Matthew 17:20, He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (NIV)
God has made it so simple, hasn’t He? Simple.
The Word clearly states that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to this mountain, MOVE! and it will. It will. The mountain. It moves. Not you.
This is a very popular verse and many of us tarry on the mustard seed and I’ll definitely get to that in the next post but first revelation first.
The explanation that the Great Big Book of Everything (AKA, the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible) offers is that the mountain is both doubt and “to expiate sin“.
The Great Big Book of Every Other Thing (AKA, Merriam Webster Dictionary) defines expiate as to satisfy or atone for.
As I lay on my bed with a cold compress on my head due to a
mountain headache, let’s just say I used this time to meditate on this.
Here’s what Holy Spirit and I talked about.
Doubt is something that presents itself as bigger than God. We can either chose to accept or refuse it’s suggestion.
The mountain, if an atonement for sin or something we think has to be there as a consequence/ payment for what we have done wrong, it will not move.
Have you ever used the phrase, mountains of bills? It’s a term used for debt. With that in mind, Holy Spirit downloaded this.
Sin debt is the greatest poverty known to man.
When one receives the salvation that can only come from our Lord Jesus Christ, our sin debt has been paid in full. Paid. Not because of anything that we can do but because of His mercy and His grace.
But when the aforementioned consequences befall us or the enemy comes to extract a payment from us…do we think we have to accommodate it?
Listen, I don’t owe the devil anything! I don’t owe him a headache! I don’t owe him lack! I don’t owe him guilt! I don’t owe him stress! I don’t owe him ____________ (insert the latest consequence here!)
But, still he comes for his pound of flesh and I find myself obliging!
If I keep thinking I owe, it’s my greatest poverty and will breed poverty in every area of my life!
I have to let the Lord handle my accounts!
For some reason, I can hear the words of my mother, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”
To do such a thing is to over-react or to make too much out of a minor issue.
According to Wikipedia, when we make a mountain out of a molehill, we are responding disproportionately to something. It’s an act of exaggeration. Get this…a distortion known as magnification. It’s to dwell on a situation that is long passed and no longer significant.
Sound familiar? Why does Jesus demonstrate that these things should be cast into the sea? Because that’s the place He has provided for them.
Micah 7:19, He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Something we can learn from the mole and a warning to us…
Moles have an uncanny knack for instantly locating newly planted shrubs, trees, seeds…..and tunneling under them. This has the unfortunate effect of both unearthing the transplants, and denying them much needed water.
(This was on another blog that I came across as I was looking for the perfect mole picture. It’s called, The Things I Gave Away. Since I’m not into plagiarism, how’s that for credit?)
Hopefully we get the picture here. No wonder a molehill feels like a mountain. It threatens the harvest of our lives! It does it’s very best to deprive our seed and the Seed himself from rooting down deep.
But the mountain, it responds to your voice! It’s at your command. It picks up and leaves based on what you believe.
Are you in debt or are you prosperous?
That’s why the mustard seed.