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THE FIVE STEPS TO VICTORY

The Lord said through the prophet Hosea that His people were destroyed through lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). What we learn in lesson 2 of our Faith Course will help us on our journey to live the abundant life that Christ came to give us.

One of the most important and controversial points of this study is the false declaration that faith can move mountains. Strange as it may sound, and no matter how it may shock you, faith never moved one single grain of sand. However, in this study we will find out the true importance of faith, and what it can do for us.

We shall learn that we must address the problem and command it to get out of our way and out of our life, and be cast into the sea. We shall see that if we doubt in our hearts we will lose everything and thus hinder the work of God from being fulfilled.

Jesus made one of the deepest declarations about ordaining: whoever ... believes that those things he says will be done (Mark 11:23). Here we have the secret that brings the miracle to pass.

Finally, we have the Master's statement that whatever we say shall be done.

The Five Steps to Victory is exactly what you need to follow if you want be an overcomer in all things.

In Christ,
Missionary R. R. Soares

 

Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, "Let no one eat fruit from you ever again." And His disciples heard [it].(Mark 11:12-14)

Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away." So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. 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. " (Mark 11:20-23)

This passage has countless lessons for us. This chapter will study the part in bold.


FAITH NEVER REMOVED A MOUNTAIN

For centuries, thousands of people have been inspired by this passage in Mark. Based on this passage, someone, without taking the trouble to study it thoroughly, coined the famous and beautiful sentence that is quoted the world over: "Faith that moves mountains". Millions of believers repeat this saying, and it is used even by non-believers. But it is a false statement, and will not last a second when confronted with the Scriptures.

I remember when I first told a group of pastors that faith does not move mountains. They exchanged surprised looks and then asked me in amazement, "What are you saying"? The same thing happens whenever I preach in our churches that faith does not move mountains. This amazement is understandable and explains why many people, even though they have so much faith, never receive anything from God.

Let us study verses 22 and 23 of Mark 11, where we will find the five steps to victory.


THE FIRST STEP: HAVE FAITH IN GOD
So Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God (Mark 11:22).

Our faith must be in God alone. Many people believe in God, but also believe in many other things. Some believe in their church, others in their preacher, or in the Virgin Mary, in a saint or in some special place. Some go so far as to make pilgrimages to cemeteries and put their hands on the graves of so-called martyrs who are supposed to be doing miracles. They will never be able to have faith in God, because faith comes from hearing the Word of God (Romans 10.17). People who do these things are not listening to the Lord God; much to the contrary, they are doing exactly the opposite of what the Bible says.

The Word of God explains what faith is: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). When we hear the Word of God, an assurance arises in our spirits that everything revealed in the Word is truly ours. This is faith, and this is the kind of faith that we need to have in God.

Our faith must be in God, in God alone. He does not share His glory with anyone else. I [am] the LORD, that [is] My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images (Isaiah 42:8 ).


THE SECOND STEP: SPEAK TO THE MOUNTAIN
"For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain... (Mark 11:23).

We must speak to the mountain - our problem, our affliction, our pain or our infirmity - and order it to leave our lives. Our word is what moves mountains.

I must confess that I myself have preached many times that faith moves mountains, because I had been taught to speak like that; I had heard the greatest preachers in the world say that. I ask for forgiveness publicly for having taught such a deceit. Faith never moved so much as a grain of sand. What moves mountains is the word. But what word? The Word of God? No, our word.

Of course we need faith; it is the first step to victory. However, if you take the first step and do not take the second, the work will not be done. Once you have faith in God, then you must speak to the mountain.

I like to give the following example: faith is the fuel, our word is the vehicle. No vehicle can run without fuel, and no fuel can move mountains.

The Lord is a God of faith; He is full of faith, He is perfect. However, in the beginning, when He created the heavens and the earth, He did not keep saying to himself that He had the faith to create whatever He wanted and would start creating things at any moment. To the contrary, the Bible tells us that He acted according to the principles we are studying: And God said (Genesis 1). We know the result.


STEP NUMBER THREE: DO NOT DOUBT IN YOUR HEART
And does not doubt in his heart... (Mark 11:23 ).

