“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.

Mark 11:22 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Have Faith

According to a report from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, “The ability of an individual to freely practice their religion is a fundamental human right. It is enshrined in both international and domestic law, including in: the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights; the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief; and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

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The Pharisees in Jesus’ day came across as so religious. They kept all the law and loved showing off just how faithful they were. Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and used a fig tree to point this out to his disciples. Mark records the event in the eleventh chapter of his Gospel. Jesus curses a fig tree, a prophetic act that pointed to His destruction of the religious Temple system shortly after. When Jesus and the disciples went by a bit later, they discovered that the tree had withered. Peter pointed this out to Jesus and Mark 11:22 simply says: “’Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered.” The answer to being faithful and effective in our service to the Lord is not in religious activity and looking like we think a Christian should look. It is in trusting God in all things. It is in walking by faith that we please God and open ourselves to His power and authority. It is in having faith in Him that we become the man or woman of God that He desires us to be. Keep trusting Him. Keep seeking Him and watch Him work through your life.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley