Ya Gotta Have Faith…
Do you have faith? Don’t fuel doubt with negative talk or thoughts,rather fuel your faith by declaring how good and great God is over your life.What do you believe? What do you speak and share into your world? Our words hold great power and can either make us ‘see’ or leave us ‘blind’.
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Matthew 21:21-22 ESV)
The verse just before Matthew 21:21, Jesus had been at the temple in Jerusalem finding it had been turned into a marketplace. He was upset at what he saw and turned over tables. He drove the merchants away and began to heal the blind and the lame. The next morning Jesus was hungry, he approached a fig tree and saw that it had no fruit, and then He commanded it to shrivel up and die. Matthew 21:21, many relate this verse in terms of the fig tree, and how it wasn’t bearing fruit and was therefore rebuked. The key here is that Jesus believed that what He said would actually happen.This was a display of faith and authority, a picture of what happens when you believe by faith, and then speak it out by faith. The unbelief of the Pharisees and merchants made them more blind than the blind beggars Jesus healed that day in the temple. And their unbelief just further fed their blindness to who Jesus really was.
In Eph 1:19-20, Paul writes “I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…” Can you imagine how much we could impact the world if we rallied our believing and empowered our words (read actions and living) with faith? Jesus says “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.”