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“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25 NIV
We’ve all read this verse and we’ve all wanted to “have faith in God,” seeing answers to our prayer. When we go through a season of setbacks or problems, we are pressed into prayer, but the need for an answer can translate to a sense of desperation that inspires more doubt than faith. Admonitions to believe and not doubt tend to put us in the space of disciplining our minds to believe in a certain way. We often miss the point of believing with our heart instead of our mind. It’s not hard to believe God from the heart. Once our heart hears the direction, moving with the Holy Spirit toward an answer comes very naturally.
What is double-minded? – This occurs when our mind and heart are pulling in two different directions. The heart always wins. Our minds typically can’t even grasp issues of the heart or define what our hearts believe or understand the heart’s logic of why. That’s why we struggle with the concept of faith from the heart.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:2-8 NIV
Let’s consider the steps James lists to exercise faith. It’s really fairly simple!
Trials – Notice that verse 2 and 3 start with trials of many kinds that test our faith. If everything was nice and neat, we wouldn’t need God’s miraculous intervention, would we? Difficulties require us to seek God for answers. That’s something Kings grow to be good at, as they mature.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Prov 25:2 NIV
Ask – Getting answers means asking God for solutions. Notice in verse 5 that he gives generously to all without finding fault. When we experience problems, we often carry some responsibility for being in the trial. The devil loves to use condemnation to keep us from finding the answer. Forgiving others and forgiving ourselves is often necessary to clear that blockage. That’s why the premier verse on faith to move mountains is connected to Mark 11:25 on forgiveness.
No matter what our circumstance or the degree of difficulty, our Father loves us enough to talk to us and show us a path forward, even if a miracle is required. That’s His promise to His kids.
Receive – We simply cannot generate faith through a need, our will power, or our mind. Faith begins when our hearts really hear something from the voice of God – we know in our “knower.” Faith has substance and reality that our hearts can receive with certainty before the answers actually do come in the natural realm. Our minds are useful to capture thoughts and evaluate alternatives, but our heart (Kardia in the Greek) is the organ for hearing God’s voice.
Once we understand hearing from God from our heart, there is a good basis to quiet our minds and wait on the Lord for the real thing… to really hear his voice in our hearts. I also want to suggest that this is the Biblical version of prayer and meditation. We are not eliminating our minds, in some new age fashion, but using our minds for the computers that they are, translating thoughts, discerning what we hear, and making plans to implement what we hear.
I like to pray with Bible, paper and pen, and capture the phrases and thoughts that come from hearing God. I capture everything that comes, without being too analytical, and then discern the validity when it’s in writing. If God speaks and we fail to capture the thought, we actually feel a sense of loss of something precious from the Holy Spirit. Once you engage your heart in hearing God, you will be aware that he can talk to us anytime, day or night… not just during our devotions.
We can all learn to hear his voice and exercise faith to move mountains. We just have to try. And we have to allow our heart to play its proper role. God is eager to talk to us and happy to move mountains on our behalf.
Your role in the Kingdom is worth the investment of your time to put that plan into place and to get the help you need to do it. Here are some suggestions for next steps. We may be able to help you with a heart plan. Coaching has proven to be a great tool to Release Kings. We’re excited about it!
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Prov 16:9 NIV
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How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics to show how to become a King and how you can help Release Kings. Lastly we’ve created a guideline to help you take your dream to the next level by considering the elements of a business plan. See Write Your Business Plan and a Free Management Library for many other helpful resources.
French Translation – Releasing Kings is available in French. In France and other French speaking nations, copies can be obtained from Librairie Chretienne CLC. The Title in French is “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail”. Cees Bakker and Support Ministries in the Netherlands can be contacted for Releasing Kings conferences in France and The Netherlands.
Other language websites –
The Netherlands http://www.modernekoningen.nl
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of a more relational view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
- The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
- The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
- The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2