Mark 11:23-24 “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever says to 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 to you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” I think that many Christians have a vision in their sub-conscious mind of God having 2 meters in heaven; a ‘believing’ meter and a ‘desire’ meter. We believe, yes, God will do it, but He is just holding back because our beliefs or our desires are just not strong enough, and if we can just get those strong enough; then surely God is going to do something. What we believe and desire are very important, because Romans 5:2 tells us, “that by faith we have access into this grace.”
Believing is connected with seeing, we see this over and over in the word of God. In Mark 9, a man came for Jesus to heal his son and he said, “if you can do anything have compassion on us”. Jesus turned it around and said, “if you can believe all things are possible.” The man put it on Jesus, but Jesus put it right back on him. Do you remember when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead? Mary and Martha came to Him and He said, “if you can believe you will see the glory of God.”
Over the course of our lives, our minds get programmed with all kinds of junk that doesn’t line up with what the Word of God says. That’s why the Bible tells us if we want to prove (or see manifested) God’s perfect will we have to have a transformation of our mind take place. Faith begins with thoughts, that is where faith starts. We have to get our thinking in line with the Word of God. Faith begins with thoughts and I believe thoughts become tangible things. Whatever we are hoping for, faith is the substance; faith is going to cause it to manifest.
Philemon 6 tells us that our faith becomes effective (or powerful) by the acknowledgment (or the confession) of every good thing that is in us in Christ Jesus. It is up to us to learn every good thing that is in us in Christ Jesus. For one thing, you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Satan has absolutely no part in God’s righteousness, and you, child of God, are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. According to Ephesians, you were created in pure holiness and true righteousness, God made you that way through the new birth. The only thing that Satan can do is deceive you into thinking something different.
Take a look over in Joshua 1:8; God basically tells Joshua that his success depended on what he thought and what he said. We can tie that verse in with what we read over in Mark 11:23-24, and we can say our Lord God, is going to give us the desires of our heart, and if we get our thinking and our words right, then we are creating faith in the invisible realm, and what we are thinking and what we are saying is going to become a reality.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 12:33-35, “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” Jesus is showing us here that the good things are on the inside of us, in our (spirit) heart.
“Child of God, if you will start acting upon Philemon 6, and start acknowledging every good thing that is in you, it will start to change your thinking, and it will start to come out!” Philippians 2:12-13 tells us, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” If you will look up “work out” in the Greek, it doesn’t mean work to get saved and go to heaven. It literally means, to bring to the outside what is on the inside.