Moving Mountains

November 19, 2019

 

Pastor Milt just finished up his series on healing so I would like continue, not specifically about healing, but continue a theme of us having faith that God can do anything.  My short series starting this morning is named Moving the Mountain.

 

Mark 11:23, “"Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.”  

 

I like the KJV where it basically says, “he will have whatever he says.” There is power in the words of Jesus here.  It is a truth worth believing.

 

Last week my family and I was absent from The Furnace because we were on a retreat for Youth for Christ, Alyssa and my employer.  It was mandatory retreat, but well worth it.  A time to get into some spiritual things other than the business of ministry, and a time for the staff to get to know each other more closely.

 

I was asked to speak last Saturday morning, and Osmar Aguilar who many of you know, who is the Executive Director and one of my best friends, asked me to be real.  

We are a multi-denominational/fellowship ministry so my real is not others real when it comes to spiritual things.

 

So, I had to chew on that, and hopefully this will not be to redundant for Alyssa here in the beginning, but what Osmar meant, he wanted me to speak on who I really am specifically concerning the things of God.  What makes me tick, and what gets me excited about my relationship with God.  

 

I am usually stuck in an office most of the day, so my interactions with the staff are minimal at best, and usually my thoughts are directed at finances that I oversee.  So, Saturday was to be more of a window on my spiritual path and my thoughts.  

 

Truthfully, Alyssa is far more bold with the staff, and the people there know where she stands concerning the spirit led life if they agree or not, but I can figure if she believes a certain way, they would think I think the same way.  I don’t spend time to get into conversations about my faith except on an executive level.

 

So Saturday morning I spoke to them who I was in the faith in Christ, because I wanted them to grasp what Jesus said when they are confronted with life concerning themselves, and life that they may see in teens they minister to that is probably a bit screwed up in so many ways.  I want the staff there to have faith in Jesus to combat live issues in their own lives as well as give guidance to the teens they minister to.

 

As we have said many times from this pulpit, if the church of Jesus Christ firmly grasped His words of life and applied them to ourselves and fully gave it to others, there would be a lot more people who would be free from terrible things that have affected them in their minds, and in and on their bodies, and in their spirit man.  

 

There would truly be revival.  Talk about Revival prayer……..

 

There would be many more people in the faith in Kenosha then the current ~ 28%.

 

When you think about it, we as people who have encountered Christ, first had to believe in Him, but next thing we needed to have was faith in Him that what was wrote about Him, and what He said Himself is truth and can be applied in our lives.

 

The definition of “Faith” in the Bible, comes clearly from Hebrews 11:1, “being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see”.   We are spiritual beings as well as physical as we are quite aware, but faith is born out of the spirit that for most of us we do not see.   We may sense, but not see.  Seers in the faith are few.

 

We know that by faith we are saved.  Jesus was all about faith, but it came after people believed in Him.

 

I am going to deeply paraphrase something I read about belief and about faith.

 

“True faith in Christ is more than believing in Him. While ‘faith’ includes the element of ‘belief’, they are not one and the same. One must believe that Jesus existed before they put their faith in Him.

 

For example, I can believe in some things that do not affect my life. I believe that Frank’s Diner exists and makes good breakfasts, but I do not live my life any differently because of my belief in Frank’s. 

 

The Bible tells us that this type of ‘belief’ is not true faith so it won’t result in a saving relationship in Christ.

 

To put one’s ‘faith’ in Christ, means that we are putting our complete trust in Him. That trust has eternal consequences. It means total reliance and dependence upon Jesus.  So we have faith in Him in the unseen, but as the relationship grows, and we operate in our faith, the unseen is seen.  Now we can say I believe that Jesus can change lives because I’ve seen it.

 

We can look at it this way too.  I can say that I believe a plane can take me from here to there, but if I’m afraid to get on it, I reveal that I have no ‘faith’ in that plane. Also, if I do not get on the plane, I have no reason to expect it to take me anywhere. I must exercise my ‘faith’ in that plane, by boarding it, if I am to receive the benefits it offers.  You get what I am saying?

 

“https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-difference-between-faith-and-belief-a-bible-study/#ixzz65NvcBfmB”

 

When we speak about having faith to see God’s gifts in action like healing,  getting a job, being personally restored in some way, the action to see those things happen is faith.

