of his mouth, deeply rooted in his heart!
Isa. 3: 10 – “Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.”
Today, I declare and prophesy that it is well with you; it is well with your destiny; it is alright with you in the name of Jesus! It is well with your marriage, your body, your ministry, your health, your job; it is well with all that has to do with you!
Like the Shunammite woman, declare with your actions that you believe that it is well with you; do not bow your head in the face of hardship, lack and even death! Do not let the devil rejoice over you! Declare with your every step, move and word that it is well, and it shall be indeed well with you! Especially in this season of joy, speak joy and gladness into your life with your own mouth and watch do great things for you! AMEN!
Link to the audio of this sermon here