Finding Faith: Faith that moves mountains
Faith is often this grand idea we speak of, and we could all probably define it in our own words, but what is faith? What does it look like to be faithful? And how do we get a faith that moves mountains?
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:23, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”
Now it is easy to hear these words and go on with your day, but I truly believe that you, your neighbor, your sister, your friends can have faith that moves mountains. Jesus in this verse says, “Truly I tell you…” put your name in there. You can look at those mountains in your life, those situation in your life that seem impossible, those giants you are facing and say move, and they will move, is the name of Jesus. But how?
There are two important words in that verse, “doubt” and “believe.” Say to those mountains move, do NOT doubt in your heart, but believe — that is faith. Just believe. Faith that moves mountains believes that God is bigger than those mountains. Faith that moves mountains believes that “Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).” Faith that moves mountains believes that God is all powerful and can accomplish what is humanly impossible.
It’s easy to think, “I haven’t been going to church that long, God surely wouldn’t hear me.” Or “it hasn’t happened before,” or “it didn’t happen last time when I asked God.” But Jesus responds with “have faith.” It doesn’t need to be this big faith; you don’t have to have it all together and have this whole “faith” thing figured out.”
Matthew 17:20 says, “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.” If you don’t know the size of a mustard seed google it — it is small.
Hear me when I say, you don’t need a large amount of faith to move a mountain, a small amount of faith in a big God results in big things. A small amount of faith placed in a big God results in the impossible.
So today as you pray, I want you to believe, to believe with this faith that moves mountains. Maybe some of you are just believing a little bit, but have great big things to ask for, believe… say the big things out loud… say to the mountains “move” and they will be thrown into the sea.
Pray believing in your heart that nothing is impossible with Him. Pray, believe, and don’t doubt. Remember, a small amount of faith in a big God results in big things. I pray that you believe that.
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Captain Kendall Stout of The
Salvation Army Church, Lock Haven.