The Bible says in the book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 18 it says “For there is surely a future life, and what you hope for will not be cut off.” Another translation says “For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” In one way or another, our problems, struggles, adversaries, afflictions, and also known as mountains have an end. But before that happens, we need to constantly be fighting for our welfare in order to conquer many of these mountains in our lives. The Bible records that one of the fighting tools that we need to fight these mountains is we need to speak to them and release our faith concerning them.
There is this story in the Bible of how the Lord Jesus spoke to the wind and waves, and it obeyed Him. In the book of Matthew chapter 8 verse 23 to 27, it says that “Jesus got into a boat. His followers followed Him. At once a bad storm came over the lake. The waves were covering the boat. Jesus was sleeping. His followers went to Him and called, “Help us, Lord, or we will die!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then He stood up. He spoke sharp words to the wind and the waves. Then the wind stopped blowing. Then men were surprised and wondered about it. They said, “What kind of a man is He? Even the winds and the waves obey Him.” Another Bible translation says “Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
You know, we tend to talk a lot about what we dislike, we don’t want, and we can’t change. But if we know we can’t change it or don’t like the things we are speaking, then its better if we don’t talk about those things. Instead, we need to talk about what we want because we might get what we expect because the Bible says our hope will not be cut off. When we do that we are doing ourselves a favor because usually the more we talk about something the bigger it becomes in our minds.
When we are facing mountains of all kinds, the first thing we need to do is to speak and declare the Word of God and promise concerning those mountains, and release our face into it. That’s why we need to study the scriptures to know what God’s Will for us concerning the circumstances facing us.
When they woke Him up, the Lord Jesus told them, ‘Why are you afraid of the storm, have little faith…hahaha’ Then He took authority and spoke to the wind and wave, “Peace, be still” and it did. So what does it mean to us? We need to do like Jesus did, take authority to our circumstances, find the scripture that speak the solution concerning it, and memorize and meditate that scripture until it sinks into our heads, minds, and hearts, so that when situations arise again, we can speak and declare it each time it does. The Word of God has final authority; it can override any of our words we say, our situations and circumstances.
There is also another story where it records that the Lord Jesus spoke to the fig tree and it dried up. It records from New Living translation in the book of Matthew chapter 21 verses 18 to 22 that “In the morning as He was coming back to the city, He was hungry. He saw a fig tree by the side of the road and went to it. There was nothing on it but leaves. He said to the tree, “No fruit will ever grow on you again.” At once the fig tree dried up. The followers saw it and were surprised and wondered. They said, “How did the fig tree dry up so fast?” Jesus said to them, “For sure, I tell you this: If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only be able to do what was done to the fig tree. You will also be able to say to this mountain, ‘Move from here and be thrown into the sea,’ and it will be done. All things you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.”
There were times I wondered, why did the Lord Jesus would want to do that to a fig tree? Was the fig tree a mountain? And then I heard from a Bible teacher that the Lord Jesus spoke to the fig tree because it was not producing fruits like it was supposed to. The tree had leaves but no fruits, and He didn’t like it. So what does it mean for us as born-again Christians? Pretty much God expects us to bear fruits, much fruits actually. Perhaps He doesn’t want us to have just leaves that we are born-again Christians and yet do not have Christ-like characters and the fruit of the Spirit to prove that we are Christians. Since the Lord Jesus is the Vine, and we are His branches, He is expecting us to bear fruits. I guess He didn’t want to be like that fig tree, that’s why He rebuked it.
So how will people know that we are branches that bear fruits; it’s through our actions and the way we live our lives. Because think about it; how will you know that I walk in love? Of course, it will by my actions toward you or others, right? The same way, people will know we are born-again Christians and followers of Jesus Christ, not only about what we say who we are, but by our Christ-like actions, and basically the way we live our lives. So He spoke to the fig tree and it dried up.