Strange pain in the lower rib cage on the left side is what drove me to the doctor. When an x-ray revealed that there was no fractures or lesions to the bone, the next step was abdominal ultrasound. Being a breast cancer survivor for the past six years, you can only imagine the peak in my stress when the results came back as undefined lesions on my liver and on both kidneys…
The next step was a CT of the abdomen. I was believing that the lesions would be gone, along with the pain, but they weren’t. It didn’t matter, however, because surely the procedure would confirm the lesions were not cancerous. But it was not to be. The results of the CT were also inconclusive…An MRI would be required to identify the lesions.
I tried not to worry. I gave it to God, I prayed for healing, but when I still hadn’t gotten a date for the MRI three weeks later, my patience ran out. I needed to know those lesions were not cancer!
Unfortunately, calling the MRI booking department only made things worse. Apparently they hadn’t even received my referral until that same morning…
Meanwhile, my husband continued to pray for my complete healing, and he was quite puzzled as to why the prayers were not being answered. One morning, he asked me to do a simple exercise. He asked me to meditate upon the concept of faith that will move a mountain.
I have to admit I was a little incensed…Why does everyone assume in the face of no miracle that the recipient doesn’t have enough faith?
God got to me quickly enough, however. He helped me to remember that I had been asking Him to increase my faith. He also reminded me of my innate battle with pride, and He helped me to see that I needed to stop worrying about what everyone thinks and simply let Him grow me.
I decided to do what my husband suggested. The results have been incredibly eye-opening to me, and as a result, my faith is indeed strengthened. Over the course of the next five devotionals, I will attempt to share with you what God has been teaching me about mountain-moving faith. My hope and prayer is that your faith will also be strengthened so that the next time you face an immovable mountain, you will be better equipped to take a stand in faith.
As an introduction, let’s take a closer look today at the Biblical incident that led to Jesus’ famous quote: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt. 17:20 NET).
At the beginning of the story, the Bible records: “When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, and said, ‘Lord, have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers terribly, for he often falls into the fire and into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they were not able to heal him.'” (Matt. 17:14-16 NET)
The first thing of note here is that it is actually the father who is seeking healing for his son, not the son himself. We do not know the state of mind of the son, but you have to ask yourself in the recipient of the miracle actually had faith at all! And even the father of the child lacked faith, for the gospel of Mark records that he said to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NET). However, Jesus’ statement about mountain-moving faith was not addressed at the son or his father; rather, it was addressed to the disciples who could not cast out the demon! “Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why couldn’t we cast it out? He told them, ‘It was because of your little faith.'” (Matt. 17:19-20a NET).
This doesn’t mean that we don’t need faith to be the recipient of miracles. The Bible even records that He didn’t do many miracles in His hometown because of their lack of faith (SeeMatt. 13:58) and in commending others for their faith, their prayers were answered (SeeMatt. 15:22-29;Luke 7:1-10). However, the fact that Jesus rebuked the disciples for not having enough faithis significant. It means that it isn’t only the recipient of the miracle that needs faith…
It is also the one(s) praying and asking for the miracle!
Whether you are the one in need of a miracle or the one praying for that miracle, remember this Truth: “…if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt. 17:20 NET).
But just what does mountain-moving faith look like? Join us on Saturday for “What Faith that will Move a Mountain Actually Looks Like…Mountain-Moving Faith, Part 1”.
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, andScriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, withAnswers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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