This step is practically the key to everything. You can have faith in God, command the problem to leave your life, and hope for the best. However, if deep down in your heart you doubt that which you have ordained, then you can forget it: the work will not be done. I have noticed that whenever I asked for something from the Lord or ordained something to happen, and it failed to come to pass, it was because in my innermost being I did not believe I would receive it.

When you doubt in your heart you are inwardly saying that you do not really believe in what you are doing. Our minds might be well instructed, but if we doubt in our hearts, we will not receive anything.


STEP NUMBER FOUR: BELIEVE THAT WHAT YOU SAY WILL COME TO PASS
But believes that those things he says will be done... (Mark 11:23).

This is the natural consequence of step number three. If we do not doubt in our hearts, then we believe; and when we believe, we must express our belief.

Notice that the Lord Jesus did not say that you must believe to receive what you asked for, or what you prayed for; believe that what you say will come to pass.

Many declare that they will believe when they see some sign, or when they receive a blessing. This is not the Biblical formula for receiving blessings. If you see, you do not need to believe. If we want to receive what the Bible has promised us, we must act according to the principles established in the Word of God. We must believe that what we say will come to pass.

We can say that believing is fighting against all evidences. Believing also means accepting that what we have ordained has already begun to happen.


STEP NUMBER FIVE: YOU WILL HAVE WHATEVER YOU SAY
He will have whatever he says (Mark 11:23).

This step is not ours, it is the Lord's

Let us go over our part in the process of receiving blessings.

Number One: We must have faith - the certainty that comes from waiting on God, on Him alone (faith comes from hearing the Word of God - Romans 10:17). Number Two: We must address the problems with authority and ordain them to leave our lives. Number Three: We must never allow doubts to enter our hearts. Number Four: We must believe that what we say will come to pass, and then the work will be done. How? By the power of God.


OUR POSITION AS CHILDREN OF GOD

As children of God, we have a very privileged position. We make the difference. The blessing we need does not depend only on the Lord, it depends on us too. That sounds different, doesn-t it? Very well, the more we learn about the Truth, the more our responsibility increases. Now that we know how to make the power of God act on our behalf, we no longer need to deceive ourselves and try magic formulas that somebody else made up. If we truly want to be an overcomer, then we must make our decisions based on what the Word reveals, for it is the Word that will bring us the freedom we desire: And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32 ).

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1Q
Does faith move mountains?
(a) Not Always (b) Yes (c) No
2Q
What does it mean to have faith in God?
(a) To believe in God and in His works (b) To be sure of what you hope for (c) To believe in the teachings of the church
3Q
What really moves mountains?
(a) Faith (b) Our Word (c) A powerful prayer
4Q
What is the first step to victory in a believer's life?
(a) To have faith in God (b) To pay all your promises (c) To fast and pray without ceasing
5Q
What is the second step to victory?
(a) To wait on God (b) To pray until you receive the blessing (c) To speak to the mountain (problem)
6Q
What is the third step to victory?
(a) To read the Bible (b) To not doubt (c) To rebuke the devil
7Q
What is the fourth step to victory?
(a) To call on the name of the Lord (b) To recite Psalm 91 (c) To believe that what you say will come to pass
8Q
What is the fifth step to victory?
(a) That whatever you say will be done (b) That whatever you desire will come to pass (c) To wait patiently on the Lord
9Q
What is our position as children?
(a) Poor lost sinners that have been forgiven (b) Equal to the angels (c) Highly privileged
10Q
What is the biggest enemy of faith?
(a) Laziness (b) Doubting (c) Reasoning
11Q
What does it mean to believe?
(a) To keep on repeating that we believe (b) To fight against all evidences (c) To resign ourselves to suffering
12Q
When will the power of God execute our commands?
(a) After we take the first four steps (b) When we give our tithes (c) When we confess our sins
13Q
How does faith enter our hearts?
(a) When we receive the laying on of hands (b) By means of a special visitation from the Lord
(c) When we hear the Word of God
14Q
When a problem arises, what should we do?
(a) Fast for it to disappear (b) Ordain it to disappear (c) Wait for it to disappear of its own accord
15Q
Who does the work when we ordain something to happen?
(a) Our mind power (b) A magic force (c) The power of God
16Q
When we fail to receive healing, liberation, or the solution to our problems, what is happening?
(a) We do not understand how the things of the Spirit work (b) The devil refuses to leave us
(c) The Holy Spirit is not helping us
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