When the children of Israel were going into Jericho, huge walls were around the city. The people were commanded to march around the walls day in and day out. This they did. Finally the day came when they were given the command to shout, and all of them together lifted up their trumpets and their voices. When they did, the walls came tumbling down.
By T. W. Barnes
faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (Hebrews 11:1-3).
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them (Mark 11:22-24).
In these Scriptures we see that the Lord has promised great things to them who will believe. The worlds were spoken into existence by faith. The Lord Jesus Christ tells us there that a mountain can be removed and cast into the sea if we believe with all of our heart. Now, of course, we are not praying for a literal mountain, six or eight thousand feet high, to be cast into the sea; but we have a lot of mountains that loom before us and they block our pathway.
Today, you may be looking at one. It may seem to you that it is impossible for you to ever go over it or around it. But Jesus says, “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” (Mark 11:23).
Allow these words to sink down deep into your heart, because as you read this message, we pray that faith will grow in your hearts and that you will grasp the invisible power of God and speak to this mountain, through prayer, and watch it melt away. Your mountain might be sickness. The Lord has promised to heal. Your mountain may be a demon that torments, oppresses, and causes you to be nervous. The Scriptures declare that you can speak to this thing in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and it will flee away. All things, Jesus tells us, are possible if we believe.
We read in the Old Testament some of the actions of faith. You see, many times we claim that we believe, but we don’t act on our faith. We say, “Why, I know that God can do these things.” But if you really believe it with all your heart, you will do something about it. You will fall upon your knees and ask God to help you, and you will take your stand against the evil that is always trying to invade your life.
When the children of Israel were about to cross the river Jordan, the Lord gave the command that as the priests who bore the ark stepped into the river, the moment the soles of their feet touched the water, the water would roll back. I want you to get a picture of this and compare it to yourself. They were commanded before this multitude of people to walk off into the river just as if it were dry. We can see this great multitude standing on the banks of the river Jordan as these priests marched straight into the river, and sure enough, when the soles of their feet touched the water a great miraculous power came into action and the waters rolled back.