The Miracles of Jesus: Day 6

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Mark 11:22-23

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God. I assure you: If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.”
—Mark 11:22-23

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  • I have my new SRT Bible and I love the printing, which is so easy to read, the devotions, and the artwork, but, I am very disappointed that the pronouns referring to Jesus, God The Father and The Holy Spirit and in lower case. I wonder is this is an error because all the SRT publications and posts have these in upper case. I think it makes the text easier to follow in some passages when they are capitialized. I also feel this is disrespectful, but that is just my opinion.

    • S

      Hi Mary Lou,
      This seems to be the convention used in the CSB version… You can check csbible.com.
      Blessings!

  • Today I read Hebrews 11 (in my new SRT bible!!!) and was once again overwhelmed by the POWER that comes from faith. Through faith people fought for justice, won wars, saw the dead raised to life, shut the mouths of lions, walked through fire. I think as much as we need to ask for God’s miracles in faith, we also need to faithfully ask for strength to walk through the things He doesn’t make move or disappear. Sometimes I don’t need to make the mountain move, I just need God to give me the faith to know I can climb over it.

    • Rachel Weaver

      That’s awesome. I can’t wait for my SRT bible to come on Wednesday

    • Molly Murtagh

      Sometimes I don’t need to make the mountain move, I just need God to give me the faith to know I can climb over it!
      This is exactly what I need to remember. From cancer, to job loss, to alcoholism, my family has been tested. My mountains haven’t been moved but I’ve tried to put my faith in Him to climb over them. Thank you!

    • Melissa

      I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing your thoughts – I wrote down “Sometimes I dont’ need to make the mountain move, I just need God to give me the faith to know I can climb over it” in my journal. You hit the nail on the head here!! It’s so so so true! What speaks to me the most in the recent study days are the words FAITH and BELIEVE with your whole heart. Amen!

  • My husband has asked for a divorce and has left the home we share with our two little ones. He is dead set on a divorce. I am praying that God will give my family a miracle because we need my husband. I have to surrender to God nearly every minute. May he remove the doubt and anguish from my heart and mind.
    Please send us your prayers.

    • Daniella Moore

      Oh my goodness. I am praying that God will enter into this space. That the Holy Spirit would reside in the space of your home, your relationships, and everything in between. I pray that you will be surrounded by a community of women that will uplift you and support you during this time. I will be praying for you Nicole, my heart and prayers go out to you!

    • Diana

      Nicole, thank you for sharing your heart and circumstances. As we study the God of Miracles, may you sense His comfort, peace, and guidance. Praying for your heart and for your marriage.

    • Angela Lindsey

      Nicole, may God be in this, not man.

    • churchmouse

      Praying for your and your little ones. And for your husband to return and honor his family.

    • Jen

      May The Lord bless you and your family. May He restore and heal what is broken – may He be in your midst, and may you know and believe He is with you always. May your children be surrounded with a shroud of grace and mercy in the midst of storm – may they see God’s hand clearly in your marriage and trust that He loves them completely. May your husband know the presence of The Lord and may his heart be turned back toward The Lord and be reunited to yours in Holy Love. We love you and are lifting you up. God is with you!!

    • April Heather

      Praying blessings and peace over you and your little ones. Nicole you are stronger than you know and with God’s unfailing love and grace you will get through this.

    • Tina

      Nicole..praying for you and yours…
      Praying hope, grace and peace into your heart and lives..
      Trust the Lord God. He promises to be in our storms.. He walks on water for us… !He can move mountains.. .and He for sure, is mighty to save… anything that we bring to Him… our hearts, our lives, our hopes…
      Sending love and hugs filled with hope to you and yours Nicole.. xx

    • She Reads Truth

      Absolutely praying for you, Nicole. Asking the Lord to change hearts and heal what is broken. Grateful for you, mama.

      – Stormye

    • Mel

      Praying for a miracle for you, sister. May the Lord breathe new life into your marriage! Stay the course and keep trusting Him in this dark time. He loves you so much!

  • Donna Clarke

    Leandra, I wonder where you are? I grew up looking at those mountains as well, and now see them in Claremont.

  • Leenda324

    My first crisis of faith came at age 5. After hearing this verse in Sunday School, I recall standing next to my parents in the parking lot after church and looking toward the San Gabriel mountains. I had faith and I prayed that the mountains be removed. Of course, they were not. How childish — and childlike– to do such a thing. Imagine if God would have honored my faith! All of Southern California would have fallen into the Pacific. Oh to have the faith of a child yet the wisdom to understand that sometimes God doesn’t answer those petitions because of the negative impact on others.

  • All in God’s time! I appreciate your post. Wishing you peace, Celeste

  • This scripture reminds me of a powerful story I heard from Sarah Bessey.

