Which Mountain Will You Move?
For a Stronger Faith
Matthew 17:20—”If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Here three of Jesus’ disciples had just descended from the Mount of Transfiguration where they had witnessed a picture of Christ’s kingdom, seeing, in vision, Jesus in discussion with Moses and Elijah. They found the other disciples at the base of the mountain unable to cast out a demon from a young boy. They wondered why they could not do so. Jesus said it would take faith—like a grain of mustard seed—and they could move the power of this mountain—the Mount of Transfiguration, the kingdom—to “yonder place,” where the child was now, and they could accomplish the miracle.
Mark 11:23—”For verily I say unto you, That 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 these things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
In this instance, Jesus and his disciples are on the side of another mountain, the Mount of Olives, where Jesus had shortly before cursed the fig tree. This miracle represented the casting off of the nation of Israel. Like all other prophecies it required faith to believe in the fulfillment of an action yet in the future. So today there are many Bible prophecies still unfulfilled. If we have faith as a grain of mustard seed—infinitesimally small—we can believe that not only the judgment of Israel, but all of God’s prophecies—those of blessings as well as those of judgment—will come to pass.
Luke 17:6—”And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”
Here we find Jesus outside the house of a Pharisee. There was no mountain to point to, so he pointed to a nearby sycamine, or mulberry tree. His lesson had been forgiveness, even as often as seven times in one day. His disciples’ response was, Lord, increase our faith. Pointing to the sycamine tree he uttered these words. The sycamine tree has the unique quality that when a branch is cut another grows very quickly in its place. The lesson was that if they were cut—offended—by the words of another, they should forgive and God would quickly heal the wound, and new blessings would branch out in the place of the wound.
Which mountain will you move? Or will you find mountains of your own that faith can move?
Mountains of fear,
Mountains of doubt,
Whatever your mountain,
YOU CAN MOVE IT if you only have
Faith As A Grain Of Mustard Seed!