Friday, May 4, 2012

Faith Can Move Mountains

In our lives, we will face many mountains. Obstacles in our way. Challenges blocking our path, keeping us from reaching a real or imagined destination. These mountains can lead to all sorts of frustration and even anger. We often give these mountains so much power that they seem to take control of our lives, ultimately preventing us from seeing what's on the other side.

When we come up on a mountain in our path, what do we do?  How do we face the challenge?  Do we react in fear?  Anxiety?  Worry?  Do we develop a defeatist attitude and turn our back on the mountain, only to head back down the path we've already traveled just to get to that point?  Do we give up?

Avoiding the mountain is often a temptation.  Doing everything and anything you can think of to avoid dealing with the mountain.  I know I'm guilty of that.  I just want to get to the other side!  But sometimes you have to go through the unimaginable or what seems impossible to get there.  The problem is that we know it's not going to be easy - it may even hurt.  Why would you knowingly put yourself through something painful if you could somehow avoid it.

Did you know that it is possible to get to the other side of that mountain?  It absolutely is possible.  But it is going to take something very powerful.  Faith.  Faith can move mountains.  There is tremendous power in faith and in prayer.  James 5:16 says "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." {NKJV}

As I began writing about these mountains that we face in our life, I began to think about a song that we often sing during our response time in our services at church.  I wanted to share that with you so that you might reflect on the words.

If faith can move the mountainsLet the mountains moveWe come with expectationWaiting here for You, waiting here for You

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If you are in a season where you are facing some sort of mountain in your life - or even what seems to be something more like an entire mountain range - just know that God is there for you though it all.  He has never and will never abandon you.  You can go to him with what faith you have and know that He will be your rock and your strength.  He will steer you along the right path and guide you to the other side of that mountain.  Cry out to Him and He will uphold you.

When you live your life in faith and with the knowledge that God will be your strength through whatever situation you may face, it makes that mountain ahead of you seem so much smaller.  Much more bearable even.  In fact, you may even see that mountain and embrace it.  Face your mountains with strength and with the protection of God around you and walk up to it in bold confidence that it will move.  Take this confidence with you and face your fears, your challenges, and your mountains.  It may be something you've seen on the horizon for some time and it's inevitable that you must face it, so go.  Face that mountain.  Even Gideon had to do this when the Israelites were up against the Midianites.  The Lord told him, "Go in the strength you have..." {Judges 6:14}.  God will provide you with exactly everything you need when you are up against impossible odds.  What you have may seem insignificant in your mind, but know that the Father has equipped you for just such a time as this and He knows exactly what you need to take on the mountain.

So what are you waiting for?

In the wise words of Dr. Suess...
{or as our pastor would say, "In the words of the great theologian, Dr. Suess..."}


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