Morning: Matt. 17:14-23; Noon: Josh. 15:13-18:28; Evening: Psalm 52
Of the many famous sayings and adages that have come to us through the Christ, the ability to move mountains by our faith is no doubt one of the most notable. In the account describing the father’s epileptic son [Mark also describes as mute, and by implication probably deaf since the spirit was deaf (9:25)], Matthew is the only one who records Jesus’ mountain moving statements. Mark uses this comparative statement from the Lord saying specifically to the father himself, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (9:23). The emphasis from our Lord in this account is evidently a strong faith filled belief. A belief that surpasses what may be known, what may be rational, what may be typically expected from our own experiences.
Faith is a work, despite popular belief. Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent” (John 6:29). It is a work of God, but a work nonetheless. It is something that requires doing, not just happening. It must be built up like stones building up a house. It must be strengthened like muscles in our body. Jesus Himself directly links these faith building steps to “prayer and fasting” (Matt. 17:21). Remember, faith is a work of God. It requires God, and it is built up by God. The more time we spend in prayer and fasting, the more time we spend in godly things and the less time we spend in godless things, the more our faith will grow strong and be able to move mountains.
What kind of mountains should we hope to move while we build our faith? I suggest the same ones that Jesus suggested, the same ones that are characteristic of moving mountains, impossible ones! Maybe you know someone with demons of their own, figuratively speaking. Mountain moving faith believes it is possible to be such an influence so as to cast them out through the power of Christ. Maybe you have some demons of your own? Mountain moving faith believes it is possible through the power of Christ to remove those stumbling blocks and abide in the Lord. Maybe there are demons in some churches, some homes, some communities, and some workplaces? Build up your faith through prayer, fasting, Bible study, and spiritual fellowship.
“If you have faith as a mustard see, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move…” (Matt. 17:20)