FAITH THAT MOVES MOUNTAINS
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
I have been through many situations where my requests to the Lord became bigger than me. The answer was unreachable. People are always telling me to “Reach for the Sky”, so I was reaching. Trust me. God tells us to step out of our comfort zone. We need to step out of being normal, stagnant, boring. We need to ask for the impossible. It doesn’t hurt to ask, right?
Quite often when others are reaching to the stars, I share with them the famous quote “Your faith will move mountains”. I confidently encourage my friends. I am always excited to do so because I know God will bless them. But when it comes to me, it is different – at least I thought it was.
As I shared earlier, there have been times in my life where I needed mountains to move. One mountain I was praying about was at a young age. I needed answers. I needed to be reminded of how God moves through our lives in ways that the naked eye and our minds could not understand. So I did what I always do when I need concrete answers. I opened my Bible and I started reading. I read about the parting of the Red Sea. I read about how Sarai and Abram wanted a child and at an old age the impossible happened. They had Isaac. I read about the miracles Jesus performed. The woman with the issue of blood was healed. The death of Lazarus and then he was alive. So many testimonies in one book. Wow!
Can I be real with you for a moment? As I finished reading, the enemy began to speak to me. That nasty, snarky voice shared how my request was too small. It wasn’t worth the thought of even considering making a request to God. The voice said the Lord only wanted me to petition for big requests. This problem was minimal compared to what Abram and Sarai asked for. Abram was more important than I was, according to the voice. The enemy told me that it was not even worth trying to ask God for it. So I should stop asking. God doesn’t have time for me. I felt like a truck just hit me. The pit of my stomach became ill. I started questioning myself. Was I being selfish? Was I wasting God’s time? I honestly felt like a child who was about to ask their father for a piece of gum and realized he has more important things to do than giving me a small request.
Now let me tell you when the enemy speaks to me, I may feel low for a moment, but then the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit always overshadows the nasty, snarky voice. This voice was peaceful, comforting, and loving. This voice reminded me of John 14:13, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified”. Through reading the scripture an awakening happened. The scales fell off my eyes. You see the enemy attacked me because he knew that the moment God blessed me, I would glorify the name of the Lord. The enemy was jealous and obviously forgot who he was dealing with – a child of the most high king. The stars and the skies belong to Him. God said, “If you ask in my name you will receive”, and that’s exactly what I did.
I am here to tell you that no request you may have is too small or too big for the Lord. You must remain steadfast. Stay on your knees. Keep praying. Never give up. Yes, you are human and you may face the enemy, but the word of God is powerful. Nothing can stand against our God.
Oh, and remember the mountain I asked God to move? He moved it. My miracle son will be 21 this year and he is happily engaged. You see the enemy knew that I would share my testimony and God would be glorified for as long as I have breath. My son knows God moved the mountain; so not only do I share my testimony but he shares it as well. So trust me when I say, “Your faith will move mountains,” because it really does.
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)