Mountain Moving Faith
by Tom Brown
Faith is the most powerful force that God has
given us. With it we can move mountains, receive remarkable
answers to prayer, and experience the impossible. "Nothing
is impossible to him that BELIEVES."
Jesus gave us an important, unforgettable
lesson on the power of faith (Mark ll). On a spring afternoon
Jesus and His disciples were traveling by foot across the dry
middle-east desert when they came to a lonesome fig tree. As they
approached it they found nothing but leaves. Then surprisingly
Jesus said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you
again." He said it loudly enough so that His disciples heard
The next day as they began their journey back
down the old familiar road, Peter saw that the fig tree had
withered from the roots.
"Rabbi!" he exclaimed. "The fig
tree you cursed has withered!"
And with that miracle Jesus began to expound on
the subject of faith. "Have faith in God," Jesus
answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this
mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt
in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will
be done for him."
It's important to note that the original Greek
text reads, "Have the faith OF God." There is a subtle
yet important difference between having faith IN God and having
the faith OF God. You'll never move mountains by having faith in
God. Many people have faith in God and are still not seeing the
power of God in their lives. Circumstances are changed only when
we use the faith of God.
If you're born again, then God has deposited
within your spirit His very own faith. You have God's faith!
Several years ago, a critic of the faith
message wrote a scathing book in which he unfairly criticized
those of us who preach that believers have God's faith. In
summary, he wrote that believers could not have God's faith since
God doesn't have faith. As I read that I thought, "If God
doesn't have faith, then He must have doubt." If you don't
have the positive, you must have the negative.
Of course God has faith! It's terrible to
accuse God of not having faith.
The Bible unmistakably teaches that believers
have available to them the faith of God. Paul writes in Ephesians
5:11, "Put on the full armor of God..." Whose armor are
we to put on? God's armor! This is not called the "Christian
armor"; it's called the armor of God for the Christian. The
armor is God's fighting clothes!
Paul then lists for us the pieces of this
armor: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, salvation, the
Word of God, and FAITH. Faith is part of God's armor--it is a
piece of His suit. In Romans 13:14 Paul says it another way:
"Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus
This armor is the character of Christ, who is
God. Faith is one of God's characteristics, which the believer is
entreated to have.
In another place Paul enumerates God's
characteristics that the believer should possess. He writes in
Galatians 5:22, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace,...FAITH..." Notice that faith is one of the fruit of
the Spirit, and the Spirit is of course God. The Greek word used
here for faith is pistis, and it is translated
consistently throughout the scriptures as "faith". The
faith Paul mentions is none other than the faith of God!
The other fruits that the believer should bear
is "love, joy, peace..." The love we should have is the
"love of God shed abroad in our hearts." The peace we
should possess is the "peace of God that passes all
understanding." And the joy we should experience is the
"joy of the Lord which is our strength." Consequently,
the faith we should have is the "faith of God that moves
And how does this faith work? Jesus explained
how: "...whosoever ...shall believe that those things which
he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he
saith" (Mark 11:23-KJV). Simply believe that what you say
will come to pass and you'll have whatever you said. That's how
God created all things. God believed that what he said would
happen...and it did! We, too, can operate in this kind of faith
that God has generously given us.
TWO COMPONENTS OF FAITH
A man who heard this teaching said to himself,
"I'm going to try this faith stuff. I want to find out if it
works." So one cold morning day he got up early and said to
a tiny hill that blocked the view from his back yard, "I
command this hill to leave. Go throw yourself into the
sea!'" Nothing happened. The next morning he jumped out of
his bed and rushed to the back yard. To his dismay, the hill was
still there. He exclaimed, "I knew it wouldn't leave!"
This man forgot an important component of
faith: BELIEF. Jesus said that you had to BELIEVE that what you
said would happen before it would happen. This man did not
believe; he only spoke words.
True faith has two components: BELIEVING and
In 2 Corinthians 4:13 we read: "It is
written: `I believed; therefore I have spoken.' With that same
spirit of faith we also believe and: therefore speak."
Believing and speaking go together. Many people are speaking
without believing, and therefore are not getting any positive
Another common mistake people make is that they
are praying instead of speaking. There are times to pray about
problems and times to speak to the problems.
