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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:23-24).
Faith brings results! If faith can move a mountain out of the way, it can move any obstacle that crosses our path too! Faith is a heart conviction based on God’s word. Pentecostals of yesteryear would say I’ve got the witness, meaning that they knew deep inside that this or that would work out. Oral Roberts used to say I know that I know that I know, speaking of a deep conviction of heart that would not be shaken by circumstances.
Jesus mentioned one thing in this verse to steer clear of, doubting in the heart. This phrase and does not doubt in his heart could be translated to make his heart two; to be with two hearts; to have two minds. It could also be translated to repeatedly spread out in order. This implies the process of arranging and rearranging of materials as a person wavers back and forth over varying possibilities.
When you’re cogitating mentally all the possibilities that your circumstances can produce, you can be sure you’re not in faith. Real heart faith never considers that it won’t receive. You can’t focus on the circumstances and stay in faith at the same time! Faith focuses on God and His promises!
Real faith produces such a bold conviction of heart based on God’s Word that there is no room for considering that the desired result will not happen. And that knowing produces words that affirm that belief.
If you’ve ever has a faith failure, that is, you’ve believed for something and it hasn’t happened, do an inventory and see if there hasn’t been some lack of true heart conviction about it, some doubt in the heart, some mulling over the varying possibilities of what could happen. Faith makes no room for failure.
Jesus mentioned saying three times in this verse. Heart faith must come out of your mouth! If you never say what you believe, it may be because you really don’t! Faith is not mute! Faith speaks!
For me, I’ve found that I must take plenty of time to meditate on the Word before this strong heart conviction arises. When it does, there is a solid knowing that I’ll be fine, even when the circumstances have not changed at all or have gotten worse! And Then I can speak with conviction, knowing that as I believe I receive the desired you will have them will sooner or later come.
This kind of faith also produces joy. Things may look bad, but you not looking at the things, the circumstances, you’re focusing on the promises of God’s Word. In fact joy is the confirmation that you’re really in faith. If you dread the future, doubt has you bound. Joy comes from knowing that God has acted and brought the answer, before there is any physical evidence. Don’t doubt!
Meditate in the Word today. Mull it over and over within. Soon a strong conviction of heart will rise up, and you’ll tell the mountain where to go, and it will!