I can almost see myself walking with the Master today down that Bethany road. I’ve been there many times. There was a powerful anointing flowing out of Jesus. At the Jordan River, He had been baptized with the Holy Spirit. God had anointed Him with the Holy Ghost and power (Acts 10:38).
God intended that same Holy Spirit…not a different power…not a different manifestation…but the SAME power and the SAME manifestation that anointed Jesus Christ to walk in the Spirit of God…to heal the sick…to raise the dead…to still the winds…to be upon the Church!
Say aloud: “God intends for the same POWER…the same ANOINTING and the same FAITH that were manifested in Christ’s life to be manifested in me!”
Jesus came to this fig tree for a divine purpose.
I believe He came to this tree to give to the Church an object lesson.
Jesus, finding no fruit, spoke to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again! And His disciples were listening” (Mark 11:14, NAS).
He did not curse the tree because He was angry that it had failed to produce any fruit. He had a specific purpose in mind in teaching His disciples a dynamic truth concerning faith.
Jesus and His disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, where Jesus cleansed the Temple of the money-changers. That evening they returned to Bethany.
The following morning as they were again on their way to Jerusalem, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots! With great amazement, Peter said, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered” (Mark 11:21, N IV).
Jesus already knew the fig tree was dead. He knew it would be dead the moment He spoke to it. His faith did not waver. He released the supernatural faith within Him, and it was done.
Jesus told His disciples:
Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
There is probably not another Scripture more misquoted, misunderstood and misused in our day than those last few words of that Scripture.
Now look at verse 24. Jesus said:
Therefore I say unto you, What things so’ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
There is a vast difference between believing and having faith. You can never enter into the experience of this verse in your life until you have passed through the experience of verse 23.
Jesus said, “I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be cast into the sea; AND SHALL NOT DOUBT IN HIS HEART…” The requisite for obtaining the impossible is the ABSENCE OF DOUBT!
When the manifestation of faith is truly in our lives, it cannot be explained. It doesn’t make any difference about what we are facing, how big it is or what it is. There is the absence of doubt. There’s not the slightest tinge of fear, concern or doubt.
Jesus DEMONSTRATED the type of faith we are to have, faith that can do the impossible. Then He said, “Have faith in God.” The literal translation from the original Greek means “have the faith of God,” or “have the faith God gives.” What Jesus was trying to get the disciples to see by performing this miracle was:
- The demonstration of the unlimited power of the supernatural faith of God.
- The revelation of the type of faith they were to have operating in their lives.
Jesus wanted His disciples to know that if they had this kind of faith (the faith of God)…not the product of man…not man’s natural ability to believe…but the supernatural faith of God in them, they would not only be able to do what He had done to the fig tree, but they would be able to speak to the mountain, as He had spoken to the fig tree, and the mountain would be removed and cast into the sea.
WHAT WE NEED TODAY IS A MANIFESTATION OF THE SUPERNATURAL FAITH OF GOD!
In the recent “faith teachings,” the major emphasis has been on speaking the Word as a method of producing faith, instead of having the faith of God. When you have the faith of God ,then you will be able to speak to the mountain and it will be cast into the sea, and nothing shall
be impossible to you. When you have the faith of God and you speak, there will be no wavering…no doubt. It won’t be necessary for you to repeat it over and over again. It will be done.
Circle the word “believe” in the above verses. The Greek word for “believe” is “pisteuo,” which refers to more than a mental assent, and means a continual reliance upon and trust in God.
Jesus was saying that if we have the faith of God and do not doubt or waver in our hearts, but BELIEVE…continually relying upon and trusting in God…we will have WHATEVER we ask.
Too often, we interpret “have faith in God” in this Scripture to mean that we have confidence in
God’s power to move a mountain. We think, “If only I had enough faith in God”; “If only I can believe hard enough”; “If only I can remove all doubt out of my heart, then God will move that mountain.”
Our natural faith in God and His promises would never be strong enough! There is a
tremendous amount of difference between man’s
faith IN God, and the faith OF God that He imparts within us. It is a faith that we get from
Him, not one that we struggle to produce according to our own mental attitudes or positive confessions of faith.
What Jesus was talking about in these verses was God’s faith. He was telling His disciples to
have the faith that God gives and you won’t have to struggle…all you will need to do is speak, and whatever you ask will come to pass.
On another occasion the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Lord, increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).
Jesus did not answer them by giving them a formula to increase their faith. He told them, “If
ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you” (Luke 17:6).
The sycamine tree was a large tree. Its roots were known to be extraordinarily strong and it
was considered that it could stand on the earth six hundred years. In using this tree as an example, Jesus was referring to something that was humanly impossible.
The mustard seed is known as one of the smallest seeds. Yet Jesus said that IF the disci-
pies had faith…the faith of God…the size of this small seed, they would be able to do the impossible.
The disciples did not need to increase their faith; they needed God’s faith imparted to them. They had a natural ability to believe, but they did not have the supernatural faith…that never wavers, that never fails, that can do the impossible.
On several occasions, Jesus had rebuked the disciples for their weak faith and UNBELIEF.
Out in the boat in the midst of a howling storm, when they cried out in fear, Jesus said, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
When Jesus walked on the water to where His disciples were in a boat being tossed with the waves, they became troubled and afraid.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and got them on his circumstances, his heart and mind were filled with fear and unbelief!
The secret to having whatever we ask is the ABSENCE OF DOUBT. Jesus said, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart…”
One day a man brought his son, who suffered greatly from seizures, to the disciples to heal him. The disciples had done all they knew to do. They had rebuked the devil. I imagine they had shouted and groaned like we do so many times when we pray for the sick. But nothing happened.
When Jesus came upon the multitude who had gathered around the disciples, the man fell at Jesus’ feet, begging for His mercy. He said, “I brought him to Your disciples, and they were not able to cure him” (Matthew 17:16, TAB).
Jesus was deeply grieved by the lack of faith of the people and His disciples. He rebuked them, “0 faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? (verse 17, KJV).
Jesus had them bring the boy to Him. He did not struggle. There was no fierce battle or long, drawn-out prayer. Jesus simply spoke and the devil fled.
Later the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked Him, “Why could not we cast him out?” (Matthew 17:19). Jesus answered them:
…Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Jesus told them it was because of their UNBELIEF that they were unable to cast out the devil and heal the boy.
The disciples BELIEVED in Jesus. They BELIEVED in His promises. They BELIEVED in His miracles. They BELIEVED, but that was not enough. The reason for their failure in the healing of this boy was because of UNBELIEF. They did not have the unwavering faith of God. What they needed was not a great amount of their faith, but just a small amount…THE SIZE OF A TINY MUSTARD SEED…of the faith of God, and they would be able to speak the Word and see the impossible happen.
THE REASON WE AREN’T SEEING MORE OF GOD’S POWER RELEASED IS BECAUSE OF OUR UNBELIEF!
After the resurrection, none of the disciples believed the report that Jesus had risen from the dead. Jesus appeared to them as they were eating, and rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.