The Faith of God

Mark 11:22

OUR Lord, in the presence of the withered fig tree, said to His disciples: “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Really He said, “Have the faith of God.” Then He went on to say, “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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Now here is a bona-fide promise in black and white, and if we actually believed these words, our lives would be revolutionized until we would almost need to be introduced to ourselves! What kind of faith is this?

It is God’s faith, not ours. We cannot stir up mountain-moving faith. It is the same faith by which we believe unto salvation (Eph. 2:8). The faith by which we live is the faith of the Son of God, not merely faith in Him (Gal. 2:20). Yet the sinner must will to believe; when he does, God gives him faith to believe. This same faith he must now exercise, and it increases by exercises. And don’t forget that it is nourished on the Word of God: “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). “Many of them which heard the word believed” (Acts 4:4).

This faith desires: “What things soever ye desire.” Only those who hunger and thirst after righteousness really are filled, and only those who really desire great things from God ever get them. There is no real concern today, no burden to see mountains move!

God’s faith forgives. Our Lord goes on to say in Mark 11:25-26 that we are to forgive, and that if we forgive not, our Father will not forgive. We can pray with confidence toward God only when our hearts condemn us not, and an unforgiving spirit does not make for a conscience void of offense.

Then God’s faith asks: “Every one that asketh receiveth.” We are told to ask, seek, knock, which means progressive praying that moves on with importunity until it gets what it seeks. Here is no superficial sentence-praying, but real supplication and intercession.

God’s faith wills. Jesus said to the Syrophenician woman, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt” (Matt. 15:28). When we are fully yielded to God, He works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). He wills through us the things that are in His will, and such things of course we receive.

God’s faith commands: “Whosoever shall say, Be thou removed.” God has told us to command Him concerning the work of His hands (Isa. 45:11). When we pray the prayer of faith we may come boldly, for we speak with the authority of another.

God’s faith believes. Having asked and commanded, it believes it shall receive. Like Hannah, the believer goes away with his countenance no more sad, resting in the Lord. Like Abraham, he staggers not at the promise of God. God’s faith never fails. We are plainly promised that we shall receive. God’s faith will remove any mountain God wants moved. A life utterly yielded, fed on the Word, with sin confessed, seeking God’s glory—in such a life God will plant a mighty faith that will move mountains.

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