    She told of a town in Haiti in which they DESPERATELY needed to build a school for the orphans after the earthquake. A local pastor had turned his house into an orphanage, and he had some space in his backyard in which they could build a school (ideal because they could keep the children close and safe) – but it was on the side of a mountain, and the land was an unusable slope of stone and clay. Excavating was going to be too expensive and there were too few workers.

    Enter one man. A local 60 year old man, who showed up with a pickax, a shovel, and a bucket. He began to work, every day, to move the mountain literally stone by stone, pebble by pebble, digging in the heat and for only lunch as payment. He single-handedly dismantled that mountain and smoothed out the ground.

    Today, that school has 250 children. That mountain moved, and now stands a classroom.

    Sometimes we ask Christ to move mountains – and sometimes Christ asks us to have the faith to move them with Him. I’ve found that sometimes radical faith means waiting in quiet submission, but sometimes it means rolling up my sleeves and doing really hard hard work – in my own heart or in the world around me.

    Today I am so grateful for Christ’s hands on mine, working stone by stone to dismantle the mountains that exist in my life, to do the hard work of bringing His Kingdom right here, right now.

    • Kovalentine

      Wow! Amazing story and insight. Thank you for sharing that.

    • Lora Kay

      Thank you for sharing this!

      • Rachel

        ‘Sometimes we ask Christ to move mountains – and sometimes Christ asks us to have the faith to move them with Him.’ Thank you for this!

    • Sherri

      Amy C. Thank you so much for sharing. This is so helpful. Have a blessed day.

    • Maria Baer

      I love this story; thank you for sharing.

    • Crystal Wise Cohea

      Beautiful story!

    • Rebecca G

      Thank you! I needed to read this.

    • Emily B.

      I’m thankful for the reminder that sometimes radical faith is waiting, and sometimes it’s doing. That’s why I have to be led by the Spirit. Thank you for sharing this!

    • churchmouse

      Amen! Blessed by your comment today! Sharing your story with many. Thank you!

    • She Reads Truth

      This was so wonderful. Thank you for sharing, Amy. I was so encouraged by your words today and am grateful you shared!!

      – Stormye

  • I am so broken by this passage. I want so much to see my family saved but doubt… I want so much to see my brother healed from epilepsy…but doubt. Lord help me to trust you and have faith that can move mountains.

    • Amy C

      Love and prayers being sent your way. Have faith, sister. I am praying today too that my family will see to goodness of Christ and come to Him.

    • Emily B.

      God hears the cries of your sweet heart. Keep holding on to Him–He’s got you and every situation you’re going through.

  • churchmouse

    I can’t imagine ever asking that a mountain be thrown in the sea. First, why would I want to do that? And secondly, I can’t imagine believing that would actually happen. And isn’t that just the crux of what Jesus is addressing here – my doubt? My incredulousness that such a thing could be done. The point seems to not concentrate on getting the mountain to move but to remove doubt before the asking. To honestly evaluate my level of faith. To honestly evaluate the power of God. With God all things are possible. All things. It’s even possible to have mountain moving faith. Imagine that.

    • Dana

      Thank you for this. Digging deeper.

    • Anne H

      Love this. No matter my prayer, there always seems to be doubt that precedes it.

    • Annette

      My problems are like immovable mountains, impossible situations but God….I need the faith to look at the mountain with God’s eye, the faith to believe He has got this. All things are possible. Please help my unbelief.

    • April

      Churchmouse, I’ve thought the same thing! I live in Alaska & see mountains every direction I turn – they are beautiful! Why would I want to change the marvelous view? However, I have wondered (& since decided) He wasn’t talking about literal mountains of dirt but mountains of emotions, circumstances, and consequences from others’ sin (etc, those were just the first three to come to mind) we will experience in life on earth. Each of which can be so very overwhelming – those we can cast into the sea.
      He will take care of us – He promises.
      He will be faithful – He promises.
      We can trust Him fully – He has already proved this by sending Jesus to cover every sin with his blood.
      I’m not saying the consequences of our own sins are less mountainous, but we tend to easily accept those consequences as our “deserved punishment” (a lie – not how God operates). But when someone else sins and we reap consequences from their sin – it’s “not fair” and can tangle up our minds in other ways too. Those tangled webs of emotions/circumstances/consequences we are to cast into the sea & focus on our loving Heavenly Father. When we focus on Him, then we can’t focus on [whatever the current mountain is].

      • Annette

        April, this is what I was trying to convey. Thank you for putting it into words for me!

      • McCall

        April-Thank you so much for posting this! Your words opened up my mind to understanding this verse & relating it to my life!

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