Perhaps the place to start when looking to understand mountain-moving faith is inHebrews 11, the Faith Chapter:
Vs. 1: “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” (NLT)
This verse tells us that our faith is the evidence that what we hope for will come to pass! It is what makes up the [reality] of what we hope for.
Take a moment to meditate upon that. When we truly believe God will keep His promises, our faith is the evidence that what He has promised will come to be! To state it differently, the mere fact that you believe God is going to do it is all the evidence needed that He will do it!
That, my friends, is what mountain-moving faith looks like!
But there’s more…
Vs 3: “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” (NLT)
So often when we are in need of a miracle, we need the impossible to happen. We need something to be created out of nothing. Take, for example, the empty bank account coupled with the loss of job. There is nothing there, and in order to pay the bills, money will have to be created out of nothing. Impossible, right? Yet God gave the command, and the entire universe was formed out of nothingness. The fact that there is no money cannot stop the God who created the entire universe out of…nothing!
This opens up a powerful way to pray: “Father God, it is not too much for You, the creator of the universe, the One who spoke a word and the entire universe was created out of nothingness, to create a way to ____out of the nothingness that I have! I pray Your creative power over _____, and I praise You in advance that the One who created the universe out of nothing will provide!”
Vs. 4: “It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.” (NLT)
Why was Abel’s offering was “more acceptable” than Cain’s? Genesis 4 tells that: “Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift–the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock….” (vs. 3 NLT). We know that an animal sacrifice was what was required to provide temporary covering of our sins (SeeHeb. 9:22,Lev. 17:11), and this was instituted right after the original sin (SeeGen. 3:21). The required sacrifice was a sacrificial lamb, and when Cain brought crops, he was, in essence, saying that he knew better than God. Herein lies another important part of Mountain-moving faith: It relies totally on God and not on our own strength!
Vs. 5: “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying–‘he disappeared, because God took him.’ For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.” (NLT)
This powerful verse tells us how we can get mountain-moving faith. Genesis 5:23 tells us: “Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.” (NLT).
Notice that it was in walking in close fellowship with God that Enoch was known as someone who pleased God. We all know that trusting someone begins with getting to know them, and the better we know them, the more we trust them. Thus, in walking in close fellowship with God, Enoch developed faith in Him, and it was by this faith that he was eventually be taken to Heaven without experiencing death. Thus, an important part of developing mountain-moving faith is to walk closely with God and to spend time fellowshipping with Him!
And just in case we haven’t yet understood that it pleases God when we put our faith in Him, vs. 2 & 6 tells us that in so many words:
Vs. 2: “Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.” (NLT)
Vs. 6: “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Heb. 11:6 NLT).
Here is yet another part of mountain-moving faith: It is faith that believes God exists and that He is powerful enough and He loves us enough to answer our prayers. Interestingly, it is also that faith that make God happy and that gives us a good reputation with God.
In summary then, mountain-moving faith is:
a) The evidence that what we are praying for will happen. All the evidence we need lies in our believing in God’s power and ability and love;
b) The assurance that God who, by speaking forth the Word and made the universe out of nothing will also make something out of the nothing in your lives;
c) Faith that relies totally on God and not on our own strength;
d) Faith that is acquired by walking in close fellowship;
e) What pleases God!
Although that may be a pretty impressive list, there is more…Join us on Tuesday for “More of What Faith that will Move a Mountain Looks Like…Mountain-Moving Faith, Part 2”.
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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