Last Saturday we came to understand a partial definition of Mountain-Moving Faith. We saw that this type of faith is: 1) actually the evidence that what we are praying for will happen, and all the evidence we need lies in our believing in God’s power and ability and love; 2) that faith is the assurance that the God who, by speaking forth the Word, made the universe out of nothing will also make something out of the nothing in your lives as well; 3) that faith relies totally on God and not on our own strength; 4) that it is acquired by walking in close fellowship with God; and 5) it is what pleases God.
But according toHebrews 11, there’s more:
Vs. 7: “It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.” (NLT)
What I find most interesting in the “Noah and the ark” story is that God came to Noah and told him to build something he had never seen before! Yet Noah obeyed God. He did what was completely illogical in his day and age, and the writer of Hebrews tells us: “It was by faith that Noah…”
Another important characteristic of mountain-moving faith is that it is so strong that it is willing to do the illogical, ever trusting that where our knowledge and logic fails, God is all-knowing and all-powerful.
Vs. 8-10: “It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith–for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” (NLT)
And then there was Abraham. We all know Abraham’s faith wasn’t perfect, and this is what I love about his story! Even though he broke faith with God in the Hagar/Ishmael matter (SeeGen. 16), his name is written inHebrews 11 as an example of utmost faith. Why? Because faith doesn’t need to be perfect! Perfect or not, all you need is a mustard-seed-sized amount of faith. Abraham had that. Is that ever a comforting thought!
There is one more important lesson to be learned from these three verses. Notice that when Abraham left his homeland, he didn’t even know where he was going…And once he finally got there, he lived like a nomadic stranger, moving around in tents; and this went on for three generations! What does mountain-moving faith look like? It looks like such total dependency upon God, such total confidence in Him, that we are willing to blindly obey–for the rest of our lives! And perhaps for the next two generations as well!
Vs. 11-12: “It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead–a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.” (NLT)
Yet another lesson on mountain-moving faith comes from Abraham’s wife, Sarah. Barren all her life and many years post-menopause, the story inGenesis 18 tells us that Sarah didn’t actually believe God’s promise. At least not at first. She was, after all, the instigator in the Hagar/Ishmael matter, and when the angel came to tell Abraham when Isaac, the promised child, would actually be born, Sarah laughed. And then she had the audacity to deny laughing! Sometime after that incident, however, Sarah did put her faith in God, and it resulted in the promised child.
What can we learn about mountain-moving faith from this story? Simply this: Our faith doesn’t have to be strong–a mustard seed of faith is enough–and it doesn’t even have to be firmly established from the beginning on. All that is required is that we put our shaky mustard seed of faith in the Lord, for when we do, the world is changed forever.
In summary then, mountain-moving faith is: 1) faith so strong that it will drive you to do the illogical; 2) faith so strong that it will push you to blind obedience; 3) faith that doesn’t need to be perfect, nor to be there from the beginning on; it just needs to be there at the right time.
And that, friends, is what mountain-moving faith looks like!
Is it still a bit foggy in your minds?
If so, you’re in good company. Perhaps in order to fully comprehend mountain-moving faith, we must also understand what it is not…Join us on Thursday for “What Faith that Moves a Mountain is NOT…Mountain-Moving Faith, Part 3”.
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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