THE LAW OF FAITH
this study, we are going to share with you one of the greatest teachings
of our Lord Jesus Christ on faith, as found in the Bible. We will
read from Mark 11:12-24, then go back as the Spirit of God leads
us and we will search out each wonderful truth.
¶ And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply
he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found
nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter
for ever. And his disciples heard it.
And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and
began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew
the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold
And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through
And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall
be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it
a den of thieves.
And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they
might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was
astonished at his doctrine.
And when even was come, he went out of the city.
And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried
up from the roots.
And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold,
the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
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 .
we are going back in time in order that we may lay a foundation
and tell the story in our own words.
afternoon more than 1900 years ago, Jesus and his disciples were
walking from Bethany to the city of Jerusalem. As they walked, Jesus
was hungry and seeing a fig tree with leaves, though it was not
the time of figs, thought perhaps there might be fruit. But, the
tree having none, Jesus cursed the fig tree and said to it, “You’ll
die, no man will ever eat fruit of you hereafter and forever.”
walked on into the city of Jerusalem. He then cast the evil moneychangers
out of the Temple and then began teaching. That evening they departed
the city as they had entered and spent the night in the hills outside
next morning as they where passing by, Peter saw that the fig tree
Jesus had cursed was dead. He said, “Look Master, the fig tree which
thou cursed is withered away.” Then Jesus said, “Have faith in God.
For verily I say unto you, that who so ever says to this mountain,
“Be moved,” and doubts not in his heart. It shall come to pass.
He shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore, I say unto you, “
All things whatsoever you desire when you pray, believe
that you have received them and you shall have them.”
first thing that we want to see is the reason Jesus cursed this
fig tree. It certainly was not because he was angry at it because
there were no figs. Our Lord never foolishly lost His temper like
that. Besides, the Bible says the time of figs was not yet.
I was a young seminarian, I was presented another view of why Jesus
cursed this fig tree, a view that seemed very plausible to me at
the time and that made me miss the truth that is here for some years.
That was the view that the fig tree was barren, therefore, a type
of barren Israel. Jesus put the curse on it as a prophecy, “That
Israel would be cursed by God.” I accepted this at that time but
latter went back and studied the context of this Scripture. I found
Jesus cursing the fig tree had something to do with His teachings
to His disciples on having faith in God. It was as an example, as
a springboard from which He taught them to have faith in God.
brings us to the real truth as to why Jesus cursed the fig tree.
He did it to show His disciples what faith can do. He knew that
it would be recorded in the Holy Word of God for every generation.
He did it as the Spirit of God led Him, to show us also what faith
can do. He did it in order that He might show His disciples, by
example, that there is a power that operates through faith and that
it can cause a fig tree to die. Simply by one person, who has the
faith and who speaks the word in faith. It was for this reason he
demonstrated to them what He was going to teach them the next day
with His words, “The power that is ours through faith!”
second thing that we want to see is the way Jesus cursed this fig
tree. He said to it, “ No
man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever.”
Now the fig tree did not die as soon
as Jesus put the curse on it. If it had, Peter would have seen that
it was dead right then. However; Peter did not notice that it was
dead until the next morning when they were passing by. It died sometime
during the night. When Jesus walked away from that fig tree, the
leaves on it were just as green as they had been before He spoke
the words of the curse. Nevertheless, it was a dead fig tree because
Jesus had believed that it was done. He had believed in His heart.
Jesus had done what He taught His discip1es the day before. He had
believed and He had received it, and there for all to see, it was
done! This is God’s definition of faith; believing that you have
received something before you have received it. It does not take
faith to believe you have received it after you have it.
would like you to see the simplicity in the faith of Jesus. He looked
at the fig tree, and He talked to it just as if He might be talking
to a person. He spoke to the fig tree, He said, “You will die.”
In simple faith, He spoke the word of faith . We see the
child like simplicity of the faith of Jesus, and we can begin to
learn a little bit of the secret as to the power of Jesus and the
reason for it. We begin to learn a little of what He meant when
He said to us, “Except ye become converted and become as little
children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of Heaven.”
if someone were to see me talking to a fig tree, they would likely
call the paddy wagon to come with a straight jacket and haul me
away. That is because of a thing called, simplicity-childlikeness.
