This Sunday, March 19th, 2017, Pastor Duane White continued our series Over the Top Faith here at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
Over the Top Faith:
Hope is dreams while faith is the building materials to build the dream. Faith is always an act; it’s the dream that is put into motion.
If faith is so important then how do you get faith? The answer is, you don’t. Faith comes by hearing the word. You don’t get faith, you receive it.
After you receive faith, you may wonder, “is that all I get?” Or you may ask: “Can faith grow?”
“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’” (Matthew 17:20, NKJV)
Jesus was not talking about mustard seed size faith, but mustard seed type faith. The mustard plant is a fast-growing annual herb, growing as tall as 10ft-12ft in only a few months. It was the smallest seed the Jewish people planted in their gardens, yet it became the largest plant in their gardens when it was grown. The mustard seed is a striking example of the potential of a seed. Although it starts out small and insignificant, it quickly grows into something massive and significant.
A seed does nothing until it is planted. Jesus seems to indicate that our faith is planted by speaking.
“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say…”
To have mustard seed faith, you have to say something. Saying what God says in His Word is your best choice. Therefore, you release your faith with your words, but then that faith takes on power – the power to move mountains. There’s a time to climb the mountain, but there is also a time to move some mountains.
“…if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
What is your mountain? Whatever it may be, faith can move them all. In Mark, Jesus also teaches how to move mountains:
“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.” (Mark 11:20–21, NKJV)
You only receive faith if you are going to do something with it.
“For assuredly, I say (lego) to you, whoever (KJV – WHOSOEVER) says (eipon) to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt (diakrino) in his heart (heart NOT head), but believes that those things he says (lego) will be done, he will have whatever he says (eipon).” (Mark 11:23, NKJV)
Lego means to lay down systematically, a set discourse. In other words: let me break this down for you. First you command it, then you keep believing it as you lego it. You must keep saying it!
So that verse can actually read: Whosoever – Shall Have – Whatsoever – He Says
You don’t have what others say, you have what you say. You need to hear God’s voice, but your mountain needs to hear your voice. When you hear God’s voice, faith comes; but when your mountain hears your voice, it moves. It’s time to quit telling God how big your mountain is and start telling your mountain how big your God is!
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3, NKJV)
God’s word in His mouth framed the world. God’s word in your mouth frames your world. Your mountain is what you see until you see the unseen, and then faith comes.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them,” (Mark 11:24, NKJV).
Therefore, when you pray, believe the mountain is moving! Move the mountain that has been between you and God. Believe that you receive what you ask for, and you will have it. Your faith may start tiny, but when you exercise it, it will grow.
Your words release your faith, challenges grow your faith. A seed sown into the ground is released, but it’s the environment that resists the soil that gets it to grow. The soil never dictates to the seed what it can become, it just squeezes out of it, what is already inside of it.
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