Faith That Moves Mountains (Matthew 17:20)

“Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket
and counting your blessings
before they’ve hatched.”
 

(Used with permission)

There’s a song that goes:
 
“Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
God SPECIALIZES in things thought impossible.
He does the things others can not do.”

Lately I’ve been thinking about Matthew 17:20 when Jesus told his disciples,  “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  I looked on www.Answers.com and found that mustard seeds are about 1/16 of an inch in diameter: about 1/3rd the size of a poppy seed: EXTREMELY tiny.  In the first century, apparently  mustard seeds grew to the size of a rider mounted upon his horse. About 10 ft. tall!  A mustard plant  beginnings are small but one seed can grow to a really huge plant.   It sounds like the kind of faith that moves mountains is like that.  “…And nothing will be impossible for you”, is QUITE a statement huh?!  Nothing?  It says “NOTHING”. 

I am wondering if that whole conversation with Jesus was just for the disciples He was talking to in that context or if it can be that somehow, God wants to be moving mountains–things thought impossible–for His kids TODAY.    I don’t want or need to move any literal mountains, but there are some figurative ones that I’d love for God to move.  This morning once again I am bringing God my “Mountain” of aggressive breast cancer, the invisible arm tourniquet sensation, the chemo damage, and a body that feels like it’s been falling apart lately–I am laying my health before Him.  I am hereby placing every single cell in my body in His Lap for about the millionth time. 

 I don’t see how I could possibly move this mountain myself but HE CAN.   I am totally confident that God can do what is impossible for us. The doctors are putting forth their best efforts but they can’t really “MAKE the treatments work”.  Some women respond to the mastectomy, chemo, Heceptin, radiation, and hormone blockers and their life is prolonged and some don’t.  If God cares about how many hairs are on my head and when birds fall out of trees as it says in the Bible and I know He does, then the results of all these “big gun” treatments couldn’t be  a random thing.  God is in charge of my life.  I’m His kid.   He either will make the cancer treatments work or he won’t.  He’s going to do what is best.  It’s not like “God needs chemo” or something. He might use different tools on our behalf sometimes, but He sure doesn’t “need” them.

Lord, how does this all work? Does this verse apply to me?   If so, how do I apply it?  Some people believe that Christians should “take authority” over cancer and it’ll leave. That has not been my personal belief.  Whatever YOUR mindset is, is the one I want for me.    How is my faith tied up in what You actually do and not do? I don’t know if this cancer treatment is working or not and I don’t know for sure if Your perfect will is to heal me or not.   What does that verse mean, Lord?  There are a bunch of verses in the Bible about healing.  Father, am I supposed to be “claiming” them for me?  Please show me what You desire, Lord.   I am asking for You to help me to focus on YOU (so easy to focus on what I want instead),  supply me with more faith in YOU and what You can do. ..not just regarding my health, but about everything. I’d like to “trade in” my sometimes weak, wavering faith for an unshakable, overflowing, super- strong one –can You arrange that?  I want to grow and change. I know that You are just as good and loving and right in all You do whether You say “yes” or “no” or “wait” to my prayers for healing. I want what You want.  Through all this I am asking You to make me into the “Paula” You want be to be.  Please use me somehow for Your honor and glory and praise.   Can You show me personally about the power and fruitfulness of prayer?  Can YOU transform me into the kind of “prayer warrior” You’d want me to be?  Can You TEACH me to pray the way that would be pleasing to You?  I ask this in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

 
Lord, every single good gift comes from You…

(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
 
365. I have every reason to believe, based on the Word of God, that He will answer my requests to transform me into a woman of strong faith: a prayer warrior with prayers lined up with God’s will.  He will answer my prayers with His very best.
366. I’ve got “some rivers that seem to be uncrossable and I’ve got mountains I can’t tunnel through.  HOWEVER, God SPECIALIZES in things thought impossible. He does the things others can not do.”
367. Today I am trusting that God will show me if/how  Matthew 17:20  applies to me and teach me all I need to know about it: “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  I give You every single one of my mountains, Lord.
368. A wonderful Mother/Daughter time with my Hannah Banana yesterday: snuggling with puppies at the Pet Store, going to a health fair, buying her a treat (thx Lord for helping me to skip the sweets) then we even had fun vacuuming the vehicles together afterwards.  🙂

9 thoughts on “Faith That Moves Mountains (Matthew 17:20)

  1. My dear Paula,
    Thank you for being so transparent. These are questions all us people with serious illness–or loved ones with serious illness–face. Believe me, I’ve been around and around these thoughts. And in the end, like you, I just know that God is GOOD. His plans for us are RIGHT AND JUST AND GOOD, as you said. So we don’t need “more faith” to bring about a certain result. He’s going to bring the result He has planned.

    He is working in your heart my friend. I see it clearly. He is bringing glory to Himself through you. You are so precious to Him!

    loving you much,

    Jan

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  2. Paula, on Saturday – the day before you posted this, God was working the same desires in my heart as you expressed, “Please use me somehow for Your honor and glory and praise. Can You show me personally about the power and fruitfulness of prayer? Can YOU transform me into the kind of “prayer warrior” You’d want me to be? Can You TEACH me to pray the way that would be pleasing to You? I ask this in Jesus’ name, AMEN!” Trusting Him with you to fulfill these desires in both of us…

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  3. Oh, Paula, this quote which I wrote down from James Macdonald’s message, #6 – The Power of Christ of the series, The Greatness of God, just came to mind, “You know FAITH is in your heart when PRAISE is on your lips.”

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  4. Dear Paula,
    I totally believe in the healing power of God. However, I do believe that sometimes full healing only comes when we are at home in heaven with Jesus. He always wants what is best for us, no matter our circumstances, so, while I would like to live to see my great grandkids, if God calls me home, it is because that is best for me. He will bring good out of whatever happens, not only for me but for my family as well.
    I hope this helps. Kathy

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  5. Hi, Paula, found Spurgeon’s Morning devotional (Nov.12th) on FAITH that I was telling you about at this link: http://www.heartlight.org/spurgeon/1112-am.html
    Wishing I could bold these sentences below, “Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.”

    “The trial of your faith.”
    1 Peter 1:7

    Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven. No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

    Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.

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