In reference to Matthew 21:21-22; 'Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily i say unto you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
You either completely believe, or you completely doubt, or you're somewhere in between partially believing some things and partially doubting other things. To increase your power of believing then, you must decrease power of doubting. Take a doubt, and understand why do you doubt it. List out all reasons you don't believe it (whatever it is) can be done. Then take those reason one by one and imagine a way to do them.
For example, I would not believe I could ever bench press 200lb. Why don't I believe it, because I have not enough strength for it. So what can be done about my strength - can it improved - yes, do I know how to improve - no, so I must educate myself first on how to improve one's strength. I learn that through altering my lifestyle, eating habits and tuning my workout program I can gain over time enough strength to bench 200lb one day.
Now that I have learned all this, I believe I can bench press 200lb. I believe in the possibility of doing so. Now I have faith, and even though I can't bench press it RIGHT NOW, that's when another saying from Bible comes into play "I walk by faith not by sight."
Just as your life lies behind your fears, so does your faith lies behind your doubts.
An answer to a previous question on this forum touched upon this very subject. Maybe you will find it helpful:
I know there are many more quotes from the New Testament that basically say the same thing as the quote you posted. The principle was also demonstrated by Jesus when he walked on water:
I think there is a tendency by people in the modern world to explain away these miracles as mere fables, "symbolic" tales not intended to be taken literally. Our current society seems (on the surface, at least) to be a far cry from the days when Moses parted the Red Seas and miracles were accepted to be literal truths. Perhaps this is because, as William Blake wrote,
"The war of swords is departed now. The dark Religions are departed & sweet Science reigns."
The modern dismissive view on these things is not as prevalent in certain countries in the East such as India, Tibet, Bhutan, and certain areas of China. Here miracles are accepted as a basic fact of everyday life.
The same idea that "All things are possible" has been expounded in other ancient traditions such as Buddhism and Vedanta, and by their masters of old. Somewhere at home (I think) I have these passages marked. If I can find them, I'll edit this post and add them here tonight.
answered 20 Jul '12, 14:34
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