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. – Mark 11:23 (KJV)
In my travels, having conversations with wonderful Christians and ministers, I have made a discovery. In fact, I made this discovery in my own life also. The discovery I made was that we believe the Bible, but we don’t practice the Bible like we should. Don’t get upset with me. Just take an honest look at your own life. The promises and blessings of God do not automatically come upon us. There is action required on our part. Dad Hagin always said that there was a God-ward side and a man-ward side in everything that we receive from God. God will never fail in doing His part, if we do not fail in doing our part. The main thing is that this agrees with the Bible.
Years ago, Dad Hagin was preaching an extended meeting at an Assembly of God church. Tuesdays and Thursdays were days that he fasted, prayed, and studied the Word. One Tuesday, He decided to read the book of Mark through while kneeling at the altar at this church. Mark was his favorite book in the Bible. After reading the book of Mark through, He sat down on the floor and leaned up against the platform in the church. He sat there quietly and suddenly the Spirit of God spoke to him. The Holy Ghost said to his spirit, “Did you notice in Mark 11:23 that it says the word say in some form three times and the word believe only one time?”
Dad Hagin replied, “No. I didn’t notice that.”
The Spirit said, “You will have to do three times as much preaching about the saying part as you do about the believing part. Folks are not missing it primarily in the believing part; they are missing it in the saying part.”
The Spirit of God began to stir me up in this area of my life a good while back. Through self-examination, I noticed that I was not saying what I wanted to see come to pass in my life like I should. I made an adjustment and began to practice the Word like I knew that I should. I encourage you today to examine yourself and see whether you are obeying Mark 11:23 like you should. Don’t get discouraged if you have not. Just make a simple correction and begin to practice the Word and you will see it come to pass.