Moving Mountains Here To There
Let me ask you something…
What does your ‘here’ look like?
And what ‘there’ do you want to get to?
We all want to
Move from ‘here’
In the shortest time possible
But what if your ‘here’ has a huge mountain in front of you?
What if your ‘there’ is over that mountain?
I’ve read Matthew 17:20 many times
And I read it again the other day
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. Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)
God will remove my mountains!
Nothing is impossible!
But God asked me to read it again – Slowly this time
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.
It doesn’t say
“If your faith is as small as a mustard seed, this mountain will disappear into a puff of smoke.”
“You will say to this mountain, move from HERE to THERE and it will move”
From HERE to THERE
Wait a minute
I want my mountain of ‘whatever it is’ to completely disappear
And God is going to do it
Unless you have David Copperfield’s number on speed dial so he can perform a ‘mountain vanishing act’ for you
That mountain ain’t disappearing
Because Matthew 17:20 says that
The mountain gets moved
With faith as small as a mustard seed
MOVING THE MOUNTAIN
But what if your mountain is ginormous?
What if your mountain is one that you have created?
What if you had a huge mountain of debt say?
And you think to yourself:
“This mountain is never going to get from HERE to THERE”
I can’t pay those credit card bills back
I can’t put petrol in my car
And my family has been living on pancakes for a week
What if you can’t see your mustard seed of faith because it’s hidden underneath your backpack of shame?
FROM HERE TO THERE
Not all mountains that we face are put there by circumstances that are out of our control
Sometimes our mountain is built by our own making
Wrong decisions and bad choices become huge peaks that are so high, you can see the snow on the top of them
How can you move $70,000 of credit card debt from HERE to THERE?
On a mustard seed of faith?
That was the mountain my family faced for almost 6 years
And it was huge
But God says, ‘If your faith is as small as a mustard seed, you will say to that mountain, move from here to there.’
“But the mountain is gigantic God! How can it move from here to there?”
God says, “I’ll help you.”
First of all
He takes the backpack of shame off your back to reveal your mustard seed of faith
You can’t move mountains when your carrying that kind of weight
Shame is a thief and it will drain the strength you’ll need for your journey
Your mustard seed of faith is all you need to carry up that mountain
Romans 8:1 reminds us that, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…’
Your mountain is still visible
And you still have to climb it
But God provides the strength and courage for you to
Move the mountain from HERE to THERE
He creates safe places for you to rest while you’re in the process of moving that mountain
He provides food and water on the mountain to sustain you
He encourages you when you feel you can’t take another step
When all you want to do is curl up in a ball and wish the mountain disappeared completely
He teaches you that you can move your mountain
With just a little faith
You just need to
Then one day
You look down at your mustard seed of faith
And you discover that it’s turned into a story
Of how you had to humble yourself to ask for help when it felt uncomfortable
Of choosing what was right over what was easy
Of not wanting your children to repeat the mistakes you’d made
Of learning to forgive ourselves over bad decisions
Of rising strong and becoming brave through the challenges
We had moved our mountain
Was it easy?
Sometimes it felt as though we were moving backwards instead of forwards
But little by little
The mountain started to move
Sir Edmund Hillary once said, “It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”
I think Matthew 17:20 tells us that we can move mountains
And not wait for God to remove them
Because God wants us to become bigger than the mountains we face
He wants us to know that even if your faith is as tiny as a mustard seed
YOU can move mountains
Only you have to trust Him
Because it takes strength and courage to move mountains
And your mountain moving experience
Helps other travellers when they face their mountains
Because you can tell them your story
Of how you moved the mountain
And if they don’t believe you
Just show them your mustard seed