How to remove mountains before you and receive your breakthroughs

For verily I 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 (Mark 11:23, KJV)

Mark 11:23 presents one of the most challenging and profound instructions in the New Testament—directly speaking to mountains and commanding them to move. But how is this accomplished? Here are essential insights to help you implement this principle across all aspects of your life.

Firstly, understand that this directive is neither prayer nor a symbolic parable. I was deeply disheartened to learn that some Christians dismiss the concept of speaking to situations as mere “name it, claim it” doctrine. Although this devotional cannot fully explore the theological or doctrinal debates surrounding this topic, it’s crucial to emphasize that Jesus meant exactly what he said. He had just spoken to a literal tree.

Second, the term “mountain” is used metaphorically to symbolize the challenges, obstacles, or problems we face in life, echoing the sentiment of “who are you, great mountain” from Zechariah 4:7. Jesus teaches that we possess the authority to address any inanimate, seemingly insurmountable issue—be it diseases, financial challenges, or difficult situations—and command its removal from our path. This concept mirrors the divine act of creation described in Genesis 1, where God spoke to the formless and empty earth, bringing the world into existence through His word.

Third, the efficacy of our words is intrinsically linked to the condition of our hearts. This principle is perhaps the most critical truth for mastering the “speak to mountains” command. It is likely the primary reason many have found this verse challenging to apply successfully. Anyone can speak to a mountain, but not all will see mountains removed. The difference lies with those whose hearts are in harmony with their words, genuinely believing in what they proclaim. Therefore, we face two mountains: the internal mountain of unbelief within our hearts and the external, tangible obstacles we confront.

Fourth, speak to mountains. This directive might push you beyond your comfort zone in practicing faith. Consider Jesus’s example: He spoke to fig trees, sea waves, body parts, and even demons and dead people(e.g., Lazarus).

Here is a straightforward process: Train your heart to believe the Word, then boldly speak to your circumstances, knowing you are doing exactly what Jesus instructed.


What are the two mountains discussed in Mark 11:23 above? Is it possible for us to speak words of faith without having faith in our hearts?

Apply the Word

Here are two actions for you to undertake: First, pick up your spade and remove any mountain of unbelief that might be in your heart. Then, leap over every mountain of hesitation or reluctance and start speaking to your body, finances, ministry, family, children, spouses, etc.


Ask the Spirit to help you remove every obstacle on your way to applying His command to you in Mark 11:23.

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