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Every one of us has had a mountain that they had to climb that felt too high and too big.
Mountains come to us in many forms, such as obstacles, opposition, sickness, death, difficulty, impossibility, and insurmountable situations.
What we don’t realize is that it isn’t about the mountain. Not its height or breadth. Not how many peaks or valleys. Not even how many days it will take to climb. The mountain itself doesn’t even matter, though it feels like it is everything. In our own strength, we cannot even begin to tackle it. Faith to move a mountain is taking your eyes off the mountain and fixating your eyes on God – the mountain-mover.
It is a faith that defies every mountain that is rising around you.
Key Passage: Mark 11:22-24, NKJV
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
The word faith in Greek is pistis meaning conviction, confidence, trust, belief, and reliance. It is a confident expectation. It is focused on what God can do! Faith is the substance of what I can confidently expect God will do for me! Even if time passes and you haven’t seen it yet.
An inward focus leads to frustration. The word frustration, in Greek, the first word parar means to make something void. It also means to bring something to nothing. There was something there, but now there’s nothing. The second word is atheteo which means to reject and to nullify. It also means to bring to a disappointment or rejection. Frustration takes something legitimate and nullifies it. It makes void what God wants to do. It creates a fruitless journey that leads to nothing.
Some of the greatest barriers to Mountain moving Faith is feeling like…
- I’ve still got problems
- I’ve still got issues
- I’m not where I know I need to be
We can disqualify ourselves because we think that there is something wrong with us. While this might seem like the biggest mountain of all, the problem really is that we don’t have anything that we are confidently expecting, so our faith has no substance. It’s trapped in how we feel not on Who will move the mountain.
Q: Think of a time when you focused more on the problem or situation in your life. Did you feel frustrated? What would you do differently?
Abraham Justified by Faith
Abraham was given a title in the scriptures called the “Father of Faith”. No one else in the Bible was given that title. Abraham found something out that changed his life forever and is still changing lives. If you will allow it – it can change yours too!
Read Romans 4:1-8
The Scripture is drawing our attention to the difference between faith and works. We have a natural bend towards works. We work to earn. This is the world’s system and it is a tool of satan because the last thing he wants is to allow us to receive God’s wonderful Grace.
Works depend on us (Self-effort) — Grace depends on Father God (His efforts)
Grace is not natural. What God does for us is unearned, undeserved, and unmerited. None of us deserve it and if we got what we deserved it would not be pretty.
How can this God Justify the ungodly? Read Romans 4:5.
If you believe in Jesus, the Finished Work of the Cross, and all that He accomplished …
Then YOUR FAITH is counted by God as RIGHTEOUSNESS.
It was Abraham’s belief that set him apart. He still believed God despite his own shortcomings. He didn’t disqualify himself.
Q: Where do you feel unqualified? Are there mistakes that are holding you back? What do you believe now?
This Kind of Faith can Move Mountains
When you say amen (Aleph * Mem * Noon — 3 letters in Hebrew), as Abraham did in Romans 4:3, you are declaring a statement of faith.
If you go to Israel now and ask them the Hebrew word for faith (Imunah – Aleph * Mem * Nun * Hei), it is the same 3 letters as amen but the addition of 1 more letter = Hei.
Amen = Faith
When you say AMEN, you state I believe and agree with what you are saying by faith.
Faith doesn’t look at what you can’t do it continually focuses on what God can do.
Mark 11:22-24, NKJV
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Q: Create a list of the things you can say AMEN to.