What does having faith in God mean?
Well, in my blog post, Will You Walk By Faith? I talked about how we should put our faith in God and believe that He will do what He said He would do, but also realize that not everything is going to turn out the way we want it too. Now, let’s get to the core the matter; what kind of faith do you have to move your mountains? In Matthew 17:20, it tells us what type of faith we, as Christians and people should have.
“20 Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as small 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. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
“… if you have faith as small as a mustard seed”, Jesus said. Jesus said that if our faith is as small as a mustard seed, then we could metaphorically move mountains or more accurately the barriers that are in our lives, but this faith only comes from prayer and fasting. Prayer and Fasting are essential for furthering a Christian’s walk with God, because by fasting; you give up certain priorities in your life in favor of spending more time in God’s Word and by praying, you let your thoughts, fears, regrets, and sins be known to God and even, help you increase your faith.
This is another personal verse for me because there have been times during my walk with God and even now; where I feel that I have this “mustard seed” faith, but I didn’t have this faith because of me trying to handle the situation that I’m going through on my own and not praying and fasting to God in order to get spiritual guidance. But I realized that if I put my faith in God first, then with His help; I can learn to overcome the “mountains” that I have placed in my life.
“5 And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. 6 Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
God wants us to pray to Him, but don’t pray if you have impure and unjust motives. This verse later shows us how Jesus wants us to pray, but you may be asking yourself; “What does this have to do with having “faith as small as a mustard seed.” Well, I recently watched a YouTube video entitled, “Your Faith Can Move Mountains” where Pastor David Landis talks about this topic and quoted Mark 11:22-23.
Pastor David Landis said, “… and Jesus answered and said unto them have faith in God; a literal translation would be have the God kind of faith.”
Pastor David Landis wasn’t the only pastor to speak on this subject, Pastor Rick Warren wrote a Daily Hope devotional entitled, “Start With The Faith You Have” that focuses on not only your faith in God, but also about how we are supposed to have what is known as “mustard seed faith”.
In the article, Rick Warren said, “You have to begin with the faith you already have; it may be just a little, but you start there.”.
He uses the story in Mark 9; where a father had a demon-possessed son and asked Jesus, “… But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” The father’s response to Jesus saying, “If you can believe, all things are possible in him who believes” should give us a pretty good example as to how we should have faith in God when things go wrong in our lives. The father responded to Jesus saying, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief”. This small admission from the father that he believed even when he had doubts is very much like our own faith; we often have faith in God, but a part of us still doubts that God can perform what He said He would do.
Rick Warren said, “Mustard seed faith moves mountains. No matter how weak or how frail you think your faith is, it’s enough to get you through what you’re facing because your “little faith” is in a BIG GOD.”
Pastor Rick Warren went on to say, “God wants you start with the faith you have, and based on the example of the mustard seed, you don’t need a whole lot of faith to do great things for God. You just need a little.” Former WordPress blogger now Lifestyle Curator blogger Chantai Robinson wrote a blog post entitled, “MOVE PAST YOUR MOUNTAIN” focuses on this very topic.
Chantai Robinson said, “If you’ll be determined to move past your mountain, He will lead you and empower you to live in favor and blessing in every area of your life.” And this is a very important statement that I feel all people should follow. We oftentimes let our “mountains” get the better of us, but if we have faith in God then he will help us move past our mountains and onto the life He has in store for us. Mark 11:22-23 gives us another perspective on what type of faith Jesus wants us to have.
“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.”
Blogger Barbara’s blog post entitled, “Move Your Mountain” talks about how she tried to ask God to move a particular “mountain” in her life and God’s response was shocking: “No, you move it”. Now, if this were me; I would have had a different response, but what she says afterwards should show us how we are to trust God and His timing.
Barbara said, “Whatever mountain you’re facing, Jesus is inviting you to pick up your faith and move your mountain. Even if your faith is as small as a mustard seed, pick it up and offer it to God, and watch to see how He holds up his side of the bargain.”
Pastor Rick Warren’s article has several statements that I think all people; no matter if they are Christian should say in their lifetime as a way to remind themselves that if they have faith in God, then with His help; you can move mountains.
- “Everybody has faith; the difference is what you put your faith in.”
- “So here’s a trustworthy equation: Little Faith + Big God = Huge Results!”
Barbara’s blog post also has a statement that I think everyone should use as a way to remind us how we should have faith in God.
- “How many times are we confronted with situations that feel so far beyond our capacities and abilities to make a difference?”
In the end though, whatever “mountains” or barriers that we have in life are, we can still have faith, even as small as a mustard seed; because when we put our small faith into the One who has all the answers; He will provide a way for you. We have to remind ourselves that if we have faith in God, then we can move our mountains.
So, What will you do? Will you continue to allow the “mountains” in your life to keep you from God’s plan for your life? Or will you have faith in God; and with His help, overcome the “mountains” in your life? What “mountains” do you have in your life that are keeping you from moving forward? Please comment below and join the discussion.
Barbara. “MOVE YOUR MOUNTAIN” theedgesofhisways.com, 10 May 2017. https://theedgesofhisways.com/2017/05/10/move-your-mountain/ . Accessed 22 July 2017.
Robinson, Chantai. “MOVE PAST YOUR MOUNTAIN” justalittlemorefaith.wordpress.com. 18, Sept. 2016. https://justalittlemorefaith.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/move-past-your-mountain/ . Accessed 22 July 2017.
Warren, Rick. “Start With The Faith You Have” Daily Hope Devotionals. http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/start-with-the-faith-you-have . Accessed 22 July 2017.
“Your Faith Can Move Mountains”, YouTube, uploaded by Word of Grace Ministries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOXlHM4h5vY&index=9&list=PLRWc6A5N3hVdaFKrsm9SPWDhrDjPhmfEd . Accessed 24 July 2017.
Author Unknown. “Faith can move mountains”, http://sermonquotes.com/sermonquotes/7493-faith-can-move-mountains-2.html . Accessed 21 July 2017.
Big Canoe Chapel. “What Faith Can Do -Faith as small as a mustard seed” http://www.bigcanoechapel.org/outreach/annual-broyles-mission-conference/ . Accessed 22 July 2017.
Gotquestions.org. “Can faith really move mountains?” https://www.gotquestions.org/faith-move-mountains.html . Accessed 22 July 2017.