Faith to Move Mountains, but Can it Move Me?

It’s amazing to me that some things take no effort for us to believe in. I trust that if I turn the switch, a light will come on. I trust that when I go to sleep I will wake up in the morning. I trust that as I am driving, the other drivers will stay in their lanes (until someone proves me wrong). There are a lot of things we put our trust in on a daily basis; things that could fail me at any moment. Why, then, is it so difficult to trust God who never fails?

Jesus says:

Mark 11:23
“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.”

Surely, he doesn’t really mean a mountain?

Well, he probably does, but don’t miss His point. I think Jesus is more concerned with the latter half of the verse, “Are we full of doubt?” I think a lot of times we are like the disciples who followed Jesus. We read God’s Word. We talk to God in prayer and yet we fail to take Him at His Word, or better yet, we limit God and believe that it is impossible for Him to help us. Our problems are just too big. Jesus says in Matthew that “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.” (Matt. 17:20).

A mustard seed is only 1-2mm in diameter. That’s all the faith I need for God to do the rest. And that’s the key. It’s not really for us to do anything. All we have to do is trust God even the teensiest bit and He will do the rest. It’s giving everything to Him and saying, “Ok, here’s my problem. I don’t know how this is going to be resolved, but I’m giving it to you to work out for me.” And He will, because He loves us. It may not be how we imagined, but He will do what He says. He always does.

In our lives, there will be many times when our hands will be completely tied in a particular situation. All we can do is garner up our mustard seed faith, pray, and keep on believing that God is who He says He is.

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God’s Invisibility Brought to Light

Most people believe that Jesus was a man who walked and lived on Earth just as we have. It’s believing that He is God’s Son that is the hard part for some.

Why is it even important to believe that Jesus is God’s Son?

Well, quite frankly, He is the go-between for us and God. There is no way for us to get to God without accepting God’s Son. Mainly because, we are full of sin. That is something no one can argue with. Jesus was the perfect, without spot or blemish scapegoat. He took all our sins and covered us so that we could go before a Holy God. 

Matthew 11:27 says, “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Jesus speaking)

So many times people say, “I believe in God?” But which god is it that you are speaking? Because if you don’t know Jesus, then I doubt you really know God at all.

When I was young, I thought that God was this angry guy sitting up in the cloud with lightning bolts in His hands ready to throw them at anyone who sinned. However, when I began studying who Jesus is I learned that Jesus is all about love. God is all about love too, of course, but I didn’t know that until I really began to understand who Jesus was and what it was He stood for.

I John 4:14-16: “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.”

I urge you today, stop believing what people say about God and Jesus. You’re smart and educated, read for yourself. Dust of that Bible or pick one up at the library. Ask me and I’ll get you one! Start with the book of Matthew and let the history of Jesus fill your minds and let His message of hope and peace fill your hearts and soon you will see that God is very much love with His children.

1 John 4:8
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

*Verses taken from the NIV version of the Bible at Biblegateway.com.

Are You Listening? Part II

There’s this great verse from Isaiah. It reads:

Isaiah 30:21
“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “ This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.”

God is always speaking. It may through a friend, a circumstance, or even in the complexities of nature. You have to know His subtleties. Hollywood kind of confuses things (as usual) because God is not this booming voice penetrating the clouds while helpless humans look on in terror. His voice is soft and kind and kind of touches your heart as it fills your being with peace and trust. His voice is so soft in fact, that this is why it is important to get quiet before God. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

God knew how loud it would be for us living in this world and he gave us this command out of His concern and love for His children.

So first, learn to be still. Second, we need to know God’s voice.

The quickest way to know God is to read His words. Pastors and Christian programming is OK, but it shouldn’t be your only method of hearing God’s word. Keep in mind, everyone is human and there is a possibility of things getting lost in translation. I’m not saying it always happens, or that it is done on purpose, but you need to find out for yourself.

So, how will reading the Bible help? Well, let’s see.

Proverbs 8:17
“I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.”

When God promises, look out! He intends on keeping it. His words do not return void.

Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

And finally, James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Yeah, but how do I trust in something I can’t see? God made a way. More tomorrow.

*Bible verses from Biblegateway.com, New King James Version.

God is Speaking, but Are You Listening?

Alright, so there were a few times in the Bible when God spoke to His people audibly. While he still may do this today, he has not revealed Himself in this way to me. Honestly, most of us would freak out if He did.

How do I know God is speaking?

Well, I wasn’t always so sure. Many years ago I spent most my days in a drunken stupor. Some of the time I was fighting panic attacks. Other times, I was fighting the voice in my head quietly calling for me to, “Come home.” How do I know it was God? Mainly because it was the only peace I ever felt. There’s no life that will give you peace other than living a life for Christ. Don’t get me wrong. Your car will still break down. You will most likely still argue with your spouse, and your boss may still fire you. The difference is things just won’t affect you as they once did. When your car breaks down, you know God will provide a way to fix it. You and your spouse may be able to work things out with more ease and flexibility. And hey, if you lose your job, you are certain God just has a greater plan for your life.

I love this verse:

Deuteronomy 31:8
“And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

For years, while I was struggling with alcoholism, anger, and other depressions, God, in His gentleman-like way beckoned for me to “Come home.”

Can you really and truly have peace in this crazy world?  Yes, but you have to start trusting and believing in the Creator of all things.

A New Day Has Begun

So, you don’t want any of that religious nonsense? Well, good. Because neither do I.

This is not about religious rites. This is not about who has the best Sunday morning service. This is definitely not about which denomination has it all together. This is about God and his Son, Jesus Christ.

“Hey, but you said no religion!”

It’s not, really, but you’ll discover that as the days move on. It’s my life- messed up and underrated. It’s one individual trying to make sense of God’s plan for their life and for the world as a whole. It’s my own humble insights to God’s Word and my desire to fill you with the hope I have received from knowing a loving, merciful God who “gives freely to all who ask.”

Thanks.