|Mark 11 |
1 Now when they came near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sent out two of his disciples,
2 And said to them, "Go into the village ahead of you; and as soon as you have entered into it, you will find a colt tied, on which no man has sat; loose it, and bring it here.
3 And if anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' Say that the Lord needs, it and will send it back shortly.
4 So they went their way, and found the colt outside in street, tied by the door; and they loose it.
5 But some of those who stood there said to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?"
6 And they told them what Jesus had commanded them, and they let them go.
7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus, and put their garments on it, and he sat on it.
8 And many people spread their garments on the road, and others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried, saying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest."
11 And Jesus entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, since the evening had come, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
12 Now on the next day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.
13 And seeing a fig tree in the distance in leaf, he came to see if perhaps he might find any fruit on it. But when he came to it he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the time of figs yet.
14 Then Jesus said to it, "Let no man eat fruit from you ever again." And his disciples heard it.
15 Now they came to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who sold and bought in the temple, and he overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of those who sold doves;
16 And would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple.
17 Then he taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But you have made it a den of thieves."
18 And the scribes and chief priests heard of it, and they began seeking how they might kill him; for they feared him, because all the people were astonished at his teaching.
19 Now when evening had come, he went out of the city.
20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter, remembering, said to him, "Master, look, the fig tree that you cursed has withered away."
22 Then Jesus answering said to them, "Have faith in God."
23 For truly 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 which he says will come to pass; he will have whatever he says.
24 Because of this: whatever you pray for, believe that you will receive, and you will.1 [If you believe what you have heard the Lord tell you to pray, then you will receive what you ask in prayer, as John carefully states: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15. Unless you have crucified your sinful nature, to receive his Spirit in sufficient measure to reveal His will, you have no idea what His will is. This is why the vast majority of prayers, made in the carnal minds of beginning believers, are never answered. When we can do His will, we hear what to pray from Him, and we know for sure such prayers are heard and will be granted. From the Word of the Lord within: "Pray only as you are told."]
25 But when you stand praying, if you have something against anyone, forgive him; so that your Father who is in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
26 For if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses."
27 Then they came again to Jerusalem, and as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, and the scribes and elders came to him,
28 And said, "By what authority do you do these things? Who gave you this authority to do these things?"
29 And Jesus answered and said to them, "I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men? Answer me."
31 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven;' he will say, 'Why did you not believe him?'
32 But can we say, 'From men?'" For they feared the people, because everyone believed John to be a true prophet."
33 So they answered and said to Jesus, "We cannot tell." Then Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
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1 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 which he says will come to pass; he will have whatever he says because of this: whatever you pray for, believe that you will receive, and you will. Faith is hearing the word within tell you what to do and say, and then obeying. Faith is not making your own choice of what you want done from your carnal mind, and then praying for it to be done. Oh no! That kind of faith is a demonic faith, from the will of a mind that is the enemy of God; that kind of faith would produce chaos in the world. Your faith has to be in obedience to what God asks you to do or pray to be done. Jesus never did, or said, or formed an opinion, other than as he was instructed by the Father to do; and so must we die to self, so that we are directed in everything by God's spiritual promptings in thought, word, deed, and prayer. Jesus only did the will of the Father, and so must we if we expect to enter the kingdom of heaven. From the Word of the Lord within: "Pray only as you are told."
This is another case of serious mistranslation in the King James Version, (but only the KJV), which incorrectly reads: "Therefore I say to you, "When you pray, whatever you desire, believing that you will receive it, you will have it;" and which leads people aside from the true understanding of what faith is. Further evidence of true faith, (hearing the Word of God and believing it enough to obey), is Peter, written as saying and doing in Matthew 14:24-31:
But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed with waves; for the wind was against them.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a spirit;" and they cried out for fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer; it is I, do not be afraid."
Then Peter said to him, "Lord, if it is you, command me come to you on the water."
And he [Jesus] said, "Come." And when Peter had stepped down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the roaring wind, he was afraid and began to sink, and he cried, saying, "Lord, save me."
And immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
Peter knew that if Jesus commanded him to walk on water, he would be able to do it, and he did walk on the water; but then he became afraid and doubted that he could continue — by doubting, he lost the faith that kept him above the water. Jesus complained of Peter's little faith because Jesus has commanded Peter to come; and if we are commanded by Him to do or pray for anything, we should never doubt that it can and will be thoroughly done; because with obedience to God's orders, anything is possible.
If you believe what you have heard the Lord tell you to pray, then you will receive what you ask in prayer, as John carefully states: "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him." 1 John 5:14-15. God only hears what you ask if you ask according to His will; and unless you have crucified your sinful nature, to receive his Spirit in sufficient measure to reveal His will, you have no idea what His will is. Since He only hears if we ask according to His will, this is why the vast majority of prayers, made in the carnal minds of beginning believers, are never answered.
From the Word of the Lord within: "What is the evidence of your belief? — operational faith. Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. Those who take directed action will save theirs and others' lives. If told what to pray for, they can be extremely effective; to pray as heard — righteous expectation." A true Christian is crucified and purified by the grace of God, able to do God's will on earth as it is done in heaven; that is a true Christian's sole purpose: to pray, to speak, and to act as God directs, thus to bring glory to God.
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