Pastor's Column - September 3, 2014

Words are energy
St. Mark 11:23, "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 he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says."
Looking at this passage of scripture from a surface level, it would seem ridiculous that Jesus would make such a statement. How is it possible that spoken words would send a mountain into the sea? To the scientific world this is impossible, if not foolish.
The lesson of the Barren Fig Tree in Mark 11:20-22 shows us the power of spoken words if we "Have Faith in God." These verses show that Jesus was encouraging faith as the means to remove difficulties. If we have faith in God, we can deal with the problem of fruitlessness, and remove mountainous obstacles in our lives. However, these verses do not give us authority to pray for miraculous powers for our own convenience or acclaim. Every act of faith must rest on the promises of God. If we know that it is God's will to remove a certain difficulty, then we can pray with utter confidence that it will be done.
When Jesus told His disciples in Luke chapter 17:6 "If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, be pulled by the roots and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you." He was speaking of the smallest seed that could be seen in that time. What Jesus is saying to them is; "true faith, always involves surrender to the will of God, and even the weak mustard seed variety is of God, and with God nothing will be impossible." Therefore what we asked for must be in according to His will.
Words Are Energy:
In Hebrews 11:3 it says, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." What this is saying is, "All things works in obedience to God's word, this is true for all true believers, present and past if we say it believe it, it will come to past." Because your words are energy and they affect the matter in your life.
Do you remember the recipe to your Grandma's favorite cake or apple pie? The recipe calls for water (H2O); before the hydrogen and oxygen combined into water, you could not see anything, yet the substance for water was there. So then before God spoke and said "Let there be Light" the substance for light was there. The sound and energy of His Words caused the substance to come in obedience of His words and manifest and appear. This is why the writer of Proverbs warns us that "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." (Prov. 18:21) We cannot see our words when we speak but it has energy and they affect the matter in our lives, be it positive or negative.
Our thoughts and beliefs that we hold within us, even though not spoken, produce an energy and vibration. Have you ever been upset at someone and without even saying a word they perceived that you were angry? Our thoughts and belief produce energy that can affect others around us. If you believe no one likes you, then you emit that rejecting energy off on others around you.
The Sound of Your Voice has Energy:
The walls of Jericho fell because the children of Israel followed the command of God and did just what God told them to do. For six days the Israelites marched around the city, once each day, returning at nights to Gilgal. On the seventh day, they marched around it seven times. When the priests blew the trumpets the Israelites let out a great shout. The walls fell down flat, and the people of God were able to enter the city. Some may have their doubts and say it could not have happened the way it did. However it happened, it resulted from the faith of God's people.
In my conclusion, there are many things in our lives that loom out as the city of Jericho, obstructing our progress in receiving our possessions. Perhaps we've become discouraged and at the point of giving up because of the immensity of our trials. If we will only claim the victory the Lord gives and move ahead in faith, with our eyes fixed upon God for our success, we too can speak to the mountain and see miracles. Faith is the ongoing, ever present aspect of the oneness of God. This kind of faith is not begging God for what we need, but it praises God for what He has given to us.
C. H. Barrett is the pastor of Beulah United Church, located at 10931 Highway 78 in Williston.