When Faith does not Move Mountains

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The preacher prayed for the sick and the sick quickly recovered. The man on TV supernaturally sees a man heal from a neck injury he suffered many years ago. The missionary in Mexico has incredible documented miracles as the death rise to embrace the beauty of life again. The mother prayed for her child and successfully rebukes the fever out of him. A husband is heard in the middle of night crying out to God as he intercedes for his wife in prayer. His wife goes back to the doctor the next day and the malign tumor is gone as the doctors watched astonished. Behind these and many other testimonies is the faith of many brothers and sisters around the world.

            But what happens when the miracle you eagerly prayed for did not come to pass? Shall we blame the lack of faith of the one praying; or perhaps the person receiving the prayer did not have enough confidence. These arguments can be made accurate. However, to make a quick judgment concerning these matters is a Biblical error.

            Faith has two dimensions; one is the charismatic, full of action, exciting and with plenty of great testimonies. It is the faith we all would like to have and testify about. However, the other dimension of faith is deeper and requires a greater maturity. It is the aspect of faith that takes you from believing in a miracle, to trusting God in-spite of the visible results. It is the faith of David as he stood up from weeping and fasting before the Lord for the life of his new born child who was destined to die as the result of David’s adulterous sin. That faith assisted him to stand and worship the Lord as the news was given to the king that his son was now dead. It is the faith that inspired the Prophet Habakkuk to sing:

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation”. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

            It is the faith of the Apostle Paul as he prayed for his own healing; the Lord answered him by saying: “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” The Apostle Paul then added in this same verse:  “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” What power is Paul talking about? How can the word “power” be used when the miracle he was expecting did not take place? Because Paul moved in the power of the dimension of faith that trusts God in-spite of what his eyes were able to see or not. This my friends, is the faith that does not move mountains, but moves our hearts closer to God; this is the faith that matures and grows us spiritually, the faith that moves us from spoiled children to grateful men and women who love God no matter what!

 

15 comments on “When Faith does not Move Mountains”

  1. We receive all that we do from God by faith, by trusting in Him and His glorious abundant loving faithfulness to us. However, thank God, He gives impartially and feeds us all. He brings rain to the faithful and the unbelieving alike or no one would live because we don’t start out life being faithful or believing. Thank God, He doesn’t leave us that way. However, He does give us free will. We choose to give praise to God and honor Him as Lord, and to be thankful to Him. And I choose to be thankful for not only faith that get us beyond the need for sight, but for trust that get us beyond the need for clarity.

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    1. Perhaps the awesomeness of Faith is not that I can ask but that I can ask HIM. That here I am, standing upon a solid and profound conviction that enables me to ask GOD to hear me. Where there is no doubt but certainty that HE is literally listening, even if His answer in No or if HE does not answer me according to my prayer. Personally, my struggle its never been that I feel GOD does not listen or answer but the other way around. Results, well, lets say I don’t demand any period. For if GOD start demanding them from me I’ll be in a lot of touble. Remenber His words In John when he said: “In this world you will suffer affliction, but fear not, for I have overcome the world”. Amen. Yes Dennis thank God for the faith that helps to believe Him and for the thrust that helps me to rest in Him no matter what.

      Pacheco

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      1. I told Angel once that the best times I have In Christ ever, were the times I spent with you Dennis, Angel and James in James house. I am convinced that the Spirit of Christ sat down with us those few times. Spending time with you guys has been the greatest privilege I ever had. Why? because the three of you are genuine period! God can work with that, and He has. I am too Dennis, my precious friend!

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  2. May God convict us of our need for Him and one another, Pacheco. May we be genuine leaders and really grasp the meaning of the words one another and learn to give and receive from one another in love that we may grow up into Him. May we refuse not to benefit from others and only think of ourselves. May we refuse to feed and then cause injury. May we be the Body of Christ!

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  3. Amen! Everyone. Lets all remenber the words of our Lord Jesus when he said: “In this, the world will know that you are my true disciples; In that you love one another”. Jesus told the young rich man that the first commandment goes together with the second one. In other words we can’t say we love God when we don’t love our neighbor; then again loving our neighbor is a true reflexion of ou love for God. Peter was asked by the three times you love me Peter? Peter asnswered yes and the Lord said to him, then pastor my sheeps. My personal interpretation of Christ command is this: Prove it Peter. If you truly love me Peter just prove it, pastor my sheeps. Yes Dennis, may we refuse not to benefit from others, may we don’t see ministry as our heaven’s bank account, may we have the right motive to serve, may we value each soul, may we be the body of Christ and the joy God in the earth.

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    1. Yes Pacheco, I am reminded of how valuable one soul is for God; above all the money, material things and yes… ministry. One soul comming into repentance causes heaven to rejoice. We can gain the whole world; we can have more money than Donald Trump, but if we loose our soul in the process we gain nothing.

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  4. The ruler of this world is the evil one. Yet he who has the Son has life. God’s commands are not burdensome. Those who are born of God overcome the world but the Spirit of God not only gives us to God, but to each other. We must love each other. We must watch each other’s backs so that nothing can separate us from the love of God, ourselves, and those around us.

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  5. ALELUYAH! Alabanzas a DIOS! Serving CHRIST in the Kingdom of GOD is a glorious privilege “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house, for they shall praise You perpetually”, yet having a brother/friend who truly loves you and cares about the prosperity of your soul is a divine necesity in this life. Jesus is our friend forever!

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  6. As someone once said: “As Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered (Heb. 5:8), so also must we. It is as we stand in prayer for others that God gives us the gift of woundedness.”Gift?” Yes, to be wounded in the service of mercy and, instead of closing our hearts, allow the wound to crown love, is to release God’s redemptive power. The steadfast prayer of the wounded intercessor holds great sway upon the heart of God.”

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  7. I have just followed your discussion above, I can not help, but feel like I am part of that encounter. I am identifying with every statement, already connecting with His Presence. It is the hunger and passion for the Almighty that saturates your lives that touches me most. I pray to God for an opportunity to meet people like you in this life. God has promised to connect me with men & women of a distinct spiritual calibre. Even though we may not meet physically, but I want you to know that God used you to awaken the giant inside me. You have touched my life in a very significant way. God be with you

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