12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 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. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 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. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
“Are you playing to win or are you playing to not lose?” Pastor Billy Johnson
When you play to win it’s a belief that you CAN win. Take the necessary actions that will better your chance of winning. Operate in faith.
What is Faith?
Faith is to believe to the extent of complete trust and reliance; have confidence in.
We must have complete confidence in almighty God (v22).
We have the opportunity to call him Father
Have Faith In God Because Of What He Can Do
Can’t put faith in our feelings, finances, friends or family because they can change.
Jesus clearly said have faith in God.
God does not lie or change!
What Can Faith in God Do? (v23)
Faith in God makes the impossible possible.
The fig tree dried up from the roots by the next day.
In this scripture Jesus is talking about the mountains in our lives; Not to just listen to the problem but talk TO the problem.
“You and I have to get up off the mat…and put God’s word in our mouth.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
How Does Faith Work? (v24)
Faith works by believing that you receive the thing you ask for when you pray.
“Let’s not talk ourselves out of what Jesus has declared.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
Our desire must be according to God’s will.
Faith says it’s already done even if the answer is in the future.
“Faith gives you the ability to play to win!” – Pastor Billy Johnson