Faith to MOVE MOUNTAINS begins and ends with Jesus.
- LORDSHIP OF JESUS
- Psalm 144:15 – Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!
- 2 Chronicles 9:7 –(Queen of Sheba to Solomon) Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your WISDOM!
- Proverbs 3:13,18 – Happy is the man who finds WISDOM, And the man who gains understanding; She (wisdom) is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is everyone that retains her (wisdom).
- Proverbs 16:20 – He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
HOPE & HELP
- Psalm 146:5 – Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God…
- Psalm 127:5 – Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them (children); …
FEARING THE LORD & A GODLY LIFESTYLE
- Psalm 128:1-2 – Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
- Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision the people perish, but happy is he who keeps the law.
- John 13:17 – If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.
- I Peter 3:14; 4:14 – But and if you suffer for righteousness sake, happy are you: … If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you;
- James 5:10-11 – Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.11 Behold, we count them happy which endure…
- Acts 14:22 – (Paul & Silas) … exhorting them to continue in the FAITH, and that we must through much tribulation enters into the kingdom of God.
- Luke 22:32 – (Jesus to Peter) …I have prayed for you, that your FAITH fail not.
“No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you will WALK BY FAITH IN GOD.
God loves you! He wants you to live with victory over sin so you can possess His promises for your life today!” – Joyce Meyer
- Steadfast & enduring faith
- Standing on the promises
- Believing & declaring God’s Word
- Increasing in the knowledge & wisdom of God
- Full of the Holy Spirit
- Faithful witnesses
I Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
Colossians 3:23,24 – And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.
BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
- Psalm 67:1-2,5-7 – God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, Selah. That Your way may be known on earth, your salvation among ALL nations… God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.
BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS!
- I Corinthians 3:17-18 – …we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the SAME IMAGE from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
- Romans 8:29 – For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…
- Colossians 3:10 – …and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…
- I Peter 2:21 – Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
THE WORD OF FAITH
- Romans 10:8-10 – “The WORD is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the WORD OF FAITH which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
- Philemon 6 – That the communication of YOUR FAITH may become effectual (divinely energized; become active & working; empower you) by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
- Romans 10:17 – Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD!
Faith in God can move
a mighty mountain!
Faith in God can calm
the troubled sea!
Faith can make the desert
like a fountain!
Faith will bring the victory!
JESUS IS OUR SOURCE OF FAITH (2) “Mountain Moving Faith”
MARK 11:22-24 – So Jesus answered and said to them, “HAVE FAITH IN GOD”. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this MOUNTAIN, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things HE SAYS will be done, he will have whatever HE SAYS. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS OF FAITH!
- A church congregation built a new facility on some donated land.
- 10 days before the new church was to open & be dedicated, the local building inspector told them that their parking lot size was inadequate.
- They found out that until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use their new facility.
- The church had totally used up the land already, except for the mountain in the backyard, against which it had been built
- In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to remove the mountain out of their backyard.
- Undaunted, the pastor courageously announced the next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had “mountain moving faith and believed in the power of God.”
- They would hold a prayer session asking God to remove the mountain from the backyard and to somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service the following week.
- At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation’s 300 members assembled for prayer. They prayed for nearly three hours. At ten o’clock the pastor said the final “Amen”. “We’ll open next Sunday as scheduled,” he assured everyone. “God has never let us down before, and I believe He will be faithful this time too.”
- The next morning, as he was working in his study there, came a loud knock at his door. When he called “come in”, a rough-looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard hat as he entered. “Excuse me, Reverend. I’m from Acme Construction Company over in the next county.
- We’re… building a huge new shopping mall over there and we need some fill dirt. Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church? We’ll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge if we can have it right away. We can’t do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly.”
- The church was dedicated the next Sunday as originally planned and reportedly there were far more members attending with “mountain moving faith” on opening Sunday than there had been the previous week!
BELIEVING PRAYER & OVERCOMING FAITH
THE FIG TREE Mark 11:12-14; 20-21
12 – Jesus was hungry for some fruit
13 – Not the season for figs, he found none
14 – Cursed it – “let no man eat fruit from you ever again”.
20 – Next day – the fig tree was dried up from the roots.
21 – Peter said, “the fig tree that you cursed is withered away”.
FAITH unlocks heavens resources!
“FAITH IS THE CURRENCY OF HEAVEN”
James 2:5 – …has not God chosen the poor of this world RICH IN FAITH…
HAVE FAITH IN GOD!
- Believe that God hears & answers your prayers!
- With faith — mountains, or impossible situations will be removed or changed. But where does this faith originate?
- Is it our faith, faith in God’s word, faith given by God – or all 3?
THE FAITH OF GOD!
- When we have God’s faith, we can push aside doubts and fears and trust him.
- “Have faith in God” is from the Greek, pistis Theos or “Faith God.”
- According to Dr. Charles S. Price, twentieth-century healing evangelist and author of The Real Faith for Healing, Mark 11:22 can be translated – as “HAVE FAITH OF GOD.”