Childlikeness has come into disrepute in our sophisticated world
of today, and a thing called sophistication has become the god of
humanity. It is when we return to the simple, childlike faith that
enabled Jesus to look at that fig tree, and in simple faith speak
to it, talk to it, speak the word of faith to it, “You’ll die. No
man will ever eat fruit of you hereafter forever.” Then we too,
will once again begin to see the power of God. When we become converted,
when we become like little children with that same simple childlike,
unsophisticated faith that He had in His Father. Then we will begin
to see the power and the glory of God again in this world.
Jesus cursed the fig tree, He walked away and the leaves were still
green; it died sometime during the night. He went on into the City
Of Jerusalem. He taught in the temple after casting out the moneychangers.
Then they went back and spent the night in the hills outside Jerusalem.
next morning as they passed by, Peter saw that the fig tree had
really died. Like most people when they see a miracle, Peter was
astonished. He cried, “Look Master, the fig tree which thou cursed
is withered away.”
Then Jesus carried out the rest of His plan.
He began to teach them with “words,” what He had already shown them
by example; the power of faith. He said, “Yes Peter, have faith
in God.” In other words, He said, “Peter I did this to teach you,
to show you what faith in God can do.” Then He tells us in His next
words what faith can do, the kind of’ faith God wants us to have.
His next words He Says, “ For
verily I say unto you, ”, that word “
beloved, means truly or of a truth. It emphasizes to us the fact
that Jesus was about to reveal something that is absolutely, true.
Verse 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.
Now that word, “whosoever”
means YOU, dear friend. That word ‘
whosoever ’ includes you sick person. No matter how little
you are, no matter how sick you are, no matter how the enemy has
beat you down, Jesus is speaking to you. When He says, ‘ Whosoever,
’ it is you! ‘ Whosoever ,” does not just mean the apostles.
‘ Whosoever ,” does not mean the first century Christians.
‘ Whosoever .” does not just mean the priest or the preacher.
‘ Whosoever ,” means YOU!
said, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain.” Now He was talking
about a literal rock and dirt mountain. Sometimes we try to spiritualize
this verse, but Jests was talking about a literal rock and dirt
mountain, because He was standing on the Mount of Olives outside
Jerusalem. He did not say, “Whosoever sha1l say unto a mountain;
He said, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain be moved,
and doubt not in his heart, it shall be done unto him.”
I said to you , “It is possible for you to speak
to a mountain, and command it to be moved and rise up, and float
into the sea.” If you did not doubt in your heart that it would
come to pass, and you would see it done, everything within you would
probably cry out, “Oh no, not me!” You would be wrong, because Jesus
Christ the Son of God said, “Whosoever.” You see, Jesus took the
biggest thing that He could think of, a mountain, and He stuck it
before us and He said, “This is what faith can do!” Then In His
next words, He gives us the key. When He says, “Whosoever, shall
say unto this mountain be moved, and doubts not in his heart, that
which He saith shall come to pass.” The key is not to doubt in
your heart. In our inner being, in that part of our being which
the psychiatrists call our subconscious mind. We must speak the
word of faith to move a mountain. Rather it is a natural mountain
or a mountain in our lives. If we doubt not in our heart, Jesus
said, “ IT SHALL COME TO PASS .”
“Shall come to pass,” does not necessarily mean right now. This
is the problem with so many people. They pray, and if their prayer
is not answered immediately, then they begin to doubt in their heart.
Then they give into discouragement, and they give up. They are defeated
and when they do not get the answer to their prayer, they think
there is something wrong with God or God’s word. But you see, “Shall
come to pass,” can mean one minute from now, one hour from now or
one week from now. We leave the time element in God’s hands. The
believing element is in our hands.
said, “Whosoever shall say unto the mountain be moved, and doubt
not in his heart, that which he saith shall come to pass, he shall
have what so ever he saith. Notice the last words of this verse,
“He shall have whatsoever he saith”. This is the Son of God speaking.
It is not maybe, not possibly, but he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Jesus taking the biggest thing that He could think of, a mountain,
He has set it before us as our potential, our goal. He said, “This
is what the power of faith can do.” Beloved, we only have to believe
there is a power that emanates forth from the nature
of God that operates when we believe.
do not have to do anything, all we have to do is believe and doubt
not in our heart. When we do, the power that comes forth from the
nature of God, it will move the mountain, it will bring the answer.
