Summary: How should we interpret the words of Jesus when He said we can speak to a mountain and it shall be moved? This sermon answers that question.

Speak To Your Mountain

Mark 11:20-24

[20] Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

[21] And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away."

[22] So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God.

[23] 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.

[24] Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

I need some help.

Several months ago, my brother-in-law used his backhoe

to bury a dead donkey in my backyard.

Unfortunately, that left a big mound of dirt in my backyard.

It’s a nuisance because I can’t mow over it

and weeds grew up on that mound of dirt.

It ruins the looks of my backyard!

One day recently I remembered this Bible passage for today.

So I went out in my backyard a said to that mound of dirt,

“Be removed, mound of dirt!”

Nothing happened!

So I said it again, “Be removed, mound of dirt!”

Still nothing happened!

I spoke those words several times and still nothing happened.

Apparently I don’t have enough faith to move it!

So who among us today thinks you have enough faith

to help me get rid of that mound of dirt?


Actually, nobody anywhere has enough faith to do that!

You see, this passage is often misunderstood..

This sermon today will help us understand what Jesus was saying.

Point #1.A mountain is any obstacle that stands in your way.

[23] For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,'

We are faced with obstacles in our lives.

Most Christians pray to God.

Jesus told us to speak directly to the obstacle

and tell it to be removed.

There is nothing wrong with taking your problems to God.

We should do that.

When something is some kind of obstacle

Jesus said YOU should tell it to get out of the way.

There is another passage similar to today’s scripture.

Matthew 17:20: So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

A mustard seed is extremely small.

I looked it up on the internet.

Here’s what I found.

Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 to 2 millimetres (0.039 to 0.079 in) in diameter and may be colored from yellowish white to black.

So Jesus says you DON’T need a HUGE amount of faith

to get mountains removed.

Just a LITTLE amount of faith is all that’s necessary!

All of us should have enough faith to get our obstacles,

whatever they might be, taken away.

However, I could not get that mound of dirt

to move out of my backyard.

So is there something wrong with my faith?

The answer is, “NO!”

Instead of literally following Jesus ’ directions

and speaking directly to that mound of dirt

there’s something I should do!

Point #2. Speak to God about the problems in your life.

[24] Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Instead of talking directly to the problems

and telling them to be removed,

Jesus tells us to pray about those obstacles in life.

With God nothing is impossible.

Genesis 18:14 says, Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Has anybody here today ever walked on water?

The Bible says Peter did.

Matthew 14:28-29: And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." [29] So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

How did Peter do that?

Peter asked Jesus to give him the power to do it.

Peter believed he could walk on water

with the power of the Lord.

Unbelief keeps us from speaking to our mountains.

What is the mountain in your life?

What stands in the way of your progress?

Ask God to move that mountain!

Just ask in Jesus’ name and not your own.

We often forget that we are the children of God.

We must believe in Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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