MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH OVERCOMES OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS
“Stop talking to God about how big your mountains are, and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is!” — Joel Osteen
What mountains are you facing in your life? What hindrances are blocking your way on your spiritual walk? What obstacles keep you from being all that God wants you to be?
On our spiritual journey, we encounter mountains. Impasses that often appear insurmountable. Perhaps they are mountains that have stood in our paths for a long time… or they may have very recently come to block our way. Mountains can cause us to question our faith and doubt our prayers.
“Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him.” — Mark 11:23
This is a promise from our Lord. He would not speak this into our lives if mountain moving faith were not possible. He says “if anyone”… He is not directing this promise just to His apostles. He is speaking to us, His followers.
Our faith can move mountains. Steadfast faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our foundation, our Cornerstone. Without Him, our faith will crumble. We may appear to have faith… yet the storms of life will batter us and our doubts will rise within us.
While faith can move mountains, our doubts can create them. Mountains of doubt separate us from God. Doubts hinder our prayers and lead us further away from God. Doubts cause us to forget who our all powerful God is, and question His ability to help us.
“When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” — James 1:6
What answers will come to our prayers when we question God’s ability to answer as we ask? Could this be a stumbling block for us? Our prayers will be ineffective if we are harboring doubt in our minds and hearts. Faith that wavers is not completely convinced that God is able or that His way is best.
Doubts slowly erode our faith, whittling it away. We cannot have strong faith and harbor doubt in our hearts. Our faith believes in our Lord… who He is… what He can do for us… and what His promises are for our lives.
We cannot move these mountains on our own. We can try to chip away at them rock by rock, pebble by pebble. Yet all our efforts will not have significant results. We can wait for the winds and rains to slowly erode them away. Yet we will be battered and bruised by the storms of life without our Lord.
Mountain moving faith is powerful. It is absolute trust in the Almighty One to clear away obstacles in our path. It overpowers doubts and fears. It shatters excuses, rationalizations and complacency.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” — Matthew 28:18
Jesus is our mountain mover. Mountain moving faith looks to Him for power. It is His power, not ours, that removes obstacles. No mountain we face is too big for Him to remove. He is the One who grows our faith, calms our storms, moves our mountains. With Him on our side, what can stand against us?
Prayer in His mighty name, Name above all names, puts power in our prayers. All creation is subject to Him. All that looms before us that seems insurmountable, with a word He can cast it all away. It is His absolute sovereignty over heaven and earth that is behind His name.
“Faith gives us the power to walk fearlessly, run confidently and live victoriously. No one need live in doubt when he can pray in faith.” — John C. Hagee, Pastor
Our God is infinitely greater than any mountain we face. We need never doubt His ability to work mightily in our lives. Through Him, we can overcome all doubt. We place our complete confidence in the Lord to be our mountain mover.
Have you cultivated mountain moving faith in your life? Are you tapping into the source of power behind your prayers… the Lord Jesus? Are you praying in His powerful Name above all names?