Thursday, March 31, 2011

Does Faith Move Mountains?

Does Faith Move Mountains?
March 31, 2011

Matthew 17:20: Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. 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.”

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting a good friend and his family in Indianapolis, IN while traveling on business. Chuck (Charles J.) Kahl and I worked together at a Kearney, NE laboratory in the mid-1990s. As usual we engaged in discussing ideas, admittedly some better than others. These ideas include our Christian faith; ultimately every good and meaningful idea is founded on Christ. Seek the foundation of all ideas in discerning good and bad.

During this weekend’s discussion, Chuck shared a revelation he received while preparing a Sunday School lesson for second graders at the perish he attends. Do you ever hear lessons and wonder why you had not previously thought of it yourself, because it is so simple? Have you noticed the Holy Spirit’s wisdom simplifies the complex? Do you give credit of ideas to the Holy Spirit and to the person he spoke to? The Bible, thus the Holy Spirit, does; I will do the same!

Charles J. Kahl, a Sydney, Nebraska native farmer, said the Lord revealed to him that moving mountains included moving mountains in the lives of others. If someone has a $100 mountain in their life, and the Lord places on your heart the desire to remove their mountain with your $100; then your faith moved their mountain. Their faith is also involved in confessing the mountain and accepting the $100. Does pride ever resist our acceptance of mountain moving gifts?

Perhaps someone’s mountain is emotional or spiritual. Perhaps the mountain is physical assistance. The Bible clearly states, “Faith without action is dead.” Activate your faith in the lives of those around you, in the lives the Lord places on your heart. Say to their mountain, “Move from here to there.” Can moving a mountain include leveling the mountain? Does moving a mountain include forming a tunnel through the middle like the Eisenhower tunnel on Interstate 70 through the Colorado Rocky Mountains?

Listen to and obey the Holy Spirit as he directs your Faith filled words and resulting actions in moving and eliminating mountains. Should we begin in the same manner as Chuck Kahl? Let’s think like a second grader, simplifying our faith; accepting Jesus’ commands.

I pray the Lord reveals mountains for your faith to move in the lives surrounding you. Your mountain moving faith may involve a phone call, a visit, dropping off a meal, picking up someone’s tab at a restaurant, sending a check, giving a helpful hand, an encouraging word¸ or sharing a business opportunity.

What ideas are you discussing with your friends? Are you simplifying them to the 2nd grade level? Second grade simplification will enable all on Christ's foundation to be possible. Yes, second graders and mustard seeds are small!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

In Christ,

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

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