Now possibly you do not have the faith to move a mountain right
now. That is well and good because there is no value in moving mountains
anyway, for the sake of moving mountains. Jesus did not give us
this great truth just so that we would go around moving mountains.
remember some yeas ago, as a pastor in the city of New Orleans.
One of the deacons from our church called me, late at night from
Charity Hospital. He was standing at the bedside of his niece; she
was a young girl of about twenty years old. The doctors had just
told her mother that they must give her up. There was nothing more
that they could do. She would be dead before morning. It was about
midnight. He asked if I would come down to the hospital and pray
for her. And of course I would.
young woman lived about 100 miles from the city of New Orleans.
She had been going with a young man and was with child and out of
wedlock. Filled with fear she had gone to an abortionist who had
botched the job, gangrene had set in by the time her mother had
finally found out. She had brought her into the hospital in New
Or1eans. It was too late for the doctors to do anything for her.
She had been in a coma for some time before I was called. The doctors
had said she would be dead before morning.
mother was standing by her side as I walked into the emergency room.
There was also a minister there from the town which the young woman
lived in. (The pastor of the church her mother attended.) I walked
up to the young woman’s bedside, laid my Bible on her head as an
act of faith. Looked up to my Father in Heaven and said, “In the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ, she is healed from this moment forth.
I be1ieve that I have received it!” Then I turned around and walked
out of the room.
minister followed me out of the room and was quite visibly upset.
He said, “You should not pray like that. You should not give that
mother false hope. You should pray for God to heal her if it be
Thy will.” I said, “God did not tell me to pray if it be Thy will.
Jesus told me, “When I pray, believe I have received it.” I went
on to explain that Jesus said, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
be moved, and doubt not in his heart that which he saith shall come
to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Then he said to me
very wisely, “Oh, but you are not moving any mountains.” I said,
“No, that true. I‘m not moving any mountains, neither did Jesus
go around moving any mountains but He got many sick people healed.
He got many blind eyes opened and He got a lot of deaf ears unstopped.”
see, there is no value in moving mountains beloved. Jesus did not
give us this teaching so we would go around trying to move mountains.
He did it to show us what faith can do. Though you may not have
the faith to move a mountain right now, if you will make that your
goal, and strive toward that kind of faith, you will move many little
mountains out of your life on the way to that goal.
days after I prayed for that young woman, she was sitting up in
a wheel chair in the hospital. Three weeks later, I was called to
go to the hospital to bid her good-bye. She stood beside her bed
and bid me good-bye, she was completely healed and on her way home.
is no sickness so great that the same power, with which Jesus killed
that fig tree, by speaking the word of faith, cannot heal it. There
is no person who is so sick or so small that they cannot believe
and take authority over that sickness. Through the word of faith
as Jesus spoke it, and see it healed. This is why Jesus in the next
verse told us how to pray the prayer of faith.
said, “ All things whatsoever ye desire when you pray at
the time that you pray, believe that you have received them.” Do
not believe that you will receive them or hope that you might receive
them later on, or think that you might receive them. Jesus said
that when you get done praying, believe it is done, even though
it does not appear to be done, because you see, that is God’s definition
of faith, believing you’ve got something when you haven’t got it
yet. If you have it already, it does not take faith to believe you
have it. If you can see it coming to you, it does not take real
faith to believe it is coming. To believe you have it before you
have it, to believe that you have received it when you get done
praying, that is God’s definition of faith. This is what Jesus did
with the fig tree. He spoke the word of faith. When He walked away
from the fig tree, the leaves were just as green as before He spoke
the word, but the thing, “was done.” The fig tree was dead. Jesus
had believed and He had received it.
shall never forget when God taught me this great truth. As a minister
up until a few years ago, I had had stomach ulcers for 15 years.
Every night of my life for those 15 years, I had to walk the floor
in tremendous pain for two and sometimes three or four hours a night.
Sometimes I would lie down and roll on the floor, trying to get
relief. Many people have stomach ulcers where they can eat light
foods and get along. Mine were much worse than that. I could not
eat any kind of food or drink a glass of milk without it throwing
me into tremendous pain. The doctors had long since given up hope
of my being “healed.” They told me I would just have to learn to
live with it.
a minister, I had prayed many times over the years for God to heal
my stomach ulcers, if it be His will, and to no result. Then one
morning several years ago, I was sitting in the sanctuary of my
church studying the Bible. I came to this verse of Scripture where
Jesus said, “ALL things whatsoever ye desire, when you pray, believe
that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
the Lord spoke two things to me from that verse. First, He said
“all” things certainly included the healing of my stomach ulcers.
