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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
Have Faith in God

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Mark 11:20-24 KJV
(20) And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
(21) And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
(22) And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
(23) 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.
(24) Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Have you ever had a mountain in your life you felt you could not climb or dig your way through in tunnel fashion, it appears to be bigger then life itself? A gymnasts first attempt at the uneven bars beyond a simply hanging from the bar and swinging must seem like a difficult feat to do twist and flips on the bars. To walk a balance beam takes skill and practice. Most kids can get up on the beam the problem is crossing it. One look down is like seeing a wide cliff on a mountainside to the person in the middle of the beam afraid of heights. Ever tried to do gymnastic by doing somersault you know that might be easy, but it is the flips that take time to learn. There is a point every mountain in a person life takes skill and patients to climb over.

Jesus had cursed a fig tree because there was no fruit upon it to eat. The next day when leaving the city the disciples of Jesus seen that that fig tree had wither up. One might ask how often is climbing a mountain or any hill seem unattainable until one begins to move forward. Yet Jesus said if you see a mountain and tell it to move with faith in God, the mountain would then move, but you would have to have faith. Well any of us looking at a mountain might ask for the mountain to be removed, yet never imaging the mountain to literally move is a different tale all together. Do you want an earthquake to move it, or do you want it just to tumble down. Do you want it to be uprooted and cast in the sea.

Jesus cast many a mountains out of people lives by taking away their sins. Often people try and climb there way out of sin only to slide back down. Some try and do acrobatic tricks over and around their sin, jumping in and out like rabbit in the rabbit hole, hoping to avoid the snare set by the devil. Jesus cast all the sin away in a person life when one ask. He cast the demons in the pigs that ran over the hill. Jesus taught if we have faith our sins would be forgiven, but to have them removed sometimes it takes an act of God. The wall of temptation is sometimes hard to beat. The only way is to remove it from oneís sight. Yet sometimes it be easier for all the tobacco companies to stop making cigarettes then to tell a smoker not to smoke. A smoker confronted by cigarette ads inside a convenient store every time they get gas is only fuel to the fire of those trying to quit smoking. Let us add the pack of cigarettes on the counter for sale or in plain sight behind the counter in a glass hutch. Tell a smoker it five dollars more and he might cringe tell someone trying to quit the price has gone up and that is a five dollar reward that they did not have to spend. Well sin like the pack of cigarette that one is trying to quit. Easiest thing is walk away, but the temptation is everywhere. To tell the tobacco industry to quit selling and shut their doors would be like tell the alcoholic of the prohibition era to stop making moonshine. Those that want to quit drinking prohibition was a life saver. To say no alcohol was simple, yet to alcoholic that only caused them to find ways to hide their sin. The reward is the price of sin is paid by oneís Savior when one repents. One no longer is entangled by a yoke of bondage.

God wants to make sin like prohibition in our life. Remove the sin and the problems that caused the sin in our life. Yet it sounds simple to say, Lord hear is my sin remove it from me. But it harder to believe He will. The evidence is no longer yearning for that sin. The removal gone and temptation still in front of you, but the desire for it is gone. It takes years for someone that loves the taste of cigarettes to forget it. It hard for sexual immoral sinners to forget the sin. It might be easy to say no to some, but it is the desire of the feeling that goes with sexual immorality that draws many back into sin. Replacement theology is only half the solution, one has to get rid of sin to remove it completely from drawing in emotionally roller coaster it can put a person in. It easier to say remove this sin and place you in a place of undesirable beings or those that one is not attracted too.

Why did Jesus curse a fig tree, because it bore no fruit. Sin bears no fruit. People that bear no fruit is cast out and curse to everlasting flames of fire. Jesus can not tell a sinner to be fruitful and bear fruit. He can say believe, grow and produce. If you grow in Godís garden you grow love, patience, hope, faith, gentleness, and so forth, better known as the fruits of the Holy Spirit of God. Faith alone in God produces and moves evil from the vine. Even the enemy sees good fruit and desires it and imitates it. You want sin to be remove begin by believing God can remove it, and then believe God can save you, through believing in His Son, the word of God who came in the flesh as Jesus, who died for your sins on a cross and rose to victory on the third day. Then allow the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in your life by obeying Him. The mountain of sin might seem impossible but it is not. It is daily living with Jesus and trusting Him that going to make a difference. Every mountain of sin that comes it is removable with belief.

Dear Heavenly Father as we walk by faith remove the mountains so our feet can walk straight. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV
(8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
(9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.
(10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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