On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. 13Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.
As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21Being reminded, Peter said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.” 22And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. 23“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. 24“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. 25“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. 26[“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]
Mark 11:12-14, 20-26
Today and this weekend, this passage took on new meaning for me and my faith walk. As I was talking with one of my prayer partners today, I was having to scold her almost. But it literally was during the conversation with her that I came to understand how important it is to have faith in God and believe that the things we pray for will manifest. I almost got frustrated with her and with myself because it finally sunk it what this meant. Primarily, if we ask God for healing, we must be so convinced that it will happen that nothing anyone says to us, nothing we read, nothing the doctor says and nothing the enemy wants us to think can steal it from us. I looked the 23rd verse up in the lexicon dictionary and the greek word for "Be taken" means to raise, take up and to lift. The greek word for "up and cast" means to throw, cast. So literally, the mountains, the obstacles in our lives have to be raised, taken up (uprooted), and lifted and then thrown and cast into the sea. This requires action!! None of this is passive.
I realized how quickly I have given up on some of the promises God has spoken to me in my own life. Now it makes sense what He told me to believe and have faith this past week, and to not give up on what He has said. I have almost been cynical and doubtful like Sarah had been when the Angel of the Lord told her that she would have a son about some of the things He has promised me. (See Genesis 18:1-15; don’t laugh at God!) I have listened to the doubt-filled words of others and taken situations at face value and accepted them for what it is. But today’s revelation and some of the things that happened this weekend have lit a fire in my heart to go get what He has promised me.
If you want your healing, you have to go get it. If you want a job, apply for jobs. If you want to be married, close the doors on old relationships, cast off the baggage from relationships past, be healed and be married to God for your season. Allow God to mold you into the husband or wife you are called to be. None this is passive. You cannot wait passively for God to heal you if you do not confess healing scriptures and cast down every thought that seeks to discourage you. You will not get married and be happily married if you are still bitter and broken hearted among other things; you have got to believe that God will prepare you. Also, you need to pray that whatever obstacles to that moment are removed and believe it! Case and point, pray and believe that it will happen and if there is an obstacle, i.e. distance, your growth, your maturity and healing, generational curses and insecurities–speak to them. Get into the word; find scriptures for what it is that you are believing God for. You will not get a job or a different career without some applications. You cannot get mad at God if you do not do or have not done your part. Yes, sometimes these things require patience. Patience is an action also. But stagnancy and complacency do not mean the same thing; you cannot just let it pass you by. Seize the day! Get the healing you need. Exercise your faith and do your part. I firmly believe that is why verse 25 and 26 are included, you have to be willing to forgive yourself and others to be healed, which of course emphasize your call to action. You have to do something. So, get ticked off like Jesus did with the fig tree. Stop letting your blessings pass you by. Believe!!!!!
And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. Matthew 17:20