BECOMING A MOUNTAIN MOVER!
The rightness or wrongness of our believing is something we must all face. The Bible warns against the results of wrong believing, and vigorously stresses the importance of right believing. So it is vital for you to learn how to have faith in God, but even more, how to use your faith rightly.
The Bible says: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for those who come to God must believe.” Plainly then, if you wish to please God, you must come to him in faith. And what is this faith? It is a sure confidence that “God exists, and that he rewards those who diligently seek him” (He 11:6).
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Many times the Lord Jesus Christ spoke about the enormous potential of your own faith in God. He said: “All things are possible if you believe!” And again: “Nothing shall be impossible for you!” And here is a passage of special importance: `Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and never doubt, you will ... say to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and it will be done. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith!” (Mt 21:21 22).
Notice that Christ did not say, “Whatever you ask in prayer you will receive;” but, “Whatever you ask in prayer believing, you will receive!” Believing, or faith, makes the difference between prayer that moves mountains and prayer that moves nothing. Faith is the key that unlocks the power of the all powerful Christ.
He says, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me!” (Mt 28:18). But why does he say it? Just to boast about himself, just to tell us something about his personal glory? Hardly! He speaks rather for your benefit, to tell you something about yourself, about what you are in him, and about what you can do in his strength. Hence, if Christ does have “all power”, it is so that his disciples might “go ... and make ...!” (Mt 28:19 20).
Notice, he does not say, “I have all power, so I will go;” but, “I have all power so that you can go!” He is seeking a faith response from you. He says, “I am with you always, I have all power,” so that you might exclaim with bold faith, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid; what can man do to me!” (He 13:5 6).
When he died on the cross, Jesus took upon himself all of our sin, sickness, failure, death. But then through his resurrection he triumphed over all of those foes. And now, since he has defeated our most bitter enemy, death, we know that he is able to conquer every lesser peril that threatens us. There is no sin, or habit, or fear, or disease from which he cannot set us free.
But faith, and faith alone, can bring you into unfailing contact with this awesome ability of Christ. But faith will do it. Your own faith can bring you the miracle you need. If you have faith you will get your answer. What you believe for you will receive. Faith without result is as impossible as rain without water, or as sunshine without light.
Faith obtains! Faith possesses! Faith moves the hand of God! Faith captures the divine promise and makes it perform!