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2019 Hongkong Special Lecture

Mark 11:11-25

Key verse / 11:22

Have Faith in God


"'Have faith in God,' Jesus answered."


1) We give thanks and praise to our Heavenly Father who blessed Hong Kong campus pioneering ministry so far. We began to pray for upcoming HK summer bible conference preparations. May God bless 2019 HK summer Bible conference abundantly by raising heart moving messengers with lifegiving words of God and full of spirit.




2)The title of today's message is 'Have faith in God'.




3)God has blessed UBF for the past 50 years with this word, 'Have faith in God'. So many men and women of God have held firmly to this word in the face of life problems and limitations. They have overcome discouragement, frustration and despair and lived a victorious life giving glory to God by having faith in God and praying to God.




4)May God remove all kinds of unbelief, negative thoughts and fatalistic ideas from our hearts and give us faith in the living God through this message.





5)1. Jesus clears the temple (11-19)



6)In verse 11, Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. Jesus, who slept in Bethany, left Bethany the next day to go to the Jerusalem temple.




7)At that time Jesus was hungry. Jesus saw a fig tree in full leaf in the distance and he went to find out if it had any fruit. But when he came closer and looked at it carefully, he found nothing but leaves.




8)Then what did Jesus do to the tree? Look at verse 14. "Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again," And his disciples heard him say it.




9)Jesus cursed the fig tree that was full of leaves but had no fruit. Why did Jesus curse this fig tree so harshly?




10)What does this fig tree stand for? It stands for the corrupt Jerusalem temple where ceremonial and superficial forms of faith look splendid, but has no fruit that God desires. It also stands for the people who have an outward confession of faith and flamboyant forms of faith but have no inner fruit.




11)What is the fruit that the Lord wants?




12)The fruit that the Lord wants is not a flashy outward confession of faith, but the fruit of our life consistent with our confession of faith. The fruit that the Lord wants is not a brilliant worship and sacrifice, but a broken heart. It is the fruit of repentance. The fruit of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of our changed lives. The fruit of salvation, the fruit of life and the fruit of mission.




13)Jesus cursed the fruitless fig tree. In this way he taughtthat he wants his people not to be like the fruitless fig tree, but to bear the fruit that Jesus wants. And he also taught that we cannot avoid God’s wrath and judgment when we don’t bear the fruit that God wants.




14)Look at verse 15. After cursing the fruitless fig tree, Jesus entered the temple area of Jerusalem. When he saw the temple area, it was like a market place with those who were buying and selling, the money changers, those selling doves, and those carrying merchandise throughout the temple courts.




15)How angry was Jesus when he saw it? Jesus drove out those who were buying and selling there and overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. And he would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.




16)What did Jesus teach them about what the temple should be? “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. But you have made it a den of robbers.’ (17)?”




17)A house of prayer for all nations means a house of intercessory prayer for the salvation of all nations. The temple should be the place where fervent prayers are offered for the salvation of all nations.




18)It is the place where prayer for preaching the gospel and saving souls should be going on and the word of God should be preached. It is the place where sinners have fellowship with God and meet God through intercessory prayers and the word of God.




19)When sinners have fellowship with the holy God and meet God, they begin to be changed. Prodigal sons are changed into holy saints. People of darkness are changed into messengers of God’s holy light.




20)For this, the temple should be holy, full of the spirit of prayer and the word of God.


為着這樣, 聖殿應當是聖潔、充滿禱告的靈和神的說話。


21)Jesus wanted the temple to be on fire with intercessory prayers for all nations. He earnestly hoped that the temple would be the power station for world mission where sinnerscould meet God and receive God’s calling and go to the whole world as messengers of the holy light like Isaiah.


耶穌希望聖殿能夠火熱地為萬國作出中保禱告,祂懇切盼望聖殿能夠成為世界宣教工作的power station,是罪人可以遇見神,領受神的呼召,並好像以賽亞先知那般,往全世界去作聖潔光明的說話僕人。



22)II. Jesus planted faith in God (20-25)




23)Look at verse 20. What did Jesus and his disciples see as they were going to the temple in the morning?




