By Tinika Rock
‘Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So, Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 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 11:20-24
To Have Faith in God and Not Doubt, to believe what he says and that when we pray to believe we will receive!
This scripture is saying that we must have faith in God and not doubt. To believe what he says and when we pray to believe that we will receive.
In this passage, I am reminded of the story of Peter walking on water. Once Peter had stepped out of the boat and began to walk on the water, he turned his eyes away from Jesus and became afraid of the storm and began to sink.
The message of this story is that Peter had trusted and obeyed Jesus to take a step out of the boat. As his eyes remained on Jesus his faith was strong, it was only until he looked away his faith weakened, and doubt began to interfere.
So, we can take from this message that if we keep our eyes fixed on God and actively seek his wisdom our faith begins to grow, and when we ask for things and believe in our hearts, we shall have them.
The definition of faith focusses on the hope and conviction of our faith and not on the results. Even though we believe and do not doubt. God knows everything that we need in every situation and will supply according to his will at the appointed time. This can be the greatest lesson of faith, believing without doubting and trusting him whatever the outcome may be.
Hebrews 11:1 ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
If at this moment you are listening to this podcast and you are worried about something. Pray to God, ask him to help you and strengthen you. Psalms 145:18 says the Lord is righteous in all his ways, he is near to all who call on him and he will fulfil the desires of those who fear him and hears their cry and saves them.
Today I choose to remember to keep my eyes focussed on God and to have faith that even when obstacles stand in my way, God will help me through. Today I choose Faith over fear and Worship over worry.
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for being a God who is all-knowing, all-powerful and always present. I pray for wisdom in the areas where I lack knowledge. Help me to choose faith over fear and to keep my eyes on you even when doubt creeps in.
In Jesus name, I pray Amen