Then He showed me the key to prayer that I had never seen before.
That Jesus taught, “When you pray, when you finish praying, believe
you have received it.” When I saw that, I knelt in the sanctuary
of the church, I laid my hand on my stomach and I prayed, “Lord,
from this moment forth I believe these stomach ulcers are healed.”
I rose up believing that it was done.
certainly, did not appear to be done, because I still had the same
pains every night for the next month. They even got worse, but the
worse they got, the more I realized the devil was only trying to
make me doubt in my heat. The more the Spirit of God reminded me
of the words of Jesus, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
Be thou removed, and shall not doubt in his heart,’ the more I believed.
One month later, I went to bed and slept all night without a pain
for the first time in 15 years. I was healed of those stomach ulcers,
and I have never had a pain from them since.
by the power of God in the name of Jesus through the prayer of faith
is just as scientific as any science that we have in the earth today.
For you see, when Jesus said, “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.
“ He was not revealing any promise that originated with Him. He
was simply revealing and unveiling God’s great LAW OF FAITH ,
which has been in the world since time began, waiting for Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, to come and unveil it for mankind.
reason doctors can help people to get healed is not because they
have any power of their own, but because they have discovered certain
divine laws which God set in the earth when He instituted the earth.
There is a law that says if one kidney stops functioning the doctor
can operate and take it out, and the other kidney will take up its
function begin doing the work of two. The person can go on living
normally. The doctors did not make this true, they only discovered
that it was true. It had been true, a law of God since time began.
is another law that says if you inject a certain drug into the blood
stream, your nervous system will react in a certain way and pain
will stop. Again, the doctors did not make it true; they only discovered
that it was true.
Mr. Wright flew the first airplane some 60 years ago, he did it
because he discovered a law that said when the propeller turned
up at the right amount of revolutions; the plane would stay in the
air. Mr. Wright did not make it true he only discovered that it
Jesus said, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed,
and doubt not in his heart that which he saith shall come to pass,”
He did not make it true. He was only revealing it to us. God’s highest
law, “The law of faith.” This is God’s highest law. The law of faith
is the highest law of God because it supersedes and overrules and
makes all the lesser laws obsolete.
kidney law can only make the kidney function. The drug law can only
stop pain. The airplane law can only fly the airplane. The law of
faith is all-inclusive. It can heal the kidney, stop the pain, and
fly the airplane, of this law, Jesus said, “ All things
unto the moving of a mountain, whatsoever ye desire when ye pray,
believe that you have received them and ye shall have them.” “If
ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible
truth is, when God made this world He instituted it on many divine
laws. There are many different kinds of God’s laws. There are physical
laws, technical laws, scientific laws, spiritual laws, medical laws,
of you have read the story in the Bible of Peter walking upon the
water that night long ago. Few have seen just how he did it. Peter
walked upon the water that night because he met the condition of
God’s highest law, the law of faith. As Jesus stood upon the water,
He inspired Peter to meet the condition, of God’s highest law, the
law of faith. The story goes that Peter saw Jesus standing on the
water. He said, “Lord, if thou bid me come to thee.” Jesus said,
“Peter, come, you can do it too.” Peter stepped out on the water,
and he began to walk.
there were lesser laws of God that said Peter supposed to sink when
he stepped on that water, the law of gravity, the law of density,
all the scientific laws which are merely laws of God. Nevertheless,
inspired by Jesus, Peter appealed to the God’s Supreme Court, which
overruled and superseded the law of gravity and all the lesser laws
and enabled Peter to walk upon that water. Only as long as he was
meeting the condition of the law of faith, because you will remember
the record reads that he was walking on top of the water, but then
it says when he saw the wind being boisterous, he became afraid.
