ESOCS Devotional 1 June 2023
MEMORY VERSE: “And Jesus answering saith unto them, have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto you 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.” Mark 11:22-23
TEXT: MARK 11:20-26
And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 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.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Faith is a potential power deposited by the Lord in every believer. The potency of faith is captured throughout the New Testament, especially in the gospel according to St. Mark. The miracles and teachings of Christ Jesus were demonstrations of faith and were recorded so that we might believe (have faith) -Jn. 20:31. Faith has the divine ability to make impossibilities possible; e.g., to stop time from moving (2 kgs. 20:11), turn the dry ground into a sea and radically change the curse of nature. Faith is a gold mine within the believer, a priceless asset, a potential power which when activated yields miraculous results. But, as gold cannot be gotten from a goldmine until the mining process is activated, so the benefits and exploits of faith may not be realized until the potential power called FAITH is activated.
Let me draw your attention to the phrase ‘’whosoever shall say’’ (vs. 23) not ‘the apostle that shall say’ and not ‘the bishop that shall say’ but whosoever. Child of God, Christ is talking to you that you will receive whatsoever you say, provided you say it in faith, without doubting. As a goldmine maketh rich, so faith maketh rich. Therefore, activate the faith in you today. It is inside you, it is the free gift of God inside of you, the David inside you, and the Elijah inside you. Faith is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
The bane of most Christians is fear of failure, reluctance to activate the faith, and doubt. But we must come to terms with the revelation that “without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). It is therefore important that we activate our faith in God. Let the Word be the foundation and fulcrum of your faith (Rom. 10:17). Speak the Word, confess the Word, pray with the Word (Rom. 10:9-10). Prayers and intercessions (Lk. 18:6-8). Fight against the spirit of doubt, which is the major obstacle to the development of faith (James. 1:6-8). Watch out for answers to prayers and follow up with thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6).
- How often do you intercede for others? Do you keep record of answered prayers?
- Lord, I believe in you, I know you can do all things. I beseech thee, help mine unbelief, increase my faith, in Jesus name, Amen.
FURTHER READING: John 20:29; 2 Corinthians 5:7
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ESOCS Devotional 1 June 2023