Have you ever prayed a prayer so filled with faith that it could move a mountain? Is your faith large or small? In Matthew 17:20: I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “ Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. “ Who could ever imagine such a tiny seed could produce a tree more than a million times it’s size? Do you pray knowing that God is able to do anything and that He can just speak and it will be so. He is able to do everything. He is not limited by one thing. Do you shift the size of your mountain to the sufficiency of the mountain mover, and then have the faith that it takes to rest with assurance that He will help you and give you what ever it is that you need to move the mountain? Hebrews 11:1 : Faith is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. Mountain moving faith - it is not just an act of the mind, it taps us into the very resources of God.
Luke 17:5: The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith. In this passage it does not say whether or not that Jesus increased their faith or told them how to increase it themselves. I think He just wanted them to act upon the faith they had. It wasn’t that they did not have enough faith, but did not know how to use the faith they had or how powerful it could be.
If you grew up in a home where there was very little trust, it was very difficult to have faith in the people that you thought that you could trust especially if they hurt you. Often times this led into trust issues with other people and with God. The only person that you had faith in is yourself. Faith in ourselves only made our lives a mess. Faith is taking our eyes off our self sufficiency and turning to the sufficiency of God. Faith is trust - trust in knowing God is sufficient, all powerful, loving, kind, generous and always does and gives to us what is best for us. Faith is having a personal relationship with Jesus where there are no trust issues. He will always do what He says He will do. He never means us any harm. He will never leave us or forsake us. When we can receive that into our hearts and really begin to trust Him and take Him at His word, than that tiny “seed of faith” can begin to grow. As the trust becomes stronger the faith becomes “bigger,” and the roots get longer and go deeper. It means that I can trust Him with the small things, the big things, the painful things and the good things. Strong faith is knowing when “ the turkeys try to keep you down-you can fly like an eagle.” It is knowing “ when I am weak, He is strong.“ It is knowing when “ I can’t, He can.“ It is knowing I am insufficient but He is sufficient.” It is knowing “He is God and I am not.” It is knowing that I can’t change myself, but He can change me.” When we are able to grasp this , then we begin to realize that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Doesn’t that mean “ the strength it takes to move mountains?”
What is keeping you from having that mountain moving faith? When you pray - are you praying with doubts and reservations or are you praying with that “mustard seed “ faith? A little faith can have incredible results!
Most gracious Father: Thank you, Father, for the magnificent “ economy “ of faith. I do not have to have a great faith to be a great person of faith. Just a seed of faith will do. We love you Father and praise Your Holy Name. Amen.
As you go about on your journey called life this week-remember- just a seed’s worth of faith can move a mountain. Have a blessed week.
Janice Encourager Coach-Team
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