 

I believe that Jesus can heal. I can believe it all day and all night, but if I do not put any action into the belief, that belief is no good.  Faith is speaking the name of Jesus over the situation and believing in my heart that it will happened.  

 

Speaking in faith is the activation.  I believe a light switch can turn the light on, but I have to flick the switch to make the light work.

 

Our faith in the promises of God are revealed in our actions.  When Peter and John walked to the Gate called Beautiful they believed in Jesus, they believed that He could heal, but they activated their faith by saying, “Acts 3:6-7 In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” 7 Then, taking him by the right hand he raised him up, and at once his feet and ankles became strong.”  

 

They exercised their faith. They put it into action.  Today we need to be people of action. We can believe all day, we can even say we believe, but it takes action in faith to make things happen. 

 

We may say, I have spoken things in faith bit nothing happened, speak it again and again and again.

 

We believe, well most of us do who show up to the churches around the city that we need to take a step up from belief to take action in Faith by speaking the Word of God into the situations around us.  God is just waiting for us to bring Jesus into.  We can’t let fear of failure stop us.

 

I looking at the Word of God concerning the word faith, it is surprising that the Old Testament only uses the word faith twice, and it is not even used in all of the versions.  

 

Deuteronomy 32:20, “(KJV) And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. (Froward means difficult)

 

Habakkuk 2:4 (KJV) “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him:

but the just shall live by his faith.”

 

That’s it.  I was surprised.

 

In the New Testament the word Faith is used over 200 times.  Because of Jesus death and resurrection, all of us who believe, have been imparted a life-giving gift to express God’s kingdom on this earth if we have faith.  That gift is life to us.

 

Our faith in Jesus is what our whole existence in Christ rides on.  We have faith to believe in Him as Savior, but we need to live in faith for everything else.

 

Now back to the retreat.  I basically gave the Youth for Christ staff a  narrowtestimony of my life growing up in a church and a family of faith.

 

I was blessed as a child growing up. Not with stuff, and I didn’t have much of a relationship with my father because of divorce, we were rich by no means, but not poor, but I was enriched by the fact the fact of what I saw and an experience I lived in.  

 

My mother and father got divorced when I was 3 or 4, my mother remarried when I was 5 years old, and due to the remarriage, the family I was grafted into was a family of intercessors and people of great faith.  This is old news to some of you.

 

But as I spoke to the staff, I explained that just as it is with many people, how you grow up has an effect on you good or bad.  There was some bad.  Divorce and poor parenting and bad relationships bruise you. Unfortunately, that is life, but we do not have to allow the poor things in the past life to affect our future life especially concerning a life in Christ.

 

2 Corinthians 5:16, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  If we want it, and if we believe and have faith the bad things of our past will pass away.  That is a promise, we need faith to believe. 

 

Newness within the life of Christ should be a real thing in our lives.  We should not allow the past to dictate our future.  We need to break union from it.  If we can be saved by faith, we can have freedom from the past by faith too.  Its breaking union with Satan’s lies and having faith in what the Word of God says.

 

Again, going back to my new family and now new church family, I was immersed into the supernatural from many people’s standpoint, but from those I was around in my church and my family it was a normal life.  People being healed weekly by the power of the Blood of Jesus.  Blind eyes seeing, deaf ears hearing, the lame walking, cancer disappearing, growths disappearing, you name it.  I saw it as a child.  It was a normal thing for me.  

 

I believed in the power of God, and especially in the power of Jesus name, because that is what I heard all the time being spoken and I saw the results.  Faith came easy.

 

When the church sang there is Power in the Blood, we believed there was power in the Blood.  Because you cannot deny what you see.  I guess faith was not a factor here really with many, it was beyond that. For the people of that church during that time, hope was a reality that existed when they spoke.  It was a life of absolutes in the power of God that what Jesus said was true.  They just did it. 

 

When they said they believed in Jesus Christ, and had faith in Him and His Word, they spoke it as absolute truth.  We should live that way.  

 

We should speak that way with boldness knowing without a doubt our Savior and our God operates in us in divine truths He spoke for us to act on.  Now these people were not always that way.  They had to become bold.  They had to speak over their fear.  What people thought, failure, all the things we wrestle with.  Doubt.  Living a life so long with things thinking they would never change, but having to come to grips with those lies and speak the truth into them.