24)As they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. How surprised was Peter looking at this? “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”




25)Just the previous morning, Peter heard Jesus speaking of the curse toward the fig tree. At that time, Peter might have thought that Jesus was so hungry and stressed out because of the corrupt religious leaders that he got angry at the fig tree.




26)But Peter was surprised when he saw the fig tree dried from its roots just in one day because of Jesus’ words.




27)Peter was surprised at the authority of Jesus’ curse and judgment on the Jerusalem temple and on fruitless lives that were like the fig tree. He trembled because of the holy fear of the Lord.




28)Then he asked, “Lord, how can I not be like the fruitless fig tree? How can I bear the fruit that you want?”




29)Peter left boats and nets behind and followed Jesus because he had a holy desire to live a life bearing fruits that Jesus wanted.




30)When he first left boats and nets and began to follow Jesus, he was filled with faith and vision that he would live a great and fruitful life. When he obeyed Jesus’ words and learned from Jesus and followed Jesus, he hoped that soon he would be changed into a servant of God like Jesus.




31)He was full of expectations and hope that he would be a fisher of men and a powerful servant of God’s word like Jesus so that he could be a shepherd and missionary healing the sick and driving out demons.




32)One year, two years and three years have passed since he followed Jesus. And his initial expectations and hopes began to fade.




33)He began to think that learning and following Jesus wastoo hard and bearing sufferings and crosses was too difficult.




34)When he confessed, “You are the Christ”, Jesus said. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”(Mark 8:34)




33)But following Jesus by denying himself and taking up his cross was too difficult for him to do with his own strength, decision and willpower.




34)The Bible says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does-comes not from the Father but from the world” (1John 2:15,16)




35)But as a young man, Peter thought that not loving but defeating the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does was too difficult and hard.




36)Jesus said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.(Mark 1:17).”



37)But for him to rescue one dying soul in the sea of the world and to bear the fruit of salvation and life and the fruit of making disciples seemed to be impossible with his own strength and power.




38)Everything would be possible for Jesus because he is theSon of God. But Peter had unbelief and negative and fatalistic thoughts that he could not overcome certain limits because he was a smelly fisherman from Galilee.




39)When Peter and the disciples had such unbelieving, negative and fatalistic thoughts, what did Jesus say to them? “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.




40)Jesus said to Peter and the disciples, “Have faith in God”.




41)“Have faith in God!” Jesus taught them that faith in God is the source of all power and strength.




42)With our own strength and power, we cannot live the life that the Lord wants and we cannot bear fruits that the Lord wants. But when we have faith in God, faith in God gives us all the power and strength to live a victorious life over the world.




43)No matter what situation we are in, Jesus doesn’t want us to remain in unbelieving, negative and fatalistic thoughts.




44)He wants us not to be discouraged but to have faith in God in any situation and under any circumstance.




45)He doesn’t want us to be defeated by the world. He wants us to overcome the world by faith in God alone.




46)What problems can we challenge and overcome when we have faith in God?




47)Look at verse 23. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.”




48)What is a mountain? It is an unshakable and immovable object. It seems impossible to throw it. Therefore when a man faces a problem that is like a mountain, he cannot think about challenging it. Instead, he is discouraged and frustrated and he is in despair in front of the mountain.




49)But when a man has faith in God, he believes that God can throw the mountain into the sea even though he cannot do it. With this faith, he can challenge the mountain saying “throw yourself into the sea” and it will be done.




50)What is the enemy that we should fight against?




51)Even though we have faith in God and challenge the mountain saying “throw yourself into the sea”, the mountain doesn’t move immediately nor throw itself into the sea right away.




52)Despite many challenges and prayers with faith, the mountain never seems to throw itself into the sea and we cannot see any sign that it will happen in the future. Then negative thoughts and doubts begin to creep into our hearts.




