Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope – Day 31

April 8, 2011

What do I do, if the mountain is still there on Monday Morning?

20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 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. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Mark 11:20-24

As you read through the Gospels, you see many of the same accounts of the acts of Jesus but, from each of the writer’s perspective.  Matthew and Mark share the same account of when Jesus spoke to the fig tree and it died.  In Matthews Gospel you get a quick overview of the account.  This overview had always left me with the impression that once Jesus spoke to the tree it dried up that instant.  But Mark shows us that this event was not visibly instant, but it became manifest after a period of time.  Both accounts told of this amazing thing, but Mark’s record revealed that it took a day for the manifestation of what Jesus spoke to be seen.

What is identical in both accounts is they clearly remembered the words that Jesus spoke to them. 

  • Have faith IN God
  • Say to your mountain – Be removed and cast into the seas
  • Don’t doubt in your heart
  • Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them.

As you read through the Bible, you will see that some received the answer to their prayer immediately; some as they went on their way, others that self same hour, while others like Abraham stood twenty five years, did not waver in the promises of God, but believed.

18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.” 19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.

Romans 4:18-21

As you are Forging Ahead In Trustful Hope, on your “Monday Mornings of life,” remember keep growing strong in your faith, while being confident that God is able to do what He says He will do.

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