Matthew 17:19-20 (NIV) Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, 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.”
Many years ago, I decided I wanted to experience real faith. The kind of faith that produced miracles in life. There was a couple at our church who exuded that kind of faith. It was evident in their worship and life. He was one of the pastors responsible for visiting congregants who were in the hospital. He would not stop at just the person on the visitation list but had to go into every room on the floor. When he was in the emergency room with his own child, his wife couldn’t keep him from praying for all the sick people in the waiting room. He had reckless and limitless belief in God as His Healer, Provider and Deliverer just to name a few. Shortly after my declaration to be a woman of faith, our youngest child developed rapid onset asthma that perplexed her doctors. It came on fast and her respiratory system quickly was compromised beyond anything in their medical protocol. We literally were at the doctor daily for weeks. It was then I decided that if medicine couldn’t heal her faith would have to. I sought the assistance of the powerhouse couple from church. Two simple words – “teach me.”
I never correlated that our daughter’s illness was an opportunity rather than life-threatening. It had the life-giving potential to produce faith even though we were all concerned about her health. Did the Lord allow our daughter to contract a disease to teach us how to have faith? Is it possible that a good God would allow such distress? People get sick every day. They take over-the-counter medications to soothe their symptoms. If that doesn’t accomplish the task, they visit their doctor or the local medical facility for relief. If things become unmanageable or medically impossible to heal – then what? Prayer is the last ditch effort to overcome the impossibilities in our life. Why? Because we have little faith in God and supreme faith in our circumstances.
Nothing is impossible for the one who believes. It’s the Word of God for our life. But maybe if we stopped saying it for just a moment and tried to comprehend the true meaning, it would actually become a declaration in our life. A place where we could live, thrive and prosper. God has given His Son, Jesus all power and authority over death and the grave – the real game changers in life. A member of our church just experienced a tragic house fire that claimed all of their worldly possessions and a beloved family pet – in a recent social media post they shared that in moments like these they understand the value of people over things. Why is it that it is experiences such as these that make us understand the importance of our relationship with God and people?
Through the experience of our daughter’s illness, I began to study faith. Not just “faith” the word but “faith” as a lifestyle. I wanted to see the “impossible” happen. So throughout the extent of her illness, I began to study and pray. The faith couple continually encouraged me, prayed for us, and kept in close contact. One morning I woke up from yet another endless night of coughing, crying and treatments, but something was different. The same medical protocol initiated the day before had yielded mild improvement but our little baby was completely swollen from high doses of prednisone and barely breathing in an acceptable fashion. But for some reason, on this day, I wasn’t annoyed or irritable. Could this be the first day I decided to walk by faith and not by sight? Who knows? The pastor called to check on our little one. He detected a change in my voice. He asked, “Is it gone?” I said, “No”. For some reason, I decided that on that particular day my faith would overcome my fear and I would walk in peaceful joy anyway. I couldn’t decide if it was faith or insanity because sometimes saints it feels the same. He laughed. He declared something good was about to happen. It would be the day that our daughter was miraculously healed by the Hand of God.
What made the difference that day more than a decade ago is only now beginning to make any sense at all. Those circumstances and situations that look like a mountain in our life. The insurmountable challenges labeled “IMPOSSIBLE” are not the issue at hand. It all boils down to our faith. What have we planted our faith in? Where is our faith invested?
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Faith is confidence in what we hope for. What are you hoping will happen today? The everyday wishes and dreams that are just out of reach. Faith is defined as confidence or trust in a person or thing, belief not based on truth, belief in God, belief in anything, and obligatory loyalty to someone. Now if faith can take on so many forms, how do I know I have the right kind of faith? Is the impossible becoming the reality in your life? See faith in God produces miracles, signs and wonders. It dissolves mountains and calms seas. It heals diseases and casts out demons. It makes us whole, complete and lacking no good thing. If you are not experiencing such a life as a believer, it is time to decide whether your faith is in the mountain or in God. What is on the other side of the mountain? What are you seeking as a result of the miracle? Is your desperation for a better life or eternal life? It makes a difference.
Confident hope is in eternal life. It is in the life beyond this one that I cannot perceive with my eyes yet may experience within my heart. If the mountains are standing only in the way of creature comforts and a mediocre life – why would God move them? Just so you could die without Him. His Love is too great for you and me to move a mountain and give us an easy life that leads to death. If the mountain comes down, will it bring you closer to the Lord? If the storm ends, will you forget your first love…again? See we cry out for faith asking God to do the impossible but if our perception of faith is only for the natural without increasing our supernatural relationship with Jesus Christ – I am afraid the mountain is staying right where it is.
2 Corinthians 4:13-17 (NIV) It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
What is on the other side of your mountain? It is the thing you desire most. I believe that God will move any mountain with a mustard seed of faith. But here is the kicker – it is our desire. What do you desire it is the very thing on the other side of it? What is the mountain keeping you from? If God doesn’t move the mountain will you still love Him? Will you still serve Him? Will you still worship Him for Who He is? This is the kind of remarkable faith that will cause the mountain to crumble before you. The faith that says, “I put all my faith, trust and confidence in You today, God!” It is the prayer of not my will but Your Will! It is human nature to walk around things that are in our way. What if the mountain was to get your attention? To slow you down long enough to hear Him or even look for the Lord? We get so busy in the chaotic snare of busyness and self-importance that we forget that God will move mountains to be closer to us. Jesus will stop at nothing to give us a rich and satisfying life. He longs to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or think but not if it will deteriorate our relationship with Him or cause immediate death.
Do not lost heart today. The mountain before us is of our choosing. We decide if faith will move the mountain or keeping it right where it is. The desire of our heart will determine the outcome. Do we desire God and loving relationship in Christ or do we want things to change so badly we invest our faith in the mountain? Faith is foundational. If our faith is in the Lord, and what He has to offer on the other side – that sucker is coming down. But if our faith is in the substance of the mountain – we will hold it there by our belief in it rather than God. Think about it today. Visualize your mountain and what lies on the other side. Seek the Lord. Father give us faith that moves mountains today rather than keeping them locked in place. In Jesus Name!
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.