Have you ever had a time in your life where you just feel like your faith isn’t “enough” or just isn’t as “easy” as it looks for others? I know there have been times in my own life where I watched things just click into place, seemingly mountainous situations moved and then other times where it felt like my faith couldn’t move a pebble of a circumstance or issue. Was it me? Was my faith just weak and smaller than a mustard seed? What was the deal?
I remember one day feeling like the wimpiest of Faith preachers when I started to really seek God on this topic. why was I struggling in the arena of faith when other times I felt like a Wonder Woman of Faith? Growing up, Mark 11:23 & 24 were not foreign to me, in fact I knew those verses like the back of my hand I had heard them preached, studied them, quoted them so many times in my lifetime. I’m sure most of us are familiar with these two verses, so let’s read Mark 11:22-24 in the Amplified Classic.
““And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].”
Mark 11:22-24 AMPC
Every time I read this passage it stirs me up, that’s the faith life I want to have! So, why wasn’t my faith working? What was the heart of the issue? And, almost as much as I had heard Mark 11:23-24 preached, I had always heard the following verses preached as well but had forgotten them and had to be reminded. I was directed to Mark 11 and began reading it, read it through a couple of times and as I was moving into verse 25, it hit me like a ton of bricks. “Ok, I got it Lord.” My Faith wasn’t the issue, my love walk was. Let’s read verse 25…
“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.” – Mark 11:25 AMPC
It’s not a mistake that this verse directly follows the previous ones. The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:6 (AMPC) “For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.” Our faith walk is directly tied to our love walk. In Mark 11:25 we are told that when we are standing and praying in faith, if we have ANYTHING against anyone, we are to forgive them and let it go! So, the effectiveness of our faith is in direct correlation to forgiveness, walking in love.
This was a very important moment, when I realized the reason my faith wasn’t as “strong” or “effective” as it had been in previous circumstances and situations in life, was because I was harboring unforgiveness and bitterness towards someone who had hurt me deeply. Right then and there I repented, asked God to forgive me for the unforgiveness and bitterness I was allowing to reign in my life and cripple my faith walk, and to take it even further, I asked the person to forgive me for my bitterness and anger towards them for what they had done. It’s amazing how free and “light” you feel when you choose to forgive and let it go.
My encouragement to you is when you feel that your faith is weak and you can’t move the mountains in your life, always first go and check your love walk. Check your heart, be honest with yourself and thoroughly examine your heart for any unforgiveness or bitterness that may be taking root in there. Then, choose to forgive, let it go, and move mountains!