Do you remember when Moses was caught between
the Red Sea and Pharaoh's invincible army? The children of Israel
began to cry out to God for help. Then God strangely asked Moses,
"Why are you crying out to Me?" (Exodus 14:15). Isn't
that an unexpected question for God to ask? You would think God
would be happy that His people were crying out to Him. But He
God responded to their plea for help with this
command: "Move forward!" Can you imagine hearing those
words, while looking at the roaring Red Sea. "Move
"God must be kidding!" had to be the
thoughts of the fearful people.
But at God's command, Moses stretched forth his
rod to part the waters, and the people marched forward.
We can glean an important truth from this
story: There are times when God wants us to take authority over
situations rather than call on Him to do something about them.
I'll never forget the time I heard a preacher
teach on this subject of speaking to the mountains. Commenting on
Jesus' words, he said, "Jesus taught us to ask God to move
the mountains for us." I was flabbergasted! How could he
misread Jesus' words?
Jesus clearly told us that we must speak to the
obstacle, and that if we have faith, the obstacle will obey us
(Luke 17:6). Let us not pervert His words!
FAITH DOESN'T SEE THE PROBLEM
There's one more important thing that I want
you to notice concerning Jesus' speaking to the tree. The next
morning as they passed the dead fig tree, Peter had to point out
to Jesus that the fig tree had died. Peter said, "Rabbi,
LOOK! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"
I read that verse one day when the Holy Spirit
revealed to me the fact that Jesus was not even looking at the
tree to see if its appearance was any different than the previous
day. Then the Lord asked me, "Tom, if you had cursed a tree
and the next day passed by that tree, would you have looked at it
to see if there was a noticeable change?"
I had to humbly admit, "Yes, Lord."
Most of us would have to answer the same way.
But Jesus is different. He never goes by what
He sees. He was not even looking to see if the tree's appearance
had altered. NO! He spoke to the tree and then went on His way,
knowing that it would have to obey His faith-filled words.
This must be why Paul emphatically declares,
"We live by faith, NOT BY SIGHT" (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Faith doesn't look at the problem. Don't focus your eyes--your
attention--on your difficulty. Don't be checking up to see if
your words are working. Be confident that your words of faith
must work...they must produce.
All too often we are extremely quick to look
and see if the situation has changed. If it hasn't, then we get
discouraged and begin to doubt. Consequently we don't receive
what we were believing God for.
I've seen hands laid on the sick for their
healing, and then they immediately feel to detect any discernible
difference. If they still feel the pain, then they'll declare,
"I guess I'm not healed." You see, they're going by
what they feel instead of the Word of God.
You might say, "What am I supposed to say
if I still feel the pain in my body?"
Do what Abraham did when he believed God's
promise concerning his wife having a baby. He changed his name
from Abram to Abraham--before his wife got pregnant!!! Abraham
means "father of many nations". Can you imagine calling
yourself the father of many nations yet not having even one child
to carry on your name?
Abraham was "calling those things that are
not as though they were"(Romans 4:17). We also must follow
in the footsteps of his faith. He is the father of faith. He's
Don't declare that the problem--the difficulty,
the obstacle--is still there. Declare the end from the beginning.
Let me close with one real-life story that
confirms the importance of maintaining the confession of faith.
Several years ago I used to visit a nursing
home near central El Paso. There was one ornery lady who would
growl like a tiger. She was mean! It was clear that she was sick
in her mind. Along with others, I would constantly pray for her
deliverance. But she would push our hands away from her head as
we prayed for her. Obviously she wasn't getting any better.
One warm afternoon--I'll never forget it--I sat
across from her, separated by a long table, and this time I said
to the demon bothering her, loudly enough so that she and the
demon could hear but softly so as not to make a scene, "I
command you, foul spirit, to come out of her."
She glared into my eyes, sulked...and said
nothing! Before I walked away, I said, peering into her lifeless
eyes, "Satan, this will be the last time that I will address
you concerning this woman. I said that you had to leave, and
you'll obey me. As far as I'm concerned, you're gone!" Then
The following week as I was walking into the
nursing home, the first person to catch my eye was this woman.
Recognizing me, she lifted her hand high and said in Spanish,
"I'm free! I'm totally free!"
Wow! We rejoiced in the Lord and had a
wonderful time praising God. She stayed free and became one of
the most active members of our group.
By using the authority God Has given you, you
can move the mountains in your life.
Commanding faith works!
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