 

Intimacy with Jesus through prayer brought them into confidence.

 

Matthew 11:9-10, Jesus said, “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

 

We must ask for God’s supernatural intervention to touch us or others.  

We must seek for God’s wisdom in facing obstacles and opportunities.

We must knock to overcome obstacles or closed doors that hinder our moving forward.

 

And we must not give up.

 

It is a promise that all who ask in God’s will are sure to receive, all who seek will find, and all who keep knocking will eventually see the opening of the door and the obstacle removed. We are to persevere, knowing that we will be answered in God’s timing and by His way.  We know that God’s ways are not our ways.

 

Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”  

 

All your heart.  Everything.  That’s a key there.

 

We may need to lay somethings down. Anger, hurt, unforgiveness, habitual sin.

 

Back to that church I grew up in, I remember in years past hearing a woman say, “Can you believe that?” when Jesus manifested His power in a meeting; she did believe because saw it with her own eyes”  It was now on her to not only believe, but to have faith that she could call on the name of Jesus and participate with Him to bring healing to someone else, or maybe believe in Jesus for her own situation.

 

I remember as a youth leader 30 years ago, a teen girl having a headache, had some teens come around her and we prayed for her head.  Jesus healed her.  Her eyes popped out and she was shocked.  The kids laughed, some never seeing that before, but the next week the girl came back, had some other girls with her from school, because she did the same thing. Head ache, prayed, healing. Wow! Now some teen girls wanted to know more about Jesus.  That’s the way it goes.  She had childlike faith and just did it. 

 

 

Pastor Milt spoke on healing, and we have been praying that healing would be manifested through our people because we believe and have faith in the truth’s presented by Christ. Especially Jesus saying: 

 

John 14:12, "Truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.”

 

In the over 200 times faith is used in the New Testament, some of the words from Jesus were “you of little faith”, but other were when Jesus saw great faith, then Jesus acted on that faith.

 

We need to be those people.  The great faith ones, not the disciples who at times were clueless. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 1:17, “The righteous live by faith.” We are the righteous, we believe and have faith in the things we do not see to speak forth things that will be seen.  

 

A vision of this Body of Believers is to be people of great faith who in the name of Jesus, move mountains for people.  But we need to know how to move mountains for ourselves.

 

Saturday morning, I woke up at 4:40am.  Couldn’t breathe.  Both nostrils totally plugged.  Could barely get a squeak of them.  I went to my spot in the basement to my big easy chair and sat there in disgust.  Me and God had a conversation. 

 

I reminded God of my grandmother who was never sick.  Not until she was really at the end of her life in her mid-nineties.  She had this supernatural faith.

 

I was like, “God I remember, I believe, I saw, I have faith in you.  Heal my nose.  So, I sat there saying in the name of Jesus over my nose for I do not know for how long.  It sounds silly, but I was frustrated.  I conversed with God about the fact that I believe in healing and His gifts and if they were not evident in my personal life, how can they be evident through me to others, and I am supposed to be a pastor who believes in this.  I was raising t he bar infinity.

 

Pastor Milt and I have had that conversation and also my wife and I.  If we personally cannot walk in healing, how can this group of believers walk in it?  Well my nose opened up.  Now it may seem to be a small thing, I could breathe at that point okay but I believed God heard me at that point and I praised Him and thanked Him.  

 

Exodus 15:26, “I am the Lord who heals you.”       

 

John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and have life more abundantly.”

 

Hebrews 10:23, “Let us firmly hold the profession of our faith without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. “ 

 

Belief is easy, it is a statement.  Faith is another thing, and faith takes action.  

 

Remember when Indiana Jones was going for the Holy Grail and had to walk over a bridge he could not see?  He had to take the step of faith.  And walked out.

 

We need to take those steps of faith even if they are small.  We need to ask and ask and ask.  Faith for wisdom, we ask, but ask as though we have received it. Faith for finances, asking as though it is in the works.  Faith to heal, speak as though it is done. 

 

Mark 11:23, “"Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.”  

 

We need to step out and speak the truth of the promise of the words of Jesus over and expect miracles. 

 

"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," (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)

 

Expect that our Father in heaven does hear.

 

 

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