… But can faith really move mountains?

Happy sunday people. Hope y’all had a swell time yesterday. How did you spend your free time…with your family? With your fiance/fiancee? With your buddies?. Whichever way you might have spent it, I just hoped you had a swell time. As our custom, its a fresh sunday morning and what we do is nothing but dwell on something important from the holy bible. I am no preacher, but have been priviledged to attend some massive crusades and international conferences where “faith” had been a keynote and that brings to mind the same question that had been on my mind for years now; “Can faith really move mountains” as said in the bible?

Not too worry, sit back and been in tune with your creator as you read through an excerpt of the GraceToYou devotional which borders on the solidity and foundation of christian faith. Enjoy, God bless you.

Getting started:

And seeing this, the disciples marveled, saying, “How did
the fig tree wither at once?” And Jesus answered and said
to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not
doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree,
but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast
into the sea,’ it shall happen. And all things you ask in
prayer, believing, you shall receive.” (21:20–22)
When the disciples passed the cursed fig tree the next morning
and saw that it was “withered from the roots up” (Mark 11:20),
they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at
once?” A diseased tree might take many weeks or months to
die, and even one that had been salted, either by accident or
from maliciousness, would take several days to die. For the fig
tree to wither overnight was to do so virtually at once.
At that point the Lord moved from the visual parable of the fig
tree to another truth He wanted to teach the disciples. The
principle taught in the parable was that religious profession
without spiritual reality is an abomination to God and is cursed.
The principle Jesus was now about to teach related to the
disciples’ marveling about how quickly the fig tree withered.
They knew why it withered, because they heard Jesus curse it;
they just could not understand how it could wither so fast. The
Lord took the opportunity to teach them about the power of
faith joined to the purpose and will of God, which can do far
more than instantly wither a fig tree.
In response to their bewilderment, Jesus answered and said
to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not
doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree,
but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast
into the sea,’ it shall happen.”
Jesus obviously was speaking figuratively. He never used His own
power, nor did the apostles ever use the miraculous powers He
gave them, to perform spectacular but useless supernatural
feats. It was precisely that sort of grandiose demonstration that
He refused to give to the unbelieving scribes and Pharisees who
wanted to see a sign from Him ( Matt. 12:38). Jesus had already
performed countless miracles of healing, many of which they
probably had witnessed. And He performed many more such
miracles that they could easily have witnessed. But the sign they
wanted was on a grand scale, one in which fire would come
down from heaven or the sun would stand still as it had for
Joshua. The literal casting of a mountain … into the sea would
have been just the sort of sign the scribes and Pharisees wanted
to see but were never shown.
The phrase “rooter up of mountains” was a metaphor
commonly used in Jewish literature of a great teacher or
spiritual leader. In the Babylonian Talmud, for example, the
great rabbis are called “rooters up of mountains.” Such people
could solve great problems and seemingly do the impossible.
That is the idea Jesus had in mind. He was saying, “I want you to
know that you have unimaginable power available to you
through your faith in Me. If you sincerely believe, without
doubting, it shall happen, and you will see great powers of
God at work.” At the Last Supper Jesus told the Twelve,
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I
will do it” ( John 14:13–14). The requirement for receiving is to
ask in Jesus’ name, that is, according to His purpose and will.
Jesus was not speaking about faith in faith or faith in oneself,
both of which foolish and unscriptural ideas are popular today.
He was speaking about faith in the true God and in God alone,
not faith in one’s dreams, aspirations, or ideas of what he thinks
ought to be. “You ask and do not receive,” James warns,
“because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it
on your pleasures” (James 4:3). “This is the confidence which we
have before Him,” John says, “that, if we ask anything according
to His will, He hears us” ( 1 John 5:14). Mountain-moving faith is
unselfish, undoubting, and unqualified confidence in God. It is
believing in God’s truth and God’s power while seeking to do
God’s will. The measure of such faith is the sincere and single
desire that, as Jesus said, “the Father may be glorified in the
Son.”
True faith is trusting in the revelation of God. When a believer
seeks something that is consistent with God’s Word and trusts in
Godq’s power to provide it, Jesus assures him that his request
will be honored, because it honors Him and His Father. When
God’s commands are obeyed He will honor that obedience, and
when any request is asked in faith according to His will He will
provide what is sought. To do what God says is to do what God
wants and to receive what God promises.
When the disciples asked Jesus why they were unable to cast out
the demon from a young boy, “He said to them, ‘Because of the
littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as
a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, “Move from here
to there,” and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to
you’ ” ( Matt. 17:20). Jesus was not commending small faith. It
was the littleness of the disciples’ faith that prevented their
success in casting out the demon. He rebuked them for having
small faith that stayed small, but exhorted them to have faith
that, though it begins small, continues to grow. The point of the
mustard seed illustration is not in its smallness but in its growing
from smallness to greatness. In the same way, the virtue of
mountain-moving faith is its growth from smallness to greatness
as God blesses and provides.
Mountain-moving faith is activated by sincere petition to God.
“All things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive,”
Jesus explained. The parables of the friend who asked his
neighbor for a favor at midnight and of the widow who
petitioned the unrighteous judge ( Luke 11:5–8; 18:1–8) both
teach the importance of persistent prayer. Persistent prayer is
the prayer that moves mountains, because it is truly believing
prayer.
Whatever our finite minds may lead us to think, there is no
inconsistency between God’s sovereignty and man’s faith,
because God’s Word clearly teaches both. It is not the believer’s
responsibility to fathom God’s inscrutable ways but to
obediently follow His clear teaching. Persistent prayer that is
believing God’s Word cannot be inconsistent with the
operation of God’s own sovereign will, because in His sovereign
wisdom and grace He commands such prayer and obligates
Himself to honor it.
The believer who wants what God wants can ask from God and
receive it. The Christian young person who truly wants what
God wants for his life will have it. The woman who truly wants
what God wants for her family will have it. The pastor who truly
wants what God wants for his ministry will have it.
God’s will for His children does not, of course, always involve
things that are pleasant to the flesh or the things one might
naturally prefer. His will for His children includes their
willingness to sacrifice, suffer, and die for Him if necessary. For
the believer who seeks God’s will, it is never a matter of
succeeding or failing, of prosperity or poverty, of living or dying,
but simply of being faithful (see 1 Cor. 4:2). Therefore Paul
declares, “If we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for
the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the
Lord’s” ( Rom. 14:8).
When the church is impotent, as so much of it is today, it is
because so many Christians are impotent. And Christians are
impotent because they are not persistent in praying for what
God wants, believing He will provide it. God desires His children
to ask and keep asking, to seek and keep seeking, to knock and
keep knocking, and it is through that persistence that He
promises to bless. He guarantees that they will always receive,
always find, and always have the door opened to them ( Matt.
7:7).
God does not build His church or build up His people by better
ideas, better programs, or better methods, although such things
can have a place in His work. God promises to truly reveal His
power only through faithful believers who, in persistent prayer,
seek only His will.

May God bless the souls and the spirits of the readers in Jesus Name. Amen. Till nextweek sunday, believe an God’s help and have faith in his capabilities. This new week is your week. Amen. Love you all.

Credit: GraceToYou ministries
By: Scentmarlc

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