Then he began to sink. When fear replaced faith in his heart, the
condition of God’s law of faith was no longer met; therefore, Peter
began to sink. Matt 14:30.
we see what Jesus came to reveal to us, God’s great law of faith
by which we can receive the power, and the blessing of God. Jesus
comes into our hearts today to teach us, to reveal to us. God’s
great law of faith, and how to meet its conditions with
the words, “When you pray, believe that you have received them and
ye shall have them.”
reason Jesus died on Calvary’s cross was to shed His blood to cleans
us of our sins so that the Holy Spirit could enter into us. The
Bible says, “When the other comforter comes, he will lead you into
all truths,” or reveal to us God’s great laws of faith and inspiring
us to meet their conditions. We can believe that we have received
it, receive it unto the moving of a mountain.
when Mr. Wright flew his airplane for the first time, some sixty
years ago, the record tells us that he was only able to fly it about
1,100 feet and only got it about 4 feet off the ground. This was
because his knowledge of the laws which caused the airplane to fly
and his confidence in those laws, were very small. However, as men’s
under-standing and knowledge of the laws by which the airplane flew
increased, their confidence in those laws has increased. They have
placed bigger and bigger planes higher and higher in the air, until
now they are sending space ships into outer space.
so, the reason we see so few miracles in Christians and in the church
today, is that the knowledge of the people of God concerning God’s
great law of faith and their confidence in that law is very small.
As the Spirit of God is poured out, and as the truths of God are
poured out. God’s peoples knowledge of the divine, the law of faith
and their confidence in that law, will increase. You will see greater,
bigger and more powerful miracles. You will then see people pray,
not begging God to answer their prayer, not pleading with God, but
doing what Jesus said, “Speaking the word of faith and believing
they have received it, doubting not in their
heart that it will come to pass, and they shall have it!
matter what your sickness is, dear friend, no matter how serious!
The law of faith is sufficient to get you healed. All you have to
do is pray the prayer of faith and believe that you have received
it. Doubting not in your heart that it will come to pass, day by
day until it manifests itself, and YOU SHALL RECEIVE IT!
will never forget some years ago, I was preaching on the radio in
New Orleans from this passage of Scripture. In closing my sermon,
I said to the people in the radio audience, “I should like to pray
with you the prayer of faith for your healing. As we bow our heads
and pray together, I am going to believe I have received it, and
if you believe you have received it and you did not get
healed, then the stars would fall out of Heaven because Jesus Christ
would have told a lie.”
week or so after that a young cab driver stopped by my home in his
taxi. He told me he had been driving down the road in his taxicab
listening to my radio broadcast. He had been suffering with diabetes
for years. He said, “You spoke those words, If, you believe you
have received it and you do not get healed then the stars would
fall out of Heaven because Jesus Christ would have told a lie, those
words gave me the faith to believe God for my healing.”
was healing him and so He will you, dear friend. Believe you have
received it, and you shall have it. May God help each one of you
who are sick and read this, no matter how serious your sickness
is, to start today, speak to the mountain, speak the word of faith,
believe you have received it and doubt not in your heart and day
by day until it comes to pass just keep believing. You shall receive
what you have asked for!
not consider that because your sickness is very serious that God’s
law of faith is not sufficient to meet your need. Sometimes we think
to ourselves, well, God could heal a headache, and would heal a
headache but I have cancer, or I have leukemia and we doubt that
God can heal that. God can heal that! You see beloved, God is omnipotent,
al1 powerful, a cancer is no bigger to Him than a pain in your big
toe. It is only in our consciousness and in our minds, that one
of these things is more serious and bigger than the other.
is not so in the mind of God. God can heal our cancer just as easily
as He can heal your headache or the pain in your big toe because
in His mind one is no bigger than the other. A flick of the finger
of God can heal one the same as the other. So do not say in your
heart, “My sickness is too serious, or I am too crippled, or I am
too afflicted.” You can start believing today, and doubt not in
your heart that it shall come to pass, no matter how long it takes,
believing God daily will move that mountain, and your sickness will
God help each one of you to take your faith, that is in the name
of Jesus and through the Operation of God’s great law of faith,
rise up against whatever particular sickness or whatever burden
you have, command that mountain to be moved, and then, begin your
day by day battle. You see, the fight begins after you have spoken
the word of faith. Jesus said to command the mountain to be moved
and then doubt not in your heart, until it comes to pass. Then is
when you really begin to believe. Then is when you begin to do battle.
The powers of the enemy will daily affirm but doubt nothing in your
heart. That it is done, until it comes to pass. Your sickness will
be healed, and your need shall be met.
God help you to rise up and claim it, in Jesus’ name! AMEN!
All scriptural quotes are from the King James AV of 1769