We talked about this verse yesterday.
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. Mark 11:23
This verse tells us we can have what we say when we speak to the mountain. Today, your mountain may be sickness, unsaved loved ones, finances, or family problems. Whatever it is, God has made the way to change your situation. His word says we will have what we believe and speak out, we see a great example of this in the Old Testament.
It is found in the story of the twelve spies who were sent into Canaan to spy out the land God had promised His people.
In Number 13, we see that Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, ‘Go southward, and go up into the mountain: And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwell there, whether they are strong or weak, few or many;’
The Bible says they went and searched the land for forty days, and when they returned, they reported back to Moses and said; ‘We came into the land where you sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. ‘
They began to show Moses and the others the abundance on the land. It was impressive indeed!
The land was just as God said, but ten of the spies didn’t stop there, they went on to say; ‘Nevertheless, the people are strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover, we saw the children of Anak there. We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.’
Ten of the spies had a negative report, they did not believe they could possess the land God said was theirs by inheritance. However, as we know, Joshua and Caleb saw things differently.
They, Joshua and Caleb, said, ‘Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.’
Ten came back with what the bible calls an evil report and two came back with a report of faith.
The report of the ten spies is an example of faith in reverse. Even when you doubt, you are believing something. You are believing in defeat. You are believing the wrong thing. You will get what you believe.
Look at the good report of Joshua and Caleb. They trusted in the Lord and their hearts were filled with faith that God was able to bring them into the land that He had promised them. Two times they admonished the people not to fear.
What was the result of their report of faith, their good report? They were the only two men of their generation to enter the Promised Land.
You can have whatever you say and believe.
Was it the giants in the land that defeated God’s people that day? NO! They didn’t even face the giants in the land. It was the giants of fear and unbelief that defeated God’s people that day.
It is not the physical giants in life that defeat you. It is not the storms of life that defeat you. If you are defeated, it is doubt, unbelief and fear that has defeated you. It is wrong thinking, wrong believing and wrong speaking that defeats. Nothing else can stop the plan of God for your life. If you can only believe and trust in His word and His faithfulness.
Caleb and Joshua, on the other hand, said that they were able to overcome the giants, and they did. After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, all the people of that generation who had accepted the evil report of the ten spies died in the wilderness. They never entered the Promised Land.
However, Joshua became the people’s leader, and he and Caleb led those who remained into the land which God had given them. Each group had exactly what they said and believed to be true.
Today, what giants are standing in your way? What giants are defeating you? If God said it was yours for the taking, then it is yours for the taking, don’t allow any other thoughts or beliefs in your life. Believe God. Believe His word. He is faithful and He will do exactly what He said He would do, trust Him and go forward and possess your land.
Meditate on this:
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.