When mountains move

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

A friend of mine recently wrote a great blog about a similiar passage I thought was worth sharing, you can find it here http://weaklyexperience.blogspot.com/2012/08/fig-trees-and-mountains.html

I was thinking about these ‘moving mountains’ today, too.  About how the ego in us wants to be involved even in being the “best” Christian, the spiritual giant of our time.  Then, I was thinking how Jesus always seemed to be pointing us to be doing the secret, almost imperceivable things to be great in His kingdom.  I wondered, how can our faith moving a mountain not get us some kind of spiritual clout?!  What does moving massive boulders have to do with loving others?

Here are some thoughts:

Perhaps, it has to do with the prayer of faith that literally changes the atmosphere.  That that which was once an immovable obstacle to a fellow sojourner has disappeared as we join our faith with the heart and will of God.  That, when we trust in Him, lean not on our own understanding, acknowledge Him in all our ways, He makes our paths straight.

That, when we strengthen ourselves in the Lord, we “make level paths for our feet, so that the lame may not be disabled but rather healed.” Heb. 12:12-13

“See to it that no one misses the grace of God..” Hebrews 12:15a

What do you think?

“You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded…

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.  You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”  Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24

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5 thoughts on “When mountains move

  1. I think you’re on to something with this. The biggest mountains we move, whether in relationsips or just our own life struggles, are often in those quiet thought-moments with God. You can even be in the presence of someone else, but there’s this inward conversation taking place and when He answers that private inner request, we KNOW that only He can get the glory (b/c we know what we were thinking before He stepped in and was not right).

    You know, I pray it’s always this way, but you and I both seem to jump at the chance to share when He does such a thing…to give Him the glory! But I can see a paradox: Sometimes remaining silent may glorify Him more than speaking, while other times the silence may be hiding His glory. Guess it depends on our heart.

    My tangent may not be what you meant, though. Let me know if I misunderstood. :o)

    • Yea, I guess it really is about what, rather Who, we’re looking to. Another lesson in perspective for me. Just like those scriptures speak of our faith action being that of trusting and strengthening ourselves in the Lord which may look different in different situations.

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      • Exactly. Because the ‘trust and strength” are often less than obvious; occurring inwardly. Ever noticed it’s easy to be accused that way? Like when a certain person asked me to go to church with them to an early service and I responded honestly (which took strength, not to people-please or cowtow) by saying early Sundays do not work for me? Then the person made assumptions and accused my conscience? Then it took more trust and strength to not tell the person that their assumptions were wrong, to defend my conscience? Btw, thank you for being the sister that recognized what was happening inwardly. Before I even told you, you knew what God had done in me. :o)

      • Awww. Praise God, you’ve encouraged me in the same way. Hmmm, if we just do what everyone else thinks looks like the “right” thing, how will we mature to a place of taking more responsibility for our place in hearing God’s specific directions for us. Whether we get it right or wrong, He will use it to teach us. This is not to the neglect of godly counsel, but, the realization that we are accepting responsibility for and making our own choices in light of the counsel. This does take courage and faith, because we must make choices, do the work that His energy so powerfully works in us to do, all the while knowing everything is riding on Him for the results. Pass or fail, I’m counting on Him. Because… He is good…gracious…merciful, worthy, true, holy, and His love endures forever. (a tangent, if I may) And, not to mention, it is when we take hold of this same grace truth for ourselves that it is bursting out of us and extended to others. Freely received…freely given. Holy Father, help us see what grace we’ve been given! The very marrow of what Christ has done! Turning my idleness into work that leaves it all on the court, so to speak. Turning my vision of discontent into eyes that see reason for choruses of thanks. My preoccupation with evaluating and analyzing others into “making straight paths so they may be healed, rather than disabled.”

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