READ: Mark 11: 12-14, 20-24
There is power in speaking God’s word; it has the power to transform, to heal and to set us free. Today, we’ll uncover how declaring God’s word can lead to the miraculous.
Jesus and the Fig Tree
The day after Jesus had entered Jerusalem, being hungry, He passed by a fig tree. Finding no fruit on it, Jesus spoke out loud to the fig tree and said for it not to grow fruit ever again. He spoke…..to a fig tree. He spoke to that which was in opposition to what He needed. Mark 11:14 also gives the account that “his disciples heard it.” They heard Jesus speak to the fig tree. Matthew says that the fig tree immediately withered away and the disciples saw it withered (Matthew 21:19-20). The disciples marveled and asked the big question that we can tend to ask when we are doubtful; they asked, “how did this happen?” Jesus went on to explain that if you have faith and say to the mountain that is front of you to be removed, it will be removed as you speak in faith. Jesus was teaching his disciples then, and is teaching us today, that we are to speak to the mountain. We are to speak to the impossibilities in the natural, by hearing God’s word and declaring what He says over it. When you speak to your mountain in faith, you will see God-given results.
The Prophet Ezekiel
The prophet Ezekiel was led by the Spirit of the Lord and was set down in the midst of a valley full of dry bones. The Lord commanded Ezekiel to do something powerful. He told Ezekiel, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God…” (Ezekiel 37:1-4). In this instance, God did not tell Ezekiel to pray all night, but instead, to speak the word of God to the dry bones. Nor did God Himself speak to the bones, but gave Ezekiel full authority to speak to the dry bones. When Ezekiel obeyed God and spoke, God did the miracle!
Peter and the Lame Man
At 3pm, Peter and John were headed to the temple for prayer. A man who had been lame from birth laid at the gate of the temple, asking for alms as people walked by. He did the same as Peter and John walked by. Peter looked at the lame man, asked the lame man to look at Peter, and he said to the lame man, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). The lame man was healed, so much so that he was walking, leaping, and praising God. Peter did not fast and pray all week wondering what he should do for the lame man.
Peter had walked with Jesus for about 3 years; he remembered what Jesus did. He remembered the fig tree and Jesus’ instruction to speak to the mountain. Peter remembered that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth and commissioned all disciples with this authority. On the basis of remembering and receiving from Jesus, Peter spoke to the mountain. He commanded the mountain of physical infirmity to be healed in the name of Jesus. Peter spoke out loud to the mountain, and God did the miraculous!
God is calling you to speak the word of God, the truth, over your dry bones and the mountains that stand in your way. Speak His word out loud in faith, and watch the hand of the Lord do the miraculous in your life!