Mountain Moving Faith

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After Peter had expressed his astonishment over the withered fig tree, Jesus told His disciples, “Have faith in God.”  He did not stop there, however.  He went on to tell them in Mark 11:23-24, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.  Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”  This certainly sounds like a great kind of faith—a faith that could move a mountain!  But it may not be so extraordinary after all.  It may, in fact, be a kind of “normal” faith that should abide in true followers of Jesus’ plan.  Hopefully, when moving mountains by faith, we have a goal in mind!  There should be a clearly understood reason behind such a supernatural event.  And perhaps that was what the apostle Paul was trying to say in 1 Corinthians 13:2 when he wrote, “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”  In other words, all of the gifts, and all of the great faith that truly does move mountains, must surely be connected to the mission in mind and it must be motivated by love.  There are indeed three that abide: faith, hope, and charity; but the greatest of these, Paul told us, is charity. 

In all of our searching to become the people that we should be, let us not forget that the Great Commission is still as true today as it ever was.  We have a clearly defined goal: saving others from the fire.  The gifts will be there as needed; the faith necessary to remove any stumbling block or impediment will be available to those that are truly devoted to providing fruit for the Master.  Shiny leaves will never be enough for Jesus.  When He stops at our fig tree, what will the Lord find?


About Jim Poitras

Enlisiting, educating, equipping, empowering, and encouraging members, ministers, and missionaries in apostolic global missions. Director of Education/AIM