St. Matt. 21: 21; NIV “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, Go, throw yourself into the sea; and it will be done. v22)If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Food For Thought:
Let us look at two train of thoughts here: 1) Now, I for one, believe that Jesus can grant Christians the Power of God to move actual literal mountains because with God nothing is impossible, and if we can believe all things are possible with us too. However, here is this passage of Scriptures here is another thought. 2) Many Christians have wondered about Jesus’ statement that if we have faith and don’t doubt, we can move mountains. Jesus, of course, was not suggesting that His followers use prayer as “magic” and perform capricious “mountain-moving” acts. But, instead, He was making a strong point about the disciples’ lack of faith and also our lack of faith as well. Now I must return back to my first thought–How strong and power is your faith in the God that you serve? If all things are possible to you and me–then, yes, if a mountain is standing in our way preventing us from doing the will and purpose of God, He will give you the ability and power to speak to it and it must move out of our way. Naturally, we do not see any need of moving mountains and cursing fig trees, however, such is literally “possible” if we have faith, and doubt not. What kind of mountains do you face today besides literal mountains? Have you talked to God about them? And how strong is your faith in God?
During my studies, I have discovered that one cannot have the power of God without having the faith in God. Having faith in God and in His mighty power is the thing that brings us our desired results. Many Christians are asking God for His blessings and not receiving them, because , if the truth would be told; there is a relationship problem they have with God–not on God part- it is a problem on our part. Correcting this issue, one will find that the faith is the only thing we have that will energizes the power of God. Ephesians 3: 20 says, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” [Greek says, “superabundantly above the greatest abundance] . But to ask, you must ask in faith, and to think or imagine it, you must think or imagine it in faith. So, as you ask in faith and receive, and think it in faith and receive, it grows your faith for the next level of your destiny. We know that, God wants us to grow the size of our faith to match the size of His destiny for us. And this can only happen by knowing the Word of God, and obeying to Word of God. We all should know by now, that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. However, hearing isn’t sufficient in and of itself. It is only when one acts upon what he hears that produces mountain-moving and fig tree-cursing faith.
EXAMPLE OF HOW FAITH INCREASES IN THE HEARTS OF CHRISTIANS:
There is an exotic fish that originated in Japan called “KOI.” They come in at least sixty varieties, and no two fishes are exactly alike. You can buy a small domestic Koi for as little as $7.50. The starting price for a respectable Japanese Koi is $500.00, and a grown Japanese Koi can be sold for as much as $10,000. The most unusual aspect of these exotic fish is how they grow. Koi can grow up to three feet in length or remain just a few inches long. Their growth is determined by the size of the pond you put them in. If the pond is large, the fish will grow to be a very large fish. However, If the pond is small, the fish will remain small. Regardless of their size, they can live up to seventy-five years.
WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH FAITH? Well, faith seems to have Koi-like qualities, in that, it too, grows or remains small based on the environment in which we keep it. WHAT DO YOU MEAN? If we surround ourselves with few challenges and small aspirations for spiritual growth, then our faith will stay small. But if we stretch our faith and seek to know God in all of His fullness, then we will end up with a larger view of God, and an ever-increasing, power-producing, mountain-moving, fig tree-cursing faith that will never say no. We have got to stop stretching inside of the box and start stretching outside of the box. Because, if we keep doing what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always gotten. Become radical with your faith! Stretch outside of the box. Joshua did! (Joshua 10: 12-14)
The future only belongs to those who set their sights on what is humanly unattainable. We must stretch our faith outside of our limits.