23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.
24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.
Mark 11:23-24 (NLT)
Anyone who attends churches that preaches the true Gospel of Jesus Christ (as opposed to the lies of theology) should be quite familiar with Mark 11:24. However, in this article, my focus is in the verse before it, in particular the act of speaking to the mountain.
In this verse, Jesus told his disciples that as long as they believe and do not doubt in their hearts, they could tell the mountain to be lifted up and thrown to the sea. The mountain will obey. This is the power of faith. Please note that Jesus did not say we need to pray to God and ask him to throw the mountain to the sea. We do not need God to be our middleman. We have the direct power to move the mountain.
When I was in my first church, I remember a theological pastor tried to rationalize this verse into saying that we can tell the mountain to go to the sea and if it is God’s will for it to do so, it will happen. Yet the above verse says otherwise. The way this corrupt pastor put it is like saying that I can give you anything you ask me for as long as it is my will to do so. Each time you ask me for anything, I only have to say it is not my will for you to have it. It is clear that theology is nothing but pure stupidity apart from being a lie from the pit of hell.
The truth is, we have direct power to change our environment. God has given us the power to change our environment the way we want it. We do not have to keep asking for his permission. Let me give you some examples.
When the light bulb in your house is burnt, the solution is to get a new one and replace it. You don’t have to ask for God’s permission to do so. God’s will for you in this situation is to change the light bulb.
If you are sick, your duty is to get well. Do everything you can to get well. This may include visiting the doctor, getting some rest, drink more water etc. You don’t have to ask for God’s permission to do so. God’s will for you in this situation is to get well.
If you are cut and bleed, your duty is to get healed. Do everything you can to get healed. This may include cleaning the wound, applying antiseptic, bandaging the wounds etc. You don’t have to ask for God’s permission to do so. God’s will for you in this situation is to get healed.
If you are poor, your duty is to get rich. Do everything you can to get rich. This may include finding better jobs, starting a new business, learning new skills, cutting expenses etc. You don’t have to ask for God’s permission to do so. God’s will for you in this situation is to get rich.
The above are not exhaustive. They are called common sense. No one in the right mind dispute that.
The mountain in the above verse represents obstacles that appear to be permanent and impossible to remove in our lives. It can be in the form of a huge pile of debts that you appear to have no hope of clearing. It can be in the form of a bleak situation where you cannot find good jobs with good income. It can also be in the form of an incurable disease in your body that seems to have an upper hand.
In short, the mountain represents huge problems that are here to stay. How should we respond? Jesus’ answer is for us to speak to it. Speak to the mountain and tell it that it has no right to come to your life. Tell it to throw itself to the sea. Tell your problems to go back to their source, which is the pit of hell.
1. Tell your debts to be gone. Tell your poverty and lack to be gone. Jesus had died poor for you to be rich.
2. Tell your sickness and disease to be gone. Jesus had taken them with him at the Cross.
3. Tell your failures to be done. You are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the spiritual realms.
Use your mouth and speak to those mountains. Jesus had guaranteed us that as long as we believe in what we say and do not doubt, those mountains will have to obey us. This is how Christians should deal with the problems we face in our lives. It does how matter how big those problems appear to be. They have no choice but to obey our instructions. This is their destiny. Jesus had guaranteed that.
Unfortunately, the reverse is also true. If you are to say the wrong things like:
I will never get out of this debt.
I will never get a good job.
I will never get healed.
I will never be successful.
You will also get what you say. When you say those words, you are effectively strengthening those mountains in your life. Mark 11:23-24 is still working in your life but you are using it in a negative way that will harm you.
Therefore it is essential for us to guard our tongues in all times, especially when we are facing problems. When you are facing problems, make sure you only speak positive words to overcome them. If you are poor, speak words of prosperity. If you are sick, speak words of health.
In conclusion, Jesus has told us that we have all the power we need in our tongues. We can either use them to get rid of our problems or to increase them. The choice is ours based on how we use our tongues.