- The gift of faith is really an impartation of the FAITH OF GOD, it is MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH—it comes from God. God is the source of MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH!
- Mark 11:22 – “And Jesus answering saith to them, `HAVE FAITH OF GOD;” Young’s Literal Translation (YLT),
- Mark 11:22 –“Jesus replied, “Let the FAITH OF GOD be in you!” The Passion Translation (TPT)
MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH
- Many believe God is all-powerful and that He is able to do anything. They have “faith in God.” But to have the “FAITH OF GOD,” is to have the essence of MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH.
- We need to have God’s perspective and God’s faith when believing for MOUNTAINS TO BE MOVED.
- The Spirit gives great faith, or the gift of faith, which is the FAITH OF GOD. To see impossible situations, and change, we need to ask God for great faith!
- Genuine, heart-felt faith produces a knowing and a conviction that what we are believing for is done.
- Faith is an imparted grace from Christ to our HEARTS. It’s not just an intellectual understanding. It is a revelation to the HEART by the grace of God.
- Real faith is rooted in the FAITH OF GOD!
Caleb & Joshua
- Numbers 13:30 –Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
David & Goliath
- I Samuel 17:4 – …a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
- I Samuel 17:24 –And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.
- I Samuel 17:45-47 –Then David said to the Philistine, “…I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
- I Samuel 17:50 – So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him.
- Pastor Tim Sheets (dream…)
- This is giant killing season!
- We need to see spiritual giants fall!
- It takes FAITH!
A BOY IS HEALED
- Matthew 17:14-21 – …a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have FAITH as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and IT WILL MOVE; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.
- If we have God’s faith, just a tiny mustard seed of it in our hearts – MOUNTAINS ARE REMOVED! The principle is to look to Jesus and wait on God for the gift of faith for your situation.
Matthew Henry Study Bible:
- FAITH is compliance with God, unbelief is opposition and contradiction to God.
- Jesus rebuked the devil, as one having authority, who could back with force His Word of command.
- Note, that Christ’s victories over Satan are obtained by the power of His Word…
- Nothing shall be impossible to you… they distrusted the power they had received, and so failed.
- Note, An active faith can remove mountains, not of itself, but in the virtue of A DIVINE POWER engaged by A DIVINE PROMISE, both which faith fastens upon.
- “This kind of FAITH (which removes mountains) does not proceed, is not obtained, from God… but by earnest prayer.” Fasting and prayer are proper means for the bringing down of Satan’s power against us, and the fetching in (receiving) of divine power to our assistance.
Mark 9:23 – (Jesus told the man with the tormented son) – “If you can believe, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE to him who believes.”
- Psalm 97:5 – The MOUNTAINS melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
- Micah 1:3-4 – For behold, the Lord is coming out of His place; He will come down and tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt under Him, and the valleys will split like wax before the fire…
MOUNTAIN MOVING FAITH
- HEART-BELIEF is real faith.
- An assurance in the heart, regardless of what we see.
- When God’s faith is released in your heart, an assurance of answered prayer is discovered.
Jesus gives the Word – and it empowers us to act in faith.
Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke
“I don’t want to play with marbles when God told me to MOVE MOUNTAINS!”
PETER WALKING ON THE WATER
Matthew 14:27-32 – Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of LITTLE FAITH, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
JESUS IS OUR SOURCE OF FAITH
Faith to MOVE MOUNTAINS begins and ends with Jesus.
- GOD’S FAITH is based on a focus upon Christ. If we take our eyes off JESUS, we lose sight of the primary goal & source of our faith. He is the reason we have FAITH to do what we do.
- Jesus is the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2)
- When I want more faith, I must seek him! “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) In other words, Jesus, I need more faith!
- If we want faith to move mountains, let’s learn to hear, believe, and act upon what Jesus reveals. The faith of God comes from Him.
- To attempt to have a prayer answered or promises granted apart from Jesus is impossible—He is the originator of your faith. We need to have God’s
- “Sometimes FAITH is little more than a simple clinging to Christ in a sense of utter dependence…always cling to what you know…cling to Jesus, for that is FAITH.”
MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH
- Luke 5:4-6 He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, AT YOUR WORD I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking…
Faith mighty faith the promise sees
and looks to God alone
Laughs at impossibilities and cries
“it shall be done!” and cries “it shall,
it shall be done!”
And cries “it shall, it shall be done!”
Laughs at impossibilities and cries “it shall be done!”
VICTORY OVER THE DEVIL & OBSTACLES
- James 4:7 – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
- I John 4:4 – Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!
- Revelation 12:11 – And THEY OVERCAME HIM (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
- I John 3:8 (b) – For this purpose was the Son of God manifest, to DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL!
- Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the POWER that works in us”
Let’s exercise our faith that we have been given by God, & see MOUNTAINS MOVE, & GIANTS FALL for the glory of God!