May 24, 2010

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23

Have faith in a faithful God. To understand faith, look no farther than the One who is ever urging us onward, the One who is ever present and all about seeking and saving. We need to trust God, who is our teacher, and study the Word, which is more than a history book—it’s God’s heart revealed.

Refuse to doubt in your heart. The devil is a liar and tries to rip off people who are victorious and make them feel as if they are losers. The only counter action to a lie is the truth, and the truth of the Bible brings clarity to everything. As Lester Sumrall said: “Feed your faith and starve your doubts to death.”

Therefore I [Jesus] say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:24-25.

Pray in no uncertain terms. When you know God’s will according to His Word, you can pray with full confidence that your prayer will be answered. It’s not just babbling words—it’s a heart connection that happens when God’s Word becomes alive to you. “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous
power available [dynamic in its working]” (James 5:16 AMP).

Whenever you stand praying, forgive. Forgiveness is such a critical piece of the faith walk. Maintain a clear conscience and forgive—this includes forgiving yourself. Life is a fight of faith, but the Bible tells us it’s a good fight (1 Timothy 6:12) because Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and God has given us the ability to speak to impossible situations and see them turn around!

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff

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