Mark 11:21-26 has been a great encouragement to me over the years. It is the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree. When Peter commented on what had happened to the tree, Jesus said we should have “faith in God” or as someone translated it “the faith of God.” This God kind of faith is the faith that moves mountains!
In this passage, Jesus is teaching us how to release our faith as God did at creation. God released His faith during creation when He spoke everything into existence. All that is, all that exists, was created by God speaking the Word. Notice in the passage below that Jesus referred to speaking the Word at least four times:
And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:21-26 NKJV).
The Apostle Paul also taught the importance of releasing your faith by speaking the Word. He said, “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak . . .” (2 Cor 4:13 NKJV).
Paul is quoting from Psalms. The word translated believe in the Hebrew is a strong word meaning to be firmly persuaded in what one believes. That which you believe is surely true, verified, and established. Of Abraham it was said, “He believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness” (Gen 15:6). Paul believed in this way and wrote, “. . . we also believe and therefore speak . . .” This is the faith that saves us and moves the hand of God.
In the passage recorded by Mark, Jesus’ teaching on faith warns us that unforgiveness is an enemy of faith. We cannot walk in faith and not forgive those who have wronged us. We must forgive, for unforgiveness limits our faith and prevents us from being forgiven by God.
So let us forgive one another and remember that our faith is released when we speak the Word.