“A Christian's Guide to Moving Mountains”Categories: Christian Living, Encouragement, Joshuah Ellis, Theology
So here you are, at a point in your life where something big needs to happen. Maybe you are making a transition, hitting a milestone, or being challenged with some sort of trial. Regardless of what the particulars of your circumstances may be, there is a long and challenging road in front of you. So, what do you do?
God gives us no shortage on passages, from His Word, which can encourage the Christian to feel empowered and confident. But, no one has ever overcome a challenge simply by reading words on a page. So, how do we do it? How do we take what we read from passages like Matthew 17:20 and make a real application in our lives?
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, ESV)
Here are a few things we can keep in mind as we look at this passage.
1. God is not asking you to move your own mountains. I know it could be easy to read this passage and discern that the mountain moving was our responsibility. It’s not. We are limited in what we can realistically accomplish. Even if we wanted to, we could not take credit for the big accomplishments in our lives any more than Moses could for the parting of the Red Sea. Sure, it was his hand that was stretched out over the water, but it was the Lord who drove the sea back (Exodus 14:21). So before you look at the mountains in your life and think, “This is impossible.” Remember that for you that might be true, but with God all things are possible!
2. God is asking you to have faith. Faith can be a tricky word. Of course, it does denote a strong conviction or belief, as most would assume. There is also an element of the original word, which implies a reliability or obedience. See, faith isn’t just about believing something. It is about believing something to the point that your behavior is altered. Remember, James teaches us about the demons having a certain amount of faith (James 2:19). The point here is that your responsibility in these big life moments is not to move those mountains. It is to have an obedient faith in God.
3. Faith is strengthened through God’s Word. Even Paul teaches us that our faith is born from our reception of God’s Word (Romans 10:17). It is only by keeping our noses in the book and being diligent in our growth in the Word of God that our faith will be made stronger as a natural byproduct. So how does this all work together?
- When you study your Bible, your faith is increased.
- When your faith is strong, all things are possible.
- When you approach God in faith, He is able to remove any obstacle and move any mountain.
If it seems simple, that’s because it is. We just have to get out of our results-oriented mindset and focus on what God has given us to d0, which is to follow Him faithfully and increase our faith through the study of His Word.
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