THE WORD IN YOUR MOUTH
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).
On a certain day, while Jesus and His disciples were returning from Bethany, He was hungry. Seeing a fig tree afar off, He moved closer, hoping to find some figs. However, when He got to the tree, He found only leaves, because it wasn’t yet the season for figs. Jesus then said to the fig tree, “… No one shall ever eat figs from you again…” (Mark 11:14 GNB). The latter part says, “And His disciples heard it”; they heard when Jesus cursed the fig tree. The next day, as they passed by, the disciples observed that the fig tree had withered away. Peter, remembering what happened the previous day, said to Him, “…Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away” (Mark 11:21).
Responding, the Master said, “Have the faith of God” or “Have the God-kind of faith” (Mark 11:22). The God-kind of faith is the faith that believes in the heart and speaks accordingly. Jesus taught us the power and importance of the spoken word—the Word in your mouth.
In the Old Testament, God said to Moses, “… speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink” (Numbers 20:8). Therefore, the underlying theme of Mark 11:23 is, “You shall have what you say.” Jesus was teaching the power of the spoken word, not about mountains or problems. When you speak in faith your words come to pass.
This is akin to what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 10:8-10, showing us the principle of salvation. When someone believes in his heart and makes the same declarations, announcements, or proclamations of faith, he’s immediately catapulted into the realms of salvation: “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”