One of the most important aspects of faith is speaking what we believe. Jesus demonstrated this principle throughout His earthly ministry, giving us an example to follow, as well as a blueprint of how true faith actually works. Even with all of His examples, the church still struggles with this particular part of the gospel message.
Let’s look at some of Jesus examples and make sure we understand how faith works.
Mark 11:12-14 ~ And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13And 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. 14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
In today’s society people who talk to trees run the risk of being put in a straight jacket and labeled a lunatic. In fact, there were many that thought Jesus was a lunatic so this shouldn’t surprise anyone.
The Bible records Jesus speaking to many things throughout the New Testament. In every case, the things He spoke to obeyed Him. His words always had an effect on what e was speaking to. What most people don’t realize is that He did this as a man, not as God. Jesus walked this earth and ministered as a man anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit, just like you and I are supposed to be.
Jesus was born of the incorruptible seed of God. That seed was placed in His virgin mother and He was born a man, completely void of any heavenly powers or privileges.
Philippians 2:6-8 ~ (NIV) ~ Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
What we must grasp is that the same incorruptible seed that was in Christ is now in us if Jesus is our Lord.
1 Peter 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever
This understanding is essential if we are to function in Kingdom authority and power. When Jesus spoke to things and exercised His Kingdom authority He was not doing it to show off, He was setting an example for His Church to follow. He was demonstrating what could be done as a man so that we would know how to function as a new creation in this fallen and corrupt world.
Knowing who you are IN Christ is one of the most important revelations in your Christian walk. If you don’t know who you are, you won’t believe you have the authority that goes with that identity.
Lets look at another instance of Jesus exercising His authority.
Mark 4:38-40 ~ But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
Now this one really freaked the disciples out! They were fighting for their life while Jesus slept. I wonder how long this went on. I can see the disciples bailing water, tieing down everything that was loose, fighting with the rudder and the rope rigging. All the while, stealing glances at Jesus every few minutes thinking “when is He gonna get up and DO something?” Keep in mind that some of these guys were professional sailors and fishermen, they had been in bad storms before, so this must have been a real doosey!
As bad as it must have been, the truth is, they didn’t need to wake Jesus up. They should have been able to take care of it themselves. In fact Jesus rebuked them for being afraid and having no faith.
Mark 4:40 ~ And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Jesus rebuked them for having no faith, then He showed them what faith looks like by speaking to the current circumstances. His faith was in His heart, and it was released with speaking words. If Jesus expected them to exercise that kind of faith and authority before He went to the cross, how much more does He expect it from us as born again believers? The real question is, why don’t we expect to operate like that? Although the disciples had the power to do just what Jesus did, they were waiting on Jesus to do something. This seems to be the condition of the church today, Waiting for God to do something He has given us the authority and power to do.
Many prayers seemingly go unanswered because God has already done everything that He is going to do about the situation. He has given us the authority and power to do something about it ourself so we need to stop waiting on Jesus to wake up and calm our storm. We need to begin exercising our faith and speaking to our circumstances, our problems, our mountains!
Many times we make the mistake of praying for a mountain to be removed when we should be speaking to the mountain. The truth is, mountains don’t get removed by prayer. The understood method of mountain removal in the Bible is speaking.
Mark 11:22-23 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.
There is a time to pray, and there is a time to say. Simply knowing which to do in any given situation will produce greater fruit in our life.
What else did Jesus talk to? We have the account of Peter’s mother in law being healed of a fever. Notice what Jesus does.
Luke 4:38-40 ~ And He arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 39And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. 40Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
Notice that Jesus did not pray for Peter’s mother in law, He spoke directly to the fever, rebuked it, and she was healed! He exercised His kingdom authority over the fever and the fever had no choice but to obey. Many times Christians are praying when they should have been SAYING.
When you come up against mountains of sickness, bad reports, financial difficulty, trying situations, make sure that mountain is hearing your voice!
Here is an interesting account of Jesus speaking to a dead person.
John 11:42-44 ~ And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
This is an amazing account of Jesus demonstrating His kingdom authority by the power of His spoken word. There have been many confirmed, recorded accounts of people being raised from the dead in Jesus name. 14 accounts in the life of Smith Wigglesworth alone. This is available to us today!
So we see that He spoke to trees, to the elements, to sickness, and even to dead people. So ask your self this;
“Can a tree, a fever, a storm, or even a dead person hear?” Obviously they can because they obeyed His voice!
These were just some of the mountains that Jesus had to move in His earthly ministry. What mountains are you facing in your life? If you don’t have faith enough to move your mouth, you will never have faith enough to move your mountains.
Your Mountain Should Be Hearing Your Voice!
Mark 11:23 ~ 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.
The signs and wonders that followed Jesus should be following us if we truly believe. Notice the last words He spoke before He ascended into heaven.
Mark 16:17-18 ~ And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
The truth is, we should be seeing greater works than what Jesus did. That is what He told us in His Word.
John 14:12 ~ “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
The greatest thing available to us is not the power to cast mountains into the sea, or heal the sick, or even raise the dead. But to have relationship with the Father. To be close Him, not having sin as wall that separates us from His presence. To express our love and devotion to Him with an unveiled face, with no guilt, condemnation or shame.
Why am I bringing this up? Because faith like this will come easy if you are madly in love with God.
1 Corinthians 13:2-3 ~ And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Galatians 5:6 ~ For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.