In this Lord's Word Bible study, Faith As A Grain Of Mustard Seed, we will see that even if you only have a little bit of faith in God, you will be able to cast evil spirits from your own mind.
The operative word is "faith" or, trust - Have faith in God.
There are actually two or three story lines running in this document at the same time, and if you know and understand the definitions of the words I have pointed out to you, and you understand the document where I have explained the word definitions, then you will be able to see more than one story or meaning to this document. However, I will leave that part of the study for you.
All text taken from the version of the King James Bible
Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.
Let us take a look at a couple of scriptures -
Matt.17:20 - And Jesus said unto them, (his disciples,) Because of your unbelief: for verily I (Jesus) say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
In the above scripture of Matthew, the disciples have just asked Jesus why they could not cast out the evil spirit from a man's son who had been brought to the disciples first, and Jesus rebuked the devil and cast out the evil spirit from the man's son.
Mark 11:22-23 - And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. (23) For verily I (Jesus) say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
In the above scripture of Mark, Jesus and the disciples have just passed by a fig tree which on the previous day, when Jesus was hungry, saw a fig tree in the distance and went to get some fruit off of the tree and when he got to the fig tree it only had leaves on it, (no fruit), and said to the tree, "No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever." - Mark 11:14 So the next morning when they passed by this same fig tree, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter recalling what Jesus had said the day before to the tree, said unto Jesus, "Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away." And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. - Mark 11:2-22
Because the fig tree was not doing what it was supposed to do, or expected to do - that is, it had to work to produce fruit - Jesus was very unhappy with that tree and said, "No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever."
REMEMBER: - In the Bible, we are compared to, or referred to - as trees - and, we also have to work to please God - to know and understand the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, do the "fruits of the Spirit and to bring others to God's ministry . - See - Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life; The True Vine; Commandment to Work
So, what are these "evil spirits?" - they are the "works of the flesh" listed below:
fornication uncleanness lasciviousness idolatry witchcraft hatred variance emulations wrath strife seditions heresies envyings murders drunkenness revellings effeminate thieves abusers of themselves with mankind covetous evilers extortioners filthiness jesting foolish talking whoremonger unclean person covetousness
The above list can be found in the following scriptures: - Gal.5:19-21; I Cor.6:9-10; Eph.5:3-5, and those who do the things listed above will not inherit the kingdom of God/kingdom of Christ. For additional scripture you might try reading Rev.21:8 and 22:15 to see who will not be allowed into the "new" city - Jerusalem; and/or who will have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone - which is the "second death," if they do the things found in the list above. - See - Furnace of Fire/Lake of Fire and Brimstone; Judgment, The First Resurrection and The Second Death
For a list of the "fruits of the Spirit," please see - The True Vine
Now let us take a closer look at the following phrase -
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed - Matt.17:20
Let us first of all go back and look at scripture for the Parable of the Mustard Seed - "Which indeed is the least of all seeds: .... Matt.13:32, and ... a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: Mark 4:31. So we see from these two scriptures that the "mustard seed" is very small, very tiny, or very little, and we know that the "seed" is the word of God, Luke 8:11.
So even if you only have "faith," or trust, as small or as little as a grain of "mustard seed" - "Have faith in God," - Mark 11:22 - then--
... ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Let me give you the "spiritual" definition of the word "mountain," - "a spirit." Sometimes it means "a santuary" - a place to pray, and most of the time this means in your mind, your brain, - see Temples of God--Churches; and sometimes it means "a rock," - Jesus is our rock, our cornerstone, so when you are reading your Bible, you need to apply the correct definition to the word. In this particular document, "mountain," means "a spirit," and spirits are both good and bad - it is the "bad spirits" that we need to cast out.
So in the above scripture, "... ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place;... now you need to refer back to what Jesus was talking about to his disciples, and he was talking about casting out the devil, or evil spirits - from where? - from your mind or brain.
"... and it shall remove;..." - that is the evil spirits or the devil shall be removed from your mind - your thoughts - this is where the evil spirit(s) reside.
"... and nothing shall be impossible unto you." you can cast evil spirits out of your mind - you have the power over the devil - you can conquer this problem of evil thoughts that enter or infiltrate your mind/your brain. You can overcome and gain the victory over the devil/evil spirits. You have control over the thoughts that come into your mind, and you have control to stop or remove the evil thoughts, or spirits from your mind - - if you want. It is your responsibility to control the evil spirits that come into your mind - the anger, hatred, lust, jealousy, etc. - these are the "works of the flesh," (also, see the above list), you have the power to cast evil spirits out of your mind, if you have faith - faith as little as, a grain of mustard seed. - See - Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life; The True Vine; Workers in The Vineyard.
Why to you need to do this? Because, you, are responsible for your own salvation. You will have to be vigilant and cast the "evil spirits," or thoughts from your mind each time they infiltrate, and don't forget, they even come in the form of dreams when you are sleeping.
I Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
You do not need to yell out loud and make yourself look silly, when you command the evil spirits to leave, you can do it quietly, but firmly, to yourself, the evil spirits can hear you, and when you tell them to leave, tell them to leave, or, get out, in the name of Jesus Christ, and if you have faith, they will be gone, however, you may have to be persistent when you first begin. This is one of the ways you can overcome and conquer the "evil spirits," and it is your responsibility to do this - you have to work to overcome and conquer the evil spirits before the time of the end - the end of your life time.
However, do not attempt to cast out "evil spirits" from somebody else, until you yourself are free from all the works of the flesh. - See - Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life - Also Jesus said in -
Matt.7:3-5 - And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (4) Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? (5) Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
To understand the words "overcome" and "victory," please see - Four Horses of Revelation
Let us look at another scripture which helps to explain, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed - Matt.17:20
Matt.21:21 - Jesus answered and said unto them (the disciples,) 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 thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
doubt not - Matt.21:21
James 1:6 - But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
The word "sea" has been explained in Foundations of Heaven and Earth and some in The Purpose of the Law
let him ask in faith, nothing wavering - James 1:6
I Tim.2:8 - I (Paul) will therefore that men (people) pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
but also if ye shall say unto this mountain - Matt.21:21
I Cor.13:2 - And though I (Paul) have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. - See Tithing and Charity
it shall be done - Matt.21:21
Matt.21:22 - And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Matt.7:7-8 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Now let me sum up Matt.21:21. So if you have complete faith in what you pray for - in your spiritual needs, - and "doubt not," then you shall receive.
However praying for things such as a million bucks, a new car, a beautiful home or a fabulous vacation, etc., these are not spiritual needs, these are not the things Jesus was referring to - these are not necessary for your spiritual well being.
Let us look again at -
Mark 11:22-23 - And Jesus answering saith unto them,(the disciples,) Have faith in God. (23) For verily I (Jesus) say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Let us also look at the next three verses as they are also very important.
Mark 11:24-26 - Therefore I (Jesus) say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them,] and ye shall have [them.] (25) And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (26) But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Again let us look at -
but also if ye shall say unto this mountain - Matt.21:21
I Cor.13:2 - And though I (Paul) have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
It is important that you have a clear understanding of what "charity," means to God. - See Tithing and Charity
This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.
Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.