53)When doubt comes into our hearts, everything looks impossible and tiring. Discouragement creeps into our hearts and we want to give up everything.




54)Therefore, in order to move and throw the mountain into the sea, we must first fight against doubt in our hearts and defeat it.




55)Without overcoming doubts in our hearts, no one can see the glory of God. Therefore the greatest inner enemy is doubt that arises in our hearts.




56)Then how can we overcome doubt in our hearts? Can we overcome it with our own willpower and decision?




57)Doubt is the work of Satan. We cannot defeat the work of Satan with our own decision and willpower.




58)What is the greatest weapon with which we can defeat the work of Satan when Satan plants doubts in our hearts?




59)Look at verse 24. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”




60)The greatest weapon to defy Satan’s doubt-planting work is prayer.




61)The prayer of faith is powerful and effective. When we pray by faith, doubts disappear.




62)When we pray by faith, the work of Satan in our hearts goes away and the work of God begins in our hearts.





63)When we pray by faith, all the sickness of doubt begins to be healed. And faith and confidence from God arise in our hearts.




64)Our hearts begin to be changed and brightened. Therefore we must fight the good fight of faith and prayer.




65)Jesus says that in our battle with faith and prayer, when we do not doubt in our hearts but believe that what we say will happen, it will be done for us.




66)He said, “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”




67)We should not doubt that the mountain can move. We should believe that God can move even the huge mountain.




68)When we fight with faith and prayer, we need patience.




69)When you first hit a rock with hammer, you believe in the power of a hammer and keep hitting the rock. At first, nothing happens to the rock. But when we keep hitting it without being discouraged, the rock finally begins to crack and break.




70)Our prayer is like a spiritual hammer. We have to believe in the power of prayer and keep praying. Without being discouraged, we must continue to pray persistently and patiently. Then we will see the glory of God.




71)The disciples needed to preach the gospel in Jerusalem and Samaria and in all Judea and to the ends of the earth in the future. When Jesus said to them, “Throw this mountain into the sea”, what mountain was there before the disciples?




72)The stubbornness and Judaism of the Jews against the gospel was like a mountain. The intellectual humanism of the Greeks was like a mountain.




73)The secular materialism of the Romans was like a mountain. The atheism and unbelief of the world against the gospel in the whole world was like a huge mountain.




74)But Jesus saw the vision of the great work of God that those mountains would be thrown into the sea when the disciples challenged them saying, “throw yourselves into the sea” by faith in God.




75)According to the faith and vision that Jesus had, the disciples challenged those mountains by faith alone and there was a great work of God that those mountains were thrown into the sea by those weak disciples.



76)When Dr. Samuel Lee went to America and pioneered American campuses at first, he said that evangelizing one American campus student was as difficult as catching a flying bird with his bare hands.


當Samuel Lee宣教士去到美國、開拓美國校園福音工作的初期,他說要叫一個美國校園靈魂信福音,就如同徒手捉一隻雀鳥那麼困難。


77)In order to fight against unbelief and despair that kept coming into his heart, he wrote down Mark 11:22 “‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered” hundreds and thousands of times on a notebook. He testified that in this way he struggled with faith to overcome unbelief and despair.




78)The sins against the gospel in the hearts of American campus students were like a mountain. Humanism, relativism, pragmatism, materialism, selfishness and hedonism in their hearts were like immovable mountains.




79)But instead of despairing in front of those mountains, he began to shout “throw yourself”, “throw yourself” and pray.



80)There have been many hardships and many failures. But he overcame discouragement, unbelief and despair and shouted “throw yourself” “throw yourself” and prayed persistently.




81)Finally there were great works of God. Those mountains that were unlikely to move were lifted up and thrown into the sea.




82)A man of faith in God is a man of prayer. True faith is expressed through prayer.




83)A man who truly has faith in God is the one who prays to God.




84)I pray that we may have faith in God and pray by faith so that we will see the glory of God that the mountains will be lifted and thrown into the sea.




